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Golden Tales March 2018



President's Message

Whew!! When you think the sky is falling and you can’t get everything done or make everyone happy, someone steps up. Rescue a Golden of Arizona is an organization dedicated to rescuing Golden Retrievers and we are run 100% by volunteers. We are so grateful to the volunteers who have said, I can do that, I will give back because I care. Thanks so much to Stephanie Valley, Susan Quisenberry and all the volunteers who put on a fun and successful Karsten’s Bark in the Park on Sunday, February 11th. Everyone had a great time and photos of the event are on our web site.

Speaking of our web site, have you seen it lately?

Thanks to more of our volunteers, Margie Karow, our web site coordinator and JR Stanfield, Director of IT. These two people spent numerous hours re-designing our web site. You really need to go online and check it out. In fact, we ask for your opinion on the new design. Like it or hate it. Tell us, we listen.
Margie had told me that we couldn’t have the Cutest Golden Contest this year because she wouldn’t have time. The new web site was a priority and would take a lot of work and no time for the contest. Well, guess what? The web site is now live and working. And we can now have the Cutest Golden Contest because of these two.
If we didn’t have volunteers, we would not exist. Thanks again to all of you. We have great teams that are dedicated to our mission statement and step up to make sure we do not fail.

Mission Statement:

To maintain a rescue program for displaced, mistreated or unwanted Golden Retrievers; to provide veterinary care, food and temporary shelter for such animals; and to locate persons and families to provide permanent homes for these dogs. 
On October 15, 1998 – the day Rescue a Golden of Arizona was officially founded – our Founder, Joyce Hubler, put forth three key objectives for the new organization.   
1. To rescue unwanted Golden Retrievers and place them into loving “forever” homes.
2. To ensure that these Goldens receive proper medical care and behavioral modification if needed.
3. That Rescue a Golden of Arizona would run on 100% volunteer power, with every penny going to benefit the dogs.

To this day, these objectives have remained the constant that guides every action and decision of Rescue a Golden of Arizona.


Oren Bishop - President

Do you have the Cutest Golden?

Your RAGofAZ Golden Retriever can be featured in our beautiful 2019 Calendar! 

 to learn how.


Taking Care of his Floppy Ears

AWMagazine July 11, 2013

Who can resist floppy dog ears? They’re soft, velvety and lovely to stroke. But they’re also prone to infection. Learn what to watch for and how to prevent and treat potential problems.

We love dogs like Labs, beagles and pit bull terriers in part because of their ultra-velvety floppy ears. But sometimes being cute has a price. Dogs with floppy ears are at risk of developing infections that, if left untreated, can become extremely painful and cause aural hematoma or even a systemic infection. Luckily, various holistic treatment options and preventive measures can help ensure those soft floppy ears don’t cause your pooch any grief.  read more

RAGofAZ Benefits from Jeep Raffle Ticket Sales

Many woofs and tail wags from our Goldens to all who purchased the 2017 Millions for Tucson Jeep Raffle tickets last year. Thanks to your generosity, we collected $875 to help rescue more dogs. Sorry none of our people won this time, but there is another opportunity to win in 2018.

The Jim Click 2018 Millions for Tucson Raffle benefiting Tucson Charities has officially kicked off.

1st Prize: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
2nd Prize: 2 Round Trip, First Class Airline Tickets to Anywhere in the World
3rd Prize: $5,000 Cash

We have 100 tickets available for sale, and as always, RAGofAZ keeps 100% of the money collected from the tickets we sell.

$25 / Ticket      5 Tickets for $100

To purchase tickets, contact Scottie McGowan at 520.360.4414. Check and Credit Card accepted.

The drawing is on December 13th

Call for RAGofAZ Facebook Administrator

We are seeking a RAGofAZ member to be the Administrator of our Facebook page.

What’s it take to be an Administrator? Someone who has worked with Facebook and is Social-Media savvy. Someone who has the time each and every day to format and post new articles, news and information.

The Administrator will maintain and update our Facebook presence as if he or she is the Rescue itself that has come to life. The skills required to excel are not complex. We need a person who naturally gravitates to social media out of sheer curiosity, a craving for ingenuity, an interest in emerging technology, and, perhaps most important, an interest in connecting with and helping others online. The words and images posted on our Facebook page will be a direct reflection of Rescue a Golden of Arizona.

