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 President's Message

I can hardly believe that the year is nearly half gone and summer is upon us.  At this time of year, we must diligently protect our Golden Retrievers from the brutal desert sun.  Give them plenty of water, walk them during the coolest part of the day or evening, and watch out for those hot pavements.
As your President, summertime always means that we must begin to focus on Board elections.  This year poses some special challenges in staffing our Board of Directors that I want to highlight early on.  At this moment, we already have three vacancies on our Board: Director of Events, Director of Golden Operations, and Director of Southern Member & Volunteer Activities.  Additionally, we have five Board members whose terms will expire in October – President, Secretary, Directors of Fundraising, Golden Rescue, and Southern K-9 Operations – and some of these incumbents do not plan to run for re-election.  If you do the math, you can see where this is going.
Historically, it has always been difficult to recruit volunteers who are willing to commit the time and energy to Board service.  Our Board has worked relentlessly to develop a strong process for succession planning, and we are ready to mentor and support potential Board members for as long as needed.  But we must have candidates to take the reins . . . and you could be among them!  The most important talent you need is a willingness to learn.  If you would like to know more about Board service, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I would be happy to familiarize you with the duties of Board members and answer your questions.
I’m sure you understand and share my concerns.  It would be a shame to have worked so hard to set our organization on a path to fiscal sustainability and sound governance, only to see our progress halted because of a leadership void.  Please step up and become one of the leaders who will fill that void.  If not you, then who?

Bob Schillaci

2014 Cutest Golden Contest – Meet the Winners!

lizzy115resizedYou took your best shot (photo that is), you voted, and you chose the winner of our 2014 Cutest Golden Contest.

 Meet Lizzy, who will grace the cover of our 2015 Hearts of Gold calendar when it is published this fall.  Also winning a coveted spot in our calendar is Maddie, our runner-up, along with eight other adorable Goldens.  You can view all of them right now, just click here. Also, the slideshow on the RAGofAZ website has been updated to feature the winners. Check it out on our home page.

Not only will these Goldens make fabulous calendar models, their many human fans raised more than $8,200.00 in funds to support our organization and help pay those vet bills!  Congratulations to Lizzy’s humans, Michelle and John Krieger, and all of our winners and contestants – and thank you to everyone who voted!


From Labs to Lizards...

Fuzzy-Friends-banner2-275x118...did you know that you can enter your pet’s photo in our calendar as a “fuzzy friend?” 

And it doesn’t have to be Golden or even a dog.





Win a brand new Audi at our Links of Gold Golf Tournament!

Audi logoSeptember 13, 2014 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale


Rescue A Golden of Arizona is thrilled to announce Audi North Scottsdale as our Links of Gold Hole in One sponsor!  Sign up now for your chance to hit that once-in-a-lifetime hole in one and drive away in a fabulous new car!


Also new this year – a delicious buffet dinner featuring Chicken Piccata, Caesar salad, tortellini and rotini dishes, and scrumptious pies!  We have bold new sponsorship opportunities for you and your business, and welcome your support in so many ways.  Please help make Links of Gold a success by sharing potential sponsorship leads, and soliciting raffle donations from stores and venues that you patronize.  Just send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll take it from there.  Registration opens on June 1st so sign up now to be part of our biggest and best fundraising event of the year. Click here


Woof Stock 2014

Woofstock croppedOur northern Arizona volunteers had a wonderful time as animal lovers and rescue advocates gathered at Woof Stock on May 18th at the Prescott Valley Civic Center to celebrate this annual event.

It was a great opportunity to promote our organization and the cause of Golden Retriever rescue at a wonderful community venue.  Many thanks to Lynn and Daryl Lassen, Ruth Ann Steffes, Robin Fox and Becky Wetzel – along with their fabulous four-footed friends! – for representing RAGofAZ so well!


Let’s Go Shopping!

RAGofAZ 3c logo 240x134Check out our new tee shirts that showcase our happy new logo!  You can also order a variety of cool new sweatshirts, hats and other items through Lands’ End or Needles Up.

Just click here to get started.






Woof Down Lunch on Saturday, June 28th!


Come and spend the day with your favorite two-footed and four-footed friends at Woof Down Lunch!

Held at beautiful Courthouse Square in Prescott, this is a great opportunity to have lunch with your pets and fellow Golden-lovers while promoting the cause of animal rescue.  Please bring your own chairs and any comfort items you or your dogs will need.  If you can attend, please email Lynn Lassen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know when you will be there.



Harlow, a Golden girl who found her "forever home"

Harlow forever home croppedAfter a long and winding road, Harlow has finally made it to her wonderful new forever home!!!

She will spend her days at work with her mom, greeting customers who come into the office. All who meet her can not believe she has any vision problems.....they only see a happy, content Golden.

Thanks to everyone who offered help, good thoughts and prayers for Harlow.  This special girl is now exactly where she is meant to be.





 Jim Click 2014 Jeep Cherokee Raffle Tickets

Jeep Raffle info2aSome tickets are still available.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or click here.  Credit cards are accepted.  $25 each; 5 for $100.  All ticket sales money goes to RAGofAZ.




Summer Pet Care

With the heat now in the triple digit range, it’s vitally important that we change some of our normal habits when it comes to pet care.

 Click here for some important guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association to protect your canine through the dog days of summer.

Meet & Greet News

Greetings from our Bookman’s Ina Road Tucson Meet & Greeters.

Click here to meet some committed, merry making volunteers.


Bridge Page

Sunset-Sky-013Gone but never forgotten . . . remember the beloved Goldens who have crossed to the Bridge but will live forever in the hearts of those who loved them.

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Mark your calendar!

Because you don’t want to miss a thing! Click here for our website events calendar.

•    Woof Down Lunch: June 28th  from 10 AM – 3 PM at Courthouse Plaza in Prescott
•    Bowl-A-Rama: August 9th at 1:30 at AMF Scottsdale Lanes
•    Links of Gold Golf Tournament: September 13th at Troon North Golf Club
•    Golden Harvest on October 17th at AZ Bread Co. in Tempe

Upcoming Meet and Greet events:

•    East Valley PetSmart Meet and Greet at Val Vista & Guadalupe in Gilbert on June 21st from 12 - 4 PM
•    Tucson PetSmart Meet and Greet at Broadway & Pantano June 14th 10 AM - 2 PM
•    Tucson Bookman’s Meet and Greet at Ina & Thornydale June 28th 11 AM - 3 PM