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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Featured Dog - Curly 16-130

Curly may not look like a typical golden, but he definitely has a sweet, loving, and playful temperment like one!

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RAGOM Events
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When a RAGOM Dog Goes Missing

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.

Help! My 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.

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2017 RAGOM Calendar is Now Available!

"The Golden Life" 2017 RAGOM Calendar features 16 months of beautiful RAGOM dogs and their stories. Enjoy the fall photos of the 2016 calendar along with all new photos for 2017. With every month, you'll have funny, poignant and charming reminders of the good work that RAGOM does with your support. Makes a great gift for any Golden Retriever lover.

You can purchase this $15 calendar, along with other RAGOM customized products, in our RAGOM shop.

Goldens to be Sold at Auction

We have an opportunity to rescue Goldens and Goldendoodles from an auction on August 6th. A commercial breeder is liquidating his dogs after being charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty.  These dogs will likely be sold to another commercial breeder, where they will continue to live their lives in cages while being bred repeatedly. 

We can help. RAGOM has the opportunity to attend the auction and bid on the dogs for sale.  Our mission is simple: Get them out. Bring them home.

Over 50 of the 450 dogs being sold are Goldens or Goldendoodles. With your support, we will rent a cargo van and drive down to the auction, where we will purchase as many as we can.

Boone arrives in RAGOM's care, ready to begin his new life.

September 15th Update on Dogs Rescued From Auction

When word filtered in last month that there was going to be an auction of dogs from a notorious Missouri puppy mill, the entire RAGOM community sprang into action.

Word went out on Thursday, and by auction time on Saturday, 243 people -- volunteers, adopters, and friends of RAGOM -- had together contributed an incredible $32,000.

A team of volunteers, organized on short notice, was on the road by Friday afternoon to bid at the auction the next day. Meanwhile, the Intake team worked frantically to secure fosters, temporary fosters, and transporters for all of the dogs who might be coming in.

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Goldzilla 2016 - It was GIGANTIC!
Goldzilla 2016

It was big, it was hairy, it was great - thank you for making Goldzilla 2016 a success! Your incredible generosity of Goldzilla made this year's event one of our most successful, raising over $77,000! The weather was beautiful and it was so fun to see old friends and make new ones.

Raffle winner information can be found at our Goldzilla website.

Turkish Dog Rescue Mission
Because our love for goldens doesn't stop at America's shores
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.

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RAGOM Gives a 2nd Chance to Dogs
Living in Hoarding Conditions

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.

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August 30th Update -  In May, Braden was adopted and today he weighs in at 60lbs.  His adoptive home reports that he loves to roll around on his back and grunt, meet other dogs, and go for walks.  Braden will be attending Goldzilla with his new family.  Please come to this event, meet him, and see his amazing transformation. 

Eight other dogs from this hoarding situation have also been adopted. Eamon and Finnbar are still waiting for their forever homes to find them. Please consider welcoming one of them into your home!

RAGOM Celebrates 31 Years of Rescuing and Rehoming

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.

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