If you are interested in becoming our Facebook Administrator, contact the Director of IT, JR Stanfield, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call or text 623-340-4320.

Dogs in Your Kitchen?


Minty Fresh Dog Treats

Dog treats alone will not ensure good dental health.
If your dog still has bad breath (despite regular and preventative dental care/check-ups), this Minty Fresh Dog Treat recipe might help!

Coconut Oil Minty Fresh Treats
1 cup brown rice flour
2 tablespoons peanut butter (xylitol-free)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Combine all ingredients.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to approximately one-half-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with a knife, small shot glass or your favorite cookie cutter.
Place on cookie sheets and bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown.

Four Reasons You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Lick Your Face
and Two Reasons You Should

Source: For Dog Lovers by Cecily Sailer​

You’ve just come home after a long day at the office to find that special lady who’s always happy to see you, and she’s practically jumping out of her skin with excitement because you’re home. Her tail’s wagging, her body’s wiggling, and her tongue’s flapping. This is love! And with love comes a slurp on the face. 

If it looks, feels, and smells like love, a dog kiss has gotta be a good thing, right? Well, let’s keep in mind that dogs lead very different lifestyles. They don’t brush their teeth or see a dentist. They’ve never touched mouthwash or enjoyed a breath mint. But despite having a different approach to hygiene, your dog’s smooched your face hundreds of times. Can there really be any harm in it? 

Though nearly everyone survives a dog kiss, there are a few health issues you might consider the next time your dog comes at you tongue blazing. read more

The Best Alternatives to the Classic ‘Cone of Shame’ for Dogs 

If your dog had surgery or suffers from hot spots, you may be frustrated with the plain old Elizabethan collar from your local vet. The cone of shame certainly gets the job done, but sleeping, eating, drinking, and generally being a dog can be tough while wearing a giant white lampshade. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some great options that work just as well. 
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Rainbow Bridge

Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge recently but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them. CLICK HERE

And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.




Mark your Calendar

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Golden Tales March 2016

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President's Message

This month I wanted to focus your attention on the ongoing Cutest Golden Contest for 2016. As you are probably aware we started the online competition earlier than previous years. One reason was so that you could obtain those “cool” photographs before the real heat begins. I hear that this week the temperatures are going to drop down and return to normal. So here is your chance!

Following this message there is an article about the ongoing competition. It was written by one of the hard working volunteer members of the committee, who help make the Cutest Golden Contest so successful for us every year. It goes without saying, that without your ongoing support and the good looks of your favorite Golden there would be no competition at all. So if you plan to participate now is the time.

This month’s online newsletter will also include several articles which are pertinent to the life and safety of your favorite four legged companion. I hope that you will take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to read them.

Chris P P Brant
President, Rescue A Golden of AZ


Cutest Golden Contest

pictureSome of the cutest Goldens ever have already been entered into our annual Cutest Golden Contest but we bet yours are just as cute so what are you waiting for? Enter your own cutest Golden right now by clicking here. Your $10 entry donation will help us further our mission of rehoming Golden Retrievers throughout Arizona. And your Golden may become our next cover girl or boy on our 2017 RAGofAZ calendar! Learn more about the contest here. See the cuties already entered here. The last day to enter is March 27th, and voting begins March 28th.


Scorpions are out early this year

pictureWith Arizona registering the hottest February on record, this fact was not lost on our scorpion population. They have arrived early this year. Just last week a nurse friend of ours in Scottsdale realized that her Golden had been stung by a scorpion and fortunately she knew what to do. Do you know what to do?

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Snakes Alive!

We were talking about scorpions in the last article; we must also start looking for rattlesnakes that have come out of hibernation. Sure signs of spring in the desert: warming weather, blooming cacti — and rattlesnakes slithering out of their dens.  read more


Snake Aversion Training

pictureIt's time again to sign up for rattlesnake aversion training with our partner trainers, Jay Smith and Ken Desch. They use live defanged and tethered rattlesnakes to safeguard your dog.

