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!

Meet Jeffrey!

Jeffrey was found as a stray, skinny and covered with fleas and scabs. He appeared to be 3 or 4 years old but seemed to be without much knowledge of the dog world, but knew he liked people. After some training he walks very well on leash, knows sit, stay, wait, come, off, up and so on. After some weeks of work he has now reached the point of wanting to meet smaller dogs and visit dog parks that aren’t too busy. 

Jeffrey is a very fast learner as he wants to please and would happily join in with almost any activity, maybe even agility. It helps that he is super anxious to get either a treat or a little petting…!

Learn more about Jeffrey and our other available dogs!


Curious about fostering?

Fostering is a vital part of the process of giving a rescue a second chance. For many dogs it is the place where they learn to feel safe and secure.  It is also a very rewarding experience for the foster parent. In the words of one of our volunteers:

“We thoroughly enjoy seeing the transformation from a sometimes sad, lonely, sick or un-trusting dog into a beautiful pet ready to share their love with another family and we love giving the gift of a best friend to other people and families.”

Click on the button below to learn more about the experiences of our volunteers and also what it entails to be a foster parent. 


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 San Francisco Chihuahua Meetup is a fantastic group of people and their amazing Chihuahuas, chi-mixes and small dogs!!! Join people that come out every month to celebrate these amazing little dogs!

The next meetup is on Sunday, November 6, between 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Stern Grove Dog Park! 

Grateful Tails

Stories of happy ever after from our adopters!