As Good as Gold Merchandise Now Available Online!

As Good as Gold (AGaG) merchandise is now available to order on your desktop, tablet, or smart phone!  The gear you buy helps us proudly promote our rescue efforts and a portion of the price directly funds As Good as Gold activities.  The merchandise selection includes AGaG logo apparel as well as "Got Goldens" and "Proud to be Owned by a Golden Retriever" clothing suitable for all Golden Retriever lovers.  Convenient weekly shipping allows you to send items to your home, work or even to your friends -- anywhere in the U.S; order status updates and tracking numbers will be provided.  Encrypted credit card processing assures the safety of your credit card information.

The site features t-shirts, fleece, denim and polo shirts, hats, AGaG's commemorative book and calendar, magnets and window decals and will regularly highlight bargain-priced clearance items.  Please click here to place your order!

Rescued Golden Retrievers in Illinois Need Your Help!

As Good as Gold's largest fundraiser - A Golden Night at Brookfield Zoo - will be held Saturday, May 17.  Proceeds from this event cover approximately 40% of our expenses related to caring for rescued goldens including veterinary care and canine supplies such as leashes, collars, and microchips.

Your donation of a $25 gift card offsets the cost of a rabies vaccine; a $50 certificate from your favorite hotel or spa service professional ensures that a microchip is implanted so a rescued golden may always find its way back home; and a $500 underwriting gift covers preoperative blood work, a spay or neuter surgery, and post-operative pain medication.  Whatever you decide to donate will make a difference in the lives of rescued goldens and means the world to them...and to us.

This year, the Miller Group Charitable Trust has pledged a $10,000 matching gift for sponsorships, underwriting and event donations, and table and ticket sales as well as a matching gift for the first $10,000 raised for The Stecker Fund during the live auction!  We'd also like to thank Best in Show sponsor Cathy Miller, Best of Group Sponsors Glendale Animal Hospital and VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital, and Best of Class Sponsors Animal Medical Clinic of St. Charles; Doggie Depot, Inc.; Greenbay Animal Hospital; Gary Masterson, OD; Morris Animal Foundation; Palos Animal Hospital; and Walter & Nancy Trznadel.

If you've already purchased a sponsorship, table, tickets or program book ad or made an auction item or monetary donation - we thank you!  If you've not yet had a chance to do so, please click here and support A Golden Night today!

Announcing the New....

Click here to enter.  You'll find many gift items including:
  • Six flavorful organic wine varieties
  • Six fragrant soy candles
  • US Bones, Zeppa Studios, and Amazon Smile
Every purchase will help As Good as Gold's rescued goldens!

New Book Celebrates 10 Years of Happy Endings

Since May 2003, As Good as Gold has rescued more than 1,600 golden retrievers and golden mixes.  To celebrate our 10 years of success stories, we're proud to release As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois: Making Golden Dreams Come True Since 2003, a hardbound, full-color coffee table book featuring the photos and inspirational stories of more than 90 goldens who first found their way to AGaG -- and from there, into loving homes.  These delightful pictures and tales (and tails!) are told by the dedicated members, adoptive families and friends of AGaG.

This book was created for everyone who enjoys fairy tales with happy endings, regularly cheers for the underdog and, of course, for anyone who has ever loved a pet.  Why not buy one for yourself and another as a gift? (Christmas is right around the corner!)

The price of this book is $51, which includes sales tax and shipping within the U.S.  Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit AGaG's continued efforts to rescue golden retrievers and golden mixes throughout the U.S. and beyond -- and will allow us to continue to make Golden Dreams come true.  Click here to order your copy now!

As Good as Gold Receives 2012 Starfish Award

As Good as Gold was recently selected by the Golden Retriever Club of America's National Rescue Committee (NRC) to receive the 2012 Starfish Award that recognizes golden retriever rescues and rescue volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the rescue community.  An excerpt from the NRC's announcement stated:

As Good as Gold was chosen for their commitment to rescue in the broadest sense.  Not only do they rescue and care for golden retrievers in Illinois, but they work diligently in educating, supporting and interacting with shelters and other rescues to build a community of animal welfare.  The Annual Rescue Conference As Good as Gold organizes and shares is one example of their commitment to networking.

Each year, the NRC recognizes one rescue organization and one or more rescue volunteers for their contributions.  The Starfish Award is the highest honor a golden retriever rescue can receive and we're thrilled to be honored in this way.