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- New Photo & YouTube Video!
My Special Sponsors:
   - Kimberly White, in memory of our guy Horty
   - Joe Mercer, in loving memory of Elizabeth O'Brien
Gender: Male  Age:  2 years old

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Fozzie is a special boy with a few issues. He has a congenital problem which affects his balance.  He’ll do best in a carpeted home as he slips on wood and linoleum. He’s super sweet and is fine being crated. For now Fozzie is with our foster/trainer for some basic obedience and training. Stay tuned for updates.

Foster Update: 1/16/17

Fozzie has made good improvements while in the care of GRIN's training partner.  He has learned basic cues such as sit, wait, down, come and is working on leave it.  As a result of a congenital problem likely from birth, his movements can be a bit jerky but are much better when he is in a calm state of mind.  
He gets along well with other dogs but can be a bit overbearing which can cause issues. We believe he would be better as an only dog.  He is super sweet and enjoys cuddling, brushing and petting and will make a wonderful pet.

Foster Update: 8/12/16

Hi there!! I'm Fozzie and I'm an extra special boy.  I was found by some good Samaritans who noticed I wasn't walking well and GRIN took me to see a neurologist.  It was determined I have some physical and mental deficits but I don't let that slow me down!! I LOVE to play with toys and want to play all day!  Foster Mom likes playing ball with me and I'm pretty good at bringing it back.  I'm a smaller guy, who can be unsteady at times, so  I will do best in a home without steps and one that is carpeted or rugs where needed.  I'm starting to love my crate and have a really large one with blankets that I like going in when I want to relax.  I will do best in a home without kids and would do well with a canine friend who understands I need time to settle in.    I'm a really good boy and foster mom says I'm always giving her that golden nudge.  I promise to reward my forever family with lots of love & affection!

Foster Photo 7-19-2017:

Foster Photo 8-11-2016:

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Foster Photos 8-2-2016:

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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