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.

December 2009

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

As of December 2009, you can help support RAGOM just by searching using GoodSearch as your search engine, with "Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota" listed as who you GoodSearch for. How does it work? The more supporters RAGOM has, using GoodSearch as their search engine, the more money GoodSearch will donate to RAGOM each year. For example, 100 supporters doing two searches per day can raise an estimated revenue of $730 dollars per year for RAGOM - and with even more supporters using GoodSearch, this amount goes up!

And — using GoodShop, you can shop at your favorite online retailers and a specified percent of your purchase will be donated to the organization you GoodSearch/GoodShop for! (The amount varies by retailer.)

Take advantage of these great ways to support RAGOM by doing two things you do, anyway!

November 2009

Give to the Max

GiveMN.orgís Give to the Max Day Update:

During the Nov. 17Ė18 Give to the Max Day event, RAGOM raised $11,200 via the Web site. The total amount of matching funds will be announced later in the week. That is fantastic! Thank you!

Hereís an article about Give to the Max Day from the Star Tribune.

What a fantastic effort by everyone. When everyone works together, none struggle alone.

2010 RAGOM picnic

2009 RAGOM Picnic and Get Your Tail In Gear Fun Run Update:

This yearís picnic was a financial success and will allow RAGOM to continue to provide the services our rescue dogs are so desperately in need of: vet care, stability, guidance and, most important, a new forever family.

Thanks to your support we were able to raise $20,986 through a variety of means; the Fun Run brought in about half of that total at $10,425.

The amount of support we received on this day was heartwarming and greatly appreciated. We hope to see you all again next year. The 2010 picnic date will be posted sometime after Jan. 1.

While these totals are impressive, RAGOM needs every dollar to help continue and sustain its mission to rescue and rehome every Golden Retriever. You help continue and sustain our mission. Thank you.

July 2009


In early 2009, RAGOM, along with eight other animal welfare organizations in Minnesota, became the founding members of the group Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW). As a member of MnPAW, RAGOM believes in their mission of ensuring a home for every healthy and treatable companion animal in Minnesota. A primary initiatives will focus on spay/neuter, adoption partnerships, education and advocacy. Through these efforts, MnPAW strives to reduce euthanasia rates in Minnesota.

MnPAW is comprised of the following nine founding members:

  • Animal Allies Humane Society
  • Animal Humane Society
  • Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet
  • Minneapolis Animal Care & Control
  • Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project
  • Pet Haven Inc of Minnesota
  • Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota
  • Saint Paul Animal Control
  • Tri-County Humane Society

To learn more about MnPAW, visit their website at

March 2009

Chuck and Don's present RAGOM with $16,660

Over the holiday season last year, Chuck & Donís Pet Food Outlet held its annual fundraiser, Chuck & Donís Holiday Paw Print Campaign, to benefit local animal rescue organizations. More than 13 Chuck & Don stores invited customers to participate by donating $1 or more, and filling out a palm-sized paw print. The paw prints were proudly displayed in the windows of all 13 stores throughout the holiday season, as a show of the customerís, and Chuck & Donís, support for animal rescue.

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota and Second Chance Animal Rescue were chosen by Chuck & Donís as the 2008 Paw Print Campaign recipients. Through generous customer donations, the campaign generated $26,657 — with an additional 25% matching gift from Chuck & Donís stores, for a combined total of $33,321.

In February 2009, Chuck & Donís presented RAGOM and Second Chance Animal Rescue each with a check for $16,660.94. RAGOM Co-Executive Director Beryl Board accepted the check on RAGOMís behalf.

RAGOM would like to thank Chuck & Donís and the employees of all 13 stores for making this campaign such a success. RAGOM would also like to extend a very special thank you to all of the Chuck & Donís customers who showed their support for animal rescue by purchasing a paw print over the holidays.

January 2009

Animal Rescue Site Challenge

In Fall 2008, the Animal Rescue Site hosted a special challenge for eligible member shelter and rescue groups. The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge ran from September 29 through December 14, 2008. A total of $100,000 in grants to animal welfare organizations was awarded, including $1000 to the organization in each state that received the most votes.

Thanks to your votes and dedication RAGOM was awarded the $1000 grant for the Minnesota organization with the most votes! This grant will be used to further RAGOM's mission throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota. RAGOM thanks everyone for their hard work in spreading the message about this challenge and helping us win the state prize!

