Rescue a Golden of Arizona


August: Meet Flynn



Hi, my name is Flynn and I was born on February 11, 2020. I came to my forever home 8 weeks later and six months after my family’s other beloved Golden Retriever crossed the Rainbow Bridge. My mom says I saved her broken heart and immediately brought such joy and happiness into the home. One look into my copper-colored eyes and you can’t help but fall in love with me.

My family was set to travel to Ireland for the first time that summer, but things got crazy that year and their trip was canceled. I became the perfect addition and was given a fine Irish name.

I am a huge love bug and like to lay in everyone’s lap and snuggle. Sometimes I forget I am not little anymore! I have an obsession with tennis balls and pushing them under the couch and will play fetch for hours if you let me. My absolute favorite thing to do is swim in the pool and I swim everyday all year long. I look forward to our family’s many trips to our beach house in Port Aransas, Tx and love the salt, sand, and surf. I have been traveling by car with my family to Texas since I was four months old and have become quite the pro at the sixteen hour drive and mom says I’m the best boy. The ocean is always calling my name and nothing better than frolicking on the beach all day.

Friends and family say I bring joy, endless snuggles, and amusement to everyone I meet. They are always telling me I am so special and loved and I feel like the luckiest boy in the world!

July: Meet Levi


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Meet Levi!! Not only is he handsome but the personality on this guy is endless. He loves the camera, dressing up, doing tricks and can balance over 25 treats on his nose if mom stacks them right! Perhaps that’s why he has over 20K followers on his Instagram @life_of_mr_levi.

From the moment we brought him home at 8 weeks old we knew he was special. Completely opposite from all our previous Goldens, Levi wasn’t interested in swimming or obsessively fetching balls. However, he was extremely observant and interested in learning. I knew this guy needed a job!

We started training and socializing right away. He loved his classes, especially when the instructor used him as an example, so he could show off his skills. At 6 months old he had earned his AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, Urban CGC and Introduction to Therapy Dog.

Still much too young to do therapy work we kept him busy and discovered he had many other interests. Levi engaged in Barn Hunt, Agility, Rally and his personal favorite Lure courses! He loves chasing a trash bag on a string so much we would take him to every dog festival in town that had a lure course. He even earned an AKC Fast CAT Novice ribbon!

Levi passed certification for Therapy Dog work at 2 yrs old and has been mending and stealing hearts ever since. Witnessing the pure joy, endless smiles and comfort he brings to others is truly a blessing.

May: Meet Tripp & Tucker


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Meet Tripp and Tucker, both from Rescue a Golden.

Tripp came to us in 2020 as a very young pup. His mother and all her pups were born with congenital cataracts and are mostly blind. He wasn’t with us long before we discovered he also had Parvo and had to be hospitalized for 4 days.

It was a bumpy road but thankfully he overcame that. Tripp is a very sweet boy but due to his vision impairment, also very timid. We hoped as he’d grow he’d be able to have eye surgery, but the specialist determined he’s not a candidate.

Unfortunately his senior housemate (Boxer mix, Wyatt) passed away suddenly in June of 2021 and Tripp became more nervous and very depressed. We knew we had to find him a companion. Soon after, the rescue called asking if we were interested in another special needs pup, Rhett (renamed Tucker). He was surrendered from a breeder due to leg edema. Despite lots of testing, no reason was ever found. Ironically enough, Tucker also had his share of eye issues- he developed cataracts suddenly when he was 10 months old so he needed surgery quickly. He has already bounced back and his vision has returned fully. He is happy and healthy. As he’s been active and growing, the edema has improved too.

We are so grateful for Rescue A Golden of AZ for placing these boys with us. They are best buds!

April: Meet Bella


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Hi, my name is Bella! I came to my new home Friday, September 13, 2020 and it was a very lucky day for me. I flew in from Mexico and my Mom was there to scoop me up from customs. I was 6 months old and pretty much a street gal. I was afraid to come in the house, when we arrived in Tucson. My Dad had to carry me in!

My 10 year old brother Brady, also a rescue from RAGofAZ helped me get settled. I’m still pretty shy of most folks except my Mom. She can hug me and I love giving her kisses!

I love my daily walks in the desert and seeing all my best pup friends including Tito, Juno and Chase! I’m not a great swimmer but do like to cool off when I get picked up and put in the pool. I also love vacations in the mountains where it’s cool and I can run like the wind. Life is good and I thank RAGofAZ for finding my Mom, Dad and Brady to love me!

January: Meet Penny


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Sweet little Penny changed our lives for the better in March of 2022. She arrived on a bus from Mexico, ready to begin her new life with us in Arizona. She was so friendly and loving from day one. Even on the drive to Tucson from Phoenix she couldn’t wait to climb in the front seat with us.

Despite not knowing much about her history, Penny’s future is looking bright as ever. After several necessary tooth extractions, she’s as happy as can be. She gets along well with her two kitty sisters, Callie and Willow. Her tail always seems to be wagging and her tongue hangs out to the side since there’s hardly any teeth there to keep it contained. She loves to play in the yard, go on walks and cuddle with her humans.

We are so grateful to Rescue a Golden of Arizona!! Thank you for all you do.

