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.

Adoption pending!
Gender: Female  Age:  7 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Lennie and Jane K, in loving memory of River and in honor of Bob and Lisa Miller

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Laura, named for Laura Bush, is also very un-socialized mill dog and scared. Laura had to be carried as well and cowered in her run at our vet partner. She appears to be developing a skin infection and has patchy fur under her neck. There was a glimmer of desire for affection--she seemed to want belly rubs. This girl, estimated to be 7 years of age, also will need lots of love and patience.  We appreciate your support and would welcome sponsorships and donations to offset her medical costs. Keep her in your thoughts--stayed tuned for updates and prayers for her happy ending. 

Foster Update: 9/23/19
Laura continues to make slow progress with her confidence issues. She is comfortable around other dogs and does great with her foster brothers and sisters but people still make her uncomfortable. She loves to go on a walk and has no issue if someone else is walking across the street, but if someone approaches she will often hide behind foster mom's legs. She is completely house trained and has excellent house manners. She needs to be taken outside on a leash to do her business as she prefers her inside  happy place. She would do best in a quiet home with a confident dog or two to help show her the ropes and a person that can be patient with her while she learns about the good people that are now in her life.
Foster Update: 5/22/19
Sweet Laura continues to be very calm and cautious but makes very slow progress. She is now completely house trained but needs to be guided by her foster on a leash to do her business. Left to her own devices in her fenced yard she sticks close to her foster mom and does not wander or explore.  She walks great on a leash if she is walked early in the morning or at times where there is not alot of activity around her. She meets people cautiously and is not food motivated at this time. She seems to be enjoy being petted by her foster mom but still does not seek out the attention. She does not play with her foster siblings but will lay with them, sometimes laying her head on one of their backs. She has come a long way but is still fearful of many of the everyday things we take for granted.  


Foster Update: 4/3/19

Miss Laura is slowly coming out of her shell. She takes small steps but continues to try new things. She is awesome at making eye contact, is responsive to her name being called, and moves around the room especially to eat. 

She has allowed some grooming to be done and has remained very calm. Her nails and feet were trimmed and she willingly participated. At home she is ok with brushing and ear cleaning. This week she will go for her first out of the house bath..fingers crossed.
Laura is more involved with the resident dogs especially the wrestling twosome. When they roll into her space she paws at the closest contestant. She is most comfortable snuggling with her foster brother, Jonah. She often lays with her head on his back.
People are still very scary for her. She can go for walks and she does great until she comes across a person. Then she hides behind her foster mom. They try to walk before most people are up and around or after they have gone in for the evening. 
Laura has gone to work with her foster mom and climbed the big steps to the second floor office. She also attends in house committee meetings.  In all these circumstances treats are used to encourage her but she still will not take them out of hands. Treats are put front of her and she takes it when she is ready.   Laura's foster mom is continuing to show her that people can be kind to her.


Foster Update: 1/22/19

Miss Laura is showing signs of relaxing a little more each day. She still prefers her safe spot but will move out of it when on leash to go outside. We continue our routine of going to a different spot in the house for the petting session following our outside trip.

Routine is very important for her to feel comfortable. We have simple routines for feeding, going outside, brushing and getting in the car. She is good when she knows what to expect. That being said, we keep trying to add to the routines. I  recently rearranged furniture so that her safe spot is now in my line of sight so she knows I am looking at her. She has handled this well.
The videos show her walking both on and off leash.  On leash she likes to stay close and she likes to hear your voice.  Off leash, she just hangs with you.
She has not yet taken food out my hand..tried many types of treats. She does not play with the other dogs but hangs close to her foster brother, Jonah, who is very calm. 
Laura is a sweet girl who is still learning to trust.
Foster Update: 12/7/18

Miss Laura has come so far in her efforts to feel safe.  She will lay calmly now for petting and does not try to run away. She seems to be more comfortable in open space as long as she is near her foster mom. Once mom moves so does Laura..back to her safe spot.

Her biggest accomplishment is leash walking! When she arrived she had not experienced a leash and now we walk down the street 20 houses, cross to the other side and walk back. She is a gentle walker, always visually checking in but walking next to her foster mom. As long as we don't meet anyone on our walk, it is a pleasant experience for her. 
Miss Laura is still very unsure about people. At most she will wait while foster mom speaks to someone across the yard. If anyone comes too close she is ready to head back in to the house. Efforts to introduce her are difficult because as of yet it seems that a walk is her favorite reward.  She is not responsive to treats. Foster mom still places them on the floor in front of her or tucks them inside her cheek. She seems to enjoy the petting that follows our walks but does not seek out being touched. 
Miss Laura has made so much progress but still needs time to feel safe.
Foster Update: 11/5/18

Laura's foster mom sent in the following update on this sweet puppy mill girl.  She is making progress slowly, but surely!

Laura is showing some encouraging signs. She seems to enjoy our little walks and will now get up when I put on the leash and call her name. She walks next to me or even a little in front of me unlike her days of walking as far behind as the leash would allow. Normally she will only go 4 houses down the street to the corner before she puts on the brakes. This morning while it was still somewhat dark , we went down the 4 houses and she was willing to cross the street with me and come back down the other side. This was a major step for her. I tried it again around noon and she accomplished it again today. I am always watchful for cars or anything that might frighten her and will gather her close if a loud vehicle is going to pass us. Very proud of her.

Yesterday we were sitting on the floor and she was on the opposite side of Mary.  As I reached out and pet Mary, Laura leaned over and licked my hand. This was the first effort on her part to make contact. She continues to do well with eating by the other dogs. She has learned that she needs to eat when given the food or else her foster brother will finish it for her. 

She is doing well with going outside to potty. She has a couple of favorite spots that she uses.  Originally she would not pass me on the landing when I held the door open for her to come in. I had to latch the door open and back my way in so that she would come in.  Now I can stand on the top step, hold the door open and she will come into the kitchen.  I am working on her sitting when she comes in and I take off one leash. If I take off both, she darts for her spot in the living room.  Rather I use the remaining leash to walk her around the living room, take her to the bedroom area and then let her go to her place.  I am trying to adjust her place so she sees that it is all safe.

She responds well to petting, kisses on the nose and ear rubs.  If I say her name, she looks at me right away so her responses are increasing.  A couple of times at night I have seen her up walking around and checking on things. Progress- slow but sure!
Foster Update: 10/23/18

Laura is ever so slowly making progress. She is extremely uncomfortable around people and probably has had no socialization. She is comfortable around the other dogs in her foster home.  Her foster mom has been working hard with her to integrate her into the living space in her home.  She goes out on the leash for short walks around the backyard.  Laura appears to have a strong flight instinct, so she is double leashed for her safety.  She is responding to a 'go potty' cue.  She is working on 'touch' to put her nose on her foster mom's palm of her hand & gets lots of praise when she does.  She is walking closer to her foster mom while on leash.  She is making more eye contact & her foster mom pets her briefly when giving her her food & when she comes in from outside.  It is going to take Laura a long time for her to trust poeple, but happily she will be given all the time she needs!
Foster Update: 10/8/18

Laura is a puppy mill survivor.  She displays many of the typical puppy mill behavior of not trusting people and not having been socialized to anything outside her immediate surroundings.  She is very gentle when having to be given medications.  She is frightened of new situations & needs the company of a confident dog to take her cues from.  She also enjoys playing outside with the resident dog & will need a physical fence due to her fears.  This sweet girl will need lots of love & patience!

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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 GRCA Rescue by State.
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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