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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Talk about cute! This wiggly little guy is a bundle of energy. He’s a breeder relinquishment. He’s been deemed healthy by our vet partner, with the exception of a heart murmur, which may be age related and may be outgrown. One of his eyes is larger than the other but it’s functioning normally. Pickles will land in his forever home quickly!


Foster Update: 7/22/24

Little Pickles, who is not so little anymore, went for his follow-up appt. with the cardiologist on July 11th.  Overall, it was a good visit as the medication (Atenolol) is working.  His dosage was increase by a ¼ tablet and GRIN will need to call monthly with his weight to check if adjustment in dosage is needed as he grows.  He has no further follow up appointments until he is one year old (March 2025) when he will need to go for a through cardio exam.   (Please note that his medication is not expensive and is available through a pharmacy).

Meanwhile, Pickles awaits his forever home.  He is doing well on house training, walks well on a leash, and knows a few basic cues.   Folks you are missing out on enjoying this pup!  Pickles is waiting for someone to open their hearts & provide him with a loving, caring, furever home.


Update: 6/27/24

Sweet little Pickles will be going for his last puppy vaccines at the end of June.  He will also be going for a follow up appointment with the cardiologist in mid-July.  Our GRIN Medical Director has provided an update on his condition.  Now Pickles doesn’t know he has a medical condition….in his world, he could care less!   He’s growing like a weed and is anxious to find his forever family.

Pickles had his cardiology appointment on June 19 to determine the cause of his heart murmur. He was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Dysplasia (a congenital malformation where the mitral valve does not form properly at birth) which is the reason for his heart murmur. He has a dynamic obstruction (instead of a fixed one). This means that his murmur can be detected more notably when he is excited. At this age, the vet is confident it can be medically managed with a medication called Atenolol, which is a beta blocker.  He has a follow up appointment scheduled for July 11 to make sure the medication is working, and no adjustments are needed. Because he is a 15-week-old puppy and his case is not severe currently, no exercise restrictions are necessary. Because of his young age, we cannot be certain what the future holds for Pickles. Some things to be considered are: even if the dynamic obstruction gets better with medication, the valve can still become worse over time and leak more.  He may also be prone to subaortic stenosis (no evidence of this at this time) that is not present, simply because he is so young and it's not detectable currently.  He will need to have an annual heart echo and cardiologist follow up every year (more if his condition worsens).  He will also need to have adjustments in his medication as he grows and gains weight. Until he is fully grown, we will report to his specialist with his weight every 4-8 weeks. We have no way to predict (mostly because he is so young and still growing) what his lifespan or long-term outlook is. At this time, his condition is very manageable, and he is content to be a sweet, snuggly, and playful little puppy!


Foster Update: 5/23/24

Sweet little Pickles is your typical golden puppy.  Upon his examination with our vet partner, it was discovered that little Pickles has a heart murmur.   GRIN has made the decision to send him to a cardio specialist.  GRIN is hopeful it’s just a puppy murmur that he will outgrow, but we want to be sure.  His appointment is in mid-June.  Meanwhile, little Pickles is working on house training, is crate trained, has a healthy appetite, learning to walk on leash, some basic cues, and is growing like a weed.  After playing and enjoying the world, this little guy will put himself to sleep in his crate.  He likes toys and will chase after a tennis ball in true retriever form.   He has met his foster mom’s grandchildren and does very well with kids. 

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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