Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota: RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) organization, rescuing Golden Retrievers and re-homing them through adoption since 1985.  Serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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RAGOM Needs Your Help!

RAGOM needs YOU.

We are all about rescuing and rehoming Goldens but we need YOU to help us! RAGOM rehomes hundreds of Golden Retrievers each year, and there has never been a better time to adopt your special friend.

Currently, we have more than 60 beautiful senior and special needs dogs awaiting their forever homes and more coming in almost every day. Consider making a senior or special needs dog's life "golden". Sometimes they can be a little more work or a little more cost but it is so rewarding to welcome one of these special dogs into your life.

But, they can't find that special family without meeting YOU. And, they can't meet you if you don't come out to one of our events, fall in love and apply. Won't you please consider filling out an application and becoming the next proud owner of a special Golden from RAGOM. Our seniors and special needs dogs need YOU now!

A Love Beyond

Jake 15-323 was surrendered for financial reasons, and at the time of his rescue, living on his own.

At first sight, Jake didn't look good. He was missing a lot of fur and carrying a horde of fleas on what fur he had left. He had trouble walking, severe ear infections in both ears and very large callouses on his elbows. His RAGOM foster thought he might be blind, but then Jake looked at her, and with that one look, a human heart melted and a bald, skinny tail wagged. It was love. In the days following, it was discovered that Jake has a number of health problems, which we're working to resolve. But after a few weeks of good food, grooming, much needed treatment--and love--Jake is a changed dog.

Jake's love of life goes beyond the strikes against him. With a tail that's constantly in motion, he's giddy for walks, eating snow, snuggling on the couch, and following his RAGOM foster from room to room.

RAGOM's love for dogs like Jake also goes beyond--beyond first impressions, medical issues and financial constraints, to offer another chance at comfort, companionship and joy. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Jake is able to receive the medication and care he needs to get healthy, and stay happy, for a love-filled life with a forever family.

Make a Valentine gift today to give a dog in need their chance at love. Upon your donation, a Valentine photo of Jake will be emailed to you, which you can email, share on Facebook, or print and give to someone you love.


Will You Be My Valentine?

Is there a special RAGOM foster dog who tugs at your heartstrings? Send a little love his or her way with a Virtual Valentine!

Your Virtual Valentine will appear on the bio page of your favorite RAGOM dog along with a short message from you.

To purchase your Virtual Valentine icon, visit the RAGOM Shop.

Want to Adopt? We have Dogs Available!

Are you looking to add one of our dogs to your patient and loving home? All of our dogs are available for adoption!

Our adoption process, which has changed slightly, includes:

  • Filling out an Inquiry form telling us about yourself, your home, and your family
  • Working with a Placement Advisor to connect to the dog of your dreams!
  • Working with a foster home to determine if its the right fit, for you and for the dog
  • Completing a formal application and paying a $25 fee
  • Having a RAGOM volunteer complete a home visit with you and your family
  • A meeting with the dog (including all of your family members and resident dogs) at the foster's home
  • Signing paperwork and paying an adoption fee

If you are ready to adopt now and interested in adopting one of our dogs, please click on the Adoption tab on the main menu to learn more about and to start the adoption process.

Thank you for considering adoption! Adoption saves lives and is rewarding!

RAGOM Celebrates 30 Years with Updates on Annie, Spirit and Hope

Spirit, Hope, Annie

Three special RAGOM rescues:
Spirit, Hope and Annie

In 1985, Hank and Jane Nygaard rescued a golden retriever from being euthanized at a shelter and found her a forever home. This rescue turned into RAGOM, and in 30 years, the organization has rescued and re-homed more than 8,000 Goldens and Golden mixes.

Each dog rescued is undoubtedly special, but a few have tugged on the heart strings extra hard. Here’s an update on Spirit, Hope (now Haley) and Annie — 3 dogs that have overwhelmingly captured RAGOM’s enduring mission.

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When a RAGOM Dog Goes Missing

We have a saying: “Once a RAGOM dog, alway a RAGOM dog.” We care deeply about the dogs we have rescued. That's why we want to help if your RAGOM dog ever goes missing. In fact, we created a team of volunteers—the Lost Dog Rapid Response team (LDRR)—just to ensure a quick, efficient response.

Help! My RAGOM dog ran away! What do I do?

If you've lost sight of your dog, call RAGOM immediately at 612-547-9004. The LDRR will gather information from you and provide some tips on what to do next. While you are searching for your dog, they can call local authorities and begin preparing flyers and signs in case they are needed for an extended search.

Is this a new phone number for RAGOM?

The 612-547-9004 number is only for reporting lost dogs. It is actually a Google Voice number programmed to ring four key members of the LDRR simultaneously, ensuring that they never miss a call. Also, text messages are sent to all core team members at once, and they can check voicemails and call history online.

I'm afraid to report a lost dog. Will RAGOM take my dog away from me?

No. Losing a dog can happen to anyone. We just want to help you bring your dog home safely and quickly.

It is RAGOM's policy to implant a microchip into each dog we rescue and both RAGOM and the adopter's contact information is registered with the microchip company. Adopters should ensure that RAGOM has their current contact information on file so RAGOM can keep the microchip registration current and contact you should your dog ever be found. If you move, or change phone numbers (home, cell, work), please let us know by emailing your new contact information to . In the event that your dog is found, and RAGOM is unable to contact you, your dog will be picked up by a RAGOM volunteer and be kept safe until you are contacted and can be reunited with your dog.

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