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 - Finnbar 16-048
Finnbar is a sweet, affectionate, intelligent, active boy who will make a great companion for the right person.
Could that be you?

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RAGOM Events
Please stop by and visit with us. We would love to tell you all about RAGOM.

For more upcoming RAGOM events, please visit our Calendar
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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Tick tock... It's Almost Here!
Join us for  RAGOMS's Annual Holiday Sale!

The sale will be held from 10am 'til 2pm at the former MNSNAP office located at 5810 Baker Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345. It is the 3rd building on the property and the warehouse entrance is to the right of the first overhead door. Follow the signs when you get near the RAGOM office.

We'll have doggie games and Santa will be there with a glittering golden Christmas tree suitable for your holiday card backdrop. If weather permits, the path around the pond will be open to enjoy a stroll. Tons of gifts for yourself or other animal lovers! We'll have t-shirts, sweatshirts, holiday cards, calendars, and much more.

Our volunteer elves are busy planning treats they'll be baking for your family or office parties. If you would like to donate some treats, please let Doreen Bell ( know. And there's still time to place an order for Russian teacakes, spritz, molasses crinkles and mint chocolate-chip fudge. Contact Carol Jackson ( for more info. Deadline for pre-orders is Wednesday, November 30th.

Please encourage friends and neighbors to join us!

Special Campaign for Marti
Special Campaign for Marti

Marti is a 10-year-old honorary Golden who made the mistake of her life and it may cost her that very thing. She got into rat poison at a friend's house. Marti's family immediately sought vet care, but with her vet bills mounting into the thousands, they made the most heartbreaking but loving decision for their girl. Marti was surrendered to RAGOM.

Now in our care, she is not out of the woods. Toxins must be removed from her blood with medications and IV fluids around the clock. We are hopeful that the fluids will be weaned over the coming days and she will be able to enter a foster home.

Follow Marti's progress on her blog or make a donation of any amount to sponsor her care.

Sponsorships of $325 or more will be recognized on Marti's dog blog.


A Plea for Special Needs Foster Homes
A Plea for Special Needs Foster Homes

As the face of Golden rescue changes, RAGOM is being asked to help more and more dogs with special needs. Some of these dogs simply need to live in a home with no other pets, some need medical care and rehab, and some need behavioral training.

We currently have many dogs waiting to come into RAGOM due to a lack of foster homes able to meet their specific needs. Most of these dogs need to be in homes without other animals and/or young children.

Our current pool of foster homes that fit that description are full. If you have every considered fostering and you have no resident dogs or cats, please fill out our volunteer application. We will provide training to get you started fostering and provide any behavioral training needed.

Without your help, these dogs cannot begin their journey to finding a new home. If you have any questions please contact Patty Larson.

Winter Icons for Your Favorite Pup

'Tis the season to give thanks and remember loved ones, including our Golden friends, past and present. Your gift will be represented by a cheerful winter icon, along with your name and a short message, on the bio page of the RAGOM foster dog of your choice. Just select the amount you wish to donate, and tell us which dog's page you'd like your icon to appear on.

To get your holiday icon, visit the RAGOM Shop.

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.

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. 

Alll of the dogs from the hoarding situation have been adopted except for Finnbar.  He is still waiting for his forever home to find him. Please consider welcoming Finnbar 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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