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:  11 months old

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Avalanche came from China with GRIN’s Ski Patrol Team. He has a congenital condition that has left him blind. This boy is sharp as can be – within a day at his fosters he learned to navigate the stairs. Fortunately, GRIN has many very savvy fosters – Avalanche is currently residing with a one very acclimated to blind dogs and their needs. This special boy is very playful and likes the resident dog. He is thin as can be, and his foster says she can feel every rib (this will change!).

Foster Update: 1/11/21

Avalanche, The Explorer checking in. I have been figuring out every nook and cranny of my  foster home  and anything that may be similar to a food bowl (like a clay crock) will find my head in it...never know if there might be something appetizing in there!  I’m working on ”4 on the floor”as anytime there’s a hint of food on the counter I like to check it out.  Yes I am a bit of a foodie...I don’t know why my foster mom stops me from entering the fridge every time she opens the door, I would like to make my own choices!  I am doing well going up the stairs to the house and doing consistently better going down  (you try doing that in a new space with your eyes closed).  I am responding to my name and working on this thing called “potty training.”  Really enjoying getting to know and play with the resident dog in the household...check me out taking a break from playing with him.  I am very curious outside , tilting my head to any noise whether it be birds, music, or cars.  Thanks everyone for checking in with me!

Foster Photo 1-10-2021:

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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