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Meet these three adventurous pups who are starting out 2020 by finding their new homes in the United States! Gino, Mint, and Ginger were all rescued from Turkey and will be landing at LAX on January 5th. They’re flying in on Turkish Airlines flight TK9. They depart from Istanbul at 5:30am MST and land in LAX at 4:45 PST. Follow their flight on or

Gino, approximately 5 years old:

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Gino was found by a nice volunteer from Turkey who heads into the forest to feed stray dogs. Gino was very happy to see food and humans! He was found tied to a dog house with a collar on, GINO was written on his collar. Gino’s parents abandoned him but the nice volunteer took him back to the Turkish rescue. He is a good boy who understands basic commands and is excited to get to play again!

Mint, 1 yr old:

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Mint was brought to a rescue shelter in Ankara, Turkey. Mint was born on a military base in Ankara where they couldn’t keep her so she went to the rescue. Mint’s mother was a golden retriever who lives on the military base.

Ginger, 1 yr old:

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Ginger is Mint’s sister. These two pups came from the same litter and were put in the same shelter in Ankara. They’ve grown up together and are so excited for their new adventure to the United States together. Mint and Ginger are a bonded pair.

If you’d like to help us rescue more good dogs like these amazing pups, we’d appreciate any and all donations! 



For over 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 Turkey, 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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