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- Update & New Photo!
Gender: Female  Age:  5 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Dave and Sherry Vanderneut, in honor of Pippa

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Barb's another mill relinquishment. She came to us with numerous punctures and wounds on her back left leg that required surgical repair.  She was treated for lice and will be treated to a nice bath. She's sweet but very timid right now.  She'll stay with our vet partner until her stitches can be removed. Stay tuned for more. 


Foster Update: 4/22/19

Barb is having a better week,  acting spunky and playing more. She is enjoying walks a little more and not trying to turn back and go home every 30 seconds. She is starting to become the best snuggle bug you could ask for. She has a new benebone that she loves chewing on. Barb has been doing better with visitors and doesn't hide in her crate the entire time.  She continues to do extremely well with other dogs, however she is becoming more independent and confident.  Barb loves to be brushed.  She would do best in a low key, quieter home.


Foster Update: 3/13/19

It's time for a Barb report!! This girl is so funny. She is trying to figure out how to play with the other dogs in her foster home, but gets nervous and then plays by herself by flipping her toys in the air. Barb has had no accidents in over a week. She won't tell you when she has to go, but if you bring this girl outside she will potty within 1 minute. We call her the potty master! We are still working hard on leash training. She gets very nervous in new situations and forgets what she needs to do. She is very comfortable in our house with the resident dogs & will need a confident canine sibling. Barb does not mind being separated from her people, but gets very upset when separated from her foster siblings. Barb loves her crate and eats all her meals in her crate. When she sees her foster mom get breakfast ready she runs to her crate to wait for hers. This girlie is pretty fast when chasing her favorite tennis balls!


Foster Update: 2/15/19

A Barb pup date!  With much help Barb's foster home has been working on crate desensitization and training. It was a battle at first, but Barb is getting the hang of it. Barb has a crate in the living room and one in the bedroom. She protests for a few minutes and then goes to sleep. She has been eating every meal now. She is starting to play with toys . She loves her fur siblings and every time they come in from outside she gives them lots of kisses. She is also starting to get excited when her foster parents come home & greets them with lots of tail wags. Her legs are almost completely healed and looking good. Barb is starting to turn into a happy go lucky golden retriever gal!

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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