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The Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers, Inc. is very GLAD to announce that we have reinstated our club rescue program!

The purpose of our club rescue program is to rescue Corgis that have been abandoned by their owners and place them in new homes. Dogs in need of rescue are referred to the committee by local animal shelters or individuals and are cared for by the committee until a new home is found. Dogs are evaluated for physical condition and temperament and are spayed or neutered if necessary. New owners are asked to make a donation to the club. If you are looking to rescue a Corgi, our rescue is a good place to start and can be reached by email.

If you are looking to adopt or surrender a rescue please email rescue@goldengatecorgis.org.

Adoption Requirements: Please download, print, complete BOTH forms and return to the Rescue Committee.

Adoption Application: (PDF)          Adoption Agreement: (PDF)

A note from a happy "Rescue"

Hi, Maggi

I hope this finds you and Wes doing well.  Rufus (AKA "Fast Fred," below) is curled up in his doggie bed by my feet, looking very content. 

Thanks again for bringing Rufus into my life!


And to let you know ALL ABOUT FRED! (Now called Rufus - a story with a happy ending!)

Fast Fred was a five-year-old neutered male that led a life wrought with neglect. Fred lived his whole life outside facing the elements by himself. Overweight, sick and disheveled, Fred was finally surrendered to a shelter by his elderly owner. Fred was on a 48 hour kill order when we found and rescued him. Fred was very sick and could barely breathe. We weren't sure he was going to survive the trip home. Fred came to the Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers Rescue with all these issues:Fast Fed BEFORE

  • Fleas - total flea infestation!
  • Dermatitis - yeast and bacteria
  • Otitis - yeast and bacteria
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Intestinal foreign body (looks like a needle)
  • Bladder stone
  • Grade 3/4 periodontal disease
On the plus side, Fredís heart and lungs sounded great and he had an infectious personality that endeared him to everyone he met. Fred truly is a sweet corgi that just wanted to be loved. His skin issues responded well to treatment. Fred had surgery to remove the foreign body and the bladder stone, and got his teeth cleaned along with a few extractions. It took four months to restore Fred to good health. Today Fred lives in Berkeley, CA, in a wonderful "forever" home with his best friend Martha. Fred enjoys daily walks, sleeping on the couch and greeting the neighbors who all call him the "Love Sponge." Fred is taking classes to become a therapy dog and will soon be helping children cope with catastrophic disease, where he will bring hope, love and inspiration to all.


Fast Fred - AFTER!


The history of the Corgi is mystical. Legend has it that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an "enchanted" dog, and certainly this must be true! It is said he was used by the fairies and elves of Wales to pull fairy coaches, work fairy cattle, and serve as a steed for the fairy warriors. Even today those people with keen eyes and understanding hearts may see the marks of the "fairy saddle" in their coat over the shoulders.

Pembrokes have been used by the Welsh as herding dogs, family companions, and guardians of the farm. They continue today to be workers and companions for their owners. It is believed that their ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century. It is unknown whether they are descended from the Vallhunds (Swedish cattle dogs possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings) or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians that were brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.

These dogs were bred by poor farmers who needed a dog that could survive on next to nothing; they do NOT need a lot of food!

Fat corgis are not "happy Corgis!" (No matter what they say!) With that said, please follow along with our story about Gus:


You can read here about another case of a severely overweight corgi, "Reba." Luckily, it has a happy ending too!

More about RESCUE: If you decided that a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the dog for you, keep in mind what your needs are and how much time you have to spend. Raising a young puppy is a lot of fun but also requires a big commitment in terms of time and training, etc. Older puppies who are past the housebreaking and teething stages, or adults who have "retired" from the show ring also are sometimes available. Puppies are usually sold as pets or show prospects; the latter require an additional time commitment in order to train the puppy for the show ring and keep it in show condition. Ask the breeder to help you decide on the best Corgi for you. When buying any Corgi, whether puppy or adult, you should receive a record of vaccinations and other medical treatment, if any, a pedigree, which serves as your Corgi's "family tree," and an American Kennel Club registration form (unless, however, certain conditions were imposed when you bought your Corgi. e.g., that it be spayed or neutered, in which case registration papers usually will not be provided until the conditions are met). The breeder also should provide you with suggestions on feeding, grooming, and training. It is in your best interest to follow these suggestions - the breeder is speaking from experience and has devoted a great deal of time, effort and thought on what it takes to produce a happy healthy Corgi. As a breed club devoted to the welfare of the breed, we recommend buying from a reputable breeder. Breeders are very familiar with the characteristics and personality of the breed. Visiting a breeder allows you to see Corgis at home and at play and to see first hand how your Corgi was raised. A breeder serves as a continuing source of information when you have questions about training, grooming, feeding, etc.

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