When: Saturday, April 9th at 5 PM 

Where: Campbell’s Ranch near 77th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road 

Contact Ken at 602-618-0446 for directions and to reserve your spot. read more

Enrolling in dog training classes

pictureReproduced from article by Animal Wellness Magazine Mar 14, 2016

I remember the excitement of signing up for my first summer camp. The brochure said the camp offered archery, swimming, baseball, camping, and all kinds of stuff a ten-year-old boy like me wanted to do.

The first day it rained. The indoor activities that looked so fun in the colorful brochure didn’t materialize. What did materialize were board games and reading. The next day the sun was out but we were told the archery field was closed. So we ran laps and did jumping jacks. We camped out one night – not in the woods, but behind our barracks. The campfire dinner consisted of gritty hamburgers and roasted marshmallows. The whole experience went downhill from there.  read more


The correct way to remove a tick

pictureReproduced from article by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AKC Healthy Dog

March 04, 2016

Removing a tick, or worse, ticks, from your dog may not be pleasant, but it’s important to do it promptly and correctly. Once you know how, it will be a fairly easy process.

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What to do if your dog eats chocolate

pictureReproduced from Article by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AKC Healthy Dog

Feb 08, 2016

Chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on the type and amount of chocolate consumed and the weight of your dog, it could cause a serious medical emergency. That said, if your dog ate a small amount of milk chocolate, you don’t necessarily need to panic. Learn how much is too much, which types of chocolate are the most dangerous, and what signs to look for that may signal your dog needs treatment. read more

Human foods: Good and bad

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Dec 03, 2015

Dedicated dog lovers tend to be very kind people. We share our hearts and homes (and for some lucky pooches, even the foot of our beds) with our canine pals. Surely there is nothing wrong with sharing our favorite foods with them too, right? Not necessarily. Many of the foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that humans digest just fine can wreck havoc on a dog's body, causing severe health problems. However, some of the foods people eat can be introduced to a dog's diet just fine, providing health benefits such as joint strength, better breath and allergy immunity. read more

Title Security Agency Chooses Rescue A Golden of Arizona as its “A Token of our Appreciation” Program Recipient 4th Quarter of 2015

pictureTricia Hooper, one of our long time, dedicated volunteers works at Title Security Agency in Tucson. They have a program called “A Token of our Appreciation” to recognize organizations for their loyalty and support of the community.

Each quarter, three charities are chosen and their customers are invited to deposit a token in one of the three jars representing each charity. Each token represents a monetary donation by TSA.

On Feb 18th, Scottie McGowan, Director of Golden Rescue, was presented a check for $495 representing our portion of TSA charitable donations for the 4th quarter of 2015.

With deepest gratitude, Rescue A Golden of Arizona thanks Tricia Hooper for nominating us and for the support of TSA in rescuing Golden Retrievers.



2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the Jim Click raffle car of the year 

pictureThis year, the Jim Click Automotive Team  is donating a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. The iconic Mustang, an American muscle car, burst onto the scene in 1964 and never looked back. The Ford Motor Company is building 4,300 this year making this a collector’s item! The approximate MSRP is $47,000.

We are off to a roaring start with raffle ticket sales as we sold half of our 1st package at Bark in the Park in Tempe.  Many thanks to all who purchased tickets so far, and good luck to all.  But we may still have the winning ticket available, so don’t forget to buy yours.  Consider some tickets as gifts for the person who has everything—except a 2016 Shelby.

All the money we collect from our sale of raffle tickets stays with RAGofAZ.  Deadline for ticket sales is December 9th. The lucky ticket will be drawn on December 15th.  

$25 each or 5 for $100.  To purchase your chance to win this prize, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. read more

Rainbow Bridge

pictureGone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge this past month but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them. CLICK HERE

And CLICK HERE to see a remembrance including those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge previously.


Mark your calendar


Snakes Alive!

rattlesnake1Sure signs of spring in the desert: warming weather, blooming cacti — and rattlesnakes slithering out of their dens.

The information in the article that following was drawn from two sources, an article by Douglas Kreutz written for the Arizona Daily Star and from the website.


Rattlesnakes typically come out of their winter dens in March or April, but uncommonly warm winter and spring weather brought some out earlier this year, said Randy Babb, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

“We had those real warm snaps early on, so they’ve been out for a while,” Babb said, noting that snake sightings have been common.

