At this time GRIN is not accepting adoption applications, this status will be updated when we are able to start accepting applications.
We thank you for your patience.

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.

Gender: Female  Age:  4 years old

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Abby is a breeder relinquishment. She was scared to death during transport. Our transporter suspected she has limited vision and gave her extra comfort and support. Once Abby realized this she calmed, clung and trusted. We are going to have further tests done to determine her eye issues. 


Abby has blossomed from a rather growly loner into a fun, friendly golden. She loves to come for petting and will do the typical golden nudge to get attention. And if that doesn't work her front paws find their way to your lap!


Abby does very well navigating despite some limited vision. She does well in typical daylight but appreciates a flashlight to help guide her when outside in the dark. 


She is very comfortable now around her foster sisters and sleeps curled up next to one of them. When it is time to go outside she is the first one out the door. We do keep the screen door latched so she doesn't let herself out!


Foster Update: 5/8/20

We are still working on walking on the leash and going in the car. She is fine going for a walk where the area is familiar to her. In unfamiliar areas she tends to want to walk only a few steps before getting behind you. She does bark when she hears other dogs but is easily redirected. Car rides are not her favorite so she still requires help getting into the car. She gets very anxious but does better if someone sits in the back seat with her.

It is easier for her to keep things in the same dish, water bowl and dog bed. This way she does not have to hunt for them  or lose track of them. She responds very well to verbal cues and comes when her name is called. She takes treats very nicely but need the treat placed very close to her nose so she can take it .

Abby does still wear an Adaptil collar and takes a calming treat morning and late afternoon. She is currently on Apaquel for her allergies and truly needs it 2x a day. She has a lot of nasal discharge when she sneezes. Her foster mom has never had to wipe a dog's nose so much!

There has been a major change in her over the time  she has been in her foster home. Now her personality is so evident and she is very sweet. Abby would do best with either another dog at home with her or someone who is home most of the time. She has really  developed during this quarantine time.


Foster Update: 2/21/20

Abby has settled in very well at her foster home. Her happy personality has become more evident. Abby is no longer crated while her foster mom is at work.  She has the run of the house with the resident dogs. She has become very reliable in doing her potty business when outside so accidents are rare, only happening when the routine is off schedule.

She loves running in the backyard with her foster sisters.  She is very nosy and loves to check out the different smells in the yard especially first thing in the morning.  Abby always goes to her crate when her foster mom is getting meals ready even though her dish is now placed outside of the crate. She seems to like the routine that was first established of eating in her crate when she first came to her foster home.

Abby is always the first one at the door to greet her foster mom when she comes home with her tail wagging!


Foster Update: 1/5/20

Abby is now house Trained with the exception of occasionally needing to use a pee pad at night. She will now go outside and do her business in the fenced yard  without having to be taken out on a leash, which is a big step for her. She is crated while her foster mom is at work and she will go willingly into her crate at times on her own for a break and during meal time she goes into her crate to wait for her food. She is not interested in playing with toys but she does love to be petted. Abby's foster mom feels she would do best in a home with no small children just because of her visual limitations and some one who will be patient with her while she adjusts to a new home, just like she has adjusted to her foster home and her foster siblings. Abby is a very sweet girl who is going to make someone a great companion.


Foster Update: 12/2/19

Abby is beginning to relax in her foster home. She appears to have some vision and is not afraid to explore her foster home or the fenced in yard, although she does occasionally run into things. She will occasionally growl at one of her foster siblings when they move too fast around Abby and startles her, but other wise they are getting along fine and sleep together with no issues. Abby is crated while her foster mom is at work and while she eats.  They are working on house training. Abby loves to be petted and has a tail wag that shakes her entire little body.  Abby is going to make someone who is willing to be patient with her a great companion.

Foster Photo 1-19-20 :

Resident golden Mary (left) with foster Abby (right)

Foster Photo 11-30-19:

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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