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!

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Meet Timmy & Morty!

Timmy & Morty were found together. We think they might be brothers, we know for sure they are best friends! The boys have had a rough start, but have already come a long way in their foster home. Timmy likes to be where you are, he’ll follow you around the house while you do your chores. Morty is a bundle of joy, and loves snuggling up next to you. As they are a bonded pair, they need to be adopted together – double the fun for you!

Adopting during lockdown

We are still doing adoptions during the pandemic, but the process has been adapted to the guidelines.  All meets are being done outdoors, being conscious of social distancing, and home checks are being done virtually.

Find out more about Timmy & Morty and our other available dogs!


We met a very special little dog in 2013 named Lulu! Sadly she passed earlier this year, but her family is raising funds to help us save more special dogs like her. 

Dirk Aguilar will be running the Dipsea Race on November 7, 2021 and raising $7,500 for Grateful Dogs Rescue, in Lulu’s memory. 

Please read her story and make a donation if you are able!

Lulu GDR fundraiser

fostering during lockdown

We are so very grateful to everyone who has reached out and offered to foster during the shut-down. Currently all our fosters have homes. As a foster-based rescue, our foster parents have to be able to continue fostering until the dog is adopted. If you are interested in fostering and can continue to foster as you go back to regular life, please let us know. Many dogs are in need as the shelters are closing to the public. If you are available for short-term fostering, then please contact rescues that operate shelters, or your local city or county shelter may have a program for temporary fostering of shelter dogs.

Thank you all once again, and please all take care during this time.


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.

MOnthly SF Chihuahua meetup


The monthly San Francisco Chihuahua Meetups have been cancelled for now, due to the lockdown. The maximum size allowed for gatherings is 10 people and our events are always 30-50 people. We will once again have our SF Chihuahua Meetup when the guidelines allow!

We will miss seeing every one of you and your amazing dogs. Keep following us on Facebook. Share pics. Share video. Share MEMES. Let’s keep in touch with one another during this time! 

Grateful Tails

Stories of happy ever after from our adopters!