The first four dogs I fostered with As Good as Gold (AGaG) were young, active males. Next, I was asked to consider an 11-month-old, hyperactive female who was too much for her original family to handle. The evaluator described her as “bouncy”. When she arrived, my youngest golden, Dudley Do-right, became her best buddy. So, we changed her name to Nell, got her into obedience class, formally adopted her, and have enjoyed her energetic personality for almost 10 years. She’s mentored more than 30 new fosters, appeared twice in the AGaG calendar, and was featured on her own bottle of cabernet sauvignon in the annual wine fund raiser.

A regular at many Meet and Greets, she continually promotes golden retriever rescue, is a best friend to our other AGaG girl, Morgan, and remains my canine soulmate. These goldens are the loves of my life.


  • Be at least 23 years of age

  • No children under 6 years of age living in your home

  • We primarily adopt goldens to families living within Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and the southern most counties of Wisconsin

  • If you do not own your residence or live in a condo, you will need a letter from your landlord or property management company

  • Provide excellent vet care for your dog(s)

  • Do not use an invisible fence

  • Are not over your town/county's pet limit

  • Have the knowledge and agreement of all adults living in the household

  • Be prepared to make a lifetime commitment

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR POLICIES? All your answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

If interested please fill out our online adoption application form; please make sure you fill in every required field/question or your submission will not go through. Please note that we take time to learn as much as we can about each dog in our care and our bios are our current observations; we are unable to make any guarantees on the future health or temperament of your adopted dog. Most dogs in our care come with unknown pre-rescue history and as such breed and age estimates are an educated guess.

Available Goldens for Adoption