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.




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