Finding Warm Homes for Cold Noses Since 1991!

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

2013 Rescue Romp - Group Photo

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving Golden Retrievers that are in need of new forever homes. Started in 1991, Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta is registered with the State of Georgia and is licensed by the State Agriculture Department as an animal shelter and rescue group.

There are no paid officers or members within GRRA. Volunteers staff the myriad of functions associated with running the complex day-to-day operations of a dog rescue.

The GRRA Rescue team works closely with Georgia animal control organizations to save Golden Retrievers that have found themselves in shelters. We also accept Golden Retrievers from owners and breeders who are no longer able to provide the attention and/or care the dogs deserve.

The GRRA Foster team is a network of volunteers who generously provide the shelter, care, training and love these dogs need in preparation for adoption. GRRA also ensures necessary medical care for each dog is provided before they are adopted.

The GRRA Placement team supports the applicants wishing to adopt a GRRA rescue dog. They conduct interviews, arrange for home checks and help facilitate the best matches between humans and dogs.

Other GRRA volunteers fulfill a variety of essential roles, supporting voicemail, e-mail, administration, accounting, transportation, medical care, technology, fundraising, membership, newsletters, adoption day, and countless other vital functions.

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors provides both tactical and strategic support to the GRRA volunteers, members and rescue dogs.

Board Of Directors

Lori Podolski
Director, Fundraising
Carolyn Waters
Director, Intake
Director, Marketing
Director, Placement
Christine Deppen
Director, Rescue Operations
Amy DeCesare
Director, Technology
Cory Deppen
Director, Volunteer Recruitment
Marie Cole
Past President
Deborah Osborn
Lana Kollross
Dan Williams
Vice President
Carolyn Waters

Learn more about our Board.

Points of Contact

Adoption Consultant Manager
Donna Leach
Adoption Day Coordinator
Susan Swartz
Canine Training & Behavior Manager
Jeanne Flaim
Dog Consultant Manager
Wanda Prater
Foster Home Coordinator
Susie Schaffer
Donna Lachance
Foster Home Manager
Kristin Allpere
Home Check Coordinator
Home Check Manager
Debbie DuPont
Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
Rita Pikor
Amanda Dytor
Tina Cuendet
Intake Coordinator (Shelters)
Lana Kollross
Medical Liaison
Linda Urheim
Microchip Coordinator
Newsletter Editor
Adele Pauley
Rescue Operations Manager
Triever Taxi Coordinator
Ken Winfield
Voicemail Coordinator
Lana Kollross
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Manager
Karen Holden
Cory Deppen

Learn more about our Volunteers.