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:  12-13 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Steve and Dorothy Eitel
Love, Jeremy and Liz Brantner and our 8 year old golden, Ramsey.  We are thinking of this sweet girl and wishing her a fast recovery
Jeanine Greenbank, in memory of my Golden, Roy

This sweetest girl Ivy came to us from a shelter--she had been found by a Good Samaritan on the side of the road.

Poor thing struggled at the shelter, couldn't stand at all...thus she had severe urine burns and had to be shaved down. She has been exhausted and slept a lot there--probably been on the road by herself for a while. She was carried to our transporter’s car, and there she kept her head up and smiled the entire trip!! She must have sensed her life is on the upswing--plus our trusty, loving volunteer driver talks and is reassuring to her rescued charges. She made sure Ivy was swaddled in blankets.

Our vet partner feels she is a good girl, food motivated and friendly. She is overweight, likely from a thyroid problem. Ivy also has a few lumps that our vet doesn’t recommend removing...and she also feels Ivy is a hospice dog. We’ll get her into a loving foster home where she can enjoy the rest of her life. Stay tuned for updates.


Foster Update: 6/17/19

Ivy is doing well in her foster home and improving. Initially her foster family tried to make her a spot where she did not have to do stairs to go outside, but Ivy is very particular about doing her business in the grass, so she now is doing 4 steps into the house with a ramp.  She does not need to be crated.  Ivy came down with kennel cough & was not eating well, but is now eating as well as improved mobility.  Her foster family uses a sling to assist her with standing.  She has a therapeutic bed for her to lie on.  Ivy is a spunky girl & loves to be outside smelling all the smells.  If she doesn't want to come back inside right away, she lets her foster parents know!  She is house trained & does well with the resident dogs & cats. 

Foster Photo 8-3-2019:

Foster Photos 6-17-2019: 


Foster Photo 5-27-2019:

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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