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.

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Gender: Female  Age:  2 years old

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Darling came from a local shelter and was not claimed. She is a timid girl, but not shut down. She is thin - once in foster care she'll get the proper nutrition that's been lacking. She is a sweet one and will  do well with the TLC she deserves!

Foster Update: 6/14/24

Darling has started taking a new medication to help her with her fear issues.  Her foster mom reports she seems happier and has even "smiled a few times".  Recently Darling's foster family went on vacation.  While she was staying with a respite foster, she was still fearful of new people, but did meet a neighbor at the fence & allow him to pet her.  She enjoyed being with the resident dogs.  Darling must go to a home with at least one other dog, as she is used to being part of a pack of 4.  It will require time and patience for Darling to live her best life.  Could you open your heart to this girl?


Foster Update: 4/3/24

Darling, or Darla as her foster family calls her, is ready for her forever home.  She enjoys daily walks with the family pack and playing in the backyard with her best buddy, Charlie.  She is looking for a special adopter who will meet her where she is and will work with her to continue building her confidence.  A home with at least one confident dog is a must.  She is fearful of men, so she will need a home that is predominantly female.  She has grown by leaps and bounds since she first came to her foster home in September.  Do you have room in your heart for this sweet girl?


Foster Update: 3/14/24

Darling had made progress in regards to her anxiety and fearfulness. One of the resident dogs recently passed away& while she was very cognizant of the loss & had some anxiety, it was short lived.  She is eating well and loves playing with the resident pups.  She is still very fearful of males, but does well with her foster mom and her daughter.  She will definitely need a patient owner who is willing to work through her fearfulness.  Do you have room in your heart for this sweet girl?


Foster Update: 2/5/24

This girl is coming out of her frightened shell!  She is initiating play with the resident dogs and is now letting foster dad pet her.  Darling has been on some medication to help with her fearfulness and it has made a great deal of difference in her quality of life.  She no longer hides under the table or in her crate.  She is out and about within the house and is running and playing in the yard.  She now joins the other dogs to greet foster mom at the door when she returns home from work.  She remains fearful of strangers that come to the house, or strangers she meets when taking her daily walks.  Darling will need a very patient female adopter who will be willing to give her time to decompress and feel comfortable. Stay tuned for reports on this sweet girl, who is getting braver every day.


Foster Update: 1/8/24

Darling is slowly improving and is less fearful than she has been.  She remains very fearful of men, but is allowing her foster dad to pet her as long as foster mom or foster sis are nearby.  Darling loves all of her foster sibs and is particularly close to Charlie, a young lab mix.  Darling and Charlie enjoy tussling together both indoors and outdoors.  Darling went to the groomer last week for a spa day.  Her foster mom reports she did well with this experience.  


Foster Update: 12/4/23

Darling is making slow but steady progress in her foster home.  She still remains fearful of many things, but her foster family is working with a trainer who has given them some good advice of things to try to help her become more comfortable in general.  She loves her foster sibs, especially her foster bro Charlie.  They frequently are seen tussling together and she seems to be enjoying herself.  Stayed tuned for future updates on this sweet girl.


Foster Update: 10/19/23

Darling, or Darla as her foster family affectionately calls her, is gradually becoming less fearful.  She is happiest when she is in the company of her 4 canine foster sibs who love her unconditionally.  Foster mom reports she has come a long way, but has a way to go to overcome some of her fears.  She remains fearful of men and is very slowly developing a trust relationship with her foster dad.  She loves women and will go to them willingly to be petted.  Noisy children frighten her, but quiet kids are fine.  She loves going for walks with the pack, but is frightened of noisy cars, garbage trucks etc.  Her foster family will continue to give her love and security until she is ready for her forever home.  Stay tuned!


Foster Update: 9/18/23

Darling is doing well, in spite of being very fearful.  She has bonded with one of the resident dogs, and follows him everywhere.  She is eating well and appears to be house trained.  She really enjoys her daily walks with the resident pack, wagging her tail the entire time.  She is showing interest in toys, but has not played with them yet.  Her foster reports that she is seeing improvement every day. Stay tuned for more updates on this sweet girl.

Foster Photos 6-14-2024:

Darling, back right, dark red smiling girl


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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