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 Photo!
Gender: Female  Age:  2 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Daniel Dolson, in memory of my precious golden girl Winnie

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

This beautiful girl came to us from a shelter. She came in as a stray and was unclaimed. She is very timid and scared right now — can you blame her? We know she’s fine around other dogs and is as sweet as they come. Her foster family will begin reassuring her — she’ll probably be so glad to have a warm spot to rest. Stay tuned for updates - we’re sure her personality will bloom.


Foster Update: 10/7/19

Valentine is a sweet, playful girl.  In the morning time, Valentine is the most wiggly, relaxed and happy.  She will greet her foster mom and request pets. Valentine loves hanging out with the resident dogs and loves to run and play in the yard.  She loves to go on walks with her foster family.  She really likes to be in the same room as her fosters.  Valentine has her safe space that she will go to if she is uncomfortable.  She is in the process of learning to trust and to feel comfortable with her everyday life.   As with most mill dogs, they will progress at their own pace and she has been making progress.   She loves her foster family and is trying very hard to be comfortable in her new life.


Foster Update: 4/18/19

Val is working very hard to make progress in her new world and likes to take her time to learn new things. Her biggest milestone was conquering a full flight of stairs to the second floor of her foster home just a few days ago! She sleeps downstairs and comes up around 6 am and hops on the bed to snuggle with her foster parents and foster brothers (canine) for a little bit! Val is a morning girl and gets very excited to see her foster family each morning - almost as if her fear goes away! Val is a chewer & needs appropriate things to chew on...her favorites are the filled sterile bones. 

She still prefers that we do not approach her unless she is comfortably  laying down in one of her safe spaces. Val loves her canine foster brothers and is comforted by them. Val is looking for a forever family with at least one other canine sibling who can show her what a happy life is all about! She also asks that her forever family be patient with her and understand her complexities as a former mill momma. Val is a beautiful girl and an absolute sweetheart who just needs time to take her life back!


Foster Update: 3/21/19

Val is a very sweet girl who is still trying to figure out the world outside of the puppy mill! Although she is still very timid, she has been making progress and gaining trust in humans, little by little. She is easily startled by new noises and quick movements and will generally seek refuge in her safe space under the table. Val absolutely loves other dogs! She seems the happiest when she’s with her two foster brothers in the house. Valentine is house trained and walks well on a leash, although passing humans on neighborhood walks easily frightens her. Val loves to chew - antlers, bones, toys, pillows, chairs. She needs to be monitored with stuffed toys, as she likes to find the squeakers and eat them. Val will let you sit next to her on the couch or floor and allow you to pet her all day. Val is relatively low-energy, and prefers to sit back and observe the humans and dogs around her. She is still afraid of her crate, and has free range on the lower level of the house when her foster parents are not home. She generally lies on the couch with her brothers, but has had two minor incidents of nibbling on couch/chair cushions. Val does not know basic obedience cues, but her foster family is working with her everyday. Her foster parents feel somewhat confident she is learning her name. Valentine will require a lot of love, patience and work from her forever family, but with time this shy girl can blossom into a loving, trusting golden!

Foster Photo 8-8-2019:

Foster Photo 3-20-2019:


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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