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: Female  Age:  5 years old

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Aurora is part of our “Love Knows No Borders” mission, Transport 6. She is named after the Roman Goddess of dawn and equals in beauty to a morning sunrise!  This beautiful “senior” is our special needs gal.  While only 5 years old, she's considered a senior in Istanbul. She is in need of some dental work and has very bad skin problems--both of which our vet partners will address, as well as a full vetting. She was found on the streets of Bursa. Aurora's described as awesome, totally friendly with all ages of children, humans and paw friends.

Foster Update: 11/6/18

Hi All,
Aurora here. My English continues to be a work in progress, but am starting to be really comfortable in my foster home. I'm starting to know my name, and cues like sit and come (especially if treats are involved). I'm fully house trained now and haven't had an accident in 2 weeks. Soft plush toys are still my favorite as well as getting pets from foster mom and dad. I'm a very quiet dog unless I'm outside and want to come back in (then I bark)  My furever home will need to be very patient with me when im on walks. I get tired very easily and am pretty slow due to my arthiritis. I'm very popular in public places around Cleveland and am the first one to go up and greet strangers (people, dogs. kids). I am very friendly and curious and my parents say I am the sweetest girl ever!

Foster Update: 10/22/18

Hi Everyone,
This is Aurora. I am using my Turkish translator to write you all. It was a rough journey to the US, but I'm glad I'm with my foster parents now. The vet said I have two ear infections, a urinary track infection, a bladder stone, and a bad tooth. I also had 5 small lumps removed from my body. They stitched me back up and said I need to come back in a month to get the stone and tooth removed. I'm very happy to be in the US and get all my needs taken care of. I'm a little slower moving then my foster sister because of some arthritis in my back leg, but I get along great with her! I don't understand English cues yet, but  I do get visual cues with hand signals. I like being near my foster parents at all times and getting pets and belly rubs. They said I am such an easy dog to take on walks and I'm not phased by other people, dogs, or cars. I do great in the crate when my foster parents leave, but I've also been left in the house unsupervised and have had no accidents! I think I've had a family before, because I like the soft toys my foster sister shares with me. I carry them around and drop them in random spots outside. I think I'll start feeling better and better every day now that I'm on medications.  My foster parents are excited to see more of my personality come out in the next week.  Blonde girls just want to have fun!

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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