Cover Dog Lucy

Cover Dog Lucy

Introducing our 2023 Calendar Cover Dog


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November 2021 was a very sad month as my beloved Sedona went to the Bridge on November 8 and then on November 28th I had to send her adopted sister Bella to be with Sedona. My home and my heart were very empty.

A week before Christmas a volunteer from RAGofAZ called and said they had a Golden girl coming in from Mexico and could I foster her? Of course I said yes! I named her Lucy and on Christmas Eve she arrived from Mexico. Becky Wetzel and I drove to Anthem to pick her up. It was love at first sight, she was so sweet and calm. I quickly found out that Lucy is house broken, she loves being petted and she loves her toys. I spoke to Ann Marie Hoff, an animal communicator and she said Sedona had arranged for Lucy to come to me, because Sedona wanted to come back to me!

Lucy was my Christmas miracle and she is the love of my life. Lucy is currently in Therapy Dog Training to become a Therapy Dog, just like Sedona. Thanks to RAGofAZ for allowing Lucy to come into my life and make my world whole again.

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Bark in the Park Feb 19 2023

Bark in the Park Feb 19 2023

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It’s time to sign up for 2023 Bark in the Park!

Fun for the whole family! Come join us for our annual Bark in the Park event. This family and dog-friendly event is our chance to celebrate our new adoptees, remember the dogs we lost, and thank our volunteers for all their hard work supporting RAG of AZ! This event is only for RAG of AZ members and their families and friends.

Added attractions include guest speaker Tammy Pauletto, DVM, Harmony Veterinary Clinic, Ann Marie Hoff, Animal Communicator, the peanut butter licking contest, and our fabulous raffles!

WHERERed Mountain Park, Eagle Ramada, 7745 E Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207 (202 Red Mountain and Brown Rd)

WHEN: Sunday February 19, 2023 from 11AM – 3PM

COST: $10 per person by Monday February 13, 2023 (kids 12 & under are free)

    • 11:00 -12:00 Register and Check-In 
    • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch catered by Caldwell County BBQ 
    • 1:00 – 1:10 Welcome/Kelly Cook, President RAG of AZ 
    • 1:10 – 1:30 Tammy Pauletto, DVM, guest speaker 
    • 1:30 – 2:00 Bridge and Rescue Ceremonies 
    • 2:00 Peanut Butter Licking Contest 
    • 2:15 Raffle drawing (must be present to win)

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If you adopted a dog from RAG of AZ during 2022-2023 and want a complimentary bandana with your dog’s name embroidered on it, request it by Monday February 13, 2023.


If you lost a pet, any pet, in 2022-2023 and would like a special memorial photo presented at the Bridge Ceremony, submit your photo no later than Monday February 13, 2023

› Online registration closes on Monday, February 13, 2023 ‹

PACC911 Adoptathon Berge Toyota Mesa Feb 5

PACC911 Adoptathon Berge Toyota Mesa Feb 5

RAG volunteers needed

Volunteers needed for PACC911 adoption event on Sunday February 5, 2023

RAG of AZ is attending the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) adoption event on Sunday February 5, 2023 from 10AM – 2PM.

We need you to staff our booth. This is a great opportunity to socialize your golden, talk about rescue and your RAGofAZ experience. A chance to make some new friends or see some of your RAGofAZ family you haven’t seen for a while.  Come on out with or without your golden and join in on the fun!

Volunteers are needed from 10:00 AM– 2:00 PM. Come for a hour or two, or longer.

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Place: Berge Toyota, 2020 Riverview Auto Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 (202 Red Mtn Fwy & Dobson Rd.)

Contact: Becky Buck-Wetzel at  to volunteer.

Hope to see you there.

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Cutest Golden Contest coming soon!

Cutest Golden Contest coming soon!

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Submissions accepted beginning Sunday, February 12th

Topgolf Annual Fundraiser: March 26, 2023

Topgolf Annual Fundraiser: March 26, 2023

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Topgolf Fundraiser – a fun day for the whole family or group of friends!

When: Sunday, March 26, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WhereTopgolf Scottsdale
Address: 9500 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Cost: Golf & lunch: $70/person
Lunch only: $40/per person 

Format: Six member teams

This is an event the entire family can enjoy – you don’t even need to know how to play golf – but it is for our two-legged friends only.

There will be a delicious steak/chicken fajita buffet luncheon, a Hole-in-One challenge with a $10,000 prize, a $5 50/50 raffle and 3 show-stopping themed raffle baskets: Masters of GolfVineyard Fantasy, and Entertaining at Home.

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TimeSchedule of Events
10 a.m.Guest arrival, check-in
10 – 10:30 a.m.

Briefing by Topgolf personnel,
demo and practice

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Two rounds of TopContender golf tournament,
Hole-in-One challenge, winners announced

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Steak/chicken fajita buffet lunch
1 – 2 p.m.Open golf play, mix and mingle
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.


We offer a variety of affordable sponsorship opportunities for our Golden-loving members, and for businesses that care about the community and charitable causes.

Sponsors’ signs will be prominently displayed at the event. Click here for 2022 event signage.

Attendee registration will open February 20

RAG 2023 Topgolf Event Flyer
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