2024 GRRIN Calendars for Sale!

The 2024 GRRIN calendar has dropped in price to $10! Each month contains a full-page golden retriever photo and their story. These 13-month calendars are the perfect gift for the dog-lover in your life and a great way to support GRRIN. They make great stocking stuffers, too!

The calendars can be purchased using the form below. You will be directed to a payment page after submitting the form.

If you prefer to pay with a check or cash, mail your name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable), and the number of calendars being ordered along with $10 per calendar to GRRIN:

Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska
PO Box 126
Boys Town, NE 68010

All calendars will be mailed to your provided address. Shipping is free. A volunteer will be mailing the calendars once a week.

Calendar Order Form

  • Thank you for ordering a 2024 GRRIN calendar! If you prefer to send a check, please submit this form and mail a check to: GRRIN Calendars, P O Box 126, Boys Town, NE 68010. Put "Calendar" on the memo line of the check. Thank you for supporting GRRIN!
  • Price: $10.00
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Join GRRIN for Yappy Hour at Omaha Dog Bar!

Thanks for joining GRRIN for the first Yappy Hour at Omaha Dog Bar! It was a beautiful day and the dogs had a blast. Enjoy the pictures!

Spring is warming up and many of us are getting antsy to get out of the house and spend time with our friends and our pups. If you’re looking for an excuse to socialize with human and dog friends alike, join GRRIN at Omaha Dog Bar for Yappy Hour! Omaha Dog Bar is “a watering hole for dogs and their people.” They have an indoor bar/eatery and an outdoor dog park with food and drink for both dogs and their humans.

Where: Omaha Dog Bar, 1231 S. 14th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
When: Sunday, May 23rd, 3pm-5pm

For our event, Omaha Dog Bar has lowered the usual day pass fee to $7. Every dog must have a day pass or a membership to attend. (Humans are free!). Each additional dog from the same household is $5.

Also, dogs must be current on their vaccinations and an account must be set up on the Omaha Dog Bar membership portal to upload vaccination records prior to attending. For all of the important details, read this document from Omaha Dog Bar: GRRIN Yappy Hour Info

Whether you’re a GRRIN member, GRRIN volunteer, or just a dog lover, join us on the 23rd of May to say hi to old friends and to meet some new ones.

GRRIN Taking Applications Again

GRRIN is once again open for new applications, so if you are interested in adopting a dog or becoming a foster family, please call the GRRIN Goldline at 402.330.6680.

Please note the safety of our volunteers is still our first priority, so it may take longer to schedule a visit to your home. We also have fewer dogs in foster care and approved families may wait several months to adopt.

Nature Dog Photos

We want to thank everyone that came out yesterday to Nature Dog for Photos with Santa! Due to the great response from everyone and the amount of photos that were taken, we want to let you all know your photos will be all sent by tonight. We also want to give a huge shout out and thank you to Michelle Vidlak of M Realea Photography for taking all of the wonderful photos of all the dogs that came out. Thank you all for your patience and have a great holiday season!

Turn That GRRIN Into an Amazon Smile

It’s that time of year again. It’s the holiday season, and many of us have a lot of shopping to do. But what if we told you that by shopping, you could help support GRRIN while doing basically nothing at all?

If you’re not familiar, Amazon Smile is program through amazon.com that enables you to choose a charitable organization to support. Every time you purchase eligible products on Amazon, your chosen organization (GRRIN, of course!) will receive proceeds at no cost to you. All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com.

The first time you visit, you will need to select GRRIN as the organization you would like to support. To do this, find “Or pick your own charitable organization” on the lower right hand side. You can search for GRRIN by typing in “Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska” OR “47-0758414”. You only need to do this once. In the future, Amazon will remember that you want your shopping to support GRRIN.

After that, all you have to do is make sure you go to smile.amazon.com (instead of www.amazon.com) every time you shop on amazon. Everything will look and function the same, but GRRIN will receive money every time you purchase eligible products!

