I’m an approved applicant, can I pick my own dog?

Now that you have applied for a GRIN dog, we trust you like and understand the Golden Retriever and are knowledgeable about the breed’s needs. That being said, here are some reasons why we discourage approved applicants from “picking out” a dog…

  • The website description of our dogs is only a brief synopsis of each Golden, and it is not meant to provide detailed information about the dog’s personality.
  • Many times the dog you are interested in may not be right for your family, or may already be meeting a previously approved family.

Therefore, if you are not contacted about a dog you inquired about, that means the dog is NOT the right match for you, or is currently in the adoption process. Please understand, that we make every effort to match you with the right Golden for your family.

I have previously adopted from GRIN, do I need to fill out an application or can I use my old application?

If your application is over 18 months old we would ask that you complete a new application to ensure we have the most current information on file about you and your household.

Does GRIN require a fence?

GRIN does require a fence for all dogs under 6 years of age.  This rule was implemented after a number of incidents that put the safety of our dogs at risk.  Some dogs come to us as strays or frightened and can be a flight risk. 

Why are the adoption fees so much higher than shelters?

Before being adopted out GRIN provides all of the necessary medical care including vaccinations, spay/neuter, and treatment for various medical or behavioral issues.  GRIN spends an average of $1,200 per dog. 

I only want a puppy, do you get puppies?

From time to time we do have rescued puppies available for adoption.  If you are only interested in adopting a puppy, you can submit your application and be placed on a waiting list.  Don’t wait until you see one on the website as it will likely be too late.

How long is the wait for a dog?

GRIN does have a waiting list of approved adopters.  We do not however operate on a first come first serve basis. We carefully match our Goldens with their forever homes based on the needs of both the dogs and the adopters. 

Can I visit your facility to see your adoptable dogs?

GRIN does not have a facility. We are a network of volunteers and foster homes scattered throughout NE OH and Western PA.

I’m not a GRIN member, can I still volunteer?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, fostering, transporting and other activities.  In ordered to be covered under our insurance policy, all volunteers and fosters must be members of GRIN.  Membership applications are on the website under the support tab and can be paid using the PayPal function.  Once you become a member, you can contact our volunteer coordinator to find out what you can do to help.

Where do your adoptable dogs come from?

Rescued Goldens come from local shelters or are owner relinquished. We also participate in a worldwide effort to rescue dogs from Turkey.

I’m not in your adoption territory, will you make an exception?

Unfortunately, we are limited to where we have volunteers to support our activities.  GRIN’s adoption process includes a home visit, and we must remain in the area in which our home visit volunteers are willing to travel. For a Golden rescue in your area, please visit GRCA Rescue by State.

This same policy applies for our foster families.  Our fosters must live in NE OH or the Western PA area for follow-up and emergency vet visits with our network vets, as well as meet and greet visits with potential adopters.

Are all of your dogs fostered?  Why do some featured dogs have available for adoption dates and some do not?

Yes, with few exceptions, all of our Goldens go to foster homes for a minimum of two weeks in order to gain temperament information.  The available for adoption date is when the dog completes its foster period and will be available for adoption.

Dogs that are listed as ‘on hold‘ may be with a trainer for evaluation or basic training or under medical care or treatment. 

Why are some dogs listed on your website as available for adoption for a long time?

In most cases we do not have an approved applicant that matches the needs of the dog. GRIN will not deny any Golden it rescues a chance at a happy home.

What is FTA or foster to adopt?

In some instances, GRIN will place a dog in a foster to adopt home. This means the foster family is taking the dog as a foster with the understanding they are likely to adopt that dog.

Why is your application process so lengthy?

The information gathered during our application process is valuable as it provides crucial information about your family and lifestyle that assist GRIN in making solid adoption matches.  It is important the match we make be good for both the dog and the family.

Is GRIN looking for foster homes?

Yes, we are always looking for foster homes.  Foster homes provide our Goldens the great start they need on their way to new lives. These homes provide the love, care, training and confidence that will help a dog adjust to a new environment.  Without foster homes we are limited in the number of Goldens we can take into our program.  It is an extremely fulfilling opportunity and yes it is sad when they go but what joy it brings to know what a difference you made in that dog’s life.

Why is your foster application the same as your adoption application?

Many of our foster families adopt their foster dogs so the process is the same.

Why haven’t I been contacted for my phone interview or home visit yet?

GRIN is a 100% volunteer organization. We are all volunteers and have jobs, families and outside commitments. If you feel your application has gone too long without contact, please visit our contact information section to make outreach to the applications team. 

How do I surrender a Golden to GRIN?

At GRIN we understand it may not always be possible for owners to provide for their pets in dire situations.  Divorce, finances, illness, death, job loss, allergies and time management are just some of the life changes that factor into a decision to surrender a dog.  As gut wrenching as it can be, surrendering a dog is always the right solution and we are here to support you. 

For information on how to surrender a dog, please visit the “Surrender” tab on the GRIN website for additional information.

If I chose to surrender my dog, what can I expect?

GRIN’s intake volunteers will make outreach to discuss the dog and make arrangements to take ownership of the dog. The dog will then be seen by GRIN’s vet partner for a medical examination and to provide any needed medical care. After the vet visit, GRIN will move the dog to a foster home where he/she will stay for a minimum of 2 weeks. After the foster period, GRIN will begin matching the dog to an appropriate adoptive family.

GRIN goes to great lengths to screen potential adoption candidates to ensure our dogs are placed with loving and responsible pet owners.  Our process includes an application, phone interview, vet check and if all of that goes well, a home visit.  We match dogs to potential adopters that best meet the needs of the dog to ensure a good placement.