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.

Available for adoption-  New Update & New Photos!
Gender: Female  Age:  7 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Mark Dunaway
Scott and Nancy Case

Berry came from an area shelter as a stray. Her skin is a mess, poor girl had fleas and is malnourished. She has ear infections and a hematoma with scar tissue on one ear. She will be fully vetted, of course, and put on meds to get her healthy. She's a calmer gal who gets along well with other dogs. Our transport girl said poor Berry looked defeated but that she's as sweet as they come. We'll find This Goldie that perfect adopter who will smother her with love and affection, and we're betting her attitude will change dramatically!

Foster Update: 1/22/19

Berry is doing very well in her foster home. She walks well on a leash & goes on twice daily walks, which she loves.  She likes to sniff along the way!  Berry likes to play tug with a rope or squeaky toy, she likes to tear the stuffing out of her toys before playing with them!  Berry’s foster mom had overnight guests.  While Berry was initially shy, she warmed up to them wanting petting & attention, wagging her tail happily.  Berry is an older gal & has some stiffness when getting up & laying down.  She is on arthritis meds which help.  Berry is trustworthy & has full run of the house when her foster mom is gone.  Berry is a sweet easy gal to have around!


Foster Update: 10/30/18

Sweet Berry was back at the vet & has gained some much needed weight.  She had her nails trimmed & her ears are looking good.  She continues to be a very easy going companion.  She spends most of her day sleeping, but is playful & likes to play ball.  She is not fond of her crate, but her foster mom is working on making it a good space.  She likes to be out in the yard while her foster mom is doing yard work.  She does pretty well on shorter car rides.  She is more comfortable in the house & is so sweet & will wag her tail when approaching her foster mom for petting.  She loves belly rubs.  She is shy when first meeting new people, but does warm up.  She is doing well with house training. 

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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