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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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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Introducing Goldzilla 2016!
Goldzilla 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton, MN

Join us for Goldzilla, RAGOM's annual Fun Fair and Walk for Rescue - and one of the biggest Golden Retriever events in America! The money raised supports our mission of rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes of all ages. Admission is free!

The Walk for Rescue follows the Rice Creek Trail in Long Lake Regional Park and offers two routes: 0.6 mile or 1.2 miles. You - or your dog! - decide which route to walk. See our Goldzilla Website for more information or to register for the walk and collect pledges to earn fabulous prizes!

There are so many great activities, your dog is sure to sleep all the way home:

Agility Course * Beach Swimming * Ask The Vet * Lure Course * Nail Trimming * Off-Leash Play
Vendor Village Shopping * Raffle * Silent Auction

Those of you who don't currently have a Golden in your life, join us for some serious dog-watching!

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.

August 8th Update - You gave us an outpouring of support when we needed it most. We raised over $27,000 to purchase dogs at this auction and prevent them from being sold to another commercial breeder. Because of your generosity, we were able to purchase 37 dogs. On behalf of these dogs, we thank you! Their suffering is over and their new lives begin!

Introducing Baby Joy!   Look at the joy on her face. This pup, who possibly had never felt grass under her feet, is already enjoying a true Golden Life.

Once Baby Joy and the rest of the dogs have had a chance to settle in to their foster homes, and health concerns have been taken care of, we will begin posting them to the Available Dogs page.


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.

Since the Fall of 2015, RAGOM has welcomed 34 of these beautiful dogs from Turkey:

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

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.


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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 21st Update - Alana, Braden, Cait, Declan, Garret, Hanna, Iona and Fuzzy have all been adopted! Eamon, Finnbar, and Janette 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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