“We saw eight or so of them when we were out on a research project recently,” he said.


Babb said Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes, with eight or nine species living in Southeastern Arizona, depending on how the region is defined.

They range far and wide — from deserts, canyons and forests to urban backyards.

Some rattlers slither a mile or more from their dens to places where they spend the summer, Babb said.


Rattlesnakes — sometimes called “buzzworms” because of the buzzing sound of their rattles — sometimes rattle before striking, but not always.

Some rattlesnake bites are so-called “dry bites” in which no venom is injected.

“During the last two seasons, the dry-bite rate was 19 percent in our patients,” Boesen said.

He said the best response to a bite is to go immediately to a medical facility for examination and treatment with anti-venom if needed.

“No cutting, no sucking, no tourniquets — none of that,” Boesen advised. “Just get to a hospital.”

He said plenty of anti-venom is available in Arizona this year.

Boesen and Babb said deaths from rattlesnake bites are extremely rare, and that there have been no known recent snakebite deaths in Southern Arizona.

Avoid rattlesnake bites

These tips for avoiding rattlesnake bites were provided by Keith Boesen, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and Randy Babb, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

• Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes — whether on a remote hiking trail or in your own backyard.
• Watch where you put your hands and feet. Avoid reaching into areas obscured by brush or rocks.
• "Don't approach or provoke snakes," Babb said. "A lot of people get bit while trying to capture, kill or tease snakes."
• "If you encounter a snake, take one or two steps back and you should be out of striking range," Boesen said.
• Some fire departments will remove rattlesnakes from a confined yard or house. Check with the department covering your area for information.


We can learn to protect ourselves by applying some of these commonsense precautions, however, a trip to your local pet trainer may be advisable for your four-legged friend. Click here to find a list of RAGofAZ trainer partners. You can then contact them about the snake avoidance training.



“Thanks, the snake training paid off. About 8:30 Saturday evening I let my two dogs, Bosco and Emily outside to take care of business before they received their night-time treat and went to kennels for the night.

The pair had just gone out the door when they quickly turned and ran back inside. I picked up the flashlight and went out to see a rattlesnake had made its way inside our brick wall and was lying coiled next to one of the bistro chairs. Wow, the dogs had heard the rattle of the snake and or smelled it, or both and knew exactly what to do”.

Training dogs to avoid being bitten by rattlesnakes has many names. Snake breaking, snake proofing, snake avoidance, snake aversion and snake busting all come to mind. While these terms all mean the same thing, dog training procedures, techniques and methods vary between those performing the snake avoidance programs.

Snake Avoidance training focuses on "SSSS." Safety, sight, sound and smell. As we know, dogs instinctively react to sight, sound and smell, and can also be conditioned or trained to react in a positive manner to such senses. Of course, safety always comes first, especially when venomous reptiles are involved. Snakes used by the various trainers are incapable of biting a dog or person. Be sure to speak with your local trainer, ask them to share their philosophy and the precautions they take when using snakes in the avoidance classes.

A visit to your local trainer may save you much grief and a large sum of money!

Links of Gold Golf Tournament 2017 Form

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Links of Gold Golf Tournament Registration

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If you prefer to pay by check, please submit form, and make check out to: "Rescue A Golden of AZ." Put "Links of Gold" on the Memo line. Mail check no later than September 5th, 2017 to:

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Golden Tales March 2015

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President's Message--Why We Do What We Do

I have only been on the inside of RAG for a short period of time. I thought that it would be useful for those who were like me, before November, to share a little about what goes on behind the scenes. Someone shared with me that the process is a “well-oiled machine.” That is true but each intake and delivery is unique. Often it takes experience, common sense and making snap decisions. For most members a call comes in and the next thing you know a wonderful furry Golden is entering your life in your forever home.

Just over a fortnight ago a Transport Team volunteer answered the initial call, as he so often does and picked up a Golden and headed for Lake Havasu. As you probably know travelling there and back is not usually a day trip. Unfortunately, when the volunteer and the young Golden arrived the resident dog was not pleased at all.  Fortunately for all concerned the Transporter made the decision not to leave this golden and turned right around and headed back to Scottsdale. In the meantime our Placement Team worked feverishly to find a new forever home before the Transporter arrived back in the Valley.

