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.

Available for adoption-  Update & New Photos!
Gender: Lucy  Age:  3.5 years old

 My Special Sponsors:

Stephanie Szarka - In memory of my beloved golden, Morgan
With love from Shadow and Sandy Pizzo

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Lucy is a relinquishment. She’s a pretty girl but unfortunately she has health problems. She has ACL tears in two legs and requires surgery. She’s on her way to foster care. She’ll be scheduled for an appointment with a specialist and have subsequent surgeries. Keep her in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Foster Update: 10/13/22

X-rays showed Lucy's first surgery was a success.  As a result, on September 30th she underwent surgery on the second leg.  After an overnight stay in the specialty hospital, Lucy is back in the care of her foster family on crate rest and limited mobility allowing the area to heal appropriately.  In eight weeks she will go back for a final check and assuming all goes well will be deemed adoptable.  

This girl has been through a great deal in just a few short months. In spite of all of the pain she endured before and after surgery, she still remains sweet and lovable.  We so appreciate the amazing care her foster family is providing. 

Lucy's expenses to date have been over $10,000.  If you are interested sponsoring to offset Lucy's expenses you can donate online.  


Update: 9/7/22

We are happy to report Lucy is doing well after her initial TPLO surgery.  After discharge Lucy was on crate rest to support a successful procedure and ensure healing.  The specialist is pleased with her progress and has recently released her to progressive rehab which consists of daily walking with an increase of 5-minute increments weekly.   If everything continues to go well Lucy will have surgery on her second leg at the end of September.  

Lucy is so sweet and has such a gentle nature in spite of everything she has gone through.  


Foster Update: 7/26/22

An update on our wonderful foster Lucy. Lucy came to us 4 weeks ago and has fit right in.  She is such a sweet girl and just wants to be loved by all that meet her.  Because of her 2 torn ACLs her activity level is low but she does quite well on one floor level, has a couple of “babies” to love, and follows us around to be near.  She never complains and is a very good girl. It has been fun to see her personality come out. With a reach of her paw, a snuggle of your ear, sitting all of her in your lap, or a tug at the leash to let you know it’s her turn to walk you.  

On Wednesday August 3rd Lucy will have her first TPLO surgery on one of her legs.  There will be an 8-week recovery and then hopefully the second leg also followed by another 8-week recovery period. Although this sounds like a lengthy process, we are excited for her to get more mobility and be able to do things that are quite difficult her now.  


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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.
For a complete list of common questions and answers click on any of the above questions