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:  5.5 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Scott and Nancy Case, in memory of Callee
Eve Moses

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Charlotte was a breeding dog and is frightened as can be--she's had little social interaction. That said, our transport girl made a little headway with her. How? She used "baby talk," the gentlest of voices. Char responded with wags and face licks. Her assessment was that the scared little girl would quickly come around quite nicely. She's also a gorgeous gal with a blocky head. Due to her background, our IFA group knew she'd do best with our trainer/foster, who is GRIN's very own dog whisperer. Stay tuned for updates.

Update: 3/4/19

Charlotte is progressing nicely, starting to lay down comfortably in her crate.  She is a super sweet and snuggly girl. She loves her playtime with other dogs.  Charlotte walks beautifully on a leash. We are very pleased with her progress but she is not quite ready for adoption at this time.  When the time comes we would like to place her in a home with somebody who is home a lot and wiling to use a crate to ensure success.


Update: 1/21/19

This little puppy mill girl is as adorable as they come. She was unfortunately adopted and returned as she has was destructive when left alone.  We are slowly working on crate training, careful not to stress her out. We are happy to say she is progressing nicely but not yet ready for adoption. She loves people and wants to please but afraid when her people are not around.  Stay tuned for more updates.


Update: 10/30/18

This sweet mill momma came to GRIN in September, very frightened and shut down. She has come a long way but still spooks easily.  She is playful and bouncy and loves to cuddle. Charlotte just wants to be with her people and enjoys pets and lots of attention!  She ignores cats and would do best with a traditional fence.  This lovebug will be ready for her new home soon!

New Photo 1-29-2018:

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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.
For a complete list of common questions and answers click on any of the above questions