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.

Volunteers Wanted

If you are not able to foster a Golden but would love to get involved with RAGOM, we are looking for people to help us with the home visits of potential adopters and also to aid in the transportation of our rescued dogs.

RAGOM would not survive without the generosity and boundless energy of our volunteers. We always need volunteers who are willing to donate a few hours of their time to help with the various areas of our program. RAGOM is looking for volunteers in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. If you have a passion for Golden Retrievers, some extra time and a heart full of love to share with these very special dogs, we want to hear from you. Even if you can't take a dog into your home, we have many other opportunities for you. The rewards far outweigh the time and effort it takes to re-home these wonderful souls. Please visit our volunteer FAQ page for answers to the most frequently asked questions about our volunteer opportunities. If you're still looking for more information, please e-mail us at, and we'd be happy to answer any questions.

Positions Available

  • Home Visits
    Volunteers are needed to meet with prospective adopters and complete a questionnaire and home inspection. Prospects can be located in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota or South Dakota.
  • Transport
    Transport volunteers are needed to transport dogs. Transport runs can be local, intrastate or interstate between Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • Foster Care
    Volunteers are needed to provide foster care for homeless dogs. RAGOM will cover all basic veterinary care at predefined veterinary clinics. Foster volunteers decide which dogs they bring into their homes.
    Tasks associated with providing foster care include:

    •Veterinary care including wellness check and any prescribed follow-up procedures
    •Evaluating prospective adopter's applications and home visit notes
    •Submitting weekly updates for the website
    •Meeting with prospective adopters until placement

  • Events & Activities
    We are looking for people who would like to work with us on our Events Team to help organize RAGOM Awareness/Visibility events. These are frequently held at local pet stores. Other events include the annual picnic and golf fundraising events.
  • Fundraising
    Volunteers assist in many aspects of major annual fundraisers (such as the annual 5K Run/Walk) and also ongoing events as well. Volunteers contact companies for donations and sponsorships, organize events and work behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly. We are working to establish new large fundraisers for RAGOM and are looking for people who are willing to help make it happen.
  • Grant Writing
    We can always use volunteers to help identify potential corporate and private grantmakers, write grants and help solicit major donors.
  • Website Development
    The RAGOM website is constantly changing and growing. We could use your help if you have experience with any of the following: PERL, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, website layout and design, video editing, or writing.

Please click here to complete a volunteer application.

Someone from RAGOM will contact you regarding your volunteer opportunities.
Thank you for your interest!

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