Arizona Golden Rescue

What Was Arizona Golden Rescue’s Inspiration? By Deborah Orwig, CEO and President

After dog-sitting a Golden Retriever who had seizures, the owners asked if my husband and I wanted to adopt their dog, Barley. They were moving to a place that did not take dogs. After dog sitting him for 2 weeks, we had grown totally attached to the dog. Therefore, we adopted him with open arms.

After moving to Arizona, we joined an online chat room for Golden Retrievers. Through that connection, we found Rick Reid, who was doing Golden Retriever rescues in Arizona. He asked if we would foster a 4-year-old female dog named Sadie. She was just out of surgery to repair a wound to the head due to a blunt force like a baseball bat. As a result, we gladly offered to help.

Finally Sadie healed, but she was afraid of men and objects that were long and thin. We fostered her for 5 months. During that time, 11 families came to meet her. The dog would run upstairs into the laundry room to avoid them.

The 12th family that came to visit had a mom, dad, and 4 kids ranging in age from 7 to 18. This time Sadie came downstairs and sat next to the youngest child. Then she went to the dad. This amazing dog had found her forever family! From that moment we knew that rescue was a calling.

Arizona Golden Rescue was incorporated on March 11, 2009. By the end of March, the group had 121 members. During that first year, 43 dogs were rescued. Most importantly, over the last 10 years, 992 dogs have found their forever homes. About one third of the dogs have been Golden mixes.

How Does Arizona Golden Rescue Help Homeless Dogs?

Arizona Golden Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization. The mission is to rescue Golden Retrievers/mixes that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, unwanted, or surrendered. A complete medical exam is done. The dogs are checked for Valley Fever and Heartworm. They are given vaccinations. All of the dogs are spayed or neutered. Also, they are micro-chipped.

The rescue group does not have a shelter. Instead, dogs are placed in foster homes until they find their forever homes. Medical and emotional rehabilitation is done. All medical care and medications are paid for prior to adoptions being finalized.

If there is a “bonded pair of dogs” that are surrendered to the rescue they are kept together. Currently, Arizona Golden Rescue teaches the public about the dog breed and responsible ownership.

What Are The Goals of Arizona Golden Rescue in 2020?

Arizona Golden Rescue’s primary goal is to raise money through adoption fees, donations, events, grants, membership fees, and merchandise sales to support the dogs rescued. Another goal is to rescue all of the Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes that come to the attention of the rescue. The third goal is to make the dogs as healthy as possible before adopting them out. Lastly, the rescue aims to increase its membership and to increase fund-raising activities.

How Can The Public Help?

Please go to Arizona Golden Rescue to learn more about what they do and to make a donation.

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