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.

Available for adoption- New Update & New Photos!
Gender: Male  Age:  8 months old

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Frank and Christine Lukehart

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Coop is a relinquishment - he proved to be too much for his owner. He is crate-trained, which is good because Cooper's a busy boy when left to his own devices. He is used to being walked several times a day, so his new human will have to keep that routine. He has a sweet temperament and is a doll baby, said the vet who cared for him. He's on his way to his foster home...stay tuned for updates. 


Foster Update: 1/30/23

Hello!  Cooper here.  This week's update is brought to you by yours truly.  As you can see I am a handsome doodle boy.  I am 8 months old and full of energy.  I love to play with other pups.  I run and play all day with the resident pups at my foster home.  I also love playing with toys and puzzles. I love being on a schedule in my foster home.  We have walk time, play time, eating time, and rest time daily and I am thriving.  I hope my forever home has at least one active pup that can run and play with me.  It would be great if there is a fence too so I can do my daily sprints!  I am patiently waiting for my forever home, could it be yours?


Foster Update: 1/4/23

Cooper is doing really well in his foster home.  Cooper needs at least one other young playful dog to play with him in his forever home.  Cooper thrives when he has a daily consistent routine: wake up time, meal time, playtime, & bedtime.  Cooper tends to be a bit of a grazer when eating his meals.  He is offered his food & if he doesn’t finish it in a certain amount of time, his foster family picks it up & he gets it at his next meal time.  He sleeps in a travel crate in the master bedroom every night without an issue.  During the frigid weather he was reluctant to go outside with the resident dogs.  Hi foster family now goes out with him to make sure he goes potty.  Cooper is looking for an active family with some doggy playmates to make his dreams come true!


Foster Update: 12/21/22

Cooper continues to make progress in his foster home.  He loves to play and go for walks.  He enjoys playing with the resident dogs and running in the back yard. Cooper is completely house trained and sleeps well in his crate each night.  Foster Mom stresses that he needs an active lifestyle (walks, agility, hiking) to accommodate his boundless energy.  He will greatly benefit from training (obedience, agility) and an owner that will spend lots of quality time with him. He can be impulsive at times but responds well to redirection of his energies.


Foster Update: 12/9/22

Cooper is a very happy, active, busy boy.  He is very smart and is wicked fast in solving his puppy puzzles.  He loves licking a frozen Kong and playing with resident dog, Chloe.  He is crate trained, housetrained, and is an excellent eater.  Cooper is very social and loves being near his people at all times.

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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 Golden Retriever Rescue Network.
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