In May 2003, 13 dedicated golden retriever families gathered in a Wheaton, Illinois living room to discuss the need for a golden retriever rescue in the Chicago area. They founded As Good as Gold as a result of that meeting, to help golden retrievers, golden mixes, and (occasionally) dogs with golden spirits.
Once the founders had organized the rescue, it did not take long for the first dog to arrive. In late May 2003, they were contacted by a vet’s office about a beautiful four-year-old boy named RanierRainer, and the need for golden retriever rescue services has not stopped since then.
From that small beginning in 2003, As Good as Gold has rescued more than 3,012 dogs and grown to over 775 members. Since 2003, approximately 160 dogs have been rescued each year, with investment in each dog’s medical wellbeing averaging $1,100.
Our first 20 years have been very rewarding, most of all for the dogs that we have helped find their forever homes! We would not have accomplished everything that we did without our members, adoptive families, donors, and supporters. We look forward to helping our beloved goldens for many years to come and thank our community for their continued support in this mission.