Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training





International Rescue FAQs

Why international rescue?

We get this question a lot! Our mission is to save golden retrievers in need and we know there are goldens in other countries that need us. There is NEVER a domestic golden turned away because of our international efforts. We believe a golden retriever should have a loving forever home, regardless of where it comes from.

Where do we rescue from?

Although we have rescued a few goldens from China in the past, our primary focus is goldens from Turkey. We have formed wonderful and trusting relationships with rescuers there and are proud to partner with them. To date (since 2016) we have rescued 160 international goldens and want to continue those efforts.

Who do we save?

We try to focus on purebred golden retrievers (and a few golden mixes), many of whom were abandoned, neglected or abused. They are facing a difficult life with very little chance of adoption in their home country. Working closely with our rescue partners, we accept dogs who generally have that typical golden temperament and will make wonderful pets for our adoptive families.

What does it entail?

There is a ton of behind the scenes paperwork needed to ensure compliance with both CDC and USDA regulations. It can be complicated and attention to detail is required, but we follow all steps to be sure our goldens are being imported safely. Prior to arrival here in the U.S., all dogs receive rabies, DHPP, leptospirosis, and Bordetella vaccines. Additionally they are tested for heartworm, tick-borne diseases, brucellosis, and leishmaniasis.

When do we travel?

The dogs’ arrival is dependent on having flight volunteers to bring them over. Usually these are people already traveling from Turkey to Washington, DC for various reasons, and they are kind enough to allow the dogs to accompany them. At times we will pay for volunteers to make the flight, but that of course increases our costs. Once we are aware of an available flight volunteer, we ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed.

How can I help?

We are always looking for ground transporters, flight volunteers, donors, fosters, and people with a passion for saving dogs. If this is you, we need you! We are also looking for ways to keep our costs down, and are considering a campaign to collect donated air miles. This would help cover the tickets for our flight volunteers. If you are familiar with this process or have miles to donate, please let us know at Also let us know if you may be planning an international trip and coming home from Istanbul, as we would love to have you as a flight volunteer.

International Donations

It’s no secret that it costs quite a bit to bring our international dogs to the states. With the rising prices of airline tickets, airline crates, vet care in Turkey, meeting CDC requirements (including expensive rabies titers and a vet exam/rabies vaccine at an approved facility on arrival), our international dogs cost over $2000/dog. We know it’s a lot of money, but we think they are worth it.

Will you help us help them?

Make a donation directly to our International Rescue fund, thank you for your support.

Meet Our Turkey Dogs


Ruzgar is a 7-year-old male who is blind, but otherwise has no health problems. He is able to get around well and can run and play when he wants.


Rambo is a handsome young pup with that typical golden personality. He hopes to join Kuzey on a flight in January.


Behlul is a sweet 7–8-year-old male who dreams of coming to the United States. He is a gentle soul who would like to leave Istanbul winters behind him.


Kuzey is a 1.5-year-old male who was left on the streets as a puppy. He was found on the streets of Antalya, and instead of letting him end up in the shelter with little hope for adoption, he was taken to rescue. He has become a confident and happy dog that patiently awaits his chance to come to the United States.