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.

Gender: Female Age:  6 months old

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Meet Phoebe! As playful as they come, she's a blank slate ready to be molded into the perfect companion. Due all that puppiness, her adopter is going to be chartered with training, continued  socialization, and housebreaking of this loveable pup! With her infectious zest for life, she'll turn even the gloomiest days into a festival of joy. Adopt Phoebe, and let her paint your life with the vibrant colors of her spirit.


Foster Update: 6/5/24

This sweet girl has made great progress in her foster home. She is reliably house trained and knows to bark at the door if she needs to go outside. She has adjusted to using her crate when she needs to be home by herself, or it is time for bed. Initially, she did not like her crate but now walks to the crate and crawls in while she waits for her favorite treat. When she is in her crate, jazz music seems to soothe her.

Phoebe has learned sit, down, and can do a little bit of a wait when she’s calm. A true retriever, she will always find something to carry around and bring to her foster mom. By using the word give, she has learned to release whatever item carried in & allows her foster mom to pick it up.

Phoebe loves to be outside. She will find a stick to chew on & loves to do little Zoomies in the backyard. She tries to run with her foster sisters in the backyard to get some of her energy out.

She has been introduced to a variety of adults and children and is always eager to have someone pet her. 


Foster Update: 5/10/24

Phoebe is a true golden retriever puppy. She has already mastered the retrieving part at just 6 months old! The good thing is she will surrender whatever she retrieves without too much convincing.

Phoebe is doing well in her foster home. She gets along well with her foster sisters and likes to run around the yard to follow them. She has just shown us her first zoomie which is in a tight little circle outside.

Since arriving she has fit in well with our pack. She likes to sleep close to foster mom or one of the girls. She is VERY fond of toys, both chew toys and stuffed animals. She usually has at least one in her mouth at all times.

She rides well in the car but is safely belted in so she cannot explore too much. She likes it when her nose can stick out the window. She has done the drive thru at the bank and responded to the sounds without any reaction. She also did the PUPCUP drive thru and especially loved that trip! She readily gets in the car and is always ready to get out when we get home.

She is almost completely potty trained. She knows to go outside and takes care of everything when she is out. I have noticed her heading to the door and I try to take her out when I see her do this. At work, she barks at me, and I know to take her out. She also loves to roll in the grass and can carry large sticks.

She loves to eat, especially treats of plain animal crackers, banana slices, blueberries, & baby carrots (with Ranch dressing).

We have been working on crate training. The first couple of days she did not want to go anywhere near the crate. If you try to scoot her into the crate face forward, she will resist. However, if I scoot her in back end first, she does not resist. We play a little game of going in, sitting for a treat, and then I let her out. At night, when I put her in, she has decreased the time she protests & will quiet down after about 10 minutes. During the day, I try to crate her only half a day if possible, as she drools a great deal when she is in there. I have a supply of bath towels and I keep one in the crate with her. Two nights I have let her sleep outside of the crate and she did well without getting into anything.

We are working on keeping her feet on the floor! When she first arrived, the rule as she could not get petted if she jumped up. It was great hearing our administrative team work on “Off” so they could pet her. Now we are asking her to sit before we pet her.  Everyone is learning together. She is pretty reliable with sit and we are working on leash walking.


Foster Photos 5-9-2024:





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.
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