G.R.I.N. was incorporated in 1992 by a group of golden enthusiasts who recognized the need to find good homes for the countless goldens who are euthanized each year for lack of a loving home with a caring family. The number of unwanted pets filling shelters, pounds, and humane societies is staggering, and the fate of these animals is, at best, depressing. The overwhelming fact is that almost 38% of these dogs are purebred. Thankfully, there are many other purebred enthusiasts who also realize the need to aid their own, and they are networking with us in an effort to help alleviate the burden that shelter workers are faced with daily. We are proud to continue the work they began.
Who We Are
Golden Retrievers in Need Rescue Service, Inc. (G.R.I.N.) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization totally staffed by volunteers and have over 600 active members. We serve Northeastern Ohio and many outlying surrounding areas that do not have a local golden rescue. Goldens come to us from various sources including shelters, pounds, strays and owner surrenders. G.R.I.N. is served by a Board of Trustees who are elected each year and are responsible for various teams within our organization. Our IFA Team is responsible for intake, foster homes and adoption for each G.R.I.N. golden. They work with our local vet partners to ensure that every G.R.I.N. dog has the necessary medical attention that is needed including all shots and preventative medicines as well as spayed or neutered before being placed in a forever home. To date, we have placed approximately 2,600 goldens in their forever homes.
G.R.I.N. is funded primarily through memberships and membership renewals, various fund-raising activities including our annual Golden Gala fundraiser, and donations from individuals while the balance comes from corporate matching, grants and affiliate giving programs. Every dollar earned for G.R.I.N. goes directly to the care and expense of our goldens and every donation is tax deductible.
What We Have Accomplished
Each year continues to bring challenges but the G.R.I.N. family continues to be there to provide the love and care needed to each dog that has come to us. We have seen more goldens than ever who have been displaced for economic reasons and have taken in goldens for many reasons including owners who can no longer care for their goldens as well as from shelters with goldens who have been abandoned or strays. Many of these goldens require extensive medical treatment due to serious wounds, injuries or health issues. We are so grateful to the members and volunteers who work so hard to keep the G.R.I.N. mission before the public, and who give so generously to care for our goldens. We appreciate the partnerships we share with some of the finest medical resources in our area, and their willingness to take on the many and varied needs of our dogs.
In addition to needs for medical care, we have taken in many dogs with behavioral issues recently. This is not unique to G.R.I.N. – rescues across the country are experiencing a similar trend. We are fortunate to be able to work with professional behaviorists and trainers to bring these great dogs to their full potential and adoptability.
The G.R.I.N. Board of Trustees is a working Board. They oversee all the operations of G.R.I.N. on a day-to-day basis, as well as maintain the vision of G.R.I.N.’s present and future. G.R.I.N. is continually seeking to improve in all areas, and some of the focus in the past and coming years include: Sponsorship Program, Membership Education, Communications with the public and our members through various medium including videos of our goldens, Training and Behavior, and improving our processes for adoption and post adoption follow up.
G.R.I.N. is proud of the work we do each year, both in caring for our G.R.I.N. dogs and in maintaining a top-quality, efficient rescue organization!! We encourage you to join and become part of a wonderful rescue organization.
G.R.I.N. 2014-15 Board of Trustees and Advisors
|Vice-President, General||.................................................||Lisa Kime|
|Vice-President, Medical||.................................................||Merry Anne Szidik|
|Secretary||.................................................||Sr. Mary Berigan|
|Director of Development||.................................................||Michelle Gole|
|General Trustee||.................................................||Mary Russell|
|General Trustee||.................................................||Staci Duffy|
|Legal Council||.................................................||Ed Reichek|
|Accountant||.................................................||Charles denHeijer, CPA|
Did you know that G.R.I.N. on average, spends $665.00 on each Golden that we rescue? This money is used towards any/all medical, food and shelter needs that each dog requires before we find them a foster and/or forever home. While G.R.I.N. absorbs all of these costs, our adoption fees are still very low. For more information on the Adoption Process, please click on the highlighted link. To make a donation or to sponsor one of our Featured Goldens, please visit the PayPal link at the bottom left of the website.
If you are thinking of surrendering your Golden because of financial issues or are in need of financial assistance to care for your pet, please take the time to see if one of the following resources can assist you. We have compiled quite an extensive list of resources to possibly help you with your need.
