Surrender - AGaG Intake Program

What if you know about a golden in need and want to help? Maybe you see an ad at your vet's office or in the newspaper about people giving away a golden, your friend who works at an animal shelter mentions a golden that's due to be "put down" if no home is found, or you catch a stray golden in your neighborhood and are wondering what you can do about helping these golden retrievers.

Perhaps you own a golden in need. You're moving from a big house and yard to a small condo in another state, your new spouse is allergic to animal fur, a bad situation has changed your life, or the dog snapped at your baby who has just learned to crawl and you are wondering what to do with your golden retriever.

How The Program Works:

Call us at 630-588-0115. State in your message that the call is about a dog in need. In these kinds of situations, and others like them, it's more than likely that we can help.

We'll talk with you on the phone. We'll also do an in-person assessment to ensure the dog is most likely to be adoptable. (Only approved As Good As Gold members trained for intake can accept a dog into our rescue program.)

We'll be ready to schedule any veterinary care that may be required and provide transportation. We'll begin to formulate plans about which one of our foster homes might be the best "transition family" for the dog. The dog will be in foster care for at least four weeks while we find out about the dog's personality and needs - a good basis for finding the right match in a "forever home".

If you're the dog's owner, we'll need to ask you about critical information like age, health, veterinary records, behavior issues, etc. and other details to determine if and how we can help. We're experienced rescue workers so we know that people do have valid reasons for surrendering their dogs.

When an owner surrenders their dog to us, ownership rights are relinquished to our organization. We'll ask you to complete the surrender by making a $50 minimum donation to cover any emergency expenses or medical care that may be required - if not for your dog then for the next dog that doesn't have an owner to help them into a better situation.  Please note, however, that no dog will be turned away if an owner is unable or unwilling to make a donation.

Be sure to pack up any of your dog's toys, leashes, food bowls, etc. as familiar things to help with the transition process. We make no judgments; we're here to help the dog get into a stable situation right away, into a new home well suited to providing it with a long, happy, healthy life.