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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 

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

  • Foster Testimonial
  • July 14th - I Scream Social - Christmas In July
  • It's Time to Renew Your Membership!
  • Application Status
  • Almart Fine Art Publishing selects GRIN as a Charitable Recipient
  • Website Photo Gallery Update
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’s 5th Annual “I Scream” Social – Christmas in July Sunday July 14th from 12 – 3 Oak Grove Pavilion Brecksville Metro Park     Event Details: 12:00     Check In   1:00       Parade of Pets and their people  1:15     Celebration of our Pets dressed for Christmas 1:30     Blessing of the pets by Reverend Sandy Seaton-Tood of the Church of the Western Reserve  1:45     Z’s Cream & Bean Sweet Treats Cart Opens  2:15     Read More
GRIN’s membership year runs annually - July 1st through June 30th.     A large portion of our yearly budget comes from our annual membership drive.  Your membership dues and all donations are used to help each golden who enters our program through providing all necessary veterinary medical/surgical care, medications, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, foster care and providing all necessary daily supplies.   As a member, you will enjoy these benefits: Read More
GRIN is humbled by the overwhelming response to our recent foster plea.  We have received over 100 applications in just 24 hours!  Due to the volume we are unable to accept any additional applications at this time as we need to give our volunteers time to work through what we have in house.  GRIN is a 100% volunteer organization!  Thank you for your support.  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
Flickr is undergoing a policy change where accounts that have more than 1000 photos will be forced to pay for a subscription, GRIN will be removing the photo gallery section of our website effective 12-15-2018 while we determine our next direction. Members and friends can still find us on other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Thank you for your understanding. 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.