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:  2 years old

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Shadow came from a shelter - this handsome guy was relinquished by his owner as he was too energetic for the family. 

He needs training, lots of guidance and exercise daily. 

Our transporter noted while he was a bit of a busybody on the ride, once out at our vet partners, he was calmer and interested in sniffing. He was a good boy and was quiet for picture snapping. He’ll settle and be a great dog.

Update: 11/13/19
Hi Shadow here!  I'm looking for that perfect home: an experienced adopter who will continue with positive training yet set some clear rules for me.  I have TONS of energy & would be a great companion for somebody who likes to run or do other outdoor exercise or activities that I could participate in.  Did somebody say agility?  I think I might like that too!  
I play very well with other dogs but am content to be an only dog as well.  If you throw the ball I will actually bring it back to you!  I'm very good on a leash but I'm a little needy so I want a human that will give me lots of love and attention!  A home with small children would not be a good fit as I am likely to run them over!  Think TONS of energy!


This youngster came to GRIN after being adopted and returned to a shelter as he was too much for the adopter to handle.  Shadow is an absolute sweetheart but he is all crazy puppy!  Currently in the care of GRIN's training partner, he is doing very well in class.  His leash manners are excellent but he still needs some work.  He loves to wrestle and play with other dogs.  When ready, Shadow will need an adopter who is wiling to continue to work on training and provide him with the exercise he needs.  Life for this boy is all fun and games!!


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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