Thank you for your interest in adopting a Golden Retriever from GRIN!  We are so grateful for people like you who are willing to open their hearts and homes by considering adopting a Golden Retriever in need of a loving and forever home.  In the past decade, Golden Retriever breed-specific rescues and educational outreach have helped to dramatically reduce the number of homeless Goldens.

If you are interested in applying to adopt please be prepared to be patient as we are an all-volunteer organization and the application process can take up to 5 weeks.  Like most Golden Retriever rescue organizations, GRIN is experiencing a shortage of dogs and has a waiting list of approved adopters.  We carefully match the Goldens with their forever homes based on the needs of the dog and the family, not the order in which the application was received. 

Please note that GRIN only accepts applications from residents of NE Ohio and Western PA.  Please refer to the adoptions maps to the right.

To be considered for any of the dogs in our program and begin the adoption process, you must first complete our application process and be approved to adopt. The application process consists of these steps:

Step 1:  Complete the online adoption application: Online Application. After submitting your application, a reference from your veterinarian is sought. Please be sure to contact your vet to give them permission to speak with our volunteer.  After we have completed the vet check, you will then be contacted for a phone interview. 

Step 2:  If all of step one goes well, your application is moved to the next stage – a home visit.  All family members must be present during the home visit – No Exceptions. We are an all-volunteer organization and will work with you to accommodate your schedule as well as ours. 

Step 3:  Once you have been approved for adoption, you will be contacted regarding a possible match for your family.  It could be a day, several weeks or several months.  We work very hard to match the right dog with the right family based on the dog’s needs and those requirements you, too, have requested.  We use the information you provided in your application, the home interview and home visit along with the evaluation provided by the foster home for every dog in the program. 

Step 4:  When a match for your family has been identified, you will receive a call from a member of the adoption team followed by a call from the foster family.  The foster family will provide you with his/her observations and information about the dog’s habits and temperament. This is also your opportunity to ask specific questions about the dog.  You and the foster family, together, determine if you should proceed to the next step – a “meet & greet”. The “meet & greet” takes place at the foster home since this is the environment the golden is most comfortable.  Every member of the household, including dogs, must be present at the “meet & greet.” 

Step 5:  Decision time.  Do not expect to take your golden home after this first meeting.  This is an important decision and can be very emotional. We want you to go home and think about it carefully, discuss with your family to ensure you are making the best decision for all.  We ask that you contact the Adoption Coordinator with your decision the following day.  While you are making your decision, the foster family will also be communicating with the Adoption Coordinator to provide their feedback.  If everyone agrees the “meet & greet” was successful, we move forward with finalizing the adoption details.   

Step 6:  Adoption meeting.  Bring anyone you would like to the meeting.  Come prepared to review and sign the contract and pay the adoption fees.   You will receive any medical information from the GRIN vet including medications and instruction, if any, during this meeting.  

Our job at GRIN doesn’t end when you sign the adoption papers.  We will follow-up with you periodically and welcome you to contact us with any questions post adoption.  Transitioning a new “family member” can be difficult and we want to help make your experience a positive one.  Thank you for supporting rescue!

Click here to learn more about the Golden Retriever breed!

                      Current GRIN Adoption Fees

Pup to 12 months $400
1-3 years $350
4-7 years $275
8+ Golden Gems $150
Special Needs Case by case
Pairs $50 off adoption fee of each dog based on age
Turkey dogs   $700

Common Questions and Answers

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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a complete list of common questions and answers click on any of the above questions