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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Please stop by and visit with us. We would love to tell you all about RAGOM.

For more upcoming RAGOM events, please visit our Calendar
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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Join us for a Wine Tasting event and Wine for Wags launch!

Join us on July 10th for a wine tasting event and launch of Wine for Wags, a new line of RAGOM-branded wines! The event will be held at the beautiful Next Chapter Winery in New Prague, MN, located about 45 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities. Dogs are welcome to attend!

Click here for ticket and additional information.

Call for Submissions -- RAGOM 2017 Calendar

It's that time of year! We're looking for high-quality images for the 2017 RAGOM Calendar.

Once again, the theme will be "The Golden Life". We're looking for interesting, high quality photos showing RAGOM dogs enjoying the new life made possible through rescue. We'd like to know the story behind the dog and/or the photo. Just tell us a bit about the dog's background and what his/her life is like today.

If your dog has already been featured, please do not submit again. There are so many more stories and never enough pages.

Submission deadline is June 30. You'll be notified by email if your entry has been selected to be featured. Thank you! We can't wait to see your shots!

Guidelines
1. Submit only the original (largest) image file from your phone or camera
2. Do not crop, edit, resize, retouch, or use filters
3. 3000 pixels minimum on the shortest side
4. You may submit up to 3 photos of the same dog
5. One form per dog

Prepare Your Photos
1. Ensure images meet the above requirements
2. Rename images to RAGOM ID and use _1, _2, _3 for multiples. Example: Daisy_08530_2.jpg (Use RAGOM ID, even if you have renamed your dog.)

Please submit your photos by completing this form.

Call for Submissions -- RAGOM 2017 Calendar
A Tribute to Walter

There is no question that RAGOM's generous and steadfast fosters, volunteers and sponsors love each and every dog that passes through their care. But some dogs make an even greater impresson among those who meet and care for them. One such dog was Walter, who arrived this spring from Turkey.

Walter was estimated to be 8-10 years old. He had been living in a Turkish shelter and was in very poor health. The kind shelter workers begged volunteers in Turkey to take him, as shelter life was too hard on this senior gentleman and they were not able to provide him with the veterinary care he needed.

A wonderful Turkish woman fostered him and began to restore his health and his spirit while she looked for a rescue organization to take him.

RAGOM knew we could give Walter the care he needed, and although there were many younger Turkish dogs in need, we could not leave him behind. Sweet Walter arrived in April, where a loving foster family was waiting for him. "When we picked Walter up at the RAGOM office, he was busy soaking up love from all of the volunteers. He was a perfect gentleman. Before we left he saw a ball on the floor and immediately pulled us toward it. He carried that ball into the car with him, and snored almost the entire way home."

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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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More Special Deliveries have Arrived!

This spring, RAGOM is eager to welcome some special deliveries into our care -  rescued Golden
Retrievers, from the country of Turkey, where they are languishing on the streets and in overcrowded shelters. 

5/20/2016 - We welcome Micky, Elsa and Simba to America and RAGOM!

4/08/2016 - RAGOM brought 12 more Turkish dogs home to Minnesota!

For these dogs it has been an extraordinary, life-changing journey. In Turkey, there are over 100,000 stray dogs in the city of Istanbul, living in municipal shelters, city streets, and in the forests, where they struggle for food and shelter. Approximately 1,000 of these are Golden Retrievers.

Last fall and earlier this spring, we successfully rescued 19 Turkish dogs, almost all of whom have already found loving homes. Thanks to you, these dogs received a second chance.

This is quite an undertaking for us.  We need to raise over $21,500 to cover the dogs' travel and medical expenses.   Please consider a donation to help with this important mission.


Read more about our Spring 2016 Turkey Dog Mission...


In Memory of a Legendary RAGOM Adopter and Volunteer
Photo In memory of Rosemarie de Ruiter

We are very much saddened to learn of the passing of Rosemarie de Ruiter*, one of RAGOM's most passionate advocates. Rosemarie and her husband Jan joined the RAGOM family in the early 2000s as adopters, and they became volunteers in 2006, serving on the Transport and Home Visit teams.

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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...

31 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."

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