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.

Adoption pending!
Gender: Male  Age:  5 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Available for sponsorship!

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

Thunder came to us from a breeder. Our transporter said he is a crazy, fun guy and his name suits him - he is like a bull in a china shop! He is very social and friendly. He is adjusting to his foster home where he loves to steal toys. His foster mom said he's like a teddy bear. 

Update: 6/2/20

Thunder is currently in the care of our trainer to work on basic obedience using positive training methods.  He is a strong puller and very jumpy so we are focusing heavily on leash manners.  He is a very happy boy who loves to steal toys from the other dogs and bring them to his humans for play!  Thunder is house trained and will need a patient adopter who is focused on ongoing training and obedience. 


Foster Update: 3/10/20

Thunder is a very sweet and lovable Velcro boy! He is house trained, good with dogs but has not been around cats. He walks fairly well on a leash but tends to walk in front of you at times. He is good in the car. When he eats he likes to do it laying down.  Thunder loves, loves, loves, having a toy in his mouth and he is always carrying one around!  Thunder is a counter surfer & a ‘collector’ of think: pillows (his favorite), small rugs & dog beds, which he then takes to his ‘special spot’.  He is not crazy about being crated & does fuss initially.  His foster mom is working on teaching him the crate is a place where good stuff happens.  Thunder is a big goofball with lots of love to give!


New Photos 5-25-2020:

Foster Photos 3-10-2020:

Intake Photos:


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