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 is a young, athletic, kissy and cuddly dog that needs a family to call his own!

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RAGOM Events
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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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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.

Winter Icons for Your Favorite Pup

'Tis the season to give thanks and remember loved ones, including our Golden friends, past and present. Your gift will be represented by a cheerful winter icon, along with your name and a short message, on the bio page of the RAGOM foster dog of your choice. Just select the amount you wish to donate, and tell us which dog's page you'd like your icon to appear on.

To get your holiday icon, visit the RAGOM Shop.



2017 RAGOM Calendar is Now Available!

"The Golden Life" 2017 RAGOM Calendar features 16 months of beautiful RAGOM dogs and their stories. Enjoy the fall photos of the 2016 calendar along with all new photos for 2017. With every month, you'll have funny, poignant and charming reminders of the good work that RAGOM does with your support. Makes a great gift for any Golden Retriever lover.

You can purchase this $15 calendar, along with other RAGOM customized products, in our RAGOM shop.



Home for the Holidays

Rescued from a puppy mill, Jayvyn is
happy to have a home for the holidays

Jayvyn is a beautiful girl with an amazing spirit. She was one of 37 dogs RAGOM rescued from a puppy mill auction this year, thanks to the generosity of our supporters. She was severely ill when she arrived, and adding to her stress, she had recently given birth to three puppies.

Jayvyn has a long road ahead of her as she continues to recover in her foster home. Though her body is healing physically, her spirit is now full, thanks to the kindness of the RAGOM community that provided her with a second chance.

This holiday season, your donation to RAGOM will allow us to give more dogs like Jayvyn a second chance, and a home for the holidays. Please donate today to help Golden spirits shine bright.



Announcement - New Adoption Rates for 2017

The RAGOM Board of Directors has voted to increase RAGOM's adoption rates beginning January 1, 2017.

The reasons for the increase are many. Our rates have not increased in almost 5 years, despite the fact that our average expenditure for dogs in our care has increased to approximately $625 per dog. This expenditure is driven by the increased medical and behavioral needs of the dogs who come to us combined with increased general vet costs.

The new rate structure is as follows:

Under 24 months $475
24 months to less than 9 years $400
9 years and older $175

Turkey Dog: Under 24 months $800
Turkey Dog: 24 months and older $600
 

We will also be offering refunds to adopters if they attend training courses with their new dog. Adopters will be eligible for a $25 refund for completing one training course and another $25 if they complete an advanced course.

While this increase is effective January 1st, applicants who are currently working with fosters to adopt their dogs will be "grandfathered" in and will pay the old adoption rate.  

Turkish Dog Rescue Mission
Because our love for goldens doesn't stop at America's shores
Photo by Matjaz Tancic. Used by permission.

For hundreds of years, homeless dogs have been a part of the Turkish environment. Estimates for the numbers of street and shelter dogs in Istanbul alone vary greatly - anywhere from 70,000 to 150,000. Among all of these dogs, are approximately 1,000 abandoned Golden Retrievers in need of homes. RAGOM, just like every other Golden rescue in the country, has seen a steady decline over the last 6 years in the number of dogs being surrendered. At the same time, our organization has seen a very large increase in the number of families looking to adopt Golden Retrievers. We have homes just waiting to adopt a Golden Retriever.

RAGOM's organizational mission is to rescue unwanted, abused, neglected and displaced Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes and find new loving, permanent homes for them. We will continue to rescue every single Golden in need in our area that we are aware of. However, our mission has no geographical boundary, so when RAGOM heard about these dogs in Turkey, we felt compelled to help.

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RAGOM Gives a 2nd Chance to Dogs
Living in Hoarding Conditions

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.

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August 30th Update -  In May, Braden was adopted and today he weighs in at 60lbs.  His adoptive home reports that he loves to roll around on his back and grunt, meet other dogs, and go for walks.  Braden will be attending Goldzilla with his new family.  Please come to this event, meet him, and see his amazing transformation. 

Alll of the dogs from the hoarding situation have been adopted except for Finnbar.  He is still waiting for his forever home to find him. Please consider welcoming Finnbar into your home!

RAGOM Celebrates 31 Years of Rescuing and Rehoming

February 14th marks RAGOM's 31st Anniversary of rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes and here's where it all started...

Thirtyone 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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