How to Adopt

RAGOM’s adoption territory includes:

  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Western Wisconsin (within 75 miles of the Minnesota border)

Unfortunately, RAGOM does not consider applicants outside our territory.

Potential adoptive families must agree to the following:

  • The family has not adopted or acquired another dog within the past six months and does not plan to adopt or acquire another dog within the next six months.
  • The family has not had or adopted a baby within the past six months and does not plan to have or adopt a baby within the next six months.
  • The adopted dog will be kept in the home when the family is sleeping or away from home. RAGOM does not allow dogs to be kept outdoors or in a garage while the family is sleeping or away.
A Golden looking out from a window
Family with RAGOM dogs

The Process


Adoption has several benefits:  (1) your new dog will be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on shots; (2) any behavioral or medical issues will be known; and (3) the foster family will have worked through initial training issues and can accurately describe the dog’s personality and needs. One downside is that due to strong interest you may not be selected for a particular dog you wish to adopt.


Dogs in RAGOM’s foster-to-adopt (FTA) program are often shy or fearful dogs that were rescued from commercial breeding facilities. The FTA program also has some dogs with medical or behavioral issues, and sometimes, puppies. If you participate in FTA, you will bring a dog into your home sight unseen with little or no information about their appearance or personality. But FTA is a great way to see what it’s like to add a dog to your home and learn if the foster dog is a good fit for your family. The FTA process can also be quicker than a normal adoption. Best of all, you will help RAGOM provide shelter for dogs in urgent situations, which will allow us to rescue more dogs, and you’ll get to help a furry friend find a forever home with you or another family!

Complete these initial pre-screening questions to determine if you are eligible to adopt from RAGOM.

RAGOM will review your application and email you about next steps. 

If you are a match for the dog in which you are interested, you will have the opportunity to meet them. Due to the amount of applications we receive, it’s not possible for foster dogs to meet with every applicant.

Interested in meeting some of the dogs in our care? Check out our Meet & Greet events.