In Memory of Magic (IMOM) is dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
PO Box 282
Cheltenham, MD 20623
Telephone: (866) 230-2164 Fax: (301) 599-1852
RedRover Relief (formerly LifeLine Grants)
The RedRover Relief program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations. Learn more about our RedRover Relief grants and find out the eligibility requirements by following the links below.
If you need information on financial assistance for veterinary care, please read our eligibility guidelines and apply online. The RedRover Relief prorgam cannot consider requests by email, phone, fax, or mail.
RedRover PO Box 188890
Sacramento, CA 95818
RedRover 1122 "S" St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
The Pet Fund was founded in 2003 because there was at that time no national nonprofit dedicated to funding veterinary care for those who could not afford it. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Programs provides financial assistance for emergency medical care for cats.
1641 Elizabeth Lane
Yuba City, CA 95993
STATE AND AREA-SPECIFIC:
Los Angeles area
Actors and Others for Animals is a Southern California community-based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Among other services, the organization provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures for those of limited income.
Sue Freeman's Guide to Rescue Cats website contains a list of pet financial-assistance resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
Redwood City area
Pets In Need provides assistance to low-income individuals for veterinary care, including spaying and neutering for their dogs and cats, on a funds available basis. Also assists senior citizens with veterinary care. Regular clinics are held at Senior Centers throughout the area. Senior citizens can bring their companion pets for an examination by a veterinarian and vaccinations for only ten dollars. Low-income seniors can also obtain assistance for other more comprehensive veterinary care through the Crockett Memorial Fund.
BAY CITIES AREA
Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) is fortunate to have many hospitals and clinics who offer reduced rates and/or the ability for you to pay your veterinary bills on a monthly basis.
Dreampower Animal Rescue's Forever Home program provides assistance to pet guardians in need of assistance.
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital offers veterinary services to individuals, over 60 rescue and shelter groups, and to non-profit organizations that are in need of veterinary care for service animals or therapy animals. Our team of seven staff veterinarians and our pool of referral surgeons allow us to care for critically injured animals as well as routine procedures.
The Nantucket MSPCA offers a number of subsidy programs that provide financial assistance to pet guardians.
NY SAVE, Inc., serves the pets of New York City residents living in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island by providing funds to low-income pet guardians whose pets need emergency veterinary care.
If you have a G.R.I.N dog and need financial assistance, please click on the following link: Tara Marie Fund.
Give Pets a Chance
PO Box 732
Wooster OH 44691
The Jake Brady Memorial Fund is dedicated to providing finacial support to companion animals in need for the prevention and/or treatment of major health ailments. Our goal is to provide for quality care relating to these ailments, with a focus on major occurences. Ensuring the ability to receive quality treatment and provide for the well being of companion animals will always be our primary objective.
To often, a special family pet's life is cut short because of the financial obligation required to provide them with the comfort and quality of life they need. Surgical procedures, emergency treatment, preventive therapy, room and board, medications, and other procedures can amount to more than many are able to afford. With our help, their story doesn't have to end this way. We provide the funding necessary to ensure a healthy and prolonged life for companion animals, giving them the comfort and care they deserve.
Volunteer Services For Animals (VSA) is an organization of volunteers dedicated to animal well-being and the promotion of the human-animal bond through programs of education, advocacy, and assistance. VSA provides financial assistance to pet guardians for veterinary care.
The website of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association has a list of agencies that offer financial assistance to pet guardians in need.
The Good Samaritan Fund at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is used exclusively to treat guardianless or special needs animals that, ideally but not exclusively, also present a teaching opportunity for the veterinary students.
Pet Samaritan Fund provides financial assistance to individuals unable to afford medical care for their pet(s).
If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the national club for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund. Here are a few websites for groups that provide financial assistance for specific breeds:
Doberman (special needs)
Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier
Diabetic Pet Fund:
Cats in Crisis:
Assistance Dog Partners
FUNDING FOR ORGANIZATIONS (Specific animals needing veterinary care):
Please Note: G.R.I.N. makes no guarantee that the above information is accurate. This information is supplied for resources only and it is up to you to investigate if they can help you with any financial assistance.