GRRIN Needs Foster Families

GRRIN’s mission is to rescue golden retrievers, but if we do not have enough foster homes, then there is the possibility that we will have to turn away dogs in need. This is not something that we want to do, but our list of foster homes is struggling to up with our need. We are especially in need of foster homes willing to care for senior goldens and bonded pairs.

If you have been thinking about becoming a foster parent, or if you simply have questions about the process, please reach out to GRRIN. Either send an email to info@grrin.org or call us at 402.330.6680 and leave a message. A GRRIN volunteer will get back to you to answer your questions and begin the foster approval process.

For more information, see the Foster a Golden page.

Kibble ‘n Bids Yappy Hour

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making Kibble ‘n Bids a successful evening! We raised nearly $3000 with the help of local businesses, volunteers and the many guests who attended the event!

Kibble ‘n Bids is back! We’re looking forward to hosting a fun evening that will include yummy food, a cocktail hour and awesome silent auction items. You’ll be able to mingle with other dog lovers and check out the variety of featured auction baskets. Many of the auction items will make wonderful holiday gifts for your pets. All funds raised from this event go to medical bills for our rescued Golden Retrievers and we’ve had some big ones in 2019!

Special thanks to Molly and Rachel from Arbor Hall for helping us create an amazing event. Please purchase tickets by Monday, October 28th, so we can give them a head count. Send us an email at kibblenbids@grrin.org if you need to purchase tickets after this date.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, you may do so on our website. Click here to donate.

If you’d like to volunteer or donate an item to the silent auction, please send an email to kibblenbids@grrin.org.

This is a humans-only event with a casual dress code. We can’t wait to share this evening with you!

To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grrins-kibble-n-bids-yappy-hour-silent-auction-fundraiser-2019-tickets-74854203939

Contact us if you’d like to volunteer or donate to the silent auction by sending an email to kibblenbids@grrin.org.

NEW! Bogie Update

Bogie has been adopted! Thank you to everyone for following the journey of this very special dog. He is lucky to have found a wonderful “furever” family! We’ll share a full story soon.

August 24th update!

Bogie is thriving with his new foster family! He is always happy and is having a lot of fun, attention and adventure. Bogie’s foster mom has brought him to two meet & greets and he is getting used to wearing his “wheels” again – ironically, he can move around faster without them. Here is some more good news—Bogie has had negative urine cultures, so we are going to proceed with his Cystotomy procedure. This is going to help him and his foster family take care of his bladder needs, and it will reduce and/or eliminate his UTI recurrences. Bogie’s surgery will take place within the next week, stay tuned for more updates about his recovery and continued progress.

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support of Bogie!

Bogie was safely transported from the vet’s office to a new foster home last week! He is currently living with a local vet and his wife, hanging out at the office during the day and spending nights and weekends with a real family. Bogie as usual has endeared himself to his foster parents, their resident pets, and all of the staff at the office. Once his infection has completely cleared, he’ll be a candidate for a minor surgery that will make it easier to empty his bladder.

We can’t thank everyone enough for your kind words, foster leads, and taking the time to help GRRIN with outreach.

And we also want to thank the generous donors who have helped us with Bogie’s veterinary expenses. We had an anonymous donor give quite generously to Bogie’s care at VCA. In addition, Woof & Whiskers made a donation and held a fundraiser for Bogie. The Bogie’s Bones campaign raised $750 by selling personalized dog treats to over 140 community members! THANK YOU!

Shop on Amazon Smile and Earn Money for GRRIN



Have you ever wanted to help out GRRIN by doing almost nothing? If you are an online shopper, you can earn money for GRRIN simply by making purchases on amazon.

Our Amazon Smiles donations were $188.20 in 2017!

How can I do this amazing thing?

When you want to shop on amazon, simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com. It’s exactly the same as amazon, but a small percentage of your eligible purchases will be donated to GRRIN.

How will amazon know I want to support GRRIN?

To select GRRIN as your organization of choice to receive donations, simply click on this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0758414

(Alternatively, you can search for “Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska” on AmazonSmile and select us as your organization.)

You only need to do this once. In the future, amazon will remember that you want your shopping to support GRRIN.

