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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Featured Dog
Angus/Puck 11-094
Puck is a complete sweeheart and perfect gentlemen in the home. Adopt him to welcome him into your home!

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RAGOM Events
Please stop by and visit with us. We would love to tell you all about RAGOM.

For more upcoming RAGOM events, please visit our Calendar
When a RAGOM Dog Goes Missing

We have a saying: "Once a RAGOM dog, always 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.

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Streaming Live! Yogi Puppy Cam

Weeks ago, Patzy was being sold at a commercial breeding auction. Without the intervention of a rescue organization, she would be sold to another commercial breeder, where she would live her life in a cage, being bred repeatedly. Thanks to your generous support, her life changed dramatically in the blink of an eye, when RAGOM successfully bid on her. A week later, she gave birth to nine puppies.

The puppies are now four weeks old. We will be streaming live each day so you can watch the pups grow. Times may vary depending on foster mom'schedule, but the pups will generally be live:

6am-9am(except Tuesdays)
11:30am - 1pm (except Tuesdays)
6-9pm

When old enough, they will be placed for adoption. If you would like to be considered, please see the Adoption Application Instructions. Please note that we will likely receive dozens of applications, so many wonderful interested families will not get chosen. To keep the process manageable for our volunteer team, no applications will be accepted until the puppies are posted as available (status = Adopt me!)  on the Available Dogs page. Applications sent in prior to this will be declined.

A special thank you to Friends of Flicka who donated generously in memory of Yogi to make our work possible.

Your generous support allows us to care for Patzy and her pups! Two puppies have already required surgery so your donations are very much appreciated.


2018 RAGOM Calendar -- Call for Submissions
2018 Calendar Call for Submissions

It's that time of year!

Once again, the theme will be "The Golden Life." We're looking for interesting, high quality photos showing RAGOM dogs enjoying the new life made possible through rescue.

We'd like to know the story behind the dog and/or the photo. Just tell us a bit about the dog's background and what his/her life is like today.

If your dog has already been featured, please do not submit again. There are so many more stories and never enough pages.

Submission deadline is June 30, 2017. You'll be notified by email if your entry has been selected to be featured.

Thank you! We can't wait to see your shots!

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More Turkish Dogs Have Arrived!

On April 28th, you helped us change the lives of seventeen wonderful dogs. After months of planning and preparing, we welcomed our newest RAGOM additions from the country of Turkey. It took the kindness and generosity of over 100 people to make this happen.

The dogs' journey started across the world, where our Turkish friends got up early in the morning to get the dogs to the airport and complete the necessary paperwork. The entire process takes several hours and the dogs are required to be at the airport 12 hours before their flight, so Turkish volunteers took turns walking the dogs and ensuring they drink plenty of water.

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You can follow our Turkish Dog rescue efforts on the Turkish Goldens - Rescued by RAGOM facebook page.

If you would like to assist us with our Turkish Dog Rescue Mission, please consider making a donation.



A Plea for Special Needs Foster Homes
A Plea for Special Needs Foster Homes

As the face of Golden rescue changes, RAGOM is being asked to help more and more dogs with special needs. Some of these dogs simply need to live in a home with no other pets, some need medical care and rehab, and some need behavioral training.

We currently have many dogs waiting to come into RAGOM due to a lack of foster homes able to meet their specific needs. Most of these dogs need to be in homes without other animals and/or young children.

Our current pool of foster homes that fit that description are full. If you have every considered fostering and you have no resident dogs or cats, please fill out our volunteer application. We will provide training to get you started fostering and provide any behavioral training needed.

Without your help, these dogs cannot begin their journey to finding a new home.


RAGOM Celebrates 32 Years of Rescuing and Rehoming

February 14, 2017 marks RAGOM's 32nd Anniversary of rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes and here's where it all started...

Thirty-two years ago today, a beautiful 9-month-old Golden Retriever languished in a kennel in a rural animal shelter, unaware of her pending fate. She had no name, no home, just a collar and a kennel card marked in red: "Scheduled for euthanasia, 3:30 today."

On a chance visit to the shelter that day, Ardis Brown noticed the young Golden. Moved by her dire plight, she called her friend, Jane Nygaard. "Could anything be done?" she asked. The answer was firm. "Get that dog out of there" Jane said.

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