Dedicated to the memory of those we’ve loved, both humans and pets.

God’s finger touched him, and he slept. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

There’s a stone I had made for Luke at the top of the hill road, where the pasture opens wide and the setting sun highlights the words carved into its face. “That’ll do, Luke, that’ll do.” The words are said to working dogs all over the world when the chores are done and the flock is settled: “That’ll do dog, come home now, your work is done.” Luke’s work is done too. He took my heart and ran with it, and he’s running still, fast and strong, a piece of my heart bound up with his, forever.

Patricia McConnell
For the Love of a Dog



Gulliver passed in June 2019. The saddest of times is when our best friends pass. These are the times we still hear their tags jingle, a scratch at the door. When a hummingbird hovers inches away. When the sun breaks through clouds to shine on you. When the wind chimes
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Beautiful Archer passed away suddenly and far too young on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, only a few months after finding the most wonderful forever home.  It is a sad day for his family and for all of us at Socalrescue, who were all very fond of Archer.  Our volunteers are
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One of my favorites. Fall 2008

Henk – November 1, 2017

Henk was a beautiful soul who came to SCGSR as a 7 month old.  He had such severe hip displasia that he couldn’t open his hind legs and was SCGSR's first bilateral FHO surgery. Henk was adopted by his loving dads, Carl and Alan on October 4, 2008, and lived
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Wiebka von Wolff (2006 – 2017)

SoCal’s very own Marcy suggested the introduction to Sunny. Marcy thought we would be a good fit because we had a lot of the same traits. The moment I saw her, I knew we were made for each other. But “Sunny” didn’t quite fit her. So she became Wiebka (which
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Sadie with her mom and little brother, Jack.

Sadie (formerly Halle)

Sadie was very loved by her mom, dad, and little brother Jack. They are all heartbroken. Sadie passed away in her sleep on August 18th without any warning. She was a few months short of her 12th Birthday.  She will be forever loved and missed.  May she rest in peace. Beautiful
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In Memory of Heidi

In Loving Memory of Heidi LaSalvia. Today (May 26, 2017) we said goodbye to a majestic, wonderful, intelligent, beautiful creature; our beloved German Shepard, Heidi. After first-hand rescuing her from abandonment and starvation 3 ½ years ago, she thrived with our family of canines and humans. Always the protector, companion,
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"Our household will not be the same with out our queen. It will be 10 years since we adopted her and Ziggy this year. She gave us such great memories." Panda, formerly known as Andie, joined her brothers Ziggy and Rowdy at the bridge. We are heartbroken to learn of
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From Bandy's dad: Whenever I go through my photography catalog, I can't help but run across the hundreds of pictures I took of Bandy . . . .  Even though she's been gone for 2 1/2 months now, her spirit remains so solid and omnipresent in my soul. Nikko was
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The Amazing Cane

We wanted to thank for the wonderful years we had with our best friend Cane, he suddenly passed Tuesday night, although we are still in shock we look back at all the lives he touch. Cane volunteered as a therapy canine at our local Hospital and Hospice and succeeded in
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Wylie belonged to our founder Marcy.  He was her first dog from a rescue, adopted in 2003.  He soon after started volunteering as a foster brother and was simply an amazing dog.  Wylie, you are missed, each and every day.  Here is Wylie with his first ever foster, Maggie.
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Otto was adopted by our founder Marcy, after being rescued from the Chula Vista shelter in 2007.  The shelter believed Otto was deaf.  He wasn't, but in that special German Shepherd way, he could completely turn off his hearing at will!  Otto was always up for an adventure and was
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Beautiful Cyrus was adopted by the McFall family and lived out his life being a well-loved family member.  He even had his own bedroom!  His loss hurts all all of hearts and he will always be remembered.
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MacLeod (formerly known as "Drake") Adopted from SCGSR on 8/16/08 MacLeod was the epitome of sunshine. He lived to make the world laugh and smile each and every day. His morning comedy routines, using as many props from his toy box as possible. The incessant sniper attacks on his older
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Update: RIP Nicholas.
Nicholas lost his battle with kidney failure before finding a loving home. Thanks to GSROC's rescue, he didn't have to die in a cold shelter.
Poor Nicholas has endured long term neglect, followed by abandonment at a high kill shelter. He
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Solomon was rescued from the Bonita shelter as a darling senior. Sweet, calm, loving and a beautiful, happy boy, Solomon was the poster boy for why families should adopt senior dogs. He lived out his life in comfort, finally getting as much love as he gave. Solomon passed of old
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"Our baby, Bruce is in heaven. . . . his soul went to heaven and Wednesday we buried him on our land and made a beautiful grave for him. We are bereft!" Our condolences to Mike and Alicia, who lost their beloved companion Bruce to cancer on November 24, 2015.
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We had to say goodbye to Ranger on 11/21/2015. Ranger was definitely dealt a rough hand in the physical department. He survived two successful hip surgeries and the bloat. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder a year ago. The disease took a heavy toll on him. His daily walks became shorter
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Sadly, on August 21, 2015. we lost Kean at only five years old. SCGSR rescued her mom, Anke, along with her litter of puppies. Kean beat the odds by being rescued, by finding a very loving family, by living with another SCGSR pup, Baylee. But she couldn't beat lymphoma, and
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Beautiful Dakota, rescued from San Diego Animal Control in 2007, soon found her forever home. She recently passed away at the age of 13. Much love to Dakota and her family.
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Today we say farewell to our beautiful Romeo, who passed away quietly last night, asleep on his bed in his foster home where he was able to live out the happiest year of his life. Romeo came to SCGSR after landing in a high kill shelter at 10 or 11
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Ziggy was adopted by the McGinnis family in 2007 and passed away on March 30, 2015. He and Panda (Andie) were adopted together and lived a very well-loved life. "Thank you for rescuing [Ziggy] and allowing us to adopt him and have this time with him. He will been in
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Rex belonged to SCGSR volunteers Nancy and Derek.  Adopted from Westside German Shepherd Rescue as a puppy with a broken leg, Rex lived out the rest of his life in a loving home.  Rex passed away on February 11, 2015, and will be missed by everyone who knew him.  
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Dakota Caffarel’s Memorial

Dakota was adopted from SCGSR on October 3rd, 2008.  Our family had been waiting for that special dog to come into our lives after the loss of our Donovan in 2007. We immediately fell in love with this sweet girl!  Dakota brought much happiness, love and joy to our family. 
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Ben as our calendar boy.


The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long ... is the best way I can think of to describe Ben. We first met Ben at his foster home when he was approximately six months old.  It was love at first sight.  Lisa and I were concerned about
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Rex in 2013.


Darling Rex passed away on November 22, 2014, after spending seven wonderful year being loved by Dev and his family.   Rex came to SCGSR from a San Diego shelter as a youngster with Entropion, a turning inward of the lashes in one eye.  After successful surgery, he lived the rest
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Handsome Harry

Harry, adopted from SCGSR by his loving mom, Patricia Leone, passed to the Rainbow Bridge on January 10, 2014, after seven wonderful years of being very much loved. Handsome Harry was the unofficial mascot at Centre City Properties, and he will be missed.
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