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: Male  Age:  4 years old

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This boy’s owner relinquished him to a vet to be euthanized simply because Puddles had one surgery to remove a sock, and he believed he needed another one for a similar reason. Turns out Puddles threw up the plastic and didn’t require surgery. He’s a good boy, although he’s going to need guidance as he’s shy. Puddles has not been exposed to other pets or children so we’re unsure how he’ll react right now. He’s a happy boy though, and with TLC and a watchful adopter, he’ll blossom!


Update: 5/13/24

Puddles is a happy go lucky boy who is looking for a family of his very own. He is a typical young Golden who needs ongoing obedience training.  He walks well using a harness.  He absolutely loves other dogs and plays with them nicely.  His favorite thing to do is chase the ball.  

His owners initially relinquished him because he had previously eaten something he should not have and had to have surgery as a result.  They thought he did it again and feared a second surgery would be required, so they opted to euthanize him.  As it turns out he did eat some plastic, but it passed, and he was okay.  Fortunately, this youngster landed safely in GRIN's care.  We have been monitoring him closely and so far, he has not tried to eat anything including blankets and toys. His owner reported working long hours so perhaps some of his habits were due to boredom.  Regardless it is something that will need to be monitored and care should be taken to pick up items that could get him in trouble.

Puddles has not been in close contact with cats, but will alert (ears raised) when he encounters one.  Because of his age a fence is required but we do think he is a candidate for invisible fence with the appropriate formal training.

Puddles is a gorgeous boy and a fan favorite of the GRIN volunteers who have walked and worked with him.  He is just a happy friendly boy.


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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