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.

IMPORTANT - Current State of Golden Retriever Rescue

RAGOM, like every other Golden Retriever rescue in the country, is seeing a dramatic decline in the number of Golden Retrievers in need of rescue. While we still are occasionally asked to help rehome an absolutely perfect, young purebred Golden, that is no longer the norm. Instead, many of the dogs in need of our help have significant medical or behavioral issues. This is the new face of Golden Retriever Rescue in the United States. Conversely, the number of families that want to adopt a rescued Golden Retriever has skyrocketed. We simply do not have the dogs in our care to meet the demand of those wanting purebred Goldens who are younger and have no major issues.

Because there is such demand, when we do get one of these "high-demand" dogs, there are usually many, many families interested in the same dog. RAGOM's primary responsibility is to find a home for the dogs in our care that best meets that dogs needs. Because our foster homes know these dogs the best, we allow our fosters to choose the family they feel would be best for the dog. We do not give preference to or prioritize any families waiting for a dog. We appreciate all of our previous adopters, our donors, and all interested families and understand the frustration of not being able to adopt the dog you expressed an interest in.


A Quick Introduction

While some dogs come from loving homes going through a rough time, a huge majority of our dogs come with BAGGAGE and not the good kind like fluffy dog beds, stainless bowls, and bags of toys. They have lived on the street, been abused, neglected, over-bred or under-socialized. They have limited, if any, training, and many have never seen a vet. They need love, patience, training and sometimes need to work with behaviorists. Fosters AND adopters have some hard work to do to help them be successful! We can’t order up our dogs by size, color, gender, age or personality, and we don’t keep extras of popular pups in the back room  we have the dogs who need us most at any given time. If you are thinking about adopting one of our pups, please consider the following:


Is a Golden Retriever right for you and your family?

Goldens are friendly and fantastic family dogs, but can also be scared and develop anxieties. Besides being adorable, they are also BIG, FURRY attention-seekers who shed on everything they are near all year ´round.

Will it be a major concern if:

  • You cannot invite your friends over to welcome the new dog for awhile or be able to bring your dog everywhere in the beginning?  Dogs need time to adjust and to learn to trust their new family and home. Patience is key to a good transition.
  • Your dog ends up needing more time to adjust than you were hoping? Possibly even time working with a behaviorist or a trainer? Some dogs can adjust in a week or two where some dogs can take weeks to months of love, patience, and consistent positive training.
  • Your dog developed some anxiety when it moved to your home?  Dogs can be resilient but they can also develop anxieties as a result of all of the changes they have been put through.
  • There is dog hair everywhere? Tumbling across the hard floor, woven into the cushions of your furniture, on your clothes when you are 1000 miles away from home on a business trip, even in your food once in awhile?
  • You keep finding tennis balls dropped in your bubble bath, or even more exciting, an 80 lb water-loving Golden decides to join you in the tub?
  • Your boss is over for dinner and your furry family member parades by with yesterday’s underwear? Your teen’s phone? Or a critter he found for you in the back yard?
  • You find yourself going for “drags” around the block rather than walks?
  • Tonight’s potluck dish disappears off the counter when you step away to answer the phone?
  • You come home from work to find your dog stretched out on the dining table wagging at you?
  • Your fur-kid wants to go everywhere with you, including (especially!) the toilet because you have two hands free for scratching?


Many of these behaviors are manageable with a little thought and planning, but they do happen! If you answered “YES” to more than one or two of these questions, or they sound overwhelming in print, it will likely be intolerable in reality. We don´t mind taking dogs in because they “shed too much”, “counter-surf”, or “follow me around all the time”, but we won´t place a Golden in a home where these would be major concerns.


I have read the information above and would love to welcome a Golden into my home!


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