Sapphire LTC

Rainbow Bridge

I was 9 ½ years old when I was given up to AGaG in January of 2011.  I was retired  from my mommy days so I could find a great family to take care of me.   Before being assigned a foster home, I was given a complete physical which revealed an abdominal tumor. After the surgery to remove the growth, I was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer and the prognosis was not good.  The veterinarian estimated that I would live 6-9 months so I became what’s called Long Term Care.  According to AGaG, “A long-term dog is any dog that has a medical, behavioral or other condition that causes the dog to be considered unadoptable.  Age alone should not be used as a determinant to classify a dog as unadoptable or LTC.”     There are special people out there that like to foster pups like me that offer to give us so much love and TLC.

At first, I was really scared of noises and thunderstorms.  I didn’t know how to walk on tile floors and was pretty nervous if I was by myself.  I used to freeze when someone petted me and I never wagged my tail and was quiet and timid.  I have a foster brother who showed me the ropes and now I have blossomed into a happy girl.  I bark when I see foster mom coming home from work and my tail excitedly swings when it’s time to eat.   I enthusiastically greet other dogs and children, and with the help of some medication to help with my arthritis, I can show off my show dog stance and still have a bounce in my step.

I definitely have showed the doctors that I can defy the odds and I have now lived 4 years past my diagnosis thanks to As Good as Gold and my foster mom.  Please consider helping me and other long term care dogs by making a donation and tell them that Sapphire sent you.  You can click here to help.  Thank you!!!


12 Years Old

  • 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