President's Letter

Kelly and JakeIt is hot in the desert, and we are ready to welcome the monsoons – two signs that summer has arrived. It is that time of year where most of us just try to be patient and wait for it to end so we can go back to the best things about Arizona – October through May!
Unfortunately, this summer brought some bad news for many dog rescues, and it came from the Centers for Disease Control. On June 14th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the US from Countries Classified as High Risk for Dog Rabies. No one, least of all non-profits that rescue dogs, disputes the importance of ensuring that dogs with rabies do not enter the United States. But our perspective is different from that of the CDC, and it is based on our experience. 

We have not had a single rabies case in any of our International dogs. Rescues like ours follow the guidelines for bringing dogs into the United States. The requirements are stringent and include import permits, rabies certificates and health certificates, all of which must be submitted to the USDA for inspection and verification. The USDA has decades of experience vetting dogs coming into the U.S., and permits are not issued until verification is complete. 

As it stands now, three separate government agencies review the documentation before a dog can enter the United States. In fact, the import and medical documents are available for CDC review once they are uploaded into the Customs and Border Patrol system. The documents are reviewed a final time by Customs and Border Patrol when the dogs land in the U.S. before they are released to the rescue volunteers there to welcome them. 

Our mission is to help Golden Retrievers in need, and that does not stop at the U.S. border. More than 70% of the dogs we have rescued so far this year have come from other countries. 

Rescuing Golden Retrievers from other countries does not mean fewer resources for the Goldens we rescue in Arizona. What it does mean is more Goldens saved from unimaginable situations, and more families with a furry blonde (or red) best friend.
We are working alongside other reputable Golden Retriever rescues across the United States to ensure our collective voice is heard. A letter was sent to the CDC last week explaining our perspective, our process and asking for an exception. 

Soon after the CDC’s announcement, we joined forces with another rescue to save 24 Golden Retrievers from the meat trade in China. Doing so would mean bringing them to the U.S. just days before the ban goes into effect. 

You may have seen our social media posts or the message we sent last Friday asking for help to bring 12 of these dogs to Arizona and into the homes of loving families currently on our waiting list.  

RAG has been around for 23 years, and we have an amazing community of supporters across this great state. We are so grateful for the generous support of our fans and followers throughout the year. We try not to ask for help on specific matters too often. But with the urgency of the situation and the expense involved, we decided to ask for help. 

WOW – did you answer the call! Thank you, thank you, thank you – from the bottom of our hearts! In just 72 hours, you helped us raise the money we need to make it happen. Your donations literally have saved these dogs lives. 

We just learned that the other rescue has also raised the money they need for the other 12 dogs, so as far as this particular mission goes, we are “golden!” We are finalizing the details and working to rally our transport team volunteers who will drive to Los Angeles to bring the dogs to their forever homes all across the state of Arizona. 
We can’t wait to share more – stay tuned!
Thank you,

Kelly Cook (and Jake)
Rescue A Golden of Arizona


Does your pet have those Steadily Depressin,' Low-down Mind Messin,' ending of the Lockdown Blues?

By Bob Schillaci, Director of Golden Operations

retrieverSo, it was a tough year for us humans, but your dog may have felt as if it was wonderful.  After all, you were around all the time - lots of pets, lots of treats. But now the lockdown is over, and schools and business are getting back to normal. And behaviorists are reporting that the dogs are not thrilled. Dogs are creatures of habit and “routine” is important to them. They adapted to a new routine when you were around — but now the routine is not changing for the better as far as they are concerned.

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Bo'fore and Bo'after

bo mudBo was rescued last June with his brother Luke (now Duke) from a horrible situation. Well, he’s come a mighty long way in just one year, and we wanted to share.

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Summer Olympics--in Tokyo, and here in Arizona!

olympics dogCan’t be in Tokyo for the Olympics this year?  Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone.  But that’s not going to stop us from celebrating this year with our furry athletes!  Your furry athlete will have a chance to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as their own highlight on Rescue A Golden’s Social channels. For a donation of $15, you may submit one photo of your Golden to be part of his/her country of origin in our virtual ceremonies.  For a donation of $25 or more, you may submit two photos of your Golden (one for the ceremonies and another for Social highlight).  Your furry athlete is not a Golden? Not a problem!  We’ll still highlight them with their Golden besties!  

Mark your calendar, we’ll be taking your lovely photos from July 8th to July 18th.  As a reminder, the Opening Ceremony is July 23rd, so be sure to get your photo(s) to us before the 18th to be included!

Stay tuned for more information on this and how to submit your photos!

Volunteer of the Quarter

margie and mimiMargie Karow, Webmaster

Every great team has someone they couldn't do without, and Rescue A Golden is no different. This quarter, we are thrilled to shine the RAG spotlight on Margie Karow. Margie works tirelessly for the rescue, often behind the scenes, and often seven days a week.

Margie has been keeping our website going for years - she's a whiz. If not for her, we would have lost the entire site last year. She took it upon herself to research new host vendors and was able to work with them to transition everything seamlessly. Margie also manages our member communications, including formatting and sending emails to thousands of people. She's instrumental to our quarterly newsletter process, and manages all of our distribution lists. Margie is a big part of so many things we do, including the annual calendar, fundraising campaigns and the Cutest Golden Contest.

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New Partner Alert: Soxy Dog Private Swim Lessons!

soxydog swimmingMention Rescue A Golden of Arizona and SoxyDog Swimming will donate 50% of your dog's swim session's charge to our rescue!
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It's too hot to be outside much--here's a fun thing to teach your dog this summer!

golden puppyCourtesy of Dr. Marty Goldstein
Have you ever found yourself tripping over your dog as you tried to make dinner? Or maybe they try to play, snuggle, or jump in your lap every time you sit down. And if you’re like most dog parents, it’s a struggle to keep your pup calm and still during a veterinary check-up. It’s perfectly natural for your dog to want to be with you all the time … and it’s understandable if they feel uneasy at the vet. 

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Straight from the Heart

red golden retrieverCourtesy of Christina Tangalos. MD

There will always be that dog that no dog will ever replace, the dog that will make you cry even when it’s been gone for more years than it could ever have lived.

For me, these were my Beloved Golden Retrievers who literally saved my life.

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Rainbow Bridge

rainbow_dogGone 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.

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