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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You can support RAGOM effortlessly with every transaction you make with the RAGOM Capital One card. In 2012, the program resulted donations totaling nearly $4,000! The card comes with a competitive rate and no yearly fee, and you can select from three designs featuring RAGOM dogs.

For more information or to apply, visit the RAGOM Capital One card page.

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!

It's a Spring Fling Thing!

It's a Spring Fling Thing! Now for as little as $10, you can place a cheerful spring icon, along with your name and a short message, on the bio page of the RAGOM foster dog of your choice. Or buy an icon in memory of a beloved dog or as a Mother's Day or Father's Day gift. Purchase your Spring Fling icons here.

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Safe Travels: Alli’s Story 

Almost every dog owner has experienced the moment: the screen door doesn't close tightly, the kids didn't close the gate all the way, the dog figures out the dog-proof latch, a rabbit in the distance inspires a dog to rip the leash right out of his person's hand.  Whatever the cause, in the blink of an eye a dog that was right there and safe is now off and running, and their person is frantic.

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Beautiful Alli and one of her precious pups

Fortunately these episodes usually end up with the person just getting some unexpected exercise running through the neighborhood, or the call comes from a stranger saying, "I have your dog".  Most of the time the dogs are home sleeping on their own bed with an innocent expression by the end of the day.

But sometimes it doesn't end this way.  Sometimes a small army of caring people and many hours are needed to find and rescue a dog that has been loose for days.  Sometimes a dog disappears and his or her fate is never known. And, as happened recently to RAGOM girl Alli 13-353, sometimes the flight into "freedom" ends in the heart-breaking loss of a life.  Alli was finally on her way home with her forever family when she slipped out of her collar during a potty break.

As a tribute to Alli, her legacy, RAGOM has reviewed our procedures to see where we can make changes to minimize the risk of dog escapes.  These changes are now in effect for every RAGOM dog:

  • The use of martingale collars for all RAGOM dogs during transport and while in foster care. These collars minimize the ability to slip out.
  • A requirement that transporters use both a slip lead and a regular leash on a martingale collar during transport of all RAGOM dogs.
  • Recommendations for adoptive families about the use of martingales and slip leads during the transition in their forever home will be added to the adoption paperwork.
  • Martingale collars will go with each dog when they are adopted.

These initiatives will require extra funding as we transition our current supplies to the new martingale collars and slip leads, and prepare to send collars home with each dog. 

RAGOM rescues over 400 dogs every year and the increase in expense is considerable. Please help support our efforts and Alli’s by donating here. Thank you for helping to make sure that our dogs find their way safely to the golden life!


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.


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!

As spring FINALLY arrives and you start to do your spring cleaning, please save your donations for the RAGOM Garage Sale. We will be collecting items beginning in late July for our big sale in mid August.

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.


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

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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!

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