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.

On Hold!- Update & New Photos!
Gender: Male  Age:  2 years old

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Can't wait to see you find your new home!  Love, Liz, Jeremy and Ramsey (our golden) Brantner

fenceNeeds to have a fenced environment and would benefit from obedience training. schoolbus

Chester came to us from a shelter - they asked us to take in this neglected boy. He has been seen by our vet and will be put on meds for dry eye, conjunctivitis and ear infections. He was given a dental , X-rays were done and he has no joint disease or arthritis. Chester is smaller and a good weight. He's a bit crazy but in a fun way - and everyone says he's super nice! He'll go to his foster home this week and we'll have updates.

Foster Update: 2/18/20

Chester’s first week in his foster home has been fantastic. This sweet boy is a real delight. Chester is house trained and crate trained. He gets along wonderfully with the two resident foster dogs and  cat. He was recently visited by 3 children ages 9-13, and had them all in giggles with his love and kisses. Chester is a very social boy who absolutely loves everyone. He freely gives tail wags and snuggles and kisses. He will eat his food from the bowl, but he likes it much better if you hold the bowl for him. Chester has already picked up on waiting his turn to receive treats and he is learning that a leash is a good thing, getting to go for walks.  His eyes are improving by leaps and bounds with  medication. When he is outside, one whistle will bring him running and when he’s being ornery a simple “no” seems to suffice. Chester is a very loving boy who will bring many smiles and happiness with him.


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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