Find out how your donation makes a difference for one of our rescued Golden Retrievers!
You can support RAGOM effortlessly with every transaction you make with the RAGOM Capital One card. In 2012, the program resulted donations totaling nearly $4,000! The card comes with a competitive rate and no yearly fee, and you can select from three designs featuring RAGOM dogs.
For more information or to apply, visit the RAGOM Capital One card page.
Order yours now while we still have some in stock.
RAGOM needs YOU.
We are all about rescuing and rehoming Goldens but we need YOU to help us! RAGOM rehomes hundreds of Golden Retrievers each year, and there has never been a better time to adopt your special friend.
Currently, we have more than 60 beautiful senior and special needs dogs awaiting their forever homes and more coming in almost every day. Consider making a senior or special needs dog's life "golden". Sometimes they can be a little more work or a little more cost but it is so rewarding to welcome one of these special dogs into your life.
But, they can't find that special family without meeting YOU. And, they can't meet you if you don't come out to one of our events, fall in love and apply. Won't you please consider filling out an application and becoming the next proud owner of a special Golden from RAGOM. Our seniors and special needs dogs need YOU now!
For more upcoming RAGOM events, please visit our Calendar
RAGOM's Rainbow Bridge page… so many tributes to the incredible animals we have loved and lost. You may think this is a sad page to visit, but far from it. The loving tributes we receive are stories of loyalty and compassion, and of the rescued goldens who conquered their past lives and came out the other side. We rescued these dogs and in many cases, they rescued us as well, when we didn't even know we needed rescuing.
Visit our Rainbow Bridge page and read about JD, who, as a senior, found the perfect home; Fancy/Koekers - a puppy mill momma; Logan - one of the "American Spirit" puppies from 2001; and Mr. Chips who went from totally neglected to loved beyond measure.
We would be honored to post your tribute and photos on our Rainbow Bridge page. If you don't see your golden's page on the Adopted Dogs section of the web site, we will do our best to recreate it for you and add your tribute and photos. Just send your updates here.
Interested in becoming a transport volunteer? Do you just have a few questions before you're ready to fill out the volunteer application? If so, read our FAQs for transport volunteers!
How far are your transports?
The length can vary depending on the transport. If you are interested in participating in the transport, but the length is too long, just respond to the transport request and state how far you are willing to drive. We will adjust the legs to accommodate you!
Will I receive training?
Yes! If you attend foster training, transport training is part of the foster training. If you do not foster, we also offer a separate training. The training is conducted over the phone and lasts about 30-45 minutes.
If you'd like to become one of RAGOM's transporters, you can fill out a volunteer application online, or visit our NEW page of frequently asked questions about transporting and fostering. Or, check out RAGOM's other volunteer opportunities.
Do you love to follow the dogs on the Available Dogs page? Are you curious about their new lives with their forever families? Or how the puppies look all grown up?
RAGOM forever families – we would love to receive news and photos of your RAGOM dog loving its new life! If you don't see your golden's page on the Adopted Dogs section of the web site, we will do our best to recreate it for you and add your Happy Ending. Just send your updates to us so we can keep up to date with your golden's exciting new life!
Get your 25th Anniversary Gear!
February 14, 2010 marked the 25th Anniversary of RAGOM's founding. All year long, you can help RAGOM celebrate with official 25th Anniversary gear like this beach tote. Stock up on cold weather favorites like coffee mugs and hoodies, and prepare for warm weather with the beach tote, aluminum water bottle and t-shirts!
Did You Know?
The Guiness world record for the most tennis balls held by a dog in its mouth belongs to a Golden Retriever named Augie. Owned by the Miller family in Dallas, Augie broke the record on July 6, 2003 when he successfully picked up and carried five regulation-sized tennis balls!
Pretty as a Penny! #13-024
Meet our 8-year-old foster dog named Penny (13-024). Several years ago, Penny was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis. She was treated for the condition, but the muscles of her head atrophied. Due to the loss of muscle mass around her eyes, she has developed entropion, a condition that caused her eyes to become sunken into her head and the eyelashes to constantly scrape against the eyeball.
Penny recently underwent surgery to help her be more comfortable and ensure that her eyes are not injured by irritation. And although the surgery was successful, Penny could use a few generous sponsors to help cover the rising costs of her medical bills.
If you'd like to help our sweet girl, please make a donation and note in the Gift Message Box that your gift is for Penny.
It's official! Thanks to your diligent daily clicking, Retrieve a Golden of MN won a $1,000 Shelter Challenge Grant through the Animal Rescue Site. We started the contest in tenth place and slowly rose in the rankings until we were #1 by the end of the contest. Thanks from all of us at RAGOM, canine and human alike, for your dedication and support.
For a full rundown, here’s a list of the winners across the country. Minnesota's runner-up, Feline Rescue Inc., will receive 100 vaccinations. Congrats to the kitties!
Being blind hasn't slowed
Faith down one bit!
Some of you may remember one of our recent foster pups named Faith. Like many dogs who come through our doors at Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota, Faith was in need of some special love and attention. In fact, maybe a little more than most. Faith was born blind in both eyes, but that hasn’t slowed her down one bit. By relying on her sense of smell and sound, Faith has played with other dogs, gone swimming in lakes, romped in the snow, run through fields and hiking trails, and much more. After spending her first 10 months in a caring RAGOM foster home, she was adopted by a wonderful family with two other rescued dogs for company. To hear more about Faith’s story and how she’s doing today, read a story from the Lake Voice News.
(Lovingly fostered in
Eden Prairie, MN)
Last year, 436 dogs were adopted and placed into loving homes through Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota. But we couldn’t have done it without the help of 225 foster homes who sheltered and cared for those dogs in the interim. Fosters are loving individuals or families who accept unwanted, abused, neglected and displaced dogs into their homes with open arms and give them love, care and attention until a permanent home can be found. Simply put, our volunteer fosters are everyday heroes and without their boundless generosity and compassion, we couldn’t fulfill our mission.
Currently, RAGOM has more dogs than available homes and we’re looking for volunteers who can help provide foster care. If you’re interested in becoming a foster, please complete a volunteer application. (Note: RAGOM will cover all basic veterinary care and fosters have the ability to choose which dogs they allow into their homes.)
Or, if you’d like to learn more about what it means to be a foster and hear stories from our current volunteers, please click here.
Stone Mountain Pet Lodge of Blaine, MN has generously included RAGOM in its Friends of Stone Mountain loyalty program. When you participate, your spending earns frequent buyer points rewarded at a rate of 2.5% and matched by Stone Mountain at a rate of up to 2.5%. So the total contribution could be as high as 5% of every dollar you spend at Stone Mountain!
You can earn donations for RAGOM when you purchase:
- Pet food
- Treats, supplies and toys
- Boarding services
- Doggy day care
- And more
For more information, see the flyer here. To sign up for the program, print out the flyer and bring it to Stone Mountain, or just let the staff at the counter know you want to participate and have your donations earmarked for RAGOM.
Thank you--and a huge thanks to Stone Mountain for supporting RAGOM!
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