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.

On Hold! New Update & New Photo!
Gender: Male  Age:  6 months old

 My Special Sponsors:

Scott and Nancy Case, in honor of sweet Heather who crossed the Rainbow Bridge Sept. 2nd

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Max came to us from a breeder with his litter-mate Cody. He is a super cute mini Goldendoodle - but grayish in color. While he’s social, friendly, and a typical puppy – a bit wild and crazy – he is timid at first. He walks okay on a leash and is fine being held. His back legs have patella luxation, and he will see an orthopedic specialist and they will likely be repaired.  Check back for details on this very nice guy. 

Update: 9/1/20

Max is recuperating from his third surgery, the 2nd on the same leg, so he has been on strict cage rest since July 22, this time around. The foster has to be "ridiculously cautious" with him while he is in her care, so that no setbacks occur.  He received a good report on his 2 week follow up with the Orthopedic vet and we are hoping for a good report in a few weeks. Max is a ball of energy and is ready to break out of his crate at any time.  Eva, the resident dog is providing some much needed comfort to Max while he is on crate rest.  She will lay next to his crate and work her magic.  Max will need to gain his strength in both legs and rehab could take some time.  We are all hopeful for a full recovery for Max.  Max's expenses are significant with having 3 surgeries, so please consider making a donation to help offset his expenses.

Foster Update: 6/30/20

Sweet Max came into GRIN at 6 months old from a breeder. Both his back legs were affected with Patella Luxation requiring surgery. This sweet loving puppy had his first surgery March 3rd and spent 6 weeks on total crate rest to insure proper healing. He had his second surgery May 21st and again spent another 6 week on total crate rest. He will be officially released from that restriction on July 3rd. This sweet loving snuggle bug continues to thrive and will soon be able to run and play like a normal puppy. His loving foster mom takes him for "walks" daily in his stroller which he loves. Thanks to GRIN he will have a happy healthy life with lots of love. 


Foster Update: 4/28/20

Max is definately on the mend from his surgery & has suddenly discovered that he is a puppy and is as mischievous as he can be. He absolutely loves going on walks in his stroller,  looking up at his foster mom while she pushes him. He has learned to play fetch. He still does not like to walk on a leash but will tolerate it for a couple minutes.  Max ran for the first time ever & was the sweetest thing his foster mom has seen.  Max will be following up soon with the specialist about his leg...stay tuned!


Foster Update: 3/11/20

Following his surgery Max is eating and drinking well. Since he is a snuggler it is easy to keep him quiet in the house. Outside he wants to roll in the grass but that is not allowed yet. He is beginning to put a little bit of weight on his leg but only for a few seconds. He rests well in his crate when his foster family is gone or leaves the room. He is loved and spoiled and gathering quite a collection of toys.  He goes for his follow up at the vet on 3/20. Despite his surgery and being unable to play, he is a happy and very loved boy!

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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