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You may recall that the Cutest Golden Contest was redesigned and simplified several years ago. The new format was so well received that we have decided to use a similar format again this year. We hope this will make your participation as much fun as ever!


Here’s how the contest works:

For a donation of $10.00, you can submit your Golden Retriever's photo to the contest. Only one photo per dog may be entered. The donation fee will ensure that your photo will be in the Cutest Golden Contest entry pages of our 2024 calendar and featured in the slideshow of dogs on our website. (Your donation helps defray the cost of medical care for our rescued Golden Retrievers.) Photos can be submitted from Sunday, February 12th through Sunday, March 12th at 8 PM MST. All photos become the property of Rescue A Golden of Arizona.

Voting begins on Sunday, March 12th shortly after 8 PM. Each vote costs $1.00. Voting will continue through Sunday, April 9th. The 10 dogs that get the most votes in total at the end of the contest will be the winners. The first place contestant will be featured on the 2024 RAGofAZ Hearts of Gold Calendar cover. The nine runners-up will each have a page in the calendar. The runner-up with the most votes will have the first choice of months; second place will have second choice, and so on. The winners’ photos will also be featured as our Facebook page’s cover photo, and will change monthly throughout 2024. Winners may also appear on our TikTok and Instagram pages. Each winner will also receive a monogrammed bandana with his/her name embroidered on it, as well as prominence in a feature article in Golden Tales and on our website.

Please note that any Golden Retriever may enter the contest. However, only dogs adopted through RAGofAZ or belonging to a current RAGofAZ member can win a calendar page, and only a RAGofAZ-rescued dog can win the cover page. Should a Golden not meeting the above criteria win or place in the top 10, that dog will win a $50 PetsMart Gift Card, as well as an embroidered RAGofAZ bandana and inclusion in the Golden Tales article about the contest.

Please refer to this page for further details on eligibility.

Good luck to all the contestants. Remember-- submitting your photo early does give you a slight advantage, as contestants' photos will be displayed on the voting pages in the order received, or, in case of a tie, the first dog registered wins.

Please don’t wait until the last few minutes of the contest to vote. No votes received after 8 pm on the last day of the contest will be counted. Technical difficulties with the internet or your web browser or the web server that hosts the contest are beyond the control of RAGofAZ.