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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This pretty girl came in with her pups. Ella was initially a scared mill mom, but is coming out of her shell in her foster home. She likes the resident dogs and we're hopeful that she'll come around quickly and enjoy being a loved family member. 

Foster Update: 12/9/20

Ella is adjusting very well in her foster home.  She rode well in the car but needed to be lifted in and put on the back seat, but was able to get out on her own.  Ella showed signs of a natural curiosity as soon as she arrived, checking out everything she could find & followed the resident dogs to different places in the house. She has gotten used to her spot in the kitchen where her bowl is placed and comes right away to eat when food is placed here.  She is eating very well.  Initially she was baby gated in the kitchen, but ended up coming into the living room with her foster mom & resident dogs & immediately curled up & fell asleep.  Stairs were challenging for the first day for Ella, as she was very hesitant.  After watching the resident dogs go up & down them for the day, she quickly learned to follow their lead.  She now runs to go outside & responds to her name when it is time to come in.  She has had no accidents in the house.  Ella catches on quickly and learns routines fairly easily.  We are working on sit, paw, and down using treats as she is very food motivated.  She enjoys the resident dogs & is starting to be more playful with them.  Ella is a sweet & easy going girl! 



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