From foster to forever

Grateful Dogs Rescue is the oldest all-breed rescue group in San Francisco.  Since 1990 our mission has been to save the lives of local dogs, primarily at San Francisco Animal Care and Control, that are at risk of euthanasia.  

See our dogs!


Say hello to Sunny!

He’s a wonderful little dog who has been overlooked most of his life; but then he came to us, Grateful Dogs Rescue!!! Since that time, Sunny learned that there are good and kind people. Sunny has learned kindness. He has met gentle loving dogs and realized having a pack is a fun thing.

True to his name, Sunny loves the sun! If there is a ray of sunshine, Sunny will claim it as his own and bask peacefully.

Want to learn more about Sunny, or meet the rest of our adorable adoptable dogs? Click on the button below!

Foster a Rescue Dog

Fostering is the first step in giving a dog or puppy a second chance, and is a very rewarding experience. For many dogs, the process of being kept in an unfamiliar shelter is very traumatic. While in a foster home, these dogs have a chance to feel safe, secure, and loved which will help prepare them for their new forever family.

In the words of one of our long time foster parent, Michael:
“Know that once you start fostering your life will change. It’s a great way to get you feeling more empathetic towards things and it will bring your family together.“



Grateful Dogs Rescue along with Serramonte Volkswagen and Serramonte Subaru partners in the Buy A Dream, Save A Life Program.

Serramonte Volkswagen and Serramonte Subaru are making a donation for every sale to help Grateful Dogs Rescue continue its life-saving work.

March SF Chihuahua meetup

The San Francisco Chihuahua Meetup is a fantastic group of people and their amazing Chihuahuas, chi-mixes and small dogs!

March Meetup is scheduled for Sunday, March 1st, Noon to 2PM. We meet at Stern Grove Dog Park, 100 Vale Ave, San Francisco. For more info, visit our page on

Grateful Tails

Stories of happy ever after from our adopters!