As Good as Gold Merchandise Now Available Online!

As Good as Gold (AGaG) merchandise is now available to order on your desktop, tablet, or smart phone!  The gear you buy helps us proudly promote our rescue efforts and a portion of the price directly funds As Good as Gold activities.  The merchandise selection includes AGaG logo apparel as well as "Got Goldens" and "Proud to be Owned by a Golden Retriever" clothing suitable for all Golden Retriever lovers.  Convenient weekly shipping allows you to send items to your home, work or even to your friends -- anywhere in the U.S; order status updates and tracking numbers will be provided.  Encrypted credit card processing assures the safety of your credit card information.

The site features t-shirts, fleece, denim and polo shirts, hats, AGaG's commemorative book and calendar, magnets and window decals and will regularly highlight bargain-priced clearance items.  Please click here to place your order!

You're Invited to Our Biggest Party of the Year!

As Good as Gold's largest fundraiser - A Golden Night at Brookfield Zoo - will be held Saturday, May 17.  Please join us for an open bar reception where you can bid on amazing silent auction packages.  After the silent auction closes, a fabulous plated dinner will be served and you'll have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction packages including trips to Africa and Ireland, a wine-paired dinner for eight, a martini bar, a limited edition Golden Retriever carving, and much more!

This year, Cathy Miller of the Miller Group Charitable Trust has pledged a $10,000 matching gift for sponsorships, underwriting and event donations, and table and ticket sales as well as a matching gift for the first $10,000 raised for The Stecker Fund during the live auction!  We'd also like to thank our Best in Group Sponsors - Glendale Animal Hospital and VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital and our Best in Class Sponsors - Animal Medical Clinic of St. Charles, Greenbay Animal Hospital, and Palos Animal Hospital.

Please help rescued Goldens by becoming a sponsor or underwriter.  Sponsorships and underwriting help us use more of the money raised at A Golden Night where it's most needed - on the dogs.  Sponsorship packages with tickets range from $500 (two tickets) to $3,750 (10 tickets) and include a variety of recognition levels.  Underwriting opportunities are available to offset the cost of the event's open bar, signature beverage, and auctioneer and cashiering services.

Hundreds of items are needed to create extraordinary packages that will tempt bidders to pay top dollar.  Do you have a preferred hotel, restaurant or spa service professional you could ask for a gift certificate donation?  Will your favorite retailer donate a gift card or another item of general interest to those bidding on silent auction packages?  Is your favorite author "pet friendly" and will s/he donate a character naming opportunity and/or autographed and inscribed books for the event?  If you'd like to donate one or more auction items, but don't know where to begin, please send an e-mail to and we'll provide you with a variety of "best seller" suggestions!

Opportunities are also available to publicize your business, thank that special person in your life, and honor or memorialize your four-legged friend(s) with a program book advertisement or an event donation.  Click here for details about sponsorship and underwriting benefits, program book ads, and event donations.

Don't miss this chance to have a great time and support a great cause.  Click here to purchase sponsorships, tickets, and program book ads; underwrite event expenses; or make a donation today!

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  • Six flavorful organic wine varieties
  • Six fragrant soy candles
  • US Bones, Zeppa Studios, and Amazon Smile
Every purchase will help As Good as Gold's rescued goldens!

New Book Celebrates 10 Years of Happy Endings

Since May 2003, As Good as Gold has rescued more than 1,600 golden retrievers and golden mixes.  To celebrate our 10 years of success stories, we're proud to release As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois: Making Golden Dreams Come True Since 2003, a hardbound, full-color coffee table book featuring the photos and inspirational stories of more than 90 goldens who first found their way to AGaG -- and from there, into loving homes.  These delightful pictures and tales (and tails!) are told by the dedicated members, adoptive families and friends of AGaG.

This book was created for everyone who enjoys fairy tales with happy endings, regularly cheers for the underdog and, of course, for anyone who has ever loved a pet.  Why not buy one for yourself and another as a gift? (Christmas is right around the corner!)

The price of this book is $51, which includes sales tax and shipping within the U.S.  Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit AGaG's continued efforts to rescue golden retrievers and golden mixes throughout the U.S. and beyond -- and will allow us to continue to make Golden Dreams come true.  Click here to order your copy now!

As Good as Gold Receives 2012 Starfish Award

As Good as Gold was recently selected by the Golden Retriever Club of America's National Rescue Committee (NRC) to receive the 2012 Starfish Award that recognizes golden retriever rescues and rescue volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the rescue community.  An excerpt from the NRC's announcement stated:

As Good as Gold was chosen for their commitment to rescue in the broadest sense.  Not only do they rescue and care for golden retrievers in Illinois, but they work diligently in educating, supporting and interacting with shelters and other rescues to build a community of animal welfare.  The Annual Rescue Conference As Good as Gold organizes and shares is one example of their commitment to networking.

Each year, the NRC recognizes one rescue organization and one or more rescue volunteers for their contributions.  The Starfish Award is the highest honor a golden retriever rescue can receive and we're thrilled to be honored in this way.