Is it really that easy?

Yes! So go to smile.amazon.com and shop to support GRRIN!

Still have questions?

Go to the AmazonSmile about page to learn more about the program: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about

GRRIN needs foster families



We need your help!

If you’ve thought about fostering or have fostered for GRRIN in the past, please consider volunteering for this very worthwhile cause. During the summer months we tend to be short on foster homes because school is out or families are traveling. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to act quickly to get surrendered dogs into GRRIN because we just don’t have enough homes that can take them on short notice.

While the number of dogs coming through our rescue has decreased over the years (a great problem to have, right?), the number of dogs with particular needs has increased. When we get a senior dog who has serious medical problems, GRRIN pays for the veterinary costs, but the foster family is expected to take the dog for treatment(s).   When we get surrenders from a breeder, those dogs have frequently never been indoors and therefore have to be house trained and taught the behaviors involved with living with a family. If a dog comes in that has never walked on a leash, the foster family is tasked with teaching that skill to make him/her more adoptable. If you can offer a home for ANY rescued Golden Retriever, please consider helping GRRIN.

When you foster, the one thing you can count on is that you’ll have an amazing experience inviting a rescue dog into your home and you’ll have GRRIN’s team of rescue volunteers helping you along the way.

Would you like to learn more about fostering for GRRIN?  Send an email to info@grrin.org and include your phone number so we can call you and answer any questions you might have.

Bookworm Meet & Greet on February 5th

Thanks to foster dogs Peaches and Stella for meeting and greeting at The Bookworm!


Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, February 5th, at The Bookworm’s location in Loveland Centre on 90th and Center.

A small, cozy and quiet setting to meet a Golden that is in foster care. Visit The Bookworm on the first Sunday of the month, noon to one p.m. This is an indoor event! Click here for a map.


The Bookworm
Loveland Centre
90th and Center Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114





Canine Cancer Memorial Page



Golden retrievers are amazing, beautiful, friendly, loyal, and loving dogs, but they are also dogs that are diagnosed with cancer at a very high rate. In fact, research has indicated that approximately 60% of all American Golden Retrievers will pass away from some form of cancer.

Visit the page that has been created to honor those beloved Goldens who have passed from this unfortunate diagnosis:


Thank you for Attending Gold Rush!



Silver and Gold Rush 2016

GRRIN’s favorite color is gold, right? In 2016, however, we’ve been giving an important nod to silver as we celebrate GRRIN’s 25th anniversary. Put them together on October 2nd and we had Silver and Gold Rush! This year’s event included close to 100 guests, 30-some volunteers and over 60 dogs – predominantly Goldens with a sprinkling of other breeds.  Offutt Base Lake Park in Bellevue continues to be a great setting for Gold Rush and that, combined with wonderful weather (again!), means we couldn’t go wrong.

Here are highlights from the day:

  • Vendors Papillion Animal Hospital and Nature Dog;
  • The GRRIN Boutique sold lots of great merchandise;
  • Current GRRIN foster dogs were introduced on stage and remained on-hand to greet guests;
  • Games and activities for dogs, adults and kids;
  • Animal rehabilitation therapy demonstration courtesy of Michelle Eckermann, DVM, Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives;
  • Training Demo with Gary Platt and Kathy Rasinowich-Platt, Innovative Dog Training;
  • Our can’t-miss Halloween costume contest for dogs;
  • Last but not least, the wonderful parade of rescued Goldens;
  • Great food throughout the day afternoon including 25th anniversary cake;
  • Curt Bright with The String Beans provided music throughout the day; and
  • Finally, congratulations to Joe Muller, winner of the silent auction for two roundtrip tickets generously donated by Southwest Airlines with proceeds to benefit GRRIN.

Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered for Gold Rush 2016! It’s such a fun way to connect with friends and Goldens while reinforcing GRRIN’s mission.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Gold Rush 2017, tentatively set for October 1.





Greetings GRRIN Readers! Valentine, York, Aurora, Sydney, and Madison here! Four months ago we were Goldens living on the streets of Turkey. Now we are here in Nebraska living new lives, with loving families.

