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From China

Mao Nui - Now Mia



Considered a "throw away dog" due to a bout of distemper that left her with permanent nerve damage to her left front leg, Mao Nui spent three years and three months in a shelter and was destined to live out her life in a shelter in central China. Mao Nui was not adoptable as she was not perfect… 

Today Mao Nui - now named Mia - spends her days chasing lizards and playing with her big sister Maddie in a big back yard. Mia is an inspiration as she enjoys all aspects of her new life in spite of her disability. She loves being an ambassadog for RAGofAZ, paying it forward so more goldens can have the "golden life".

Since arriving in the USA Mia has undergone arthroscopic surgery, stem cell treatments and monthly acupuncture to combat the damage from the distemper.

Each dog rescued is a life saved. Please help us continue our rescue mission. 



From Korea

Lexi Now Luna

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Lexi was found struggling to survive after her owner dumped her near a South Korean factory. Local villagers fed her scraps as she scavenged for food. Though she learned to hide from strangers who meant her harm, this young Golden was surely doomed had it not been for the courageous rescuers who helped her begin her journey to America... 

Today Lexi – now renamed Luna – lives in comfort and safety with her family in Sahuarita, Arizona. At first, she was terrified of everything. With patience, love and training, she has recovered from her fears and learned to trust her beloved humans. Luna is now paying it forward as an “ambassadog” at RAGofAZ events to raise awareness and collect donations to help other dogs in need. In fact, this once starving and desperate animal will appear as Miss January in our 2019 Hearts of Gold calendar. Just watch her strike a pose!

Each dog rescued is a life saved. Please help us to continue our rescue mission. 



For twenty years, RAGofAZ has been rescuing lost, abandoned, and displaced Golden Retrievers from our own communities here in Arizona. Now the call for rescue comes from across the ocean in China and South Korea, and from our neighbor to the south, Mexico. In partnership with dedicated international rescue organizations, RAGofAZ has saved dozens of Goldens who had been wandering the streets in search of food, and running in fear from abusers or certain death. We refuse to sit by and do nothing while these precious animals wait helplessly for rescue and reprieve. We fly these dogs to America where they receive medical care, life-saving surgery, nutritious food, and the warmth and love of a forever home at a cost of between $1,000 and $4,000.

Our work must continue. Will you help save the life of a desperate Golden Retriever by donating today? Any amount is deeply appreciated. Because hunger, illness, and despair know no language, no culture, and no boundary.

Please note: Your donation goes to the organization, not just to the dog you selected or to international dogs specifically.  All donations go into a central fund to help all dogs.

Before they begin their journey to America, all international dogs are placed with pre-approved families.  If you want to be considered to adopt future dogs, international and domestic, please submit an Application to Foster/Adopt found on the website, and someone will contact you.  If you are already approved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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