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 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
4th Annual RAGOM
Garage Sale

Thursday, August 25,  through
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Inver Grove Heights, MN*
*Official location to be announced later

Please click here for more information about donating your new or gently used items.

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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Introducing Goldzilla 2016!
Goldzilla 2016

RAGOM's annual Walk for Rescue and Fun Fest is coming up soon! We hope you'll join us on Sunday, September 11th at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton for a fun-filled day to benefit the dogs in RAGOM's care. This year's event is shaping up to be our best, and most fun yet! Save the date on your calendar, check out our new Goldzilla website , register today, and start earning great prizes!

Special Fundraising Campaign to Help Durango

Durango 16-092 is about as sweet as they come. He's a tug-of-war playing, snuggling, constant tail-wagging ball of puppy love. He's also in need of a special surgery to save one of his legs.

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July 20th Update - Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have raised enough money for Durango to get the surgery he needs!  He had a consultation with the specialist, and his surgery is scheduled for July 27th.  We'll be sure to provide an update on him in the coming weeks!

Turkish Dog Rescue Mission
Because our love for goldens doesn't stop at America's shores
Photo by Matjaz Tancic. Used by permission.

For hundreds of years, homeless dogs have been a part of the Turkish environment. Estimates for the numbers of street and shelter dogs in Istanbul alone vary greatly - anywhere from 70,000 to 150,000. Among all of these dogs, are approximately 1,000 abandoned Golden Retrievers in need of homes. RAGOM, just like every other Golden rescue in the country, has seen a steady decline over the last 6 years in the number of dogs being surrendered. At the same time, our organization has seen a very large increase in the number of families looking to adopt Golden Retrievers. We have homes just waiting to adopt a Golden Retriever.

RAGOM's organizational mission is to rescue unwanted, abused, neglected and displaced Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes and find new loving, permanent homes for them. We will continue to rescue every single Golden in need in our area that we are aware of. However, our mission has no geographical boundary, so when RAGOM heard about these dogs in Turkey, we felt compelled to help.

Since the Fall of 2015, RAGOM has welcomed 34 of these beautiful dogs from Turkey:

6/16/2016 - Dickie arrived

5/20/2016 - Micky, Elsa and Simba arrived

4/08/2016 - A group of 11 Turkish dogs arrived

3/5/2016 - Belle, Diva, Sully and Vincent arrived

10/16/2015 - Our first group of 15 arrived and were welcomed into RAGOM

This has been a life-changing, extraordinary journey for all these dogs and there are still so many waiting for their turn to come to America. RAGOM would like to continue rescuing these dogs so that they can leave their lonely lives behind them and find loving, forever homes. The cost to transport these dogs over 5000 miles is expensive and we need help to continue. If you would like to assist us in this mission, please consider making a donation.


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A Tribute to Walter

There is no question that RAGOM's generous and steadfast fosters, volunteers and sponsors love each and every dog that passes through their care. But some dogs make an even greater impresson among those who meet and care for them. One such dog was Walter, who arrived this spring from Turkey.

Walter was estimated to be 8-10 years old. He had been living in a Turkish shelter and was in very poor health. The kind shelter workers begged volunteers in Turkey to take him, as shelter life was too hard on this senior gentleman and they were not able to provide him with the veterinary care he needed.

A wonderful Turkish woman fostered him and began to restore his health and his spirit while she looked for a rescue organization to take him.

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RAGOM Gives a 2nd Chance to Dogs Living in Hoarding Conditions

In March, RAGOM learned about 11 dogs who had been living in a hoarding situation. The dogs were in terrible shape -- without enough food and water, each was severely underweight. IV fluids and nutrition were required.

Knowing these dogs were in need of physical and emotional care, we knew we had to help. Transport was quickly arranged, supplies were gathered, and 11 families volunteered to foster the dogs. It was an amazing display of RAGOM's ability to mobilize and act at a moment's notice. Because of the kindness of so many, these dogs were able to receive a second chance.

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July 20th Update - Alana, Braden, Cait, Declan, Garret, and Hanna have all been adopted! Eamon, Finnbar, Iona, Janette and Fuzzy are still waiting for their forever homes to find them. Please consider welcoming one of them into your home!

RAGOM Celebrates 31 Years of Rescuing and Rehoming

February 14th marks RAGOM's 31st Anniversary of rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes and here's where it all started...

Thirtyone 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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