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: Female  Age:  5 years old

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Look at this pretty girl! While Alexis was initially timid, she did warm quickly. She walks okay on a leash and will gladly welcome more training. She’s a sweet, sweet girl and will enjoy lots of love. She’s had several litters and will appreciate retirement. This Golden’s going to make a wonderful companion!

Foster Update: 11/4/21

Alexis continues to gain confidence in her foster home. She has had only one accident and now goes outside easily when called to the back door with her foster sister. She sits nicely to wait for her food and is eating well, learned to sit and is working on down. She loves attention and is happy to greet houseguests of all ages, lapping up all the petting people will give her. She gets along well with her foster sister and has no trouble with the resident cat. Alexis does use her crate to sleep in and when she gets nervous and is crated when her foster family leaves the house.

She is learning proper house manners and will stick her nose on the counter and occasionally pick up soft things she shouldn't, but will easily give them up. Her biggest issues are still outside of the house. She will not go out the front door, nor will she walk on the busy street. With encouragement she will now hop in the car and be driven to a quiet side street to take a walk. She will walk for a bit (for safety walking with both a collar and a harness),  but as soon as she sees someone mowing their lawn, or a car go by, she freezes and needs lots of encouragement to walk a bit more, until something else spooks her. Alexis is a work in progress, but will be a loving new member to the right home that is willing to work with her gradual improvement in self-confidence. 


Foster Update: 10/8/21

This mill Mama is very sweet and still very afraid of the new world around her. She is very comfortable in her crate, but needs much coaxing to go outside to do her business.  Once done she is in a hurry to return to the safety of the house.  If the door of her crate is closed, she will lay right outside of it until asked to go outside again. Alexis does love people and if someone sits next to her she will be happy to be petted and will even stand up and pursue the person a few feet to continue the attention until you start to get too far away from her safe space.

 Alexis loves children.  Her first unprompted exploration out of her safe space was to say hi to her fosters 10 month old grandchild. She even was lured outside when they held the baby out every few feet for her to follow!  She even decided to come out of her space several times in the past 2 days to visit the kids and the kids’ toys (she will need to learn the difference between dog toys and kids’ toys!) but that’s a problem we will be happy to work on as she comes out of her corner more often. She shows little interest in the resident dog and a little more interest in the resident cat at this time.

Alexis needs time to gain confidence and familiarity with her new world, but once she does someone is going to get a very sweet pup who we suspect has some playful energy!


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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 Golden Retriever Rescue Network.
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.
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