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:  6 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Fran Forbes, in loving memory of our beloved Abby.  She is deeply missed.
Dave and Sherry Vanderneut, in honor of Pippa
Melissa Rogers, for Goldie and her puppies
Jodi Adams and Margaret Parizek, in honor of Mike & Rita Madden in memory of their beautiful goldens, Spencer and Max.
Rosemarie Nolan, to help care for her while she is waiting on her forever home.

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Goldie came to GRIN from a puppy mill breeder who is getting out of the business. We don’t know much about her at this time, except for one outstanding fact—she gave birth to five beautiful puppies. We’ve made special arrangements for their care. Stay tuned! 

Update: 5/13/19
It has been a whirlwind since coming into GRIN's care!  Fortunately for me the puppy mill operator surrendered me along with two of my other friends.  Six days later I gave birth to 5 beautiful babies.  My loving foster mom took excellent care of me and lots of GRIN volunteers gave their time and resources to help care for and socialize us.  The babies were all adopted into fantastic homes and finally it was time to focus on healing the emotional wounds inflicted as a result of life in a puppy mill.  I went to a trainer who provided a safe loving place to decompress and learn how to be a dog.
I've made lots of dog friends who I love to play with!  I can still be a little shy but enjoy lots of attention and pets.  Next week I will be spayed then ready for my fur-ever home!  I have a soft gentle spirit and I'm great with other dogs and don't mind cats at all.  Because of my background and shyness I will need a traditional fence and hopefully a dog or two I can play with.  
Thank you GRIN for rescuing me from the horrors of puppy mill life.  I am anxiously awaiting to become a treasured member of a family!


Goldie is a puppy mill breeding dog who was relinquished to GRIN this week along with two other Goldens, Brownie and Otis. Goldie's life prior to coming to GRIN was not a good one. Living outside with no protection from the elements in a small cramped cage, no socialization and very little human interaction and zero medical care.


She came in frightened and shut down as most mill dogs go. Over the last few days she has been showered with love from the kind staff at our vet partner clinic and has really come around. We are getting tail wags and she has gotten so comfortable that she falls asleep when you are petting her!


We will keep you updated on her progress and that of her precious cargo. Keep Goldie and her babies in your thoughts and prayers while we anxiously await their arrival!


Update: 1/14/19

We wanted to give you an update on our puppy mill momma Goldie. She is doing very well. Her "dog-ter" thinks she is carrying 5-6 babies and will deliver very soon. (Check out the pic of her little bundles of joy!) We are so excited for the arrival of these little munchkins.

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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