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 President's Message


I have never been a fan of the long goodbye, so I will keep my final President’s message brief.


It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your President for the past three years. I especially want to recognize and thank everyone who has served on the Board of Directors during my term for your dedication, hard work, and wise counsel. Under your tutelage, I learned the ins and outs of rescue operations, good governance, focused fundraising, prudent cost-cutting, and planning for the future.


It is with some relief that I say we have succeeded in putting RAGofAZ on the path to fiscal sustainability and stable leadership. Because of your generosity – the members who have supported us with your donation dollars, volunteer hours, and by coming out to our events – that we can look forward to rescuing Golden Retrievers in need for years to come. Of course, this can happen only if we continue to plan for a seamless transition of leadership.


That is why I am not going anywhere. I will be right here to work with our new President, and support him in any way I can. He has an excellent Board to partner with him and teach him the ropes as they did for me.


I look forward to seeing many of you at Golden Harvest on October 17th and at our Annual Meeting on October 26th where I can thank you personally for your loyalty and support. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I feel humble and grateful that you entrusted me with this position.


Signing off . . .




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Golden Harvest Anniversary Celebration – Oct. 17, 2014


Golden Harvest


It's our 16th anniversary, and we want you to help us celebrate another year as Arizona's #1 Golden Retriever rescue. We've changed the lives of over 3,300 Goldens! Join us for a fun evening with your Rescue A Golden family as we salute the past and look to the future. We'll enjoy some delicious eats courtesy of the AZ Bread Co, and delightful wines donated by One Hope Wine. And we'll top it all off with a slice of anniversary cake followed by a fabulous raffle. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 15th.


Click here to register right now. You don't want to miss this!


Golden Harvest 
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM 
AZ Bread Co 
315 W. Elliot Road (SE corner of Elliot and Kyrene) 
Tempe AZ 85284


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Save November 9th for Bark in the Park Southern style!

BITP SouthernIt’s that time again to remember our dearly beloved Goldens who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge, to celebrate our newly adopted pups, to let the dogs play a game or two, and to enjoy good food and fellowship. As usual, we will be at Reid Park (Ramada 15) from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.




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Don't miss our Annual Meeting and Picnic on October 26th!

Annual Meeting

Cook up your favorite dish and join us for a pot luck picnic at our RAGofAZ Annual Meeting!  Head down to Papago Park in Tempe at 12:00 noon to welcome your newly elected Board of Directors and say goodbye to those who have completed their terms of service.  All socialized leashed pups are welcome. Click here for more details. 

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 PACC911/PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend

PACC dogSave the date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 AM till 3 PM at the PetSmart store located at 10030 N 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ.  Bring your dogs and chat with attendees about the joys and benefits of rescue.  If you would like to help staff our RAGofAZ booth, please email Pam Whitney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know what hours you can work.




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Thank you for making Links of Gold our biggest success yet!


On behalf of Chairperson Julie Thompson and the entire Links of Gold planning committee, thank you to everyone who attended or supported our Links of Gold Golf Tournament on September 13th! Because of your enthusiasm and generosity, we raised nearly $19,000.00 to help further the cause of Golden Retriever rescue. The feedback we’ve received from the golfers and dinner attendees has been so positive – everyone loved the Monument Course at Troon North, enjoyed the delicious buffet dinner, and had a wonderful time winning fantastic raffle prizes! 


Thank you for making this the most successful fundraiser of the year!

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A good time was had by all at Dogtoberfest!


With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, Courthouse Square in Prescott offered a cool retreat to everyone who made their way to Dogtoberfest on October 5th! Our RAGofAZ booth was populated by many of our two-footed and four-footed friends, who greeted passers-by and talked up the joys of animal adoption. This annual event is always a wonderful way to spend a day, so if you didn’t make it this year, we hope you’ll plan on joining us in 2015. Many thanks to our dedicated Prescott team of volunteers for making our participation in this worthwhile event a success!

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Mark your calendar now for Bark in the Park at Kiwanis Park in Tempe on February 9, 2015!

BITPDon’t miss this annual celebration, which brings more than 100 dedicated members of RAGofAZ together!  We will be applauding all of the Golden Retrievers rescued by RAGofAZ in the past year, and memorializing the precious dogs who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  Look for details on our website and in your email beginning in January.

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Barnes and Noble gift wrapping begins on Black Friday!

Gift Wrap

It’s not yet Halloween but before you know it, Christmas carols will be emanating from your favorite Barnes and Noble Booksellers store.  And we hope to see you gift wrapping outside at the stores located in Happy Valley, Arrowhead at Peoria, Palm Valley Pavilions in Goodyear, and Crossroads in Gilbert.  Gift wrapping is open to both members and non-members, with or without your dogs, accomplished wrapper or “all thumbs.”  We’ll find a place for you.  Many thanks to our dedicated Site Coordinators for anchoring this project at our four locations: DJ Jenkins, Robyn Diegan, Dianne Nevius, Cathy Sloane, Susan Quisenberry, Kay Fee, and Judi and Bob Schillaci.

Check out our schedule of dates below:

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Rainbow Bridge

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Gone 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.