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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.  


Golden Sponsorships - How you can help

We have many goldens in our program who are without sponsors and need your help and support. So many of these goldens have special medical needs and will be in our care longer than normal. If you are unable to be a foster, this is a way in which you can help a specific golden. Please take a minute to click on "Read More" and you may find a golden whose story touches your heart.
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Latest Articles

  • A Golden Howliday Portrait Fundraiser
  • GRIN’s 13th Golden Gala “Raise the Woof” - October 19, 2019
  • The 2020 GRIN Calendars are Now Available!!
  • 6th Annual Howl O Ween Party & Breakfast!!
  • Puppy Mill Dogs
  • GRIN Dog Swim Event
Come join us for a day full of family fun, portraits and of coarse, DOGS!  Think about all the time you will save by having your portraits taken for your holiday cards and gift giving needs at the same time you will be giving back to a great cause!  Heather, owner and creative mind behind Nothing But Nub Pet Photography by Pixure This! Photo Studio in Broadview Heights, Ohio has Read More
Less than 40 tickets left!! Join us for an evening of Licks, Wags & Laughter at St. Michael's Woodside in Broadview Hts. on October 19th! GRIN has a great evening planned!  We are excited to have radio and television personality Joe Cronauer back again as MC.   Tickets are $60 each and include a family style meal (3 entrees, sides, salad, dessert, coffee tea and soda).  Cash bar (wine $6 Read More
This full color 8 -1/2 x 11” calendar is filled with photos of GRIN member’s furry friends.  For a donation of $10.00 each this calendar will make a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays or just everyday use to hang at home or in your office.  Why not order a few for those hard to buy for friends and family members!  Calendars can be mailed to you for at an additional Read More
Sunday, October 13th, Oak Grove Pavilion, Brecksville Reservation 10:00 AM – 1 PM     * Rain or Shine * Costumes, Raffles Enjoy breakfast & beverage and be home for the game!     Event Details: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM            Registration – Check In 10:30 AM – 12:00  PM           Breakfast Served 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM  Costume Parade & Judging, Doggie Ice Cream, Chinese Auction & Raffles called   Requirements: All participants must be 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
Make a Splash at the GRIN Dog Swim! We are excited to announce GRIN has planned a very special dog swim event on Saturday August 24th from 11:30-3:00 at Canine Superheros in North Ridgeville.  Your dogs will enjoy swimming in the salt water pool with canine friends and facility staff.  Donation to participate is $15.00 per dog and space is limited!    This event is open to the public and 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.