For more upcoming RAGOM events, please visit our Calendar
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.
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.
Is this a new
phone number for RAGOM?
The 612-547-9004 number is only for reporting lost dogs. It is actually a Google Voice number programmed to ring four key members of the LDRR simultaneously, ensuring that they never miss a call. Also, text messages are sent to all core team members at once, and they can check voicemails and call history online.
I'm afraid to report a lost dog. Will RAGOM take my dog away from me?
No. Losing a dog can happen to anyone. We just want to help you bring your dog home safely and quickly.
It is RAGOM's policy to implant a microchip into each dog we rescue and both RAGOM and the adopter's contact information is registered with the microchip company. Adopters should ensure that RAGOM has their current contact information on file so RAGOM can keep the microchip registration current and contact you should your dog ever be found. If you move, or change phone numbers (home, cell, work), please let us know by emailing your new contact information to email@example.com . In the event that your dog is found, and RAGOM is unable to contact you, your dog will be picked up by a RAGOM volunteer and be kept safe until you are contacted and can be reunited with your dog.
Join us on July 10th for a wine tasting event and launch of Wine for Wags, a new line of RAGOM-branded wines! The event will be held at the beautiful Next Chapter Winery in New Prague, MN, located about 45 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities. Dogs are welcome to attend!
Click here for ticket and additional information.
It's that time of year! We're looking for high-quality images for the 2017 RAGOM Calendar.
Once again, the theme will be "The Golden Life". We're looking for interesting, high quality photos showing RAGOM dogs enjoying the new life made possible through rescue. We'd like to know the story behind the dog and/or the photo. Just tell us a bit about the dog's background and what his/her life is like today.
If your dog has already been featured, please do not submit again. There are so many more stories and never enough pages.
Submission deadline is June 30. You'll be notified by email if your entry has been selected to be featured. Thank you! We can't wait to see your shots!
1. Submit only the original (largest) image file from your phone or camera
2. Do not crop, edit, resize, retouch, or use filters
3. 3000 pixels minimum on the shortest side
4. You may submit up to 3 photos of the same dog
5. One form per dog
Prepare Your Photos
1. Ensure images meet the above requirements
2. Rename images to RAGOM ID and use _1, _2, _3 for multiples. Example: Daisy_08530_2.jpg (Use RAGOM ID, even if you have renamed your dog.)
Please submit your photos by completing this form.
There is no question that RAGOM's generous and steadfast fosters, volunteers and sponsors love each and every dog that passes through their care. But some dogs make an even greater impresson among those who meet and care for them. One such dog was Walter, who arrived this spring from Turkey.
Walter was estimated to be 8-10 years old. He had been living in a Turkish shelter and was in very poor health. The kind shelter workers begged volunteers in Turkey to take him, as shelter life was too hard on this senior gentleman and they were not able to provide him with the veterinary care he needed.
A wonderful Turkish woman fostered him and began to restore his health and his spirit while she looked for a rescue organization to take him.
RAGOM knew we could give Walter the care he needed, and although there were many younger Turkish dogs in need, we could not leave him behind. Sweet Walter arrived in April, where a loving foster family was waiting for him. "When we picked Walter up at the RAGOM office, he was busy soaking up love from all of the volunteers. He was a perfect gentleman. Before we left he saw a ball on the floor and immediately pulled us toward it. He carried that ball into the car with him, and snored almost the entire way home."
Walter settled right in, enjoying frequent treats, lots of petting, car rides, playing fetch, and going for walks. He liked to have a ball nearby at all times, as if he was making up for a lifetime without toys. Walter would light up the room with his sweet personality and gentle soul.
While in our care, we discovered Walter had some health issues. As each was being addressed, more seemed to spring up. He was treated for a tick-borne illness, ear infectons, skin issues, and ringworm. His biggest issue was anemia.
Sadly, Walter passed away unexpectedly a week ago. His foster dad took him out for a walk one evening, during which Walter lay down and did not get up. His foster dad carried him home and the family rushed him to the emergency room. Walter was suffering from a splenic torsion. He received emergency surgery, but after several hours, was not recovering. His foster family made the difficult decision that it was best to let Walter go. He went peacefully, surrounded by those that loved him most.
We didn't know Walter was as sick as he was when we brought him to America. We brought him here to experience life in the way we believe a dog should get to live. But if he had to die, he got to do so with comfort and dignity.
Walter was beloved by everyone who met him, and all who followed his story. RAGOM is honored to pay tribute to him and the lives he touched. It's also an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who helped make his last days wonderful, and who improve the lives of all RAGOM seniors. They require a lot of care, and often that care can be very expensive. But as you know, giving these sweet souls love, patience, comfort, and peace to finish out their days is a priceless gift.
Walter's family would like to thank all the RAGOM volunteers and supporters for their outpouring of love and support.
Farewell for now, sweet Walter.
Read more about Walter at his dog blog.
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.
Braden was one of the dogs seized. He arrived at 32 pounds -- about 30 pounds less than he should weigh. He began a high protein, high fat, high calorie diet, with 3 meals per day. He needed to be fed separately from the resident dogs in his foster home -- because of his near starvation, he eats as much as he can, as fast as he can. Exercise also needed to be restricted.
Braden was severely underweight when rescued. With the gentle care of his foster family, Braden grew to be affectionate and began to trust humans. After a month, he was strong enough to chase squirrels in the yard and go for regular walks.
Today, Braden and the dogs from this case are thriving. It's your support that makes it possible for us to say yes when called upon in situations like this. Braden was recently adopted, but the other dogs from the case are still in RAGOM's care. The case against the dog's owner is currently under prosecution.
These wonderful dogs are in need of permanent families to call their own, families who are willing to help them learn that clean, nourishing meals and plentiful water are now a given in life, and that going forward, the humans they encounter will be kind and caring.
Thank you. Because of your kindness, Alana, Braden, Cait, Declan, Eamon, Finnbar, Garret, Hannah, Iona, Janette, and Fuzzy are receiving their second chance at a golden life.
If you'd like to donate, click the donate button at the top of this Page. Thank-you for your support of our Mission.
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.
5/20/2016 - We welcome Micky, Elsa and Simba to America and RAGOM!
4/08/2016 - RAGOM brought 12 more Turkish dogs home to Minnesota!
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Nygaards took the dog to their vet for shots and spaying. A few days later, the vet called. Did they still have that Golden? He knew of a couple who were looking for a dog. The Nygaards invited the couple over to meet her, and then accompanied them to check out their house and yard - ultimately, the first home visit.
Named "Sophie" by the family, the young dog stayed with them for a few days. And then they wrote out a check to cover the Nygaards veterinary bills - the first adoption.
Word spread. If there's a Golden in trouble, call Jane. When there were too many dogs for the Nygaard household, they asked for help, and friends volunteered their home - the first foster families.
From those early improvised efforts, coupled with the selflessness, generosity, boundless energy and love for Golden Retrievers by Jane Nygaard, Chick Myers, Agnes Rambeck, Ardis Brown and others, an extraordinary organization emerged.
RAGOM is now blessed with hundreds of amazing volunteers who keep the rescue efforts moving forward daily; fostering, training, transporting, visiting prospective homes, fundraising, organizing events and more.
Throughout our 31-year history, more than 8,000 dogs - Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes - have passed through RAGOM and on to the Golden Life because of our volunteers and supporters!
On this aniversary we congratulate and send our gratitude to our founders, our volunteers and our supporters. Thank-you and Happy Anniversary!
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