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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!

 

 

CDC Ban on Importing Dogs

Many of you have probably heard about the CDC's Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries which was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2021.

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Join us for some Fun Under the Sun on Saturday June 25th, as we hold our first GRIN Canine Swim party of the year!!  We are back at Canine Superheroes in North Ridgeville and have some fun in store for you and your pup! Each session is just $20 a dog and features 30 minutes of pool time, followed by 30 minutes of free play in the fenced in play Read More
SAVE THE DATE!!! We are excited to announce that our Volunteer Appreciation Event is back!!  This event is a favorite of ours, as it provides us with the opportunity to say THANK YOU to all our volunteers who help make the GRIN world go round! Please join us on Sunday July 10th as we host an “Anything is PAW-SIBLE” Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.  This year’s event will be held at the Read More
GRIN is honored to be nominated for inclusion in The Raines Group (TRG) i5th Annual Giveback Challenge!  TRG partners with 10 non-profits and each will receive a portion of the profits from their 200th Home Sale later this year. There are two rounds of voting for this contest. The voting begins on June 1st and will take place on social media and TRG's website. Voting will be allowed daily by Read More
  We are preparing for the  2023 GRIN calendar.  All we need now are pictures!  Here are the particulars: - Photo submissions are open to all active 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 8/1/22 deadline. Please sure to include your name, Read More
The Spring Newsletter is now available. This has exciting announcements and information!!!! CLICK 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

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.