Our Journey

In 2010, three local women shared a vision for a new foster-based golden retriever rescue in East Tennessee that would focus on saving dogs, building relationships, and educating the public on responsible dog ownership. They recruited donors and a small group of volunteers, created a website, set up a data system, and Adopt a Golden Knoxville (AGK) was born. Hank, the first golden retriever saved by AGK, came into the rescue in late 2010. From those modest beginnings, AGK has saved over 1100 Golden Retrievers, golden mixes, and Labrador Retrievers; rescued 25 orphan golden retrievers from Turkey over a period of four years; and assisted in removing and rehabilitating nine golden retrievers from puppy mills in Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Also during that time, AGK built relationships with shelters, other rescue groups, owners, volunteers, adopters, and veterinary partners; cared for goldens with serious medical conditions including heart worms, orthopedic issues, cancer, blood disorders, and skin and ear infections; and addressed training and behavioral needs of its dogs. AGK also recruited volunteers (including wonderful foster homes), raised much needed funds, and strengthened donor and grant support. Additionally, AGK welcomed opportunities to educate the public on responsible pet ownership through our Facebook posts, local media appearances, relationships with owners, adopters and volunteers, and participation in community events.

Our Funding

Adopt a Golden Knoxville is a private non-profit organization that does not receive any government funding. We rely on private donations, fundraisers and grants including assistance from the Golden Retriever Foundation and Goldstock, so that we can help as many Golden Retrievers as possible. We are eternally grateful for our donors and these foundations for their support.

Special Stories

These videos, released at our annual Goldens in the City fundraiser events, share the rescue stories of some of the golden retrievers taken in by AGK since 2010. Watch the volunteers, adopters, and vets as they describe the transformation of some special dogs from orphans to much loved adoptees.