No, unfortunately, not all Goldens that are brought into Rescue are healthy. When first accepted by AGR, each dog is given a medical examination by a licensed veterinarian. If the dog’s vaccines are due or if the vaccine history is unknown, vaccines are given. If the Golden is not spayed or neutered already, this procedure is done. If the dog is ill with a treatable condition, medicine is provided by AGR. Blood testing, except for valley fever and heartworm, is not usually done unless the doctor feels such is warranted. A significant percentage of Goldens that are rescued in Arizona have valley fever. Since the medication for this treatable condition is expensive, AGR will provide it for three months following the finalization of an adoption of a dog that has tested positive for the disease. Potential adoptive families are always told about any medical problem that is known about a rescued dog.

 In an attempt to weed out dogs with known aggressive tendencies, a member of our Intake Team does a preliminary evaluation before a Golden is accepted into the program. While not foolproof, the evaluation helps protect all concerned. Once accepted, the Golden is placed into one of our foster or foster-with-intent-to-adopt (FWITA) homes. The foster or FWITA family further evaluates the dog’s personality in a home environment and provides some basic obedience training. The Golden also receives a veterinary examination. The Golden is then ready for adoption. If the foster family chooses not to adopt, another potential adoptive family is matched with the dog from our list of approved applicants