Curly may not look like a typical golden, but he definitely has a sweet, loving, and playful temperment like one!
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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.
"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.
We have an opportunity to rescue Goldens and Goldendoodles from an auction on August 6th. A commercial breeder is liquidating his dogs after being charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty. These dogs will likely be sold to another commercial breeder, where they will continue to live their lives in cages while being bred repeatedly.
We can help. RAGOM has the opportunity to attend the auction and bid on the dogs for sale. Our mission is simple: Get them out. Bring them home.
Over 50 of the 450 dogs being sold are Goldens or Goldendoodles. With your support, we will rent a cargo van and drive down to the auction, where we will purchase as many as we can.
Boone arrives in RAGOM's care, ready to begin his new life.
September 15th Update on Dogs Rescued From Auction
When word filtered in last month that there was going to be an auction of dogs from a notorious Missouri puppy mill, the entire RAGOM community sprang into action.
Word went out on Thursday, and by auction time on Saturday, 243 people -- volunteers, adopters, and friends of RAGOM -- had together contributed an incredible $32,000.
A team of volunteers, organized on short notice, was on the road by Friday afternoon to bid at the auction the next day. Meanwhile, the Intake team worked frantically to secure fosters, temporary fosters, and transporters for all of the dogs who might be coming in.
On Saturday night the caravan rolled into Minnesota with nearly thirty wonderful dogs saved from the commercial breeding life (two moms and their pups would come later when the pups were old enough to travel). They were met by a clean-up and welcome crew, foster families, overnight temporary fosters, and transporters.
Over the next few weeks our volunteer teams were incredibly busy reviewing adoption applications from waiting families, doing home visits, answering questions, providing support to fosters, and driving dogs to vet appointments. Many of the dogs were able to be placed with waiting families so quickly that their profile never made the Available Dogs page.
The work continues as one by one these dogs are finding their forever homes. Volunteers had to sort through confusing and inaccurate microchip records to make sure all dogs were correctly identified.
Now that moms and pups have arrived groups of volunteers are organizing to help fosters bathe, clean up after, and socialize the pups.
By the time all of the auction dogs have found wonderful forever homes and are living the Golden Life, we estimate that over 350 wonderful friends and volunteers will have touched their lives and made their new beginnings possible. We are thankful for the tremendous "village" of people we have as part of the RAGOM family!
It was big, it was hairy, it was great - thank you for making Goldzilla 2016 a success! We're tallying the results and will post an update soon.
Raffle winner information can be found at our Goldzilla website.
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.
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.
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 31-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!
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