Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue (SAGRR) has been chosen as the featured rescue for July by the Pure Gold website.
The book, Pure Gold, recounts the adventures of Holli Pfau and her rescued goldens. The home page features the story of Oakley, one of the dogs recently rescued by SAGRR. For each book purchased during the month of July, a $10 donation will be made to SAGRR. Click on the link on the SAGRR website to buy the book.
Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescues is an all volunteer group that rescues and rehomes Golden Retrievers who have fallen on hard times. Based in Tucson and serving all of Southern Arizona including Sierra Vista, Nogales, and as far as Yuma, they are committed to the dogs and families in need in our community.
Here’s more information about Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue:
Who is SAGRR?
SAGRR is a 501C3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization, whose mission is to rescue and re-home adoptable Golden Retrievers in Southern Arizona in safe, loving homes; thereby improving the lives of both the dog and the adoptive family. Follow on Facebook.
SAGRR was founded by a group of experienced volunteers in response to our belief that by limiting our territory, we can provide more individualized care to the dogs and families we work with. In addition, we feel this approach promotes a sense of community while helping the local economy.
SAGRR provides a variety of after adoption opportunities to our members and volunteers. These include continuing education on dog health and training, sponsoring snake training clinics, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, social events, and even a book club, once again providing a community for you and your rescued dog.
SAGRR believes that this holistic approach to rescue results in the best lives for the dogs we rescue.
Where do the dogs come from?
They offer a safe option for owners who are forced to give up their dogs because of changing life circumstances such as relocation, financial hardship, divorce, allergies, illness, or death. They are able to give them an alternative to taking their pets to an animal shelter or humane society. They also rescue abandoned, neglected, and even abused Golden Retrievers from shelters throughout Southern Arizona.
Surrendering your dog
SAGRR understands that this is a very difficult and emotional decision. And as difficult a decision as this may be for you, we hope it will ease your mind to know what great care we take in finding just the perfect home for your beloved pet. (Check out our adoption page to see just how careful we are placing dogs into new homes.)
If surrendering your dog is the only option, we will accept your dog into our program as long as it is a Golden Retriever and is not aggressive. Senior dogs, dogs with health problems and dogs with special needs are all accepted and given the care they need.
Why rescue is better
SAGRR believes rescue is the best option for your dog because they will watch over him or her for the rest of their lives, giving you peace of mind about their future.
You might have a family member, friend or neighbor willing to take your dog, and while it might work out just fine, it often doesn’t. If it doesn’t, the dog is then given to another family member or co-worker. Each change stresses your pet. A survey by Ralston Purina and The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (NCPPSP) shows that the majority of dogs turned into shelters were obtained from acquaintances and family members.
Before you consider listing your pet on a social network or in the newspaper, think about whether you want a stranger in your home. If the answer is no, then why would you consider giving your best friend to a stranger? Did you know that Golden Retrievers are used as “bait” dogs for training fighting dogs because they don’t fight back well? The shelters try very hard, and do their best, but there are just too many dogs in need. Being a purebred does not guarantee adoption. Over 60 percent of the dogs that enter shelters are euthanized and 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds. Dogs with health problems and older dogs seldom make it out.
SAGRR is a committed group ready to guarantee that your dog will be taken care of for the rest of his or her life. If for some reason a family cannot keep one of our adopted dogs, it comes back to us for rehoming.
Consider rescue. Your best friend will thank you, and you will have peace of mind.