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

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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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In Memory of a Legendary RAGOM Adopter and Volunteer

We are very much saddened to learn of the passing of Rosemarie de Ruiter*, one of RAGOM's most passionate advocates. Rosemarie and her husband Jan joined the RAGOM family in the early 2000s as adopters, and they became volunteers in 2006, serving on the Transport and Home Visit teams.

Photo In memory of Rosemarie de RuiterIf you asked Rosemarie, she could tell you the names of the 146 dogs they transported, where the dogs came from, and where the dogs were heading, because Rosemarie and Jan took notes about every transport as well as photos of every dog. Over the years, this dynamic duo logged countless miles and braved through the harshest Midwestern weather to get RAGOM dogs to safety in an area where we had few volunteers.

And if you were a RAGOM foster volunteer, you could count on Rosemarie's comprehensive home-visit notes to provide a clear picture of the families she interviewed, assured that you had all the information you needed for a successful match.

Rosemarie had a soft spot in her heart for senior rescues and was proudly owned by seven RAGOM dogs: Max 02-286, Bailey 03-02-063, Riley 07-320, Dorus (the Dutch-speaking dog) 07-314, Harley 08-195, Bonkers 10-217, and Charlie 12-283. We have been blessed with her frequent updates of these sweethearts so fortunate to call themselves de Ruiters.

Not only was Rosemarie dedicated to RAGOM, but she and Jan, along with several of their dogs, were regular P.E.T.P.A.L.S. visitors to schools, nursing homes, and programs helping developmentally disabled children and adults.

What a pleasure and profound honor it has been to have someone with a heart as big as Rosemarie's to be a member of our RAGOM family! All of us who knew her will remember her colorful character, her simple honesty, her fierce loyalty, her resolute passion for dogs, and most of all, the selflessness with which she devoted herself to her work.

You are a true legend in RAGOM's eyes, dear Rosemarie. We are eternally grateful for you contribution and have no doubt that you were warmly greeted at the Rainbow Bridge by Max, Bailey, Riley, Dorus, Harley, and Bonkers--among all of the other RAGOM dogs there, many of whom you so happily helped. May there be parade floats to take you over the Bridge, just like the one you enjoyed at the Sturgis Falls Celebration.

*Condolences can be sent to Jan de Ruiter and his family at

More Special Deliveries Arriving Soon!

This spring, RAGOM is eager to welcome some special deliveries into our care -  rescued Golden
Retrievers, from the country of Turkey, where they are languishing on the streets and in overcrowded shelters. 

The Dogs Have Arrived!

4/08/2016 - Our latest group of rescued dogs from Turkey have arrived!  To learn more about their journey and to follow their life experiences in America, please like and follow their facebook page - Turkish Goldens - Rescued by RAGOM.

For these dogs it has been an extraordinary, life-changing journey. In Turkey, there are over 100,000 stray dogs in the city of Istanbul, living in municipal shelters, city streets, and in the forests, where they struggle for food and shelter. Approximately 1,000 of these are Golden Retrievers.

Last fall and earlier this spring, we successfully rescued 19 Turkish dogs, almost all of whom have already found loving homes. Thanks to you, these dogs received a second chance.

We now feel compelled by our mission, and our hearts, to go back for more.  On April 8th. 2016, we brought 12 more Turkish dogs home to Minnesota! 

This is quite an undertaking for us.  We need to raise over $21,500 to cover the dogs' travel and medical expenses.   Please consider a donation to help with this important mission.

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Welcome Spring!

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.


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...

31 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."

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