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.

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Gender: Male  Age:  7 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Sally Corwin-Osgood, in memory of Katie Bean and Sunshine

Doc came to us from a shelter. He was originally relinquished because his owner couldn’t afford his medical bills. He had a tumor removed near his elbow. Doc has been diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer. Doc’s medical needs will be addressed and he will go into a hospice foster home. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. 


Foster Update: 9/27/19

It saddens our GRIN family that Doc has a terminal cancer.  Let me assure you, that Doc is doing great and doesn’t even realize his condition.  He’s living life to the fullest in his present foster home.  He is being spoiled and pampered on a daily basis and putting smiles on his foster family’s faces.  Doc enjoys playing in the yard, going for walks and loves his tennis balls.  He loves being around his humans and will often find a lap to lay in whether on the floor or the couch.  He’s a Velcro kinda guy and just loves hanging out.  Many thanks to his foster family for loving and caring for Doc as their own.


Foster Update: 5/31/19

Doc has been with us for nearly two weeks & is starting to settle in and enjoy being a part of our family.  We have fallen hard for this sweet golden boy.  Doc is a happy golden whose tail always wags.

He had several health issues that needed to be addressed when he first came to GRIN.  Doc has bounced back nicely from his surgery, skin issues have cleared up, and his ears now look good. Right now he feels good, so we are making the most of this time. 

If we didn’t know that Doc was 7, we wouldn’t believe it - he is SO fully of energy!  Doc is a super sweet dog who doesn’t realize how big he is and quickly forgets his manners.  Sometimes it’s like having a puppy in the house again.  No more leaving shoes out, food on the counter, or anything that looks like a toy on the floor for us.  The upside of that is that the mud room has never been cleaner!  Doc started to remember basic cues like sit and down right away.  Due to his lack of manners, it is taking awhile for Doc to become friends with the Golden’s, but they are working it out, with toys being put away & all the dogs being fed separately. 

Starting on his first day with us, we’ve been taking Doc on walks around the neighborhood to help him burn off energy.  After two weeks, he has worked up to walking 1.25 miles in the morning and again in the evening.  He loves it.   As a bonus, Doc has learned to walk nicely on a leash unless he sees a squirrel. 

When a new Golden comes into our home, it always takes a couple of weeks for the new foster to settle into our routine and for us to get to know him. Doc experienced a lot of change over the last few weeks prior to coming into GRIN and is just now starting to feel like he is home. 

Foser Photos  9-12-2019:


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Foster Photos 5/30/2019:

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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