Our journey started when we flew from Turkey and landed in Chicago on May 20th. After this long flight we were met in Chicago by GRRIN volunteers who cleaned us, fed and watered us, and then gave us some hugs and belly rubs (this was the best part of all). The next day, after a long drive, we arrived in Omaha to many open arms, and the GRRIN foster families who welcomed us into their homes.

The next weeks and months were a learning process for everyone. We had to learn about living in a home (couches and beds are particularly nice), and that we could relax because we had humans who would take care of us. On top of the usual challenges faced by foster families, OUR foster families had to learn about caring for dogs who had been fending for themselves and roaming freely, particularly York, a.k.a “Don’t-fence-me-in.” In the end, GRRIN volunteers being GRRIN volunteers, and Goldens being Goldens, we all figured it out.

Through the same system that GRRIN has used for 25 years now (loving foster families and hard work by all of the Rescue Team members), GRRIN has been able to find loving, caring homes for all of us from Turkey (we don’t like being referred to as Turkey dogs.)

We are Goldens to whom the word “rescue” truly applies. Thank you to the entire GRRIN family for helping to give us a life that we could only imagine. We truly believe we have struck gold!

Yours furever,


Valentine, York, Aurora, Sydney, Madison

Special note: As we worked on this update about our rescue dogs from Turkey, one of the five, Madison, was diagnosed with late- stage Leukemia. We still can’t believe it, but she crossed the Rainbow Bridge within a few weeks. She was in the loving arms of her foster mom and caseworker, who worked tirelessly to make her comfortable in her last days. We’ve decided to keep the update as originally written. You can read more about all of the dogs on the Happy Tails and In Memory pages.

Omaha Gives!


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Thanks to the generous spirit of our supporters, $7305 was raised for GRRIN during Omaha Gives! The community gave a total of $8.8 million to 783 different non-profit organizations.

Wednesday, May 25th – Midnight to Midnight

GRRIN is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! – a 24-hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 25th from midnight to midnight. Mark your calendars because we will need your help!  We will be joining over 700 local nonprofits to raise money together and compete for matching funds and prize money. The more money we raise, the larger the percentage of the bonus dollars we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prizes.

Go to GRRIN’s Omaha Gives! page to make your donation on May 25th, then watch the leader board to see how much money the Omaha community has contributed throughout the day.

OmahaGives2015_LetsGiveTogether_horizYou can also schedule a gift! For your convenience, you can schedule gifts through May 24th. We encourage you to donate early if you cannot participate on May 25th.

Why does GRRIN need donors? The majority of our funds cover veterinary expenses – over $350 per dog we cared for in 2015. As we celebrate 25 years of rescue in 2016, GRRIN will embark on an exciting new international mission to bring five dogs to the Midwest from Istanbul, Turkey. The very first flight of pups will arrive in Chicago at the end of May, and GRRIN volunteers will transport them to Omaha.

GRRIN will continue to cover the cost of spay and neuter procedures, testing and monthly medications for dogs with allergies, along with treatment for dogs with heartworms, epilepsy, and thyroid imbalance. In addition, monthly heartworm and parasite prevention are administered to each foster dog along with annual vaccinations and a microchip. Many of our foster dogs in 2015 were eight years of age and older, classified as seniors. We are extremely grateful to have the resources to care for these Golden oldies with loving foster homes and the ability to cover all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably in their later years.

This is a Golden opportunity to unleash your generosity! Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. Your donation will help cover the Turkey rescue mission, annual veterinary expenses, and care for three of our senior dogs that will remain in foster homes indefinitely.



THANK YOU for your support!


Turkey Dogs Are Coming to GRRIN!

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UPDATE 5/22: The Turkey dogs have been receiving a lot of media coverage. Check out some of the stories here:

KETV: http://www.ketv.com/news/rescued-golden-retrievers-travel-from-turkey-to-omaha/39665534


UPDATE 5/20 @ 4pm: The Turkey dogs have landed! No matter what country they’re from, they still have that Golden spirit. Here are some photos of the newly landed pups!

