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  • 21 Sep - 13 Oct
  • 19 Oct - 23 Nov
  • 01 Dec - 15 Dec

 

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 in the home to give the dog confidence
  • kind and patient adults
  • quiet households with no young children

Things to think about when considering fostering/adopting a puppy mill dog:

  • They may be frightened of collars or leashes
  • Close management is necessary as they are considered a flight risk
  • They may not be housebroken or they may hold their urine/feces for long periods of time upon arrival
  • Some don’t know how to eat or drink out of a dog bowl
  • Many of the dogs are hand shy or afraid of loud noises
  • Some dogs will not make eye contact initially (submissive behavior)
  • Many have never encountered stairs and will require coaxing to use them
  • They are not comfortable initially riding in a car
  • Most of the dogs have never walked on grass, tile, carpet, wood surfaces, etc
  • They are not familiar with dog toys or beds
  • They are not likely to initially take a treat or food from your hands
  • They need time to decompress and learn how to be a dog!

We would love to say that every puppy mill survivor only needs love to turn it into a wonderful family pet, but that would be a lie. Love is definitely needed in large amounts, but so is patience. We are not trying to scare you but need folks who are applying to foster or adopt to understand these dogs need time and patience. They need to be allowed to decompress in a safe environment.  These dogs are resilient and given the right environment they can become a loving member of your family.

Not being “up to it” is no crime, but you need to be honest with yourself, and us, about your expectations. These dogs have already been through more than their share of heartache and if your entire family is not willing to make the commitment, fostering or adopting a mill dog may not be for you.  If you are up to the challenge it is a hugely rewarding experience!

These dogs are resillient and given the right environment can adjust to become a member of a loving patient family!

 

 

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

  • 6th Annual Howl O Ween Party & Breakfast!!
  • Puppy Mill Dogs
  • GRIN Dog Swim Event
  • Foster Testimonial
  • It's Time to Renew Your Membership!
  • Almart Fine Art Publishing selects GRIN as a Charitable Recipient
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
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 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 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.