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AS GOOD AS GOLD - GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE OF ILLINOIS

Dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need

aka AGaG   |   McHenry, IL   |  www.asgoodasgold.org

Mission

As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care, and adoption of abandoned, mistreated, or unwanted Golden Retrievers in Illinois. In addition, we educate Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about responsible pet ownership, including spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, medical needs, and humane care.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Kristin Vesley

Main address

518 S Route 31 Suite 178

McHenry, IL 60050 USA

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Formerly known as

As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois

EIN

90-0083192

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are many goldens and golden mixes who are in need of a better home. There are many reasons for this and we do not judge. Our goal is to find a loving forever home where the dog, no matter where or why they came to us.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rescue Services

Rescue services include rescue, fostering, veterinary care, and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes in Illinois. As Good as Gold is unique from many other rescue organizations because goldens with the potential for a good quality of life aren't turned away due to age and/or medical conditions. Veterinary expenses average $1,100/dog annually and, in addition to general veterinary care, there are monies earmarked for senior goldens (Elsa's Fund), goldens with congenital and/or hereditary conditions (The Stecker Fund), and goldens in long-term care whose age and/or medical condition(s) cause them to be unadoptable (Bentley's Fund).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Public education includes educating Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about responsible pet ownership.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through our Golden Years Program, As Good as Gold rescues senior dogs and provides them with everything they need to live a good quality of life. Dogs 8+ years old are available for a reduced adoption fee. We have many
repeat adopters; those who adopt more than one senior dog pay only the $150 for the first senior and $0
thereafter.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of dogs we've brought into our program each year to be rescued and rehomed.

Number of full-time staff members per animal

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As Good as Gold has zero paid staff. We are run by an all volunteer board and all of our volunteers are unpaid.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to find loving forever homes for goldens and golden mixed who are in need. We also strive to educate the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.

We build and maintain relationships with shelters throughout Illinois, with international rescue teams and with the general public so that we are the 'go to' place when someone has a golden or golden mix that needs a better home.

We hold events throughout the year to engage with the public and related business to further our reach and expand upon our mission.

We are run by an elected Board of Directors and have a membership of over 600 people dedicated to helping us achieve our goals. Our members come from all walks of life and have a wide range of skills all needed to run a large organization like this.

Since our founding in 2003, we have found forever homes for over 3,244 goldens and golden mixes.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AS GOOD AS GOLD - GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE OF ILLINOIS

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristin Vesely

Marlene Pedone

Kristin Vesely

Janet Harrison

Pam Byrne

Joe Lunn

Linda Lewiston

Vickie Kukulski

Joe Sebek

Jenna Sabo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability