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.
The Application Process
Step 1 - Read FAQ Step 2 - Read Application Process Step 3 - Apply
  1. Before we consider your home for a rescue Golden we MUST receive:

    • A completed Application
    • Your $25 Application Fee

    Please apply online, if possible. After you’ve submitted your application, you will be given the option to pay your application fee by credit card, through our secure online shop, or to mail your check separately. If you mail your check, please write “Application Fee” in the memo so that we can match it to your application. The Application Fee is not refundable. Once we receive your Application AND Application Fee, we will schedule a home visit before approving your application and placing you on the waiting list for a dog.

  2. Our mailing address is:
    5800 Baker Road - Suite 120
    Minnetonka MN 55345

  3. This process is run completely by volunteers.

    We check our post office box for application donations three times a week. Once the check is received, the home visit coordinator requests a volunteer for your home visit. It can take up to a month between applying and getting a phone call to set up a visit, but usually takes two weeks or less.

    If you would like to pay your Application Fee by credit card, you can pay online at the RAGOM Shop. Paying through the RAGOM Shop is the quickest way to keep your application process moving along.

  4. What is a home visit?

    It is a chance for the RAGOM volunteer to meet every member of your family, see your house and yard, and learn about your plans for adopting one of our animals. It is YOUR opportunity to get questions answered and to meet the volunteer's dog - which many times is an excellent example of a happily placed, well-behaved and adopted dog. Typically, the dog coming to visit you is not up for adoption, they are owned by the volunteer. Or is it that the volunteer is owned by them? Once the Home Visit Report is completed online by your volunteer, RAGOM will contact you regarding your status.
  5. The Home Visit Committee will meet to discuss your application.

    At this point, if you are an approved applicant, placement volunteers will contact you. If your application is not accepted, you will receive a letter explaining why. This process usually takes less than two weeks.
  6. Although placement works with applicants, the foster homes have the final approval on whether or not a dog goes home with an applicant.

    Please do not be offended if they decide your application is not a match. Once the foster family reads through your application, they will call you to set up a meeting between your family and the dog. Sometimes the foster family does not feel you are a good fit for the dog, after the initial meeting. We will work with you to find the best dog for your family, but please keep in mind, we are looking for the best family for that dog, too. We CAN promise you that you will not be "stuck" with a dog. If you meet one, and it doesn't "click," you will have a chance to work with placement in order to help find the match for you.
  7. Once it is decided that a dog would be a great addition to your family, the Adoption Fees help cover the costs associated with re-homing dogs (medical care, food, etc.)

    They are as follows:

    • For Puppy - 4 years ... $350.00
    • For dogs 5 years - 8 years ... $290.00
    • For Senior Goldens ages 9 years and older ... $145.00
  8. To apply online, click on Step 3 at the top of the page.

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