Our Mission

Adopt a Golden Atlanta [AGA] is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving permanent homes for Golden Retrievers [both purebred and high golden mixes] in order to prevent them from becoming strays or adding to the shelter overpopulation.

If a non-golden is best friends with a golden who is surrendered to us, non golden will not be left behind and will accompany the golden into our program and placed with the golden to live together in their new home.

Golden Retrievers, regardless of medical needs or age, will receive comprehensive evaluation, spay/neutering services, veterinary care, behavioral training if required, and safe passage into a permanent loving home.

In addition to providing those services, Adopt a Golden Atlanta is intent on treating dog owners who are faced with surrendering their dogs with the utmost respect, understanding and compassion. It is also our obligation to educate and assist the metropolitan Atlanta general public, and dog owners specifically, regarding issues such as responsible pet ownership, spay/neutering, obedience training, and veterinary/specialists referrals.

Our goal is to reduce the number of Golden Retrievers sent to shelters. AGA will never allow a golden to die in a shelter. AGA relies solely on donations and has a 501(c)(3) classification with the IRS. Your donation is tax deductible. We also meet the requirements for corporate matching, employee giving and volunteer grant programs.

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Our Partners

Over the years, AGA has established trusting and enduring relationships with companies and organizations that share the goal of improving the lives of Golden Retrievers. We have established a directory of these preferred groomers, trainers, vets, boarding facilities, and friends. Please support them as they have supported us.

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Meet Our Team

Board of Directors

Lauren Genkinger

Co-President & Founder

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Patti Dickey


Ami Sirlin

Director of Marketing

Stephanie Kenney

Director of Intake

Ellen Griffin

Secretary, Director - Pet Therapy

Erin Osterland

Director at Large

Mark Hansford

Director at Large

Howard Shore

Director at Large

Jeffery Gilbert

Director at Large

Advisory Board

Yasmin Baban

Chief Volunteer, Istanbul, Turkey

Phil Cooper

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Alan Cross

DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, BluePearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists

John Pruitt

Retired WSB-TV News Anchor

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