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At this time GRIN is not accepting adoption applications, this status will be updated when we are able to start accepting applications.
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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!

 

 

THANK YOU GRIN FAMILY

GRIN 2020 Event Season

Thank You GRIN Family Updated 10/29/2020 We want to THANK OUR GRIN FAMILY and everyone who has supported us through our 2020 event season. Due to Covid-19, we faced many fundraising challenges. Because of our generous supporters, we were able to hold Virtual Fundraisers; Bark In Your Park in May, the Ice Cream Social in July, August Auction and our Howl O' Ween Party & Pumpkin Pull in October! We were also able to hold two, in person Swim/Dockdiving events, where we could maintain safe protocols and social distancing.Because of the continued financial support we received, we are able to continue rescuing dogs that have very specific and often very expensive medical and behavioral needs. The GRIN Board of Trustees thanks you and the dogs who are now safe and happy and healthy also thank you! For more information click on "Read More".
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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.