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Dec. 2011

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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!


How can one even imagine the agony a 12 year old dog went through, when he lost the only family he had ever known?

And the sadness of the three small kids who had loved him all their lives, slept with him, watched TV with him, and now could no longer keep him? The story gets incredibly sadder when we find out these three children had lost their mother, and after her death they could not make ends meet.

They were all homeless, and could not keep their dog. This explains Duke's appearance, full of fleas and underweight, his skin all scabs, and the light gone from his eyes. The situation seemed so sad and hopeless, and broke all of our hearts here at RFSC.

We took Duke in, and showered him with love and care. He began to gain weight, his coat was getting shinier by the day, but he still missed his family and needed to be a part of one again. We all hoped and prayed for this brave, sweet dog who had been through so much. Would anyone find it in their hearts to take on an older dog and his challenges?

Along came Stacy, one of our volunteers who also helps on our website and Facebook page. She and her family (the Penningtons) had also adopted Star from RFSC a few months ago. Star was very shy, and we were not sure we could find the right fit, a family that was willing to work hard for her trust, and make her feel like one of their own. This is exactly what Stacy and her family did, and Star is thriving.

Now they were offering to help out our sweet old boy Duke! On February 5 Duke found his forever home, and his eyes are shining again, and a spring is back in his step, because he is loved, cherished and cared for by the Penningtons, who say that they can not change what happened to him, but they will make sure the rest of his life is filled with love and kindness.

We wanted to share his pictures to show what can happen when one family cares enough to make a difference in a precious dog's life.

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.

SPOTLIGHT ON:   RFSC's Mobile Vet Clinic

We wanted to share some pictures of a recent Spay/Neuter clinic that we hosted in Riverside county.

The animals were provided the much needed surgeries at no cost in order to prevent future litters.  RFSC volunteers know that we cannot adopt our way out of the over population problem.  We are trying to do all that we can in order to be part of the solution. 

We pray for a day when all animals have a loving home.  Until then, we would be grateful for donations to support this much needed program. 

Please visit our spay/neuter page for details and to take a look at our beautiful clinic on wheels!     Learn more...

Thank you to Mike Clary Photography for taking the pictures

SPOTLIGHT ON:   Vineyard Veterinary

We are often asked what the rescue "needs".  We always need bleach and  laundry detergent.  We are always doing laundry.  Part of the challenge is finding time to pick up donations when someone offers.

Our wonderful friends at Vineyard Veterinary have offered to help out. 

If anyone wants to donate items, they can be dropped off at Vineyard Veterinary

Vineyard Veterinary is located at:

30680 Rancho California Road
Suite M-5
Temecula, CA


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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