Then about a week ago one of our Transport Team volunteers picked up a handsome senior Golden expecting a “normal” delivery. However, after observing the dog it was determined he needed immediate medical attention. The Adoptive family was informed that there would be a change of plans and before you knew it a foster had been found to care for the Golden.

At about the same time another Transport volunteer was there in time to rescue a senior Golden from the Shelter. Those working behind the scenes located an Adoptive family very quickly. Since there was going to be a delay in delivering the Golden that day, a veterinarian appointment was made for the afternoon and the Golden was delivered to his forever home that evening.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for helping make this a “well-oiled machine.” I want to finish this article by relaying the true winner on Election Day and why we do what we do. As officials were beginning to count ballots on November 4 the call went out about Rocky who had swallowed about eighteen inches of rope and several other foreign objects. Without immediate action Rocky would have died. After a very serious operation, much convalescing, tender loving care and successful training we come to the message that we received yesterday:

"Hi, all!
Now that Rocky has been released and I am officially his human, I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have made it possible for Rocky's and my stars to align.  You have all been so helpful and supportive during this process and I feel as though I have made some "forever" friends at RAG as well as getting the sweetest most lovable dog EVER!  He's turning into quite a character and I'm enjoying every minute, I think he is too.  He has gained weight and his tail is always wagging.  Rocky is getting spoiled rotten but he really deserves to be after all he's been through.  Love him to pieces!!!
Thanks, again, and I'll definitely stay in touch and let you know how he's progressing.

Susan (human) and Rocky (spoiled dog)"

Chris P P Brant
President RAGofAZ


Over 90 Goldens and Over 130 Golden Companions for Bark in the Park 2015

pictureOne of the highlights of February was the Bark in the Park event. The weather was perfect, the turnout of both Goldens and members was great and the efforts of our long standing “Barbecue Boy,” Chris Harrow (as he likes to be called), were very much enjoyed. From the favorable comments that were received it appears that the added attractions that were on hand this year also enhanced the function. There was much pre-work and planning that went into the success that we had on February 8 and I want to thank all those who gave their time and energy for their support. The Annual Bark in the Park picnic is a chance each year to hear from members who have lost and those who have gained companions over the year. As you all realize this event and other events during the year only happen because of volunteers that support the cause before and during the events. Again, the efforts, throughout the year, of all volunteers are very much appreciated. 

Due to the obvious success of February’s event we are considering possible opportunities to gather together more often. Christina Badger, our new Events Director, will be updating and adding to the calendar. I suggest you keep an eye out for Christina’s announcements on the RAGofAZ website calendar  and immediately transferring the information to your own “Things to Do” list. If you have ideas of events that you would like us to hear about please contact Christina Badger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Scrolling Remembrance at the Rainbow Bridge
Honors and Reminds us All of the Recent Rainbow Bridge Dogs

pictureAt Bark in the Park we had a very moving ceremony as members shared a little about the loss of their recent loved ones.

Sadly the list continues to grow weekly. 

Click here to see a remembrance of those Goldens that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge this year.


Valley Fever Vaccine for Dogs

Valley Fever is a fungal infection caused by spores in the environment. It affects dogs, humans, zoo animals, marine mammals along with various other mammals and reptiles.
    Seventy percent of all cases occur in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa County.  
    Six to ten percent of dogs will contract Valley Fever.   
    That results in 60,000 dogs every year. 

They see the infection in dogs in CA, NM, TX and NV as dogs travel for visits and dog shows.  Some dogs are at greater risk as they are unresponsive to fluconazole.  This results in pneumonia and dissemination of the disease into the bones.  Treatment for these dogs will last for month or years depending on the severity of the disease and recurrence.

The University of Arizona has been working on a vaccine. There have been some positive results with testing on mice that have been diagnosed with the illness. The Team at U of A is well on their way to producing the vaccine but they need financial assistance!

To make a tax deductible donation:

o    by credit card-- and click on Give Today
o    by check--mail to The Valley Fever Center for Excellence, P.O. Box 245215, Tucson, AZ 85724, (EIN #86-6050388) and make it payable to: U of A Foundation and include Canine Vaccine in the memo line.