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UPDATE 5/20 @ 8am: The Turkey dogs are officially in the air and on their way to Nebraska! All five dogs that GRRIN is welcoming into rescue will meet with their foster families this weekend after their long trip. Here are pictures of the five new dogs:

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Thank you to all of our supporters! Stay tuned for an updated list.

Fox 42 featured the Turkey dog mission here!


Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska will rescue five Golden Retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey. The very first flight of pups will arrive in Chicago at the end of May, and GRRIN volunteers will transport them to Omaha.

The life of a Golden Retriever in Turkey is very different than a normal house dog in America. There are many homeless dogs in Turkey. With minimal room in Turkish shelters, many of these dogs live on the street or in forests after they are spayed/neutered and given rabies vaccines. Because Golden Retrievers are not effective pack dogs and are of gentle nature, their odds of surviving on the street are not favorable. These dogs are in need of a fur-ever home and a family who will love them unconditionally.

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Q & A – Turkey Golden Retrievers


Why are you rescuing dogs from Turkey?

As we mentioned before, there are many homeless Golden Retrievers in Turkey. One of GRRIN’s missions is to rescue a Golden in need, and dogs located outside of the U.S. are no exception to that. There has also been a decrease in the number of foster dogs within GRRIN due to a lack of surrenders. We used to foster at least 50 dogs per year, but since 2010 we have only averaged 25-30 foster dogs per year – and we still receive the same number of applicants and always maintain a waiting list. Some of our families wait a year to adopt a Golden through GRRIN. We know that there are many loving families within our state who are more than willing to help a pup in need. That’s why we’ve decided to participate in rescuing Turkey dogs.

What kind of medical care do they receive in Turkey?

Golden Retrievers coming from Turkey do not receive a great deal of specialty care. They are spayed or neutered and receive rabies vaccines while living in Turkey. Dogs with health issues are not allowed to travel outside of the country.

Why aren’t they quarantined when they arrive in the U.S.?

The dogs are isolated together in Turkey, and receive health certificates and passports before leaving the country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection must review the dogs’ documentation and clear each pup once they have arrived within America.

How are they transported to the U.S.?

Just as humans do, Turkey dogs fly in air-conditioned, pressurized cabins to ensure they are comfortable for the long plane ride. To ensure that all transported dogs arrive safely, they are housed in individual storage crates.

What happens after they arrive in the U.S.?

Turkey dogs are treated just like any other new pup in our care. Each dog receives a wellness exam, blood work and fecal tests. We also like to evaluate each dog’s temperament and knowledge. For instance, are they capable of walking on a leash. And yes, they will have to learn to understand English commands!

Does adopting Turkey Dogs negatively affect the adoption of Golden Retrievers who need to be rescued in the U.S.?

No, there are waiting lists of loving families all over the country who are ready to help a Golden Retriever in need. There is no risk to Golden Retrievers in the U.S. with the adoption of Turkey dogs. GRRIN has many foster homes available, so local dogs needing care will not be affected.

Is the process for adopting a Turkey dog different than normal?

The adoption fee for a Turkey dog is $600. This is much more than our standard adoption fee of $300. The extra cost helps us cover transportation expenses to bring these dogs to America. GRRIN will process applications like we do for all of our dogs that need a fur-ever home. A fenced yard is required and dogs must live indoors as part of the family. We may have more specific needs for each dog.

To donate, go here.

Check out these news articles to learn more about the Turkey Dog mission:


Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) – Latest Rescue


CNN: How Istanbul’s Abandoned Street Dogs End Up in America


CNN: Turkey Rescue Dogs Thriving In U.S.


CNN: A Homeless Dog’s 5,000 Mile Journey Ends with Forever Home


WSB-TV: First Moments in America for 36 Golden Retrievers from Istanbul


25th Anniversary Dinner & Silent Auction

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Thanks to our sponsors and donors!

