Media Opportunity

Mary Riebe or Patty Larson
mediaatragom [dot] org

RAGOM Welcomes Turkish Golden Retrievers to Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN (April 30, 2017)


The latest rescue of 17 Golden Retrievers from the streets of Turkey. RAGOM has previously rescued 51 Golden Retrievers from Turkey. This event is an appreciation celebration for Turkish Golden rescue donors, volunteers, and newly arrived dogs. Emel, a volunteer from Turkey, will address the challenges of abandoned dogs in Turkey. Photo and video opportunities will include rescued dogs interacting with each other, their families, and RAGOM volunteers. Patty Larson, Turkish Golden rescue lead, will be available at this event, as well as during the week of May 1 – 5, 2017. Presentation will include photos of dogs before and after rescue, their arrival Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and RAGOM dogs arriving in Minnesota. Video of these dogs can be found on the RAGOM website's home page at 


  • Meet both newly rescued Golden Retrievers from Turkey, as well as several dogs from previous Turkish rescue missions.
  • Interview Patty Larson, RAGOM’s Turkish Golden rescue team leader, foster, and member of the RAGOM Board of Directors.
  • Talk to Emel Ucuncuoglu Tekin, RAGOM’s contact in Turkey. Emel is instrumental in rescuing dogs from streets and shelters in Turkey.


Sunday, April 30, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 PM 


SkyRidge Business Center
Suite 120
5800 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Please note this is an outdoor venue. However, indoor facilities will be available if weather does not cooperate.


RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began as Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota in 1985, with one homeless Golden Retriever in a shelter whose time was up. RAGOM's founder, Jane Nygaard had her spayed and vaccinated and found her a loving forever home. Since then, countless volunteers and generous donors have stepped up with the energy, selflessness, love, and funds to rescue and rehome more than 8,500 Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes.

In 2017, RAGOM adopted a new name—Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest—to reflect our dedication to expand our rescue efforts from our original home state of Minnesota to include Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin.