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Pets Give Us Joy, Comfort & Meaning...
We Lovingly Help Them When There's a Need.

Welcome to Retrievers & Friends of Southern California, Inc. (RFSC) 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 home, today!

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Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue is a 1 year old Dachshund - Chihuahua.

Her story is a sad one. Peggy Sue had been left in a duct taped Rubbermade crate along side a road.

She was left in this crate for 2 days in the heat of summer before someone decided to open the crate.

She was found inside the crate, covered with ants, fleas, ticks and severely dehydrated.

Peggy Sue is about 18 lb and is doing wonderfully considering all that she has been through. We are thankful that the shelter called us to take her into our rescue

If you are interested in adopting Peggy Sue, please visit her page on our pets for adoption section and complete an online application.



Last week, we are over-joyed to send Ren off to her new family.

She was the kind of dog that stole our hearts.

Ren's story starts off sad. Ren was advertized on Craig's list free. We responded to the ad as we try to with so many.

We saw her picture and with all our heart, we wanted to take Ren into our program and care for her.

She had that look that you know when you see a great dog who is so deserving.

Ren lived her life in the mountains tied up on a deck. She came to us in the back of a open bed pickup truck, filthy. It was upsetting to see her being transported in the back of a pick up. This is very dangerous.

We were so thankful to get her and put our arms around her.  We put  her right into the tub for a much needed bath. She did not hear well due to a life of ear infections but she watched for our hand motions and tried hard to please.

We had many mixed emotions as her new family pulled in to take her home. Yes, we were so happy for her, but we had that lump in our throat as we said good bye to one of the best dogs. ever.

Within hours, we took in Sadie, a older golden. She has had a life of being passed around and never really getting to settle into a home that will care for her for life.

And on it goes, each one coming to us so special and brought to us for a reason. We give them love, care and safety and a life filled with the promise of belonging.

SPOTLIGHT ON:   One of a Kind Bird Houses

One of our local volunteers, Jolinda makes one of a kind bird houses and the proceeds of the sales go to benefit the pets at Retrievers and Friends.

These new birdhouses are featured for sale on ETSY. Visit the shop at BirdHouses4theDogs. Jolinda can also be contacted for special orders and questions through the store. All proceeds go to Retrievers and Friends of Southern California.

Jolinda shares the following:

The birdhouses are made of 100% recycled wood and trinkets. We find old door knobs, hinges and anything fun we can use to make these one of a kind birdhouses. Most have license plates for tops which can come off for cleaning each year.

The Wrens at my house come back each year to make their nests in mine. They are so much fun to watch and listen to. When you purchase a birdhouse the proceeds go to Retrievers and Friends to assist in the care of the rescued animals until a forever home is found. Please consider adopting a forever friend and/or a birdhouse. If you would like to order a birdhouse, please contact Jolinda at 760 420 0805

Jolinda had made 4 birdhouses for Nancy. Nancy shares the following:

After my mother passed away, we had several trinkets (glass door knobs, old keys different pieces of item from her home).  I had. Jolinda make the houses for me, my two daughters and granddaughter in law. Since my dad was born in Kentucky she found a Kentucky license plate for mine, the others were made with California license plates as the roof. it was a very special Christmas gift for me and my family. We all have them displayed in our home.

SPOTLIGHT ON:   You can help RFSC when you do your shopping

It's easy to support RFSC when you shop at Ralph's or Amazon.

You can register your Ralph's card with the Ralph's community rewards program and earn money for RFSC when you shop.   Even if you have already registered, you MUST re-register every year in September/October.  Please register or re-register now.

Click here to register your Ralph's Rewards card. donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to your charitable organization.   Just pick Retrievers and Friends as your charitable organization and be sure to use to make your purchases.  You can use your existing account.


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!


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Donate to support our mobile spay/neuter clinic.

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