In recognition of its 10th anniversary on May 15, 2013 As Good as Gold implemented a recurring donation program called $10 for 10. Each participating individual or family agreed to make a recurring monthly online donation of at least $10 for 12 months. Recently renamed Golden Guardians, this group of dedicated golden retriever enthusiasts helps make sure rescued goldens continue to receive excellent care for however long they are in our care. If you'd like to join this elite group of donors, please click here to go to As Good as Gold's donation page, check Yes next to Recurring Donation field and, in the Special Occasion field, type in "Golden Guardians." Donations made online are secure, easy and -- best of all -- help support As Good as Gold's rescued goldens!
The key to the success of As Good as Gold, general donations are used for medical care for rescued golden retrievers, dog supplies and equipment, and general printing, postage, and supplies. Every penny really does count. Please consider helping us care for rescued golden retrievers in northern Illinois, with your secure online donation to our general fund today.
The Stecker Fund was established in July 2005 with a grant from the Miller Group Charitable Trust in honor of As Good as Gold members Jerry and Laurie Stecker. Monies from this fund pay for the treatment of congenital or hereditary medical conditions of golden retrievers such as cancer or orthopedic diseases. Your secure online donation to the Stecker Fund is the perfect way to help provide medical care for rescued goldens with hip or elbow dysplasia, lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, and osteochondrosis. Thanks to The Stecker Fund, Scarlet (pictured above) had FHO surgery on both hips and can now run happily and pain free.
Elsa's Fund was established in March 2007 in memory of beloved senior golden retriever Elsa Sweeney and in honor of Robin & John Sweeney's devotion to senior goldens. Donations made to Elsa's Fund will be used to pay for veterinary care of dogs eight years of age or older and to offset the waived adoption fee for families who adopt through our Golden Years program. Your secure online donation to Elsa's Fund will help ensure that the special medical needs of senior goldens are met and that the Golden Years program is sustained for years to come.
Bentley's Fund was established in May 2010 to care for golden retrievers who enjoy a good quality of life but are unadoptable due to age and/or
medical condition(s). Originally knows as the Long Term Care Fund, it was renamed in January 2013 in memory of Bentley, a four month old puppy born with three heart defects that came to As Good as Gold in March 2012. Initially given only a few months to live, Bentley survived past his first birthday and enjoyed a happy life with his foster family. His story touched the lives of many while in Long Term Foster Care. Your secure online donation to Bentley's Fund will help ensure that unadoptable goldens continue to receive excellent and appropriate medical care while living in a loving foster home.
In addition to helping needy golden retrievers, your donation can also serve as a caring tribute to someone special. A donation "In Memory Of", is a touching tribute to friends, family members or pets who are no longer with us; or "In Honor Of", as a wonderful way to honor the milestones, accomplishments and good deeds of friends, family members or pets.
All donations to As Good as Gold can also be mailed to As Good as Gold, but will be considered a general donation to As Good as Gold unless specifically requested to go toward The Stecker Fund, Bentley's Fund or Elsa's Fund. If you would like your donation to be "in memory of" or "in honor of" a friend, family member or pet, please note with your donation. Please mail your donation to: As Good as Gold - PO Box 533 - Wheeling, IL 60090.
All donations of $25 or more will be recognized in Golden Tales, the quarterly newsletter of As Good as Gold. All donations of $10 or more will be recognized with a personal letter of receipt from As Good as Gold. All online donations will be recognized with an e-mail confirmation of receipt. As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations to AGaG are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
In 2013, As Good as Gold spent more than $260,000 on veterinary care, shelter fees, and canine supplies such as collars, leashes and food. Almost $247,000 is budgeted for 2014 program services including veterinary care, canine supplies, and public education! As Good as Gold relies on the generosity and support of the general public for funding and receives no government or United Way funding. Your contribution can and will make a difference in the life of a deserving golden retriever.
Additional Ways to Give
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