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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Bobby Bones 15-193
Bobby Bones is a young, athletic, kissy and cuddly dog that needs a family to call his own!

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RAGOM Events
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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Special Delivery! Turkish Dogs are Coming to America

Over the past 1 1/2 years, we have successfully rescued 51 Turkish dogs.
Thanks to you, these dogs received a second chance.
Cooper was living on the streets in Turkey

Cooper is a 3-year-old Golden whose story is like many other Turkish dogs - he was living on the streets, with no place to go. He was suffering from multiple infected wounds after being attacked by other dogs.

Cooper has been rescued by our friends in Turkey. With your support, he and sixteen other dogs will soon be on his way to America, and into RAGOM's loving care.

We've thought hard about using resources to get them here. It will cost $28,000 to rescue these 17 dogs, including their vetting, customs fees, and transports. But if they don't come to RAGOM, there is nowhere else for these dogs to go. These dogs are desperate, and there are countless others also waiting for help.

You can also donate toward the Turkey dog campaign by text message!

  • Text 952-955-6165
  • Type in the amount you'd like to donate
  • You'll receive a link. Click and enter in your payment information
  • When you are finished, you'll receive a confirmation by text and email.
  • After you have given by text once, in the future, you'll be able to just text the amount you wish to give and it will process automatically.

A Plea for Special Needs Foster Homes
A Plea for Special Needs Foster Homes

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. If you have any questions please contact Patty Larson.

Welcome Spring!

Welcome in the new season (and make it come faster!) with a donation to RAGOM. 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.

This is what rescue is all about

Coming home! One of the rescued dogs is loaded into the RAGOM van.

UPDATE: Rescued!  On March 4th a total of 18 dogs (ten Golden Retrievers and eight Goldendoodles) were rescued from a commercial breeding auction.

So many people contributed to make this rescue mission possible. Volunteers organized the auction plan, secured equipment, drove to the auction, and signed up to help with the dogs' intake. Families signed up to foster the dogs. SkyRidge Business Center donated the space needed to welcome the dogs into our care. Countless people donated. This rescue mission could not have happened without every one of you. Thank you.

Watch our
Available Dogs page in the coming days to meet the newest RAGOM dogs!

Due to the outpouring of support, we have more wonderful news to share. We raised more money than we needed to bring these dogs home. As promised, we will be setting aside the additional contributions received and are working on plans to go get more dogs at upcoming auctions.

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RAGOM Celebrates 32 Years of Rescuing and Rehoming

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.

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