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:  10 years old

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This sweet senior was likely dumped - a kind person witnessed it, scooped Houston up and got him to the protective confines of a shelter. 

Aside from being filthy, neglected and missing fur from fleas - he’s a great guy! He initially wouldn’t eat but changed his mind and gobbled up meals. Good thing because he’s about 48 lbs.

With a good bath and groom, ongoing nutrition and lots of love, things will look up for him - they already are! Our transporter said he's a spry guy. We'll find Houston a terrific home where he'll be adored!

Foster Update: 9/11/19

Houston completed his first heart worm treatment on September 9.  He is being confined to a small area while recovering.  His spirits seem good and so does his appetite. He will have another treatment in 30 days.  Keep thinking positive thoughts and sending good vibes to this sweet boy.


Foster Update: 10/14/19

Houston has completed his heart worm treatment.  He did quite well with it.  He is back home now, resting and relaxing.  He will remain on restrictions for the next 6-8 weeks.  He is eating well and seems to be happy to be back in familiar surroundings, following a 2 night hospital stay.  Thanks to all who have sponsored his treatment and recovery.  He is the best boy ever!


Foster Update: 9/2/19

Houston continues to do well in his foster home.  He is gaining weight and enjoying life.  He is house trained and very well behaved both inside the house and outside in the yard.  He is a little nervous in the car, but hopefully more opportunities for a ride will help with that.  He begins his heart worm treatment on September 9.  His foster family will keep everyone updated on this sweet boy's progress.


Foster Update: 8/19/19

Houston is doing very well in his foster home.  He is enjoying getting 3 squares a day and sleeping in a comfortable environment.  He gets along well with all of the resident critters, canine and feline alike.  We will keep everyone posted on his progress as he undergoes treatment for heartworm.  Keep those positive thoughts coming for this sweet old soul.  Right now Houston's favorite activities are eating and sleeping and getting lots of love from his foster family.


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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