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. The majority of the dogs coming into our care of late are puppy mill survivors with very specific needs.

Right now we are looking specifically for foster homes or adopters who have another confident dog and a traditional fence.  GRIN does normally accept brand name invisible fences however the puppy mill dogs are easily frightened and considered a flight risk. Please read through the mill dog article on the home page of our website for more information and a better understanding of these dogs. At this time we are currently accepting applications as follows:

- Interested specifically in a puppy.  (Note we do not have any at this time .)

- Have a traditional fence.  Although GRIN normally does accept brand name invisible fences, we are looking for adopters with traditional fences as the puppy mill dogs are easily frightened, considered a flight risk and not good candidates for IF.  Additionally we have folks on the waiting list that have invisible fences who are waiting for a match.

- Another confident dog in the home is important to help the puppy mill dog adjust and learn how to be a dog. 

- Max - sweet senior who needs to be the only dog.

- Bud - sweet lovable senior who loves other dogs but needs an adopter who is home a lot.  

- You MUST live in the GRIN service area (adoption maps to the right) and be able to demonstrate a history of vet care in accordance with your veterinarians recommendations. That includes annual heartworm testing and consistent heartworm prevention.  If you do not meet the vet requirements or live in our service area please do not submit an application as it will be rejected. 

If you have read through the puppy mill information, adoption process details, meet the residence and vet requirements and would like to move forward with fostering or adopting we invite you to complete an online application.  Note if you do not meet the current requirements your application will not be accepted.  Please note this is not personal.  

Please be prepared to be patient as we are an all-volunteer organization and the application process can take up to 5 weeks.  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. 

We periodocally post application status updates so feel free to check back periodically. Thank you!!


To be considered for any of the dogs in

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 (Effective September, 2019)

Pup to 12 months $500
1-3 years $400
4-7 years $300
8+ Golden Gems $150
Special Needs Determined on a case by case basis
Pairs $50 off adoption fee of each dog based on age
Turkey dogs   $700