To read the full details provided by one of our long time members who attended the seminar, please click here.

You might also want to go to the website to read about the case study of Max who we rescued, but unfortunately, we were notified too late to save his life.


Welcome to our 2015 Annual Campaign

pictureBy now you will have received the announcement in the mail that our 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign has begun. Obviously, the beautiful card and message that you received is a keepsake.

Please revisit the card or go to the website to see how you can help out with the 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign – the effort starts now!





Upcoming Events

PACC911 Paws Around the Fountain Pet Adopt-A-Thon
Sunday, March 29, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills

You and your goldens are needed to help staff our booth throughout the day. This is an opportunity to come out and support RAG. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let Chris know what time you can help.

Adopt Love Adopt Local Mega Adoption Event- Tucson
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E Irvington Rd

Join us for Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare’s first mega-adoption animal fair. If you live in Tucson or would like to take a day trip, come on down.  We need your help in staffing our booth.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let Scottie know what times you can come out.

Snake Avoidance Training
Sunday, April 12th, 26th and May 17th

With the unusually warm temperatures we have experienced in February and March, the snakes are convinced it is time to come out of hibernation.  It is time to get your fur kids ready for the season.  Check our website for more information and details on how to register.

Save the Date

pictureWoof Stock Adopt-A-Thon – Prescott Valley
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
7501 E Civic Center 

Woof Down Lunch – Prescott
Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Prescott Courthouse Square

Annual Campaign 2015

 Click the arrow below the photo to experience one special Golden Retriever’s journey from “nothing special” to a “forever home.”

Please help.
Because . . . no Golden ever deserves to feel that it’s nothing special.


You may donate online via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or PayPal.


Annual Campaign 2016

 Click the arrow below the photo to experience one special Golden Retriever’s "endless possibilities."

Please help fulfill every rescued Golden's wish for a life of endless possibilities.


You may donate online via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or PayPal.


AKC Good Dog! Helpline



After 15 years, RAGofAZ has gone through the rebranding process and has come up with a brand new logo!  We have three exciting options for ordering new t-shirts and other merchandise bearing our new happy logo.

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Coming soon...RAGofAZ screen printed tee shirts---available in women’s sizes!  The women’s style runs the same as the typical man’s tee shirt that we’ve sold before, but the women’s size is shorter by about 3 inches and the sleeve length is shorter as well. (They are not tapered like some junior shirts.) The shirts are a pretty sapphire blue that will flatter most complexions.  They will be available for order on our website for $12.00 each (includes shipping). They will also be available for $10 at RAGofAZ Events.

Lands End—we’re all familiar with the quality of Lands End products. Through their business line, you can order anything from a polo shirt, sweater or sweatshirt with our 3 Color RAGofAZ logo.  We also have our “jumping dog” logo available for a hat or shirt if you prefer. Click here to go to our website for an easy link for ordering.

Needles Up—Jackie Lelli embroiders our RAGofAZ Bandannas and will also embroider any garment of your choosing.  You have a choice of 3 different logos. For $10 plus shipping, Jackie will do your embroidery locally on any item that you send her.  More details coming soon.

We hope you find one of the options appealing for your RAGofAZ apparel!

2014 Annual Fundraising Campaign

Because every season is the season of rescue.



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Putting on the Dog

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2013 Annual Fundraising Campaign

Please help us give Golden Retrievers like Tillman a second chance at life. Donate today to our Annual Fundraising Campaign.


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Tail wagging with caution

Unsure of what comes next

Watch me rescued.


You hugged away my sadness

Cared for my tired body

Fixed what was wounded

Watch me heal.


You found humans who loved what I loved

Throwing balls, catching balls

Hiding balls, losing balls, stealing balls

Watch me run.


You laughed as I leapt for a bird

Cheered when I sailed after a Frisbee

Applauded my dives into the pool

Watch me soar.


You found me a home

Where I will be loved forever

Watch me now.



Rescue A Golden of Arizona offers a second chance at life to a Golden Retriever in need.


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Need to relinquish your Golden?

If you need to rehome your Golden please call our WOOF LINE at (602)404-WOOF (9663), or click one of the links below. 


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