Clarence the Frenchie – RIP 2010-2020

Hello SRF Friends,

Thank you so much for loving Clarence. It is with deep sadness we share the news that our beloved boy left us to cross the Rainbow Bridge on March 26, 2020. He was born December 15, 2010.

Clarence had been dealing with seizures for nearly eighteen months. He was under the care of a veterinary neurologist, and medications were managing the symptoms quite well, until the awful events of the last day. The emergency neurology vet was able to stabilize him so that he was peaceful and calm; we held him and said goodbye, and he knew “Mom and Dad” were with him.

Anyone following Clarence through his Instagram page, or SRF website, will realize that he was was so loved by his family. He was stubborn, opinionated, and … well, just a #stubbornbulldog. He knew what he wanted, and made sure he got it. It was quite cute and funny actually. He was always a good boy, and enjoyed meeting everyone. Sunday rides, alone with Dad were among his favorite treats.

Clarence was also a world champion Rescue Ambassador! We rescue senior Boxers, and over time Clarence welcomed Masi, Cash, TJ, Molly, and Roscoe into our home. The beautiful senior dogs are always shy and afraid at first; their world has fallen apart- for whatever reason. Clarence was always a happy little fellow who would go out of his way to show them the routine, and welcome them to their new home. In no time at all he would curl up and nap with them, providing comfort and stability in their new life. And of course, he would love to play with them. Although he was one-third their size, he didn’t know it and he would spar and roll with the big dogs!

We miss Clarence terribly, and likely always will. The memories we have are priceless and we will never forget his immense kindness to the senior Boxer dogs that became his family. We now picture him waiting for us on the Rainbow Bridge, not alone – but playing with Masi, Cash, and TJ. They are all waiting for the family to be together again someday.

Much Love,

Jim and Lori B.

Val – Rescued from Big Springs, Texas

SRF Rescue Group, the rescue wing of the non-profit organization St.Rocco Foundation, has rescued a pitbull slated to death, from Big Spring shelter, not too far from the Mexican border of south Texas. South Texas has, like so many other states and towns, small breeding facilities. Whether small or big, many of their dogs end up being killed in the local kill facility. just like in CA and NY and FL- many pitbulls are part of the Tuesday kill list in Big Spring. This is the case a year or two after they were born. Born to die.
Val is living the good life with SRF members who fell in love with him and adopted him. Val lives with his two pitbull sisters in Vermont.

"Val's Freedom ride"

“Val’s Freedom ride”

"Val's Freedom ride"

“Val’s Freedom ride”

"Val's Freedom ride"

“Val’s Freedom ride”

Val - Rescued - by St Rocco Foundation

June Rescues 2019

We announced the Big Spring high kill facility in Texas that we will rescue Layla, on December 4th,2018. Layla was pregnant and traumatized. We pulled her and she went into her short term foster home.  four hours prior the arrival of the transportation we’ve arranged for her, which was supposed to take her from short term foster home in Texas  to long term foster home in Portland, Layla gave birth to six puppies. They all resembled her, with various patterns of black and white on their tiny bodies. everything seemed ok but two weeks later, as we wait for them to grow a bit to handle the planned trip to Oregon, they started dying, one after the other. We lost five puppies out of the six, during four and half shocking days. We believe it was fading puppy syndrome. Layla and baby Wyatt, the only puppy who stayed alive, made it to the long term foster in Portland by car, thanks to one of our members.  Wyatt was adopted to the family who fostered one of our big spring 11 siblings and Layla was left alone, with her devoted foster. We can only attest to the gentleness, nobility, devotion and beautiful heart of Layla’s fosters but Layla was still suffering from a major PTSD.  Finally Layla’s Foster located a special 3 weeks course. Layla graduated the course, went into adoption trial which was crowned with much success! We are beyond pleased to announce that Layla is officially adopted! Layla’s story can teach us of patience. It is never easy to rescue dogs from the remote locations of south Texas high kill facilities, and many times there are hurdles on the way, but in the end of the day- it’s so worth it. They deserve to live!

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Erika, Ingrid and Mack

Meet the newest St Rocco Foundation rescues from the high-kill shelter in Big Springs, Texas.

Erika, Ingrid and Mack are siblings. You can read about each of them below.

All three are currently living in New York state and looking for their furever home. Could it be you?

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Thelma & Louise – Rescued from Big Spring, Texas!

We pulled Thelma and Louise from animal shelter in Big Spring TX. The shelter kindly kept them on hold for us over a holiday weekend! Later our Corban pulled them at 8 in the morning and they immediately went to their short term SRF foster club Mia, who enjoyed their presence very much. Prior Christmas Mona transported them from Brooklyn to Long Island, where they celebrated with long term SRF foster club Rita their Christmas! Rita bombarded the two with gifts. Rita had her niece visiting for the holidays and two weeks later, right after New Year’s Eve, Olivia confessed that she fell in love with the two chis, asked us to adopt the sisters and we were happy to say yes! Olivia and her parents love the girls so much. They are crowned as Izzy and Alma and are living the good life in Pennsylvania. they are both in love with their brother orange cat!! Happy tails!!

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Jewelry by Gia von Loewenberg - unzip my heart

Jewelry in Support of St Rocco Foundation

Hello my name is Gia, and I design jewelry and clothing with the sole purpose of supporting animals in need. I have been involved with the St Rocco Foundation from the very beginning and do whatever I can to support the foundation. The bracelets I have designed incorporate my brand ‘unzip your heart’. This unzip your heart brand encourages you to open up your heart to support, adopt and foster dogs. The brand is unique and is only used in the funding of our poor furry friends, and I hope it becomes iconic and symbolizes this plight worldwide.

Jewelry by Gia von Loewenberg - unzip my heart

The bracelet is a silicone zipper style in a variety of 10 different colours, which can be worn open or closed. The unique selling point is the zipper which represents to people to unzip their heart and donate to the St Rocco Foundation. The bracelet has 2 stainless steel laser engraved pendants, one is inscribed with SRF and the other with unzip your heart. The bracelets are totally unique and stylish and suit