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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RAGOM Needs Your Help!

RAGOM needs YOU.

We are all about rescuing and rehoming Goldens but we need YOU to help us! RAGOM rehomes hundreds of Golden Retrievers each year, and there has never been a better time to adopt your special friend.

Currently, we have more than 60 beautiful senior and special needs dogs awaiting their forever homes and more coming in almost every day. Consider making a senior or special needs dog's life "golden". Sometimes they can be a little more work or a little more cost but it is so rewarding to welcome one of these special dogs into your life.

But, they can't find that special family without meeting YOU. And, they can't meet you if you don't come out to one of our events, fall in love and apply. Won't you please consider filling out an application and becoming the next proud owner of a special Golden from RAGOM. Our seniors and special needs dogs need YOU now!

Special Delivery! Dogs from Turkey coming to RAGOM!

An incredibly exciting event will be unfolding in mid-October.

A team of RAGOM volunteers will be meeting a special arrival at the Chicago airport. Disembarking will be 15 Golden Retrievers rescued from the streets, forests and shelters in Istanbul. Weary from their long journey, RAGOM will welcome them to their new life in America.

Turkey Dogs waiting to come to RAGOM
Dogs in Turkey waiting to come to America and RAGOM!

Turkey Dogs in Kennel
Dogs in Turkey in need of help!

In Turkey, there are an estimated 50,000 stray dogs living on city streets and in the forests. Approximately 500 of these are Golden Retrievers. We feel compelled by our mission and our hearts to help. But it will cost approximately $30,000 to get the dogs here.

Learn more about all of these Special Dogs.

This is an undertaking unlike anything we have ever done and we cannot do it alone. With your support we can welcome these 15 dogs to RAGOM. Make a donation today to help these special dogs get to America — and safe in our care.

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Featured Dogs from Turkey

Additional dogs can be seen on our Available Dogs page.

More ways you can help...

Get your "Welcome Home"
Turkey Dogs t-shirt here!

Turkey Dog Campaign Shirt

We are in need of supplies for the incoming Turkey dogs. If you can help, please email

  • X-pens (we can borrow and give back)
  • 10 dogs beds
  • Food and water bowls
  • Travel water bowls
  • Old towels
  • Shampoo and other grooming supplies
  • Gallon jugs for water
  • Cleaning wipes for dogs
  • Elk antlers and other chewable bones
  • Treats
  • Food and other snacks for the humans on this important rescue mission
  • Cash cards to cover gas money
Goldzilla: A Big, Hairy Success!

THANK YOU for a wonderful event!

With your help, we raised over $70,000!

Mark your calendars for next year — Goldzilla will be on September 11, 2016!


Want to Adopt?

Thank you for considering adoption! Adoption saves lives and is rewarding!

Because we have so many people who want to adopt one of our dogs, we are not accepting applications at this time. Currently, we have a long list of approved applicants waiting to meet dogs and a list of people waiting to apply on top of that.

We will consider new applications if you are interested in adopting one of our special needs dogs (behavior, medical or senior) please email If you are out of our normal territory (MN, WI, IA, SD, ND) and are interested in one of our special needs dogs, please email

More information about this temporary adoption application freeze will be posted to our website soon; please check back.

RAGOM Celebrates 30 Years with Updates on Annie, Spirit and Hope

Spirit, Hope, Annie

Three special RAGOM rescues:
Spirit, Hope and Annie

In 1985, Hank and Jane Nygaard rescued a golden retriever from being euthanized at a shelter and found her a forever home. This rescue turned into RAGOM, and in 30 years, the organization has rescued and re-homed more than 8,000 Goldens and Golden mixes.

Each dog rescued is undoubtedly special, but a few have tugged on the heart strings extra hard. Here’s an update on Spirit, Hope (now Haley) and Annie — 3 dogs that have overwhelmingly captured RAGOM’s enduring mission.

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When a RAGOM Dog Goes Missing

We have a saying: “Once a RAGOM dog, alway 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.

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.

Support RAGOM as a Friend of Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge of Blaine, MN has generously included RAGOM in its Friends of Stone Mountain loyalty program. When you participate, your spending earns frequent buyer points rewarded at a rate of 2.5% and matched by Stone Mountain at a rate of up to 2.5%. So the total contribution could be as high as 5% of every dollar you spend at Stone Mountain!

You can earn donations for RAGOM when you purchase:

  • Pet food
  • Treats, supplies and toys
  • Boarding services
  • Doggy day care
  • Training
  • Grooming
  • And more

For more information, see the flyer here. To sign up for the program, print out the flyer and bring it to Stone Mountain, or just let the staff at the counter know you want to participate and have your donations earmarked for RAGOM.

Thank you--and a huge thanks to Stone Mountain for supporting RAGOM!

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