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.
Adoption Fees

Puppy to 4 years old- $350

5-8 years old- $290

9 years and up- $145

Turkey Dogs

Puppy - 2 years old - $800

Over 2 years old- $600


Are you looking to add one of our dogs to your patient and loving home?

Because we have so many approved to adopt applicants, we currently are only accepting new applications for certain dogs. Look for the "Apply Now to Adopt" label next to the dogs we can accept applications for.

Please note, RAGOM will not adopt a dog to:

  • Anyone who will keep the dog outside/live outside in its own dwelling, or have access to the outdoors via a doggie door when you are not home or sleeping
  • Anyone who has resident dogs that are not spayed or neutered
  • Nursing home or similar facility

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs with the "Apply Now to Adopt" label and meet the above restrictions, please email

Following receipt of your email inquiry, the application and adoption process continues as follows:

  • Our Application team will contact you to get additional information from you. Please check your email SPAM folder or turn your appropriate email filters off so you can receive our email response back to you.
  • If you could be a potential match for your requested dog, your information will be passed on to the foster home for review (foster homes will be reviewing information from multiple potential adopters and will determine the best match for their foster dog).
  • If you are determined to be the best match for the dog, the foster home will notify you, otherwise the application team will notify you and you can request other dogs if you like.
  • After communication takes place between applicant and foster home, and both agree to move forward, you will be invited to fill out a formal application and pay a non-refundable $25 application fee.
  • After the application fee is received, we will conduct a home visit and check references.
  • If there are no issues with the home visit and reference check, the foster home will arrange with you a formal meeting with the dog and if it's a match, the adoption will take place. This will consist of signing an adoption agreement and pay an adoption fee as indicated in the agreement.
  • Post adoption, RAGOM will assist adopters with both standard and exceptional challenges with the goal of preserving successful RAGOM adoptions.
  • If an adopted RAGOM dog can no longer live in the adoptive home for any reason, the dog must be returned to RAGOM rather than given away, sold or surrendered to another shelter or rescue. This is a requirement of the adoption agreement.

If you are outside of our normal territory (MN, IA, SD, ND and within 75 miles of the western WI border) we will consider adoptions for dogs that have been in foster care longer than 60 days. Please email and indicate the dog you are interested in. Please note, we will not ship dogs. You must be able to meet and pick up the dog in person.

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

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