Our Beginnings

Golden Retrievers in Need Rescue Service, Inc., also known as GRIN, was incorporated in 1992 by a group of Golden enthusiasts who recognized the need to find good homes for the countless Goldens euthanized each year for lack of a loving home. We are proud to continue the work they began.

The number of unwanted pets filling shelters, pounds, and humane societies is staggering, and the fate of these animals is, at best, depressing. The overwhelming fact is that almost 25% of these dogs are purebred. Thankfully, there are many other purebred enthusiasts who also realize the need to aid their breed, and they are networking with us in an effort to help alleviate the burden that shelter workers are faced with daily.

Who We Are

GRIN is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization totally staffed by volunteers and has over 500 active members. We have a strong social media presence through GRIN sites on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, RSS feeds and Facebook. We serve northeastern and central OH, western PA, western NY and many outlying surrounding areas that do not have a local Golden rescue. Goldens come to us from various sources including shelters, pounds and owner surrenders. GRIN also is part of a worldwide rescue effort to bring abandoned Goldens from Turkey to the USA. An uncompensated, very active Board of Trustees is elected each year and is responsible for various teams within our organization. Our all-important IFA Team oversees the intake, foster homes and adoption for each GRIN Golden. They work with our local vet partners to ensure that every dog has the necessary medical attention, including spay or neuter, before they’re matched with a wonderful home.

GRIN is funded primarily through memberships and membership renewals, a variety of fundraising activities including our annual Golden Gala, pet partner store events, donations from individuals, corporate matching, grants, bequests, and affiliate giving programs. Every dollar raised by GRIN goes to the care and expense of Goldens who enter our program; every donation is tax deductible.

What We Have Accomplished

Each year continues to bring challenges but the GRIN family is committed to being there to provide the love and care needed for each dog that has come into our care.  We continue to welcome dogs that in many cases require extensive medical care beyond the typical spay/neuter and vaccinations.  Additionally, a number of the dogs coming into our care have behavior issues, which require professional behaviorists and trainers to bring these dogs to their full potential and adoptability. 

On average GRIN spends over $1,200 per dog.  To date GRIN has placed over 3,600 Goldens in their forever home including 97 in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). GRIN is proud of the work we do each year, both in caring for our GRIN dogs and in maintaining a top-quality rescue organization. We remain grateful to our loyal membership, volunteers and supporters who make all of this possible.