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.

My Special Sponsors:
   - Jan Russell, in memory of our faithful friend and companion, Buddy
   - Ginny Backus
Gender: Male  Age:  3 years old

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Andy’s story is heartbreaking. He came to us from a shelter as a stray. He is extremely fearful and submissive and cowers when meeting our volunteers who visit him in a quiet room. He is very handsome and small. He is going to a foster that is a certified dog trainer; we believe with time, Andy will learn to trust and then we’re going to find him the perfect adopter who will love him forever. Stay tuned for updates.

Foster Update: 6/26/17

Andy is now off of Trazodone. He continues with the Zylkene and is doing great!!  He is on a potty schedule, has adapted to it very well, and there haven't been any accidents in three weeks. He is still shy around visitors, but did let our guests pet him this evening. His foster mom is going to try to start walking him outside of his yard in the near future. He has started to exhibit some destructive behaviors when his foster family leaves so he is crated again when they leave the house.  He likes his crate & has no issues going in it.  Andy has made tremendous progress in becoming more confident.  His forever home will need a tremendous amount of patience & love to help him as he continues to find people & the world are not such a scary place!

Foster Update: 5/22/17

Andy continues on the road to becoming a confident dog. He's not there yet, but he's moving forward!  He now goes out to potty 100% of the time with only voice cues.  He can be trusted with the run of the house while we are away for up to three hours!! Andy is very food motivated and has discovered he likes bananas. He comes to his foster family for affection and is showing much more confidence when he is outside. He has come such a long way and is getting braver every day. He looks to the resident dog for confidence so he will need a home with a confident dog to help him adjust. He's learning that humans are kind to him and is now meeting visitors along with the resident dogs. He enjoys a visitor’s touch, but still shies away with eye contact. He's becoming such a brave boy!!

Foster Update: 1/12/17

Andy was moved to another foster home in December. He is adjusting and gets along very well with the two resident goldens. We have seen steady progress with Andy and continue to encourage him to be "brave". His house manners are improving and he willingly goes outside with the resident goldens some of the time. He is starting to seek affection and attention from his foster parents. He finishes his meals and loves hot dogs, which are his reward for being brave!  Andy still has a long way to go, but he is showing improvement all the time.  He will need a forever home that understands he will need lots of patience & time to adjust.

Foster Update: 11/4/16

Andy continues to make progress in his foster home.  Foster mom reports she is starting to see some life come back into his eyes! He still struggles with fear issues, most likely the result of being under-socialized / under-exposed to things in the first part of his life.  He is sound sensitive but is learning to trust people.

Andy is a beautiful pup with a gentle nature and gets along well with the resident dogs.  He has discovered toys and will play with and carry them around some.  Andy will need a quiet forever home that will be help him learn to trust & be comfortable with everyday life. 

Foster Photos 6-1-2017:

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Intake Photo: 

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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