Welcome to the Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue!

It is with deep sadness that I must announce the passing of our dear friend Dottie Sherer. If you have ever adopted or volunteered with Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue you were in some way, most likely, touched by this lady. She was not boisterous or loud. Dottie was calm and welcoming. Her love for the Golden shows through the efforts of this organization which she worked to create. Her insight and knowledge of the breed was only matched by her love for the Spirit of the Golden Retriever. If you are so inclined please take a moment today to stop and hug your pet and let them know what Dottie wanted every lost, abandoned and abused dog to know......... tell them you love them.

Company Overview and Mission

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (TVGRR) group was formed in July 1997:
  To facilitate the adoption of displaced and unwanted Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes;
  •   To provide a good quality of life for homeless Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes;
      •   To educate the public in responsible dog ownership; and
  •   To reduce the abuse and neglect of unwanted Goldens through rehabilitation and adoption.

TVGRR is a non-profit organization (501c3) which relies totally on donations from adopters, friends, family, and all Golden lovers. Each year TVGRR places approximately 150 Goldens and Golden Mixes in forever homes; which equates to approximately 2,700 dogs rescued since 1997.

When TVGRR receives a Golden/Golden Mixes, whether received by owner release or acquired by a shelter, they are evaluated for medical needs, checked for heart and intestinal parasites, spayed/neutered, current on all required vaccinations, micro-chipped, and given heartworm and flea preventatives. We strive to have each Golden Retriever/Mix evaluated in a foster home, discovering the temperament and behavior of the dog.

Your donations cover their medical expenses, medicines, temporary boarding, and supplies such as collars and leashes. 
(See how your donations help TVGRR)

We greatly appreciate your support and encourage you to join us in Membership and by volunteering. For specific information about our committees please check out our Volunteer and Fostering Opportunities. For any general questions or concerns, please contact the TVGRR at: Rescue@tvgrr.com.

Please check back often as we are constantly updating information and our Available Goldens and Golden Mixes.
 PLEASE NOTE: Some our adoptables never make it to the website because they are sent to their forever homes to applicants already on file and waiting. It is always advisable to complete an application now to get the adoption process started and home checks done. That way if a dog comes and is what you are waiting for you will be notified immediately.
To Join or renew your TVGRR Membership: Click here!
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Upcoming Events:

Be sure to drop by and meet some of our adorable adoptables.



Special Notice: We will not be at Agrifeed May 5, 2018. Attending the memorial for Dottie Sherer.


1st Saturday of each month
Agri Feed Pet Supply
10am - 1pm
5716 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN

3rd Saturday of each month
10am - 1pm
214 Morrell Road
Knoxville, TN

Special Events
May 4, 2018

Join us for the first annual Downtown Dog First Friday event May 4th from 5pm -  10pm. There will be music, food truck, load of fun and more. Be sure to bring your fur ones to enjoy the time too. Location: 700 E Depot Ave., Knoxville, TN

May 7, 2018

Join us at Schultz Bräu Brewing Company from 4pm - ??. They are donating 10% of their Monday's sales to TVGRR. So come out, have some beverages, lots of fun, and show our love-able and pet-able Goldens who will be there some love all while supporting TVGRR. Location: 126 Bernard Ave., Knoxville, TN


Mark your Calendars and Join Us on Vols Day at PetSmart July 14th. Meet the UT players and have a great time!


Contact Information

  • Email: rescue@tvgrr.com
  • Telephone: 855-558-3100
  • Address:  P.O. Box 32973
  •                Knoxville, TN 37930