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!

RAGOM Proudly Presents GOLDZILLA 2014!

Goldzilla 2014 LogoA good cause. A great day. Goldzilla – it’s GIGANTIC and the Goldzilla site is now LIVE!

  • Explore the site for all the hairy Goldzilla details.
  • Register for the walk and share your pledge page with friends and family. Start fundraising today!
  • Mark your calendars for September 14, 2014!


2nd Annual RAGOM Garage Sale • Save Your Donations

RAGOM Garage SaleLast year’s sale was such a big success that we will be doing it again this year and we can’t do it without your help!

Please save your donations for the RAGOM Garage Sale taking place Thursday, August 21–Saturday, August 23. We will be collecting items beginning Monday, July 21. Donations can be dropped off at the sale location in Inver Grove Heights, MN. To schedule a drop-off date and time, please email

We can use household items, furniture, tools, jewelry, toys, games, antiques, wall decor, knick knacks, small appliances, electronics, CDs, DVDs, and books.

All items donated need to be in good working condition. No clothing, personal hygiene items, chemicals or solvents. Please see our Donations Guidelines (PDF) for more information. A Donations Receipt is also available here (PDF).


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.

2014 Stout for Snouts . . . Another Success

RAGOM Stouts for SnoutsOver 100 Golden Retriever supporters enjoyed “Stouts for Snouts,” an annual fundraising event to support Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM).

Held at the Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, the popular Fork in the Road food truck served up fresh and familiar food with their own unique twist. Entertainment for this special event included live music by the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag Fiddlers, a silent auction, and a tour of the Summit Brewery Company.

“We’re extremely grateful to all our volunteers and supporters” stated Mary McGowan, Chair of the RAGOM Board of Directors. McGowan also explained that “over the years, events like Stouts for Snouts have been critical to helping the organization acquire the resources needed to rescue and find loving homes for over 7,000 dogs.”

To donate to RAGOM, learn about other fundraising events or ways you can help, call (952) 946-8070.


Thank you to Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet!

Thank youAs a result of Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet November to December Paw Print Fundraiser, Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota, Feline Inc., and Heading Home K9 Rescue were each recipients of a $31,000 donation. Click here for details


2014 RAGOM Calendar Makes a Great Gift!
Sample Page from the 2014 RAGOM Calendar

See a sample page. (Click to enlarge.)

Cover from the 2014 RAGOM Calendar

The 2014 RAGOM Calendar features 12
months of beautiful RAGOM dogs.
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It's here! The 2014 RAGOM Calendar made its debut at Goldzilla, where it sold like hotcakes. If you didn't buy one at the event, don't worry—it's available online through the RAGOM Shop.

This glossy four-color piece features 12 months of RAGOM dogs and their adventures. From the heartwarming story of Joy, who does not let her disability keep her from having fun in the water, to Tubbs, who travels far and wide with his family searching for geocaches, to Daisy, who gets to explore the Boundary Waters by canoe, you'll meet some of our lucky dogs who are living the Golden Life.

The RAGOM Calendar makes a great gift for every Golden Retriever lover. Order now for Christmas giving, while we still have plenty in stock.

Support RAGOM as a Friend of Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge of Blaine, MN has generously included RAGOM in its Friends of Stone Mountain loyalty program. When you participate, your spending earns frequent buyer points rewarded at a rate of 2.5% and matched by Stone Mountain at a rate of up to 2.5%. So the total contribution could be as high as 5% of every dollar you spend at Stone Mountain!

You can earn donations for RAGOM when you purchase:

  • Pet food
  • Treats, supplies and toys
  • Boarding services
  • Doggy day care
  • Training
  • Grooming
  • And more

For more information, see the flyer here. To sign up for the program, print out the flyer and bring it to Stone Mountain, or just let the staff at the counter know you want to participate and have your donations earmarked for RAGOM.

Thank you--and a huge thanks to Stone Mountain for supporting RAGOM!

Friends of Stone Mountain Card

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