Mark Langan

Mark Langan, Vice-President of Field Operations at the Nebraska Humane Society and best-selling author of Busting Bad Guys


A Lotta Brownies • Bagel Bin • Bank of the West • The Bookworm • Dave Buechler • Roger Campbell • David & Julie Churilla • Colleen Cochrane • Kathy Creighton • Eagle Run Golf Course • A Hill of Beans • Jimmy Ellis • Jimmy John’s • JoAnn Farrell • Collean Fullmer • Owen Henderson, DVM • Hy-Vee • Kitty Kentsmith • Kevin & Dora Klein • Mark Langan • Lazlo’s • Long Dog Fat Cat • Mama’s Pizza • Liz Marriott • Linda Natale • Pam Nathan • Nature Dog • Natural Grocers • Olive Garden • Perrigo Animal Health • Jim & Jeri Regan • Mark Renner, N.P. Dodge • Rich & Laura Roccaforte • Round the Bend Steakhouse • Mike Rustkalis, DVM • Jaclin Smith • Southwest Airlines • David Stevens, TD Ameritrade • S.M. Stevens & Associates, LLC • Kate Spielman • Three Dog Bakery • Cecily Tinder • Thad & Janie Tinder • Two Tails Dog Bakery • Upstream Brewing Company • Veterinary Eye Specialists • Dr. Tonya McIlnay • Ken & Rita Vetter • Vincenzo’s • Rich & Kathy Woodward • Barb Zelechoski

Oh, what a night!

The Platte Room at Soaring Wings Winery was filled to capacity for GRRIN’s anniversary dinner on April 16th. Original founders Barb Zelechoski and Deb Goll were special guests for the evening.  Barb gave an informative and motivational speech about national and local rescue efforts. A wonderful dinner from Mangia Italiana was followed by our second speaker, Mark Langan, author of the best-selling book, Busting Bad Guys.

The silent auction bidding closed at 9:30p.m. and nearly $4000 was raised! This event would not have been possible without the endless hours given by the committee volunteers and the folks who showed up early on the night of the 16th to make sure we were ready to roll.

Special thanks also to Three Dog Bakery for providing yummy take-home treats for lucky dogs & A Lotta Brownies for helping GRRIN serve an amazing post-dinner treat for the humans! Finally, Curt Bright & The String Beans for setting up our sound system. Please note our many donors and sponsors and their support of GRRIN!


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Photos from March Meet & Greet at The Bookworm

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Thanks for coming out to meet Babe and Misty. Here are two pictures of our beautiful ladies from the event. The top photo is of Babe. The bottom is of Misty.

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Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, March 6th to meet Babe (and maybe Misty!) at The Bookworm’s location in Loveland Centre on 90th and Center. Thank you for supporting The Bookworm during 2015!

A small, cozy and quiet setting to meet a Golden that is in foster care. Visit The Bookworm on the first Sunday of the month, noon to one p.m. This is an indoor event! Click here for a map.


The Bookworm
Loveland Centre
90th and Center Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114



See the event listing on the GRRIN calendar:

Rescue Dog Meet & Greet @ The Bookworm


Pictures from the NHS’s Taylor Made Rescue Rally


Thanks for coming out to visit with GRRIN and the other rescues at the NHS Tayler Made Rescue Rally! If you missed it, here are a couple of photos from the event.

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GRRIN will be at NHS this Sunday at the Taylor Made Rescue Rally. Stop by between 11am and 2pm and say hi to some of our foster and ambassador dogs. For more information, see the event post on our calendar:

NHS Taylor Made Rescue Rally

GRRIN is Celebrating 25 Years!

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Founded in 1991, this year marks GRRIN’s 25th year of rescuing Golden Retrievers in Nebraska, Iowa, and surrounding areas. We will be finding many ways to celebrate this year. Here are a few of the ways you can join us.

Read Our Story

Interested in how GRRIN got its start? Read the story of our founding written by one of the three founding members.

Share Your Photos

As we at GRRIN gear up for our 25th anniversary, we’d like to ask GRRIN followers to share old photos they have of their GRRIN dogs and GRRIN events.

Attend an Event

Are you interested in meeting a foster dog? Attending a dog-friendly social event? Attending the GRRIN annual meeting? Check out a list of our upcoming events or the GRRIN event calendar.


