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.

On Hold - Update & New Photos!
Gender: Male  Age:  14 weeks old

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Brian and Anna Good, Ziva and Oscar wish a fast recovery, health and happiness!

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

Coconut came to us with two other puppies from a mill breeder who wanted to relinquish them. He has a heart murmur--it could be a puppy murmur which goes away at 12 to 6 weeks of age, or it could be a defect. There is no arrhythmia or other symptoms, so we'll recheck and do other tests at a later date. He also has a urinary tract infection and an odd conjunctivitis; both are being treated. He's anemic as well, likely from malnutrition.   The good news is he's with GRIN and will get all necessary medical care. Our wonderful IFA transporter said the pups are all social. 


Foster Update: 2/8/19

Marshmallow & Coconut have come a long way from the frightened, scared puppies they first were.  They are playful, full of spunk, & into everything!  They love toys, especially ones with squeakers in them & both are already retrieving.  They love running around the back yard & getting into mischief & chasing the big dogs.  They are both food motivated & will do anything for a treat.  They are doing wonderfully with crate training & are excited to go into their crates as they know good things are coming!  Potty training is a work in progress.  Their eye issues have resolved.  Coconut has a heart murmur & will be going to see a specialist in the upcoming weeks. 

Foster Photos 2-8-2019:


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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