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: Male  Age:  1.5 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Susan Vanpelt, in honor of Denise Burdette to celebrate her birthday!
Sharon Halloran

fenceNeeds to have a fenced environment and would benefit from obedience training. schoolbus

Homer is a relinquishment; his owners have several children and this young dog bowls them over as he is vision impaired. FYI, Homer was originally purchased from a “backyard breeder,” likely a mill. We’re seeing more and more of these dogs and many have health issues. Despite his vision impairment he is a high energy dog. He also walks well on a leash. Our transport gal said he’s as sweet as they come! 

Update: 3/6/19

Homer has been to a number of specialists since coming into GRIN's care in October 2018.  Medical, Neurology, and Ophthalmology, all in an attempt to determine what issues or concerns he has and how to best treat them and eventually place him in an appropriate home.  Homer has some quirky behavior and after all of the testing (MRI, x-rays, spinal tap, etc.) it has been determined his issues are a result of his struggle with depth perception. He cannot always tell how far away things are. For example he may move towards a toy or dish as though it is 10 feet away when in reality it is 3 feet away. We are happy to report he does not have any hearing issues as thought initally.  The veterinarians who have evaluated Homer are not sure what the cause of vision issues are,  possibly genetic, a result of poor breeding, or deep untreated ear infections that damaged the optic nerve.  

Homer is a wonderful dog but will need a home with someone who is willing to manage him given his vision impairment.  We are looking for a family with no young children, with few steps, 1 or 2, and a traditional fence.  Homer has a wonderful disposition, is very good with other dogs,  & loves to play and romp.  He walks well on a leash with a collar or harness.  He is outgoing and fun loving.  He loves tummy rubs and aspires to be a couch potato in his fur-ever home.


Foster Update: 10/23/18

Homer:  I arrived in my foster home a bit groggy after having a dental took 24 hours to get my appetite back.  Right now am working on my 'walking on a leash' skills, learning new cues to address my hearing and vision issues and learning to be an almost 2yr old golden.  I am very proud of not having any accidents in the house and behaving responsibly while gated to the kitchen area.  I love having my beautiful fur brushed and belly rubs always make me smile. 

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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