​Franny was rescued with her sister from ACC in July 2003 and finally found her forever home at Thanksgiving 2004. The following was written by her mom last year on the anniversary of Franny's adoption.

When I think about the past nine years of my life with Franny, I am so glad that Grateful Dogs rescued her.

"Rescue" is not an exaggeration in Franny's case: she was slated to be euthanized at San Francisco Animal Care and Control, for "behavior" issues. Her crime: she was very shy and scared, and not even remotely outgoing. The opposite of what people look for in a dog, I suppose.

But when I saw Franny's picture on the Grateful Dogs site in 2004, I felt an immediate connection -- it felt like fate. Not so much on Franny's end, however. The first time I met her, she hid behind a fallen tree and watched me warily, emerging only when I brought out some sliced (extremely fancy and expensive) chicken apple sausage. But a few days later, when she came home with me, she hopped into my bed and lay her head on my leg.

Nine years later, I can't imagine what my life would have been like without her. Watching her blossom from a dog who was so frightened that people thought it would be a kindness to end her life to a rambunctious, silly, sassy girl who just wants to play and cuddle as been one of the greatest joys I've ever experienced. If Grateful Dogs hadn't believed in her, Franny and I never would have found each other! I will always be thankful to them for taking a chance on this scared little dog and saving the life of my best friend.

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Tara was one of almost 150 dogs rescued from the Nevada desert in the middle of winter after their caretaker died. We took Tara and her friend Arnie into GDR knowing that these dogs were painfully unsocialized, as most had never lived inside or with people, and would require a lot of work and patience. We received the following note from Donna, who fostered and then adopted Tara.

I don't know if you remember me, but you graciously agreed to sponsor my fostering and adoption of Tara in 2008 -- one of the 144 dogs from Gabbs, Nevada. Well, very sadly, Tara was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy in July 2013 ... and after a year of steady deterioration, she reached her limit on Tuesday 11/11/14. When I saw her Tuesday morning, I knew it was her time. 

We had almost 7 beautiful years together, thanks to you!! She was the greatest gift I could have ever had. I miss her every day but I know for sure that it was the right decision for Tara.

Just wanted to thank you, again, for all your help and for taking such a chance on us. It was a beautiful match  :-). I've attached a fairly recent picture of my girl -- as you can see, she is still fearful and never likes the camera!

In Memoriam

This page is dedicated to Archie and Decca.

We think of Grateful Dogs Rescue as an extended family made up of our dedicated volunteers, our wonderful adopters, and of course our beloved canine companions. We celebrate together, and we mourn together. On this page we honor the lives of the dogs we have loved and lost.

To memorialize your dog, please send a story and picture to  (Stories may be edited for length.)