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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!

 

 

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.