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We have a saying: "Once a RAGOM dog, always 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.
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.
It is RAGOM's policy to implant a microchip into each dog we rescue and both RAGOM and the adopter's contact information is registered with the microchip company. Adopters should ensure that RAGOM has their current contact information on file so RAGOM can keep the microchip registration current and contact you should your dog ever be found. If you move, or change phone numbers (home, cell, work), please let us know by emailing your new contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org . In the event that your dog is found, and RAGOM is unable to contact you, your dog will be picked up by a RAGOM volunteer and be kept safe until you are contacted and can be reunited with your dog.
RAGOM's annual Walk for Rescue and Fun Fest is coming up soon! We hope you'll join us on Sunday, September 11th at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton for a fun-filled day to benefit the dogs in RAGOM's care. This year's event is shaping up to be our best, and most fun yet! Save the date on your calendar, check out our new Goldzilla website , register today, and start earning great prizes!
Durango 16-092 is about as sweet as they come. He's a tug-of-war playing, snuggling, constant tail-wagging ball of puppy love. He's also in need of a special surgery to save one of his legs.
Durango has had a rough start in life. It's unclear whether his damaged front right leg is due to a birth defect or some sort of accident, but without proper care, it is clear he will lose it.
According to his foster mom, "Durango is mild-mannered and loves life. He loves, loves, loves to play ball, tug of war, or play with the big dogs. He even loves to be with our cat Percy. The two of them will bat a toy back and forth to each other, or Durango will gently carry Percy's cat nip toy around.
"Durango desperately wants to be friends with our senior dog Joe, but Joe is a bit grumpy and will growl when Durango gets too close. But it doesn't phase Durango - he'll lie down close to Joe and inch closer and closer, as if to ask, 'Can we please please please be friends?' He continues this way, respecting Joe's authority, until he gets close enough, and then he falls asleep. He is so adorable."
When Durango arrived into RAGOM's care, it was determined that he had a defect in one of his growth plates. Our wonderful friend Dr. Rasmussen performed an ulnar ostectomy on Durango to help his leg grow straight and prevent him from developing severe pain and arthritis.
After several follow-up x-rays to check how his bone is growing, it was confirmed that he'll need another surgery to have a dynamic external fixator placed into and around the outside of his leg, which will help his leg lengthen and straighten as he grows.
The surgery he needs is significant and very costly. We are still consulting with the veterinarians at the University of Minnesota, but we expect it will cost at least $5,000.
We are launching a special fundraising campaign to get Durango the surgery he needs to save his leg. Thank you for considering a special gift to help this sweet soul live a happy, healthy life.
July 20th Update - Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have raised enough money for Durango to get the surgery he needs! He had a consultation with the specialist, and his surgery is scheduled for July 27th. We'll be sure to provide an update on him in the coming weeks!
Photo by Matjaz Tancic. Used by permission.
For hundreds of years, homeless dogs have been a part of the
Turkish environment. Estimates for the numbers of street and shelter
dogs in Istanbul alone vary greatly - anywhere from 70,000 to 150,000.
Among all of these dogs, are approximately 1,000 abandoned Golden
Retrievers in need of homes. RAGOM, just like every other Golden
rescue in the country, has seen a steady decline over the last 6 years
in the number of dogs being surrendered. At the same time, our
organization has seen a very large increase in the number of families
looking to adopt Golden Retrievers. We have homes just waiting to
adopt a Golden Retriever.
RAGOM's organizational mission is to rescue unwanted, abused, neglected and displaced Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes and find new loving, permanent homes for them. We will continue to rescue every single Golden in need in our area that we are aware of. However, our mission has no geographical boundary, so when RAGOM heard about these dogs in Turkey, we felt compelled to help.
Since the Fall of 2015, RAGOM has welcomed 34 of these beautiful dogs from Turkey:
This has been a life-changing, extraordinary journey for all these dogs and there are still so many waiting for their turn to come to America. RAGOM would like to continue rescuing these dogs so that they can leave their lonely lives behind them and find loving, forever homes. The cost to transport these dogs over 5000 miles is expensive and we need help to continue. If you would like to assist us in this mission, please consider making a donation.
6/16/2016 - Dickie arrived
5/20/2016 - Micky, Elsa and Simba arrived
4/08/2016 - A group of 11 Turkish dogs arrived
3/5/2016 - Belle, Diva, Sully and Vincent arrived
10/16/2015 - Our first group of 15 arrived and were welcomed into RAGOM
There is no question that RAGOM's generous and steadfast fosters, volunteers and sponsors love each and every dog that passes through their care. But some dogs make an even greater impresson among those who meet and care for them. One such dog was Walter, who arrived this spring from Turkey.
Walter was estimated to be 8-10 years old. He had been living in a Turkish shelter and was in very poor health. The kind shelter workers begged volunteers in Turkey to take him, as shelter life was too hard on this senior gentleman and they were not able to provide him with the veterinary care he needed.
A wonderful Turkish woman fostered him and began to restore his health and his spirit while she looked for a rescue organization to take him.
RAGOM knew we could give Walter the care he needed, and although there were many younger Turkish dogs in need, we could not leave him behind.
Sweet Walter arrived in April, where a loving foster family was waiting for him. "When we picked Walter up at the RAGOM office, he was busy soaking up love from all of the volunteers. He was a perfect gentleman. Before we left he saw a ball on the floor and immediately pulled us toward it. He carried that ball into the car with him, and snored almost the entire way home."