Want to help make sure that GRRIN will still be strong 25 years from now? Volunteer your time and talents. There are many ways to help! Learn more about the different ways you can contribute.

Happy Tails

Want a great reminder of why GRRIN does the work that it does? Read some of our Happy Tails – stories of rescued Goldens finding their forever homes.

Share Your Photos with GRRIN!


As we at GRRIN gear up for our 25th anniversary, we’d like to ask GRRIN followers to share old photos they have of their GRRIN dogs and GRRIN events. Anything you would like to share would be great, especially if you have any photos from before 1997.

To share digital photos via email, send them to webmaster@grrin.org.

If you have physical photos and do not have a way to digitize them (such as using a scanner) or you have questions about how to do it, email webmaster@grrin.org or info@grrin.org and someone will get back to you to help.

If you have any photos or memorabilia you would like to mail, send them to the GRRIN address:

Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska
PO Box 126
Boys Town, NE 68010

Thanks for 25 years of support!

Thanks for Attending! GRRIN Annual Volunteer Training for 2016


Thank you to everyone for attending GRRIN’s annual training meeting held at the Nebraska Humane Society on Sunday, January 31st! GRRIN foster dogs Bella, Dan, Gracie, and Bogie were able to take part with their foster families and kick off GRRIN’s 25th year of rescuing Golden Retrievers.

Nearly fifty volunteers and friends of GRRIN spent the afternoon learning about various aspects of rescue, including intake, transport, home visits, adoptions, and working on the Goldline. Kelley McAtee and Gina Rotella from Dharma Dog Training shared tips about how to work with dogs that have just arrived in a new foster or adoptive home. Dr. Michelle Eckermann, a canine therapist at Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives, demonstrated physical therapy techniques she has used with her GRRIN foster dog Bogie.

If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to learn more about volunteering for GRRIN, please send an email to volunteer@grrin.org.

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 Special Note: Bring GRRIN Photos!

As we at GRRIN gear up for our 25th anniversary, we’d like to ask GRRIN followers to share old photos they have of their GRRIN dogs and GRRIN events. Anything you would like to share would be great, especially if you have any photos from before 1997. So, if you have any you’d like to share, bring them to the training on Sunday and one of our volunteers will scan them for you on site! (If you have any digital photos you would like to email, you can send them to webmaster@grrin.org.)


It’s time for annual training!

Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Volunteer Luncheon 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Training 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Nebraska Humane Society Auditorium

RSVP to volunteer@grrin.org

Whether you’re already a GRRIN volunteer or just thinking about becoming one,

Please plan to join us as we socialize and cover hot rescue topics!

  • Lunch will be provided along with snacks and beverages
  • More to come on agenda items!

The Nebraska Humane Society is located at 8929 Fort Street, Omaha.

We will be in the auditorium (hallway to the right of the main entrance).

In case of inclement weather, we will post cancellation information on our website and Facebook page.

Check out Bogie’s New Videos!

Bogie recently visited The Bookworm and we were able to get some video of him browsing the book stacks.  We even captured the magic of bladder expression – yes, we said it – and it’s surprisingly easy!  There are many rescue animals that need this type of care and GRRIN is trying to share the news that it is an easy procedure. The videos are also on GRRIN’s Facebook page and our Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/grrin).  Please contact GRRIN at 402-330-6680 or info@grrin.org if you would like to learn more about Bogie!




Bogie before his diagnosis

Bogie during rehabilitation

Bogie today!

Bogie today!

Bogie is ready to meet families and find a “furever” home. Even though he has been diagnosed with a condition and will have permanent partial paralysis and weakness in his hind end, he is still moving through life with the typical Golden smile. He charms everyone he meets and his foster mom would love to see him in a permanent home with a family that has the capacity to give continued care.

If you would like to learn more about Bogie, please contact GRRIN at 402-330-6680 or info@grrin.org, and one of our volunteers will get in touch with you.

Bogie has been featured on the Pets in Omaha website. Click below to read the story:


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