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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 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.
Save 15% on great clothing and gear in the RAGOM Shop now through February 28th. Limited to quantities on hand. We will also include a FREE RAGOM Cling with your order.
Enter SAVE15 in the Discount Code box in the shopping cart on checkout. Discount does not apply to clearance items, donations or adoption fees.
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!
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.
Is there a special RAGOM foster dog who tugs at your heartstrings? Send a little love his or her way with a Virtual Valentine!
Your Virtual Valentine, along with your name and a short message, will appear 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 purchase your Virtual Valentine , visit the RAGOM Shop.
Photo by Matjaz Tancic. Used by permission.
Donate ~ Turkish Dog Rescue Mission
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.
Since the Fall of 2015, RAGOM has welcomed 51 of these beautiful dogs from Turkey:
This has been a life-changing, extraordinary journey for all these dogs and there are still so many waiting for their turn to come to America. RAGOM would like to continue rescuing these dogs so that they can leave their lonely lives behind them and find loving, forever homes. The cost to transport these dogs over 5000 miles is expensive and we need help to continue. If you would like to assist us in this mission, please consider making a donation.
9/2/2016 - Seventeen more dogs arrived
6/16/2016 - Dickie arrived
5/20/2016 - Micky, Elsa and Simba arrived
4/08/2016 - A group of 11 Turkish dogs arrived
3/5/2016 - Belle, Diva, Sully and Vincent arrived
10/16/2015 - Our first group of 15 arrived and were welcomed into RAGOM
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.
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.
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!
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