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Last Updated on 25 July 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

 

paw_black I'm an approved applicant.  Can I pick my own dog?
I have previously adopted from G.R.I.N., do I need to fill out an application or can you use my old application?
I don't have a fence, would I still be considered to adopt?
I only want a puppy.  Do you get in puppies?
Can I visit your facility to see your adoptable dogs?  Can I volunteer at your facility?
I'm not a G.R.I.N. member. Can I still volunteer or foster?
Where do you get your adoptable dogs from?
I'm not in your adoption territory; will you make an exception?
Why do some featured dogs have available for adoption dates and some do not?
Are all of your dogs fostered?
Why do some of your dogs have foster updates and others do not?
Why is your adoption application so long? It takes forever to fill out.
Why is your foster application the same as your adoption application?
Why haven't I been contacted for my phone interview or home visit yet?
This dog has been on your web site and available for adoption forever. Why?

 

I'm an approved applicant.  Can I pick my own dog?

We hope the reason you are applying for a G.R.I.N. dog is because you want a golden retriever, and like and understand the breed's needs. That being said, here are some reasons why we discourage approved applicants from "picking out" a dog...

The web site description of our dogs is only a brief synopsis of the golden, and it is not meant to provide detailed information about its personality.  Many times the dog in which you have specific interest in may not be right for your family, or may already be meeting a previously approved family.  If you are not contacted about a dog in which you are particularly interested in, that means that dog is NOT the right match for you, or is currently in the adoption process.  Trust us in knowing that we will match you with the right golden for your family.  Visit our Success Stories page to see our matches and happy endings.

 

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I have previously adopted from G.R.I.N., do I need to fill out an application or can you use my old application?

We would ask that you complete a new application to ensure we have the proper information about your household.  If it has been several years since you have adopted, our adoption procedures have greatly changed and we now include a home visit as part of our adoption process.

 

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I don't have a fence, would I still be considered to adopt?

Every adopter and dog are carefully evaluated on a case by case basis in regards to fencing.  Many of our dogs have been found running as strays and will require a forever home with a fence in order to keep them safe.

G.R.I.N. does adopt to forever home without a fence, but the age and activity level of the dog, the members of the household, as well as how the adopter will ensure the safety of the dog while it is outside, will be evaluated.  G.R.I.N. may require a fence to be installed prior to meeting a dog or approving an application.  G.R.I.N. does not allow boundary training under any circumstances.

 

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I only want a puppy.  Do you get puppies?

From time to time we do have rescued puppies available for adoption.  If you are only interested in adopting a puppy, you need to start the application process now in order to be put on a waiting list - not after you see one on our web site.  To find out if a puppy is right for you, please visit

So you want a Golden Retriever puppy?

 

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Can I visit your facility to see your adoptable dogs?  Can I volunteer at your facility?

G.R.I.N. does not have a facility at this time.  Our adoptable dogs are in volunteer foster homes scattered throughout NE Ohio.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, fostering, transporting and other activities.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator to find out what you can do to help.

 

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I'm not a G.R.I.N. member.  Can I still volunteer or foster?

In order to be covered under our insurance policy, all volunteers and fosters must be members of G.R.I.N.  A single membership is $25 per year, family $35.  Membership applications are located online and can be paid using PayPal.

 

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Where do you get your adoptable dogs from?

While most of our Goldens come from local shelters, some of them are relinquished from their current families for various reasons.

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I'm not in your adoption territory; will you make an exception?

In most cases, no.  G.R.I.N.'s adoption process includes a home visit, and we must remain in the area in which our home visit volunteers are willing to travel.  For a golden rescue in your area, please visit GRCA Rescue by State.

This same policy applies for our foster families.  Our fosters must live in NE Ohio area for follow-up and emergency vet visits with our network vets, as well as meet and greet visits with potential adopters.

 

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Why do some featured dogs have available for adoption dates and some do not?

G.R.I.N. will not adopt out its rescued goldens from the veterinarian's office.  For the well being of the golden and the adoptive family, we foster our goldens for a minimum of two weeks prior to being made available for a meeting with an approved applicant.  The date you see is when the dog will have completed its foster period.  If there is no date, the dog has completed its foster period, and is awaiting its new home.

 

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Are all of your dogs fostered?

Yes, with the exception of puppies, which generally have no learned behavioral issues.  We foster all our rescues in order to gain temperament information.  Even our foster-to-adopt families have two weeks to decide if the dog that is placed with them will fit in with their family and lifestyle before we finalize the adoption process.

 

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Why do some of your dogs have foster updates and others do not?

  

All of our fosters provide weekly, if not daily reports, to our foster and adoption coordinators in order to help us place the dogs with the appropriate, approved applicants.  Some of our fosters have internet access and some don't, so we rely on them and their time availability to submit an update for the web site.  Our foster families are volunteers, all of whom have jobs and busy lives outside of G.R.I.N.  They are encouraged, but not required, to submit an update for our web site visitors.  Please do not rely heavily on foster web updates to make a determination if this is the right dog for you.  (Please refer to the first question in this section - "Can I pick my own dog?")

 

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Why is your adoption application so long?  It takes forever to fill out.

Yes, we know it's long, but our questions and your answers provide very valuable information about your family and lifestyle, as does the phone interview and home visit.  This ensures that the perfect match is made for your family.

 

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Why is your foster application the same as your adoption application? 

Many of our foster families adopt their foster dogs, so the process is the same.

 

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Why haven't I been contacted for my phone interview or home visit yet?

 

We are all volunteers and have jobs, families and outside commitments other than G.R.I.N.  We truly appreciate your patience during this process.  If you feel your application has gone too long without contact, please visit our Contact Us page for instruction.

 

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This dog has been on your web site and available for adoption forever.  Why?

 

In most cases we don't have an approved applicant that matches the needs of the dog.  G.R.I.N. will not deny any golden it rescues a chance at a happy home.  We care for the dog, for life if need be, in its foster home.  We will always keep a close watch if a family comes along that is a match.

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