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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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 Sunday, September 10, at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton, Minnesota 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!
Register for the walk and collect pledges to earn fabulous prizes. Then check out activities for both you and your dog. Plan a shopping spree in the vendor village and scope out the silent auction and wine pull. Or explore other ways to support our dogs in need.
A good cause. A great day. Goldzilla - it's GIGANTIC! For more information about this event, please see our Goldzilla website.
Weeks ago, Patzy was being sold at a commercial breeding auction. Without the intervention of a rescue organization, she would be sold to another commercial breeder, where she would live her life in a cage, being bred repeatedly. Thanks to your generous support, her life changed dramatically in the blink of an eye, when RAGOM successfully bid on her. A week later, she gave birth to nine puppies.
We will be streaming live each day so you can watch the pups grow. Times may vary depending on foster mom's schedule, but the pups will generally be live:
11:30am - 1pm (except Tuesdays)
Live streaming will be available through July 20th.
Due to the quantity of applications received for Patzy and her puppies, we are no longer accepting adoption applications for them.
A special thank you to Friends of Flicka who donated generously in memory of Yogi to make our work possible.
Your generous support allows us to care for Patzy and her pups! Two puppies have already required surgery so your donations are very much appreciated.
As the face of Golden rescue changes, RAGOM is being asked to help more and more dogs with special needs. Some of these dogs simply need to live in a home with no other pets, some need medical care and rehab, and some need behavioral training.
We currently have many dogs waiting to come into RAGOM due to a lack of foster homes able to meet their specific needs. Most of these dogs need to be in homes without other animals and/or young children.
Our current pool of foster homes that fit that description are full. If you have every considered fostering and you have no resident dogs or cats, please fill out our volunteer application. We will provide training to get you started fostering and provide any behavioral training needed.
Without your help, these dogs cannot begin their journey to finding a new home.
On April 28th, you helped us change the lives of seventeen wonderful dogs. After months of planning and preparing, we welcomed our newest RAGOM additions from the country of Turkey. It took the kindness and generosity of over 100 people to make this happen.
The dogs' journey started across the world, where our Turkish friends got up early in the morning to get the dogs to the airport and complete the necessary paperwork. The entire process takes several hours and the dogs are required to be at the airport 12 hours before their flight, so Turkish volunteers took turns walking the dogs and ensuring they drink plenty of water.
Before their long flight from Turkey to Chicago, each dog is given a special necklace with an evil eye protector bead, which is believed to bring good luck and safety in their journey to America.
Twenty-five volunteers, anxiously awaited the dogs arrival at the airport. The dogs received walks, food, water and lots of love upon their arrival. They were also given a chance to relax and recharge before being transported into Minnesota.
Upon arrival at the heated indoor space donated by SkyRidge Business Center, each dog received a bath and met their foster family.
As the dogs settle in with their foster familys, they lean the comforts of soft beds and steady meals, the joy of toys, and the secuirty that comes from a safe, loving environment.
In the coming days, the dogs will receive a complete wellness check with a veterinarian. As their foster famillies get to know them, they'll learn more about the type of permanent home that will be best for each individual dog. When ready, each will be posted on our Available Dogs page and begin the final leg of their journey - to their forever homes.
It was not an easy journey, and it would not have been possible without you - our supporters, donors, volunteers, and friends. Countless moving pieces need to fall into place for a rescue this big to happen. Our friends in Turkey rescued the dogs and ensured they were cared for before coming to America. Volunteers spent months organizing the logistics of flying the dogs internationally. They drove to Chicago, worked late bathing dogs, and opened their homes to foster. Supporters gave generously to make this rescue mission possible, and sent kind words and encouragement. It takes a village - a RAGOM village - to change the lives of these deserving souls. Thank you from all of us for giving them the wings they needed to fly.
You can follow our Turkish Dog rescue efforts on the Turkish Goldens - Rescued by RAGOM facebook page.
If you would like to assist us with our Turkish Dog Rescue Mission, please consider making a donation.
February 14, 2017 marks RAGOM's 32nd Anniversary of rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes and here's where it all started...
Thirty-two 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 32-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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