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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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It’s time to celebrate 30 Years of Rescue  Join us at the GRIN GALA! After a nasty virus shut us down for a couple of years, we are happy to announce the GRIN Gala is BACK!! We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 8, 2022, for GRIN’s largest annual fund-raiser being held at St. Michaels Woodside Party Center in Broadview Hts. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Cash bar, Read More
When the witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween!  Please join us for a bit of Hocus Pocus on Sunday October 16th for our annual HOWL at the Oak Grove Pavilion at the Brecksville Metroparks. Tickets are $20/pp. Register HERE. Our Spooktacular event will begin at 10 am and go until 1:00 pm.  A ton of frightful fun is planed- we Read More
The limited edition GRIN 30th Anniversary commemorative pin is now available. Celebrate with us and be part of the pack. Click HERE to order.  Read More
EmbraceCLE Community Challenge With the ever-increasing number of dogs GRIN continues to take in, we are thrilled to be nominated to participate in the third annual EmbraceCLE Community Challenge.   This challenge is aimed at highlighting the hardworking, local organizations that make Cleveland great.  We will be competing against other local non-profits to see who can raise the most money during the challenge.  The prize amounts are significant: 1st place is $15,000, 2nd place is $8,000 Read More
People Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat By AKC Staff | Apr 24, 2020 Dedicated dog lovers tend to be very kind people. We share our hearts and homes (and for some lucky pups, even the foot of our beds) with our canine pals. Surely there is nothing wrong with sharing our favorite people foods with our dogs too, right? Not necessarily. Many of the foods, such as fruits and vegetables, 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

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.