October 2008

Oak Leaves with Acorns
Oak Leaves with Acorns

Friends of Flicka is pleased to announce that Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota is the recipient of the 2008 Kodiak Award. This $5000 award is presented annually to a leading animal rescue organization or individual for their exceptional work in charitable animal rescue.

Friends of Flicka is particularly impressed and moved by RAGOM's commitment to rescuing and re-homing senior Golden Retrievers and has requested that this award be used specifically for RAGOM's senior Goldens. "RAGOM clearly lives and works its mission statement; Provide a high quality of life for Golden Retrievers who can no longer remain in their current environments." Friends of Flicka appreciates RAGOM's prompt response when they are asked to help a dog that is in danger of shelter euthanasia, often because of its age.


Friends of Flicka is a 501(C)(3) tax exempt charitable organization created in memory of a beloved golden retriever for the purpose of providing funds to other qualified exempt organizations and individuals engaged in the rescue, adoption and care of animals that have been abandoned, lost, or abused. One hundred percent of Friends of Flicka funds are donated to needy animals; fifty percent are directed to Golden causes. All contributions made to Friends of Flicka are fully tax deductible.

The Kodiak award is appropriately named for Flicka's best friend, her brother Kodiak. It is awarded annually to the volunteer or organization whose efforts on behalf of abused or abandoned animals are so extraordinary that the Board of Friends of Flicka believes special recognition is deserved. "We don't expect this will ever be an easy decision - there are so many people making daily sacrifices to help animals that have been mistreated. But if, in addition to the other grants we make each year, we can provide special support and recognition to just one, perhaps it will give hope and inspiration to others." Kodiak was a senior dog when he passed away this summer and it is in his memory that other dogs will be helped.

RAGOM is grateful to Friends of Flicka for recognizing their efforts in rehoming Golden Retrievers. This award will help defray the expenses of getting these special dogs ready for their forever homes.

Thank you Friends of Flicka!

May 2008

Golden Starfish Award

The National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America has chosen Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota as its 2007 Golden Starfish Award recipient for work done related to the Bismarck, North Dakota puppy mill rescue. This award recognizes individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to Golden Retriever Rescue efforts. No more than two individuals and two groups are recognized per year.

The GRCA National Rescue Committee has recognized the efforts of RAGOM and issued the following statement:

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota responded within three days to the USDA Puppy mill closing in North Dakota and brought back to Minnesota 47 adult Goldens and 37 puppies in March 2007. The effort was massive in terms of organizing transportation, volunteers, veterinarians, foster homes, materials, supplies and other resources, and led to the eventual adoptions into forever homes of these abused and neglected Golden Retrievers. RAGOM's organizational skills and willingness of their many volunteers to step up to meet this challenge provides a blueprint for other programs faced with a similar task in the future. RAGOM knew to marshal resources, both locally and from the existing network of Golden Retriever Rescue programs, support committee and foundations. The local alliances they forged to meet this Puppy Mill crisis continue in effect today and portend well for the future of rescue activities in the Twin Cities.

Past-RAGOM President, Louise Dobbe, brought RAGOM's hard work and dedication to the attention of the NRC. Louise raised public awareness about RAGOM, our mission, commitment to Golden rescue and the efforts of all the dedicated volunteers within RAGOM. Her efforts resulted in NRC reviewing RAGOM's efforts and issuing this prestigious award. Since the inception of this award in 2002, RAGOM is only the 5th organization to be recognized.

The Golden Retriever Club of America, National Rescue Committee will award $100 in cash to RAGOM as the group award winner for significant contribution to Golden Retriever Rescue efforts. RAGOM will be allowed to post the Golden Starfish Award emblem on its website. In 2006, no group award was issued.

The Golden Starfish Award is based on a famous parable about saving a single starfish when there are so many that need to be saved. This parable is a continuous inspiration to the rescue community, and to RAGOM. The story is printed below.


The Starfish Parable

A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a
beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish
have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old
man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one
starfish after another and tossing each one gently
into the ocean.

"Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" he

"Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and
if I don't throw them further in they will die."

"But, old man, don't you realize there are miles and
miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can't
possibly save them all, you can't even save one-tenth
of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your
efforts won't make any difference at all."

The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick
up another starfish and throw it into the sea. "It
made a difference to that one."


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