Walter settled right in, enjoying frequent treats, lots of petting, car rides, playing fetch, and going for walks. He liked to have a ball nearby at all times, as if he was making up for a lifetime without toys. Walter would light up the room with his sweet personality and gentle soul.
While in our care, we discovered Walter had some health issues. As each was being addressed, more seemed to spring up. He was treated for a tick-borne illness, ear infectons, skin issues, and ringworm. His biggest issue was anemia.
Sadly, Walter passed away unexpectedly a week ago. His foster dad took him out for a walk one evening, during which Walter lay down and did not get up. His foster dad carried him home and the family rushed him to the emergency room. Walter was suffering from a splenic torsion. He received emergency surgery, but after several hours, was not recovering. His foster family made the difficult decision that it was best to let Walter go. He went peacefully, surrounded by those that loved him most.
We didn't know Walter was as sick as he was when we brought him to America. We brought him here to experience life in the way we believe a dog should get to live. But if he had to die, he got to do so with comfort and dignity.
Walter was beloved by everyone who met him, and all who followed his story. RAGOM is honored to pay tribute to him and the lives he touched. It's also an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who helped make his last days wonderful, and who improve the lives of all RAGOM seniors. They require a lot of care, and often that care can be very expensive. But as you know, giving these sweet souls love, patience, comfort, and peace to finish out their days is a priceless gift.
Walter's family would like to thank all the RAGOM volunteers and supporters for their outpouring of love and support.
Farewell for now, sweet Walter.
Read more about Walter at his dog blog.
In March, RAGOM learned about 11 dogs who had been living in a hoarding situation. The dogs were in terrible shape -- without enough food and water, each was severely underweight. IV fluids and nutrition were required.
Knowing these dogs were in need of physical and emotional care, we knew we had to help. Transport was quickly arranged, supplies were gathered, and 11 families volunteered to foster the dogs. It was an amazing display of RAGOM's ability to mobilize and act at a moment's notice. Because of the kindness of so many, these dogs were able to receive a second chance.
Braden was one of the dogs seized. He arrived at 32 pounds -- about 30 pounds less than he should weigh. He began a high protein, high fat, high calorie diet, with 3 meals per day. He needed to be fed separately from the resident dogs in his foster home -- because of his near starvation, he eats as much as he can, as fast as he can. Exercise also needed to be restricted.
Braden was severely underweight when rescued. With the gentle care of his foster family, Braden grew to be affectionate and began to trust humans. After a month, he was strong enough to chase squirrels in the yard and go for regular walks.
Today, Braden and the dogs from this case are thriving. It's your support that makes it possible for us to say yes when called upon in situations like this. Braden was recently adopted, but the other dogs from the case are still in RAGOM's care. The case against the dog's owner is currently under prosecution.
These wonderful dogs are in need of permanent families to call their own, families who are willing to help them learn that clean, nourishing meals and plentiful water are now a given in life, and that going forward, the humans they encounter will be kind and caring.
Thank you. Because of your kindness, Alana, Braden, Cait, Declan, Eamon, Finnbar, Garret, Hannah, Iona, Janette, and Fuzzy are receiving their second chance at a golden life.
If you'd like to donate, click the donate button at the top of this Page. Thank-you for your support of our Mission.
July 20th Update - Alana, Braden, Cait, Declan, Garret, and Hanna have all been adopted! Eamon, Finnbar, Iona, Janette and Fuzzy are still waiting for their forever homes to find them. Please consider welcoming one of them into your home!
February 14th marks RAGOM's 31st Anniversary of rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes and here's where it all started...
Thirtyone years ago today, a beautiful 9-month-old Golden Retriever languished in a kennel in a rural animal shelter, unaware of her pending fate. She had no name, no home, just a collar and a kennel card marked in red: "Scheduled for euthanasia, 3:30 today."
On a chance visit to the shelter that day, Ardis Brown noticed the young Golden. Moved by her dire plight, she called her friend, Jane Nygaard. "Could anything be done?" she asked. The answer was firm. "Get that dog out of there" Jane said.
Because Jane was unavailable, she instructed Ardis to take the dog to Twin Cities Obedience Training Club, where Jane's husband Hank Nygaard was attending a seminar. There were no cell phones in those days, so Jane left a message for Hank at the club desk: "Ardis is bringing you a female Golden. Bring her home."
The Nygaards took the dog to their vet for shots and spaying. A few days later, the vet called. Did they still have that Golden? He knew of a couple who were looking for a dog. The Nygaards invited the couple over to meet her, and then accompanied them to check out their house and yard - ultimately, the first home visit.
Named "Sophie" by the family, the young dog stayed with them for a few days. And then they wrote out a check to cover the Nygaards veterinary bills - the first adoption.
Word spread. If there's a Golden in trouble, call Jane. When there were too many dogs for the Nygaard household, they asked for help, and friends volunteered their home - the first foster families.
From those early improvised efforts, coupled with the selflessness, generosity, boundless energy and love for Golden Retrievers by Jane Nygaard, Chick Myers, Agnes Rambeck, Ardis Brown and others, an extraordinary organization emerged.
RAGOM is now blessed with hundreds of amazing volunteers who keep the rescue efforts moving forward daily; fostering, training, transporting, visiting prospective homes, fundraising, organizing events and more.
Throughout our 31-year history, more than 8,000 dogs - Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes - have passed through RAGOM and on to the Golden Life because of our volunteers and supporters!
On this aniversary we congratulate and send our gratitude to our founders, our volunteers and our supporters. Thank-you and Happy Anniversary!
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