Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training






Without a doubt, SEVA GRREAT would not exist without our dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to help with many aspects of the rescue operation.

There are many opportunities to help including:

Transportation Services

Home Evaluators

Attending Adoption Events


Fostering & Dog Sitting

Educational Events

Please fill out the Volunteer Form to become a general volunteer involved in activities such as events, transport services, fund raising and home evalulation.


Foster homes are always a critical need. Please consider being a real hero and sharing your home with one of our rescued Goldens. Read more about how to become a Foster Home by clicking the link below.


Home evaluations are required of each adoption applicant and Foster Home applicant prior to dog placement. As an new home evaluator, you will be paired with an experienced home evaluator in your local area.


The easiest way to support our mission is to become a member.

Rescues since 1990 (& counting)

Forever fosters over the years


Dogs rescued from Turkey & China

Volunteer Application

Please fill out the Volunteer Form to become a general volunteer involved in activities such as events, transport services, fundraising and home evaluation.

Areas of Interest(Required)
Have you ever been convicted of an animal abuse crime?(Required)

How about a Senior Golden?

Thinking about adopting a golden retriever? Well, how about considering a senior. Think about your lifestyle: Do you work all day? Perhaps you might not have the energy to keep up with a young dog. Or maybe you don’t want to go through the “puppy stage” but really want a companion to share your life and home with. Seniors are the perfect pal. They are usually laid back and easy going. They don’t ask for much. Give them a soft bed and gentle hand, and they are in heaven!! But don’t let their age fool you they have so much left to give. Adoption fees are reduced for seniors, and you’d be providing a wonderful golden retriever with a loving and caring place to live out the rest of his life.

Here are some more good reasons to consider adopting a senior today!!

  • In most cases, senior goldens are well past the chewing and digging stages of life. They are usually reliably housebroken and can go longer periods of time without relief.
    Senior goldens are generally calmer than young dogs. Many have been socialized with other animals, including cats. They are much less likely to scare small children or the elderly by jumping up to greet them. Senior goldens will follow your lead. They can be happy as a “couch potato”, but also instantly ready for a car ride, evening walk, or game of fetch.
  • A senior golden is fully grown, and most of his health history is known. There are no guesses about how big he will get, whether he will bark a lot, or what his energy level will be. A senior golden arrives with his own set of likes and dislikes packed in a bag to come with him, and each one is different. Discovering a senior’s personality makes life with them truly enjoyable….they endear themselves to everyone they meet and greet.
  • By adopting a senior golden, you can make a statement about compassion and the value of life at all ages. Even if you have a senior golden as part of your life for only a few years, the love you receive will more than compensate for the sadness of eventually losing such a wonderful companion. The quality of time together can matter a GRREAT deal more than quantity!

Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog

Sydney Jeanne Seward