APRIL 2019

A Message from the President and Founder, Lauren Genkinger

I've thought a lot about the golden retriever breed lately - maybe because I now share my
life with three goldens:  Redford (1), Annie (4) and Ben (7).  In the last few years I have
lost six of my beloved goldens - Buckley (8), Abby (9), Logan (12), Trooper (14), Finn (15) and
Holden Golden (8).  What I wouldn't do for one more day with them.  It makes the reason
for AGA even more special.  When we established AGA we decided to focus on owners who
needed to surrender their golden retriever and felt they could no longer care for their
golden for any reason.  We did not care why they couldn't keep their golden any longer.  We
found out giving up your golden was always a gut-wrenching decision to make and we had to
be understanding and try to be in those owners' shoes for one minute.   
Our first AGA golden was a 6 month old Purebred pup whose dad was being deployed to Iraq. 
Imagine going to war and leaving your dog with strangers who promised to take care of your  
dog like it was their own.  It is a very hard thing to do, probably the hardest thing they have
ever had to do.  So, changes happen, people move, have financial problems and there is no time
left in the day for their dog - it doesn't fit into their life any longer.  The obligation we have
to the dogs we take into our program is huge.  It is imperative we take it very seriously.  I
have always said the expectations we place on this breed may be too high.  Sure, the friendliest
dogs on earth will bounce back from losing their family and the only home they ever, had in no
time.  Maybe they need more time.  Why do some have severe problems adjusting to their new
lives? Aren't all goldens the same?  They aren't allowed to be bad.  Right now we have several
goldens who have not adjusted well to being abandoned, regardless of why.  We have turned to
U.S. Canine, owned and run by Atlanta's dog whisperer Angie Woods, to help us with these    
special needs dogs: Archie, Cooper & Henry.
 These dogs need special people who will give them time and let them adjust to
whatever happened to them.  The one thing I am certain about these dogs, they are
all OUR responsibility and they never forget how people treat them.  Rescue is much
more than what some think - it will take time, patience and understanding and a few
special people to help a few special needs dogs.  I have always believed since I
opened the door at AGA and it has been proven: "There is someone for every
troubled soul on earth."
With much gratitude,

Elliott is a 7 year old Great Pyrenees who is looking for a
special home that understands his breed. Great Pyrenees are
mellow companions and vigilant guardians of home and family
and Elliott fits this description quite well.   
Click Here to read more about Elliott's story!

Sunday, April 14, 12 noon - 2 p.m. at 
4958 Lower Roswell Rd #124, Marietta, GA 30068

           SAVE THE DATE   
        "Celebrating 150 Golden Years" 
The AGA Annual Golden Gala
will take place on
Saturday, October 26th
at the Atlanta History Center. 
We encourage anyone interested in
helping with planning the event to contact
Megan Bailey at bailey.meganj@gmail.com

What every pet owner should
know about food allergies
"Allergen-free dog food" touts one
product website, while another company
advertises "limited ingredient diets".

Click Here to read more.

Whether you have a Golden
or just a Golden lover,
this T-Shirt is a must!
"Don't Stop Retrieving"
comes in S, M, L & XL.
The original price is $15,
the special price is $9
for the month of April.
Click Here to place an order  


Congratulations to all of our pups who found their forever homes
in March.

               Sheba                  Gabby
               Duke                    Gheorghe
               Emmy TDFV24          Bama      
               Riley                    Gemma     
Thank you to all the foster families who helped  
these orphans (and thank you to the flight volunteers 
who bring the Turkey dogs) find their forever families!    

Too much Golden hair? 

AGA benefits when you buy 
Bissell  floor cleaning products.   Shop here  then enter the code "ADOPT" in the coupon or redemption box and select Adopt a Golden Atlanta for a chance for us to win a $5,000 drawing per quarter.
Shop at Kroger?
Put AGA as your charity and Kroger will make a donation. 
Just register your card for free  here using our NPO number 67180 and shop like usual to help support AGA.

Shop on amazon.com?


Before you start shopping for the Holidays, don't forget to use this link to get to Amazon and then shop like normal. AGA gets a donation from every dollar you spend while using our link.