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

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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: 3/13/20

Chester has been in foster care four weeks now, only because GRIN Is making sure what eye medications he should be on before he is adopted. Chester has a wonderful, loving disposition. He is a very excitable boy who absolutely loves going for walks. Chester has a habit of wanting to jump and put his paws up on people when he meets them, or stands and puts paws on the front door when it’s time for a walk. His foster family is working on his manners. He has learned several basic cues and responds quickly most of the time. Chester is a very playful boy, loving to play tug-of-war or chasing after balls. He still pulls pretty hard on a leash, and has a dislike of having a collar or halter put over his head... he is a Houdini of fast moves and ducking.


Foster Update: 3/5/20

Sweet Chester has been in his foster home for three weeks now and he has just settled in like he’s one of the family. He knows at bedtime that his spot is in the crate, lights out and one call and he goes right in. Chester goes for walks regularly now, a harness seems to work a bit better for him than a collar, he doesn’t pull as much. He really enjoys his meal times, getting very excited but waits his turn politely. His foster family is working on some basic cues and Chester is a very quick learner and anxious to please. Chester is also learning to socialize better with dogs outside of the home.  Chester really loves to chew on Nylabones and  has never chewed up anything he’s not supposed to. Chester is one handsome boy just waiting for his perfect forever home.


Foster Update: 2/24/20

Chester has been in his foster home for two weeks now and has settled in like he’s always been here. Chester now sleeps in his crate every night, going in willingly. We no longer have to hold his bowl while he is eating, he eats his meals in his crate now. He recognizes his name and is a very fast learner, having  learned several new cues in the past week. This sweet boy is what they call “a Velcro dog“. Chester absolutely loves human interaction. He is a very alert, attentive boy who is going to make some lucky family very happy. 


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