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Earlier this year, as my husband and I moved through the foster application process, we were both excited and nervous. There were so many unknowns. We had no idea what to expect in a displaced dog, what we were capable of and what was best for our resident Golden, Luna. But we wanted to make a difference in the path of a dog who needed us, and above all else, we knew the universally good heart of a Golden Retriever. Trusting in that, we figured everything else would work out.

 We also knew that whatever the challenges, we wouldn’t be alone. We remarked early in the process that GRIN is the most organized volunteer network we’d ever been involved with. Everyone knew their role exactly, connected the next person in the chain, made referrals when necessary, communicated openly and shared the same unwavering desire to help these dogs in need.

 We were asked to foster an 8-month-old Goldendoodle who’d been rescued from a puppy mill. The GRIN network had prepared us for a unique set of challenges that may accompany a dog from this environment. Still, when we found Surge shaking and cowering in fear, I was completely overwhelmed in sadness for what this little guy’s life so far had been.  But even as I held him on the car ride home, I could tell he willing to trust in my kindness.

Surge was inexperienced with all things of being a dog, and scared of most aspects of daily living in a home. But the first few days with Surge were so remarkable my husband started a journal to keep track of his daily victories – when he learned to walk through a doorway, how he figured out treats followed coming inside, when he climbed steps for the first time, when he grabbed a toy to chew, his first taste of peanut butter, etc. I had only ever met well socialized and confident Goldens, so celebrating Surge’s daily triumphs brought a different kind of joy to our house. Every aspect of being a family dog was brand new to him, and he was brave and happy every single day. Of course, there were challenges. Housebreaking was new to Surge, crate training was scary for him, and every step along the way took waiting patiently until he was absolutely ready. Even in the worst of his worries, Surge was generally more curious than afraid. Right away he loved Luna, and we noticed her innate understanding for leading him. Not only did fostering let us help Surge, but it renewed our pride in Luna’s good-hearted ways and helped her fulfill yet another purpose.

In the end, we failed at fostering. After two weeks, we were out for a walk around our neighborhood. As I watched Surge and Luna walk side by side with all the confidence of knowing where home is, I knew we wouldn’t let him go. We got so much joy out of fostering, and next time we plan to see another dog through to walking confidently around their forever family’s block.  

Meghan 

GRIN 2020 Event Season

Are you READY FOR A FUN SUMMER/FALL? We have a number of PAWSOME Events planned for the Summer/Fall Season. Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us! These events are dog friendly, family friendly and ALWAYS FUN!!!! For more information click on "Read More".
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Latest Articles

  • Covid-19
  • GRIN 2021 Calendar
  • GRIN 2020 Winter Newsletter
  • Puppy Mill Dogs
  • Foster Testimonial
  • Almart Fine Art Publishing selects GRIN as a Charitable Recipient
Amid the growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic we want you to know we are closely monitoring the situation and adjusting a number of our policies and procedures to keep our humans safe.    Effective immediately we are suspending the acceptance of new foster and adoption applications.. We have a number of adoption applications currently in process. Those applications will remain on hold until further notice as we are suspending Read More
We are accepting pics for the  2021 GRIN calendar.    All we need now are pictures! Here are the particulars:   - Photo submissions are open to all GRIN members - Photos can contain pictures of GRIN dogs or other non-GRIN furry members of your family - Please no humans in the pictures - Digital, clear, high resolution photos are required for high quality in jpg format   Please send your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 6/1/20 deadline. Please Read More
The GRIN 2020 Winter Newsletter is available to read by CLICKING HERE Read More
  Over the past year GRIN has taken in an increased number of puppy mill dogs and as a result we are in need of appropriate foster/adoptive homes.  The damage done during the years in the mill can be overcome, but it takes the right environment, time and dedication. What we are looking for in a mill dog foster/adopter: a fenced yard with a traditional fence another well socialized dog Read More
Earlier this year, as my husband and I moved through the foster application process, we were both excited and nervous. There were so many unknowns. We had no idea what to expect in a displaced dog, what we were capable of and what was best for our resident Golden, Luna. But we wanted to make a difference in the path of a dog who needed us, and above all else, Read More
GRIN is honored to be selected as the charity partner for Tom Mosser's release of "Three Golden's at the Museum!" Almart Fine Art Publishing will donate $100 to GRIN for every print that is sold. Please message their page directly for more information! Click Here To Visit Page Read More

What are people saying?

Everyone at GRIN has been supportive before, during and after the adoption of our senior girl Honey. We love our GRIN family who always puts the dogs needs first and foremost!
Lisa and Kim GRIN Adopters
"As we quickly approach the anniversary of Gus' adoption, our family wanted to send a BIG thank you your way. We feel so lucky to have found such a wonderfully supportive and dedicated group of people at GRIN."
Bethany GRIN Adopter
Fostering has been a wonderful experience for me, 12 years and 56 dogs later! I like being a step in the process of moving dogs into permanent, loving homes.