GRIN tries to make every effort to keep this page current and up to date. Please keep in mind that by the time you submit an application and are going through the approval process, some of dogs pictured below may already be in the process of meeting and being adopted by other approved applicants.

The average ages of our rescued Goldens are 6-10 years of age, however GRIN does occasionally receive younger dogs that are in need of a home.  If you are interested in adopting a young dog, please do not wait until you see one on our website to apply for adoption.  Our approval process takes approximately 2-4 weeks to complete and by the time you have been approved for adoption, the younger dog will have already been placed into a loving home. Please start the application process now so that you can be on a waiting list for when GRIN does have younger dogs available.

My Special Sponsors:
    - Kathy Altieri, in memory of my sweet Patsy girl
Gender: Male  Age:  3-4 years old

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We know that Chance was struck by a car in Turkey and a volunteer took him to see a vet and they operated on his toes. He’s calmer than on the original intake date and he’ll remain with our vet partner’s care for the time being; they may consult a specialist.

Foster Update: 11/7/16

Chance is a remarkable dog with a resilient spirit.  He is happy all the time despite his having to deal with the ongoing betadine soaks and cone to prevent him from licking at his wound on his leg.  He hoovers down his food as so he is using a slow feed bowl for his meals. He still eats really fast but does not show any resource guarding, but is very quick to snatch up a treat.  Chance is having no problems with potty training.  He loves the resident Golden.  Chance crawls on the bed for cuddles & is very affectionate.  He loves going to the park.  Chance will need formal obedience training, but is very bright & engaging, so should be a quick learner.  Chance is an absolute delight!

Foster Update: 10/25/16

Chance's Week:  Well, it’s been a busy week for little Chance.  He is eating well & loves his food!  His wound is healing nicely, despite the minor setback of his leg getting bumped when he vaulted into the car for a ride.  He is getting along most of the time with his foster brother.  However, Chance can be pushy at times so if he has a canine sibling, it will need to be one that is forgiving of his exuberance. Chance will need to attend formal obedience classes to continue his training.  He is a wonderful boy who loves to cuddle.  He does still do some submissive peeing when he gets excited seeing people, but is improving.  He is quickly learning all about his new life in the US!

Foster Update: 10/20/16

Hi Folks,  Chance here. I have had a busy few days.  When I got to my foster home, I met my foster bruddah, I like him a lot.   I am a little exuberant about my love for him, especially with my special satellite dish on my head and he is a little bit pawt off by all that silliness.

I am also working on my house training & it is going excellently.  I have not ever had any accidents in my crate or my special bed.  I like to bounce.  The peeps think I am the happiest dog they have ever seen…that’s probably a good thing, if you are me!!  My leg injury is healing great..that is my medical opinion… BOL!!!  I don’t really have a medical opinion, but I do know it feels better and better every day.  Foster mom and dad give me treatments twice a day and I get medicine hidden in my turkey (shhh, they think I haven’t figured that pawt out yet)!  I walk with this adorable little limp but I don’t tire very easily!!  Foster Momma told me the sweet little swagger makes me look cute…she is right!!!

I am really hungry and I love my food but I am not a food bully.  I respect my foster Bruddah’s food & even though I would like to eat his breakfast, I don’t.  I am full of CUDDLES, love and affection…my cup runneth over, I am told.  I really love it here, it is warm, the food is yummy, I feel safe and they give me lots of love.  I am asking for a forever family to love me.  I am special!  I am so happy to have the ‘chance’ to heal my body, my heart and get a second chance at life and a first chance at love. So, folks, come and get me, this Chance is ready for ya!!!  

Foster Photo 11-15-2016 - Chance Front and Foster Brother, Gagey, Back

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Foster Photo 10-24-2016 - Chance receiving his medical leg treatment:

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Intake Photos:

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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