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Welcome to Retrievers & Friends of Southern California, Inc.
We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization
devoted to finding homes for Golden Retrievers & Labrador
Retrievers, as well as other breeds of dogs as space allows.
Can you provide a foster home or forever home to a pet in need?
Heed the call to make a difference by opening your heart and your
A kennel that called themselves a rescue in Yucaipa was closing down after many years of doing business. We were asked to help take some of the many dogs that were there. As we walked the kennel seeing all the forgotten dogs who looked dirty and
depressed, we asked ourselves, how many can we get out of this place.
The dogs water was green and most of them were standing in feces and urine.
We saw a dog who looked to be a Standard Poodle. He stood out because of the horrible condition he was in. He was crazed, rushing back and forth in his prison of a kennel run, acting out as if aggressive. We could see he was starved.
We asked for him and we were told "he is no good, best to put him down". We said we would take him and see what we could do to help him. He was loaded up in a crate in our van by the kennel helper. We were not even sure we would be able to handle him, but he seemed to calm down once in
the crate in the van.
Our van was now loaded with dogs all leaving this hell hole they had been
Back at the rescue the dogs were unloaded. Our wonderful volunteers went to work washing the filth off each one and letting them know what it was like
to have a gentle hand and a kind word, a good dinner and the first soft bed they have had in a long time...if ever. The dogs were so thankful.
We opened the crate to help the Standard poodle we named King. We were
unsure how he would be, he came out gentle as a lamb. I felt like I was walking a skeleton of a dog on a leash. It would be a long road to recovery for King. We had to start feeding slowly, many times a day. We promised him we were going to do everything we could to make it up to him. He was one of 30 we were able to rescue from this place.
Days- months went by and King was now a picture of health and beauty.
It was time to put him up for adoption. We were looking for the right home for him, where we could be assured he would
be loved, cared for and cherished for the rest of his life. This special boy had come so far and now it was time for us to let him go.
With tears in our eyes, but joy in our hearts, King was adopted to a wonderful couple.
He now lives the life of a King.
The report is he has never even growled or barked. Most of his days are spent lounging on the couch. His family keeps in touch letting us know how much they love King.
We are grateful for all those who support our efforts and have stood with us over the years, making it possible for us to help so many dogs in need.
New Building has Air Conditioning!
We are so grateful for the new building and the air conditioner.
The new A/C unit keeps our precious dogs comfortable and out of the heat.
||One of our volunteers, Jolinda, makes custom birdhouses and donates the proceeds of her sales to RFSC.
She makes each birdhouse individually from recycled
items. Jolinda designs each birdhouse herself. Each birdhouse is special and
Jolinda attends artist fairs such as the Fallbrook Avocado Festival and has an ETSY store called
BirdHousesforTheDogs. She has sent birdhouses all over the United
She takes special orders and can include the
customers own personal treasures on the birdhouses. Her customers are delighted to know that their purchase goes to help
Jolinda and her husband have adopted several Golden Retrievers from RFSC. They currently have Otis who is 3 years old and Grace who is 6.
Retrievers & Friends of Southern California, Inc.,
was formed to rescue and re-home Golden Retrievers and Labrador
Retrievers, providing an alternative to the animal shelter for
owners who can no longer keep their dogs.
We are a full-service rescue, with dogs
coming to us from all over the Southern California area for foster
care services. RFSC not only provides care for dogs while they are
waiting for adoption, but we provide follow-up assistance for the
life of the dog. If for any reason a family can not keep a dog, the
dog is brought back to the organization for placement.
We have volunteers that perform home visits
before each adoption. Our geographic adoption area is Riverside,
San Diego, Orange and certain areas of San Bernardino counties. We
cover areas of San Bernardino county that are 1 hour or less driving
distance from Temecula.
In addition to Golden Retrievers and Labrador
Retrievers, RFSC also accepts mixed breeds and other small
purebred dogs as space allows. We accept Goldens and Labs of all
ages, including seniors and those with special needs. All dogs are
spayed and neutered and updated on vaccinations if not already done
by the owner. Dogs with special medical needs are further evaluated
by our veterinarian for treatment.
Your donations are always appreciated and
help us to continue to care for these special dogs. Because we are
an all-volunteer group, 100% of all adoption fees and donations are
used for the care of the dogs in our program. Your tax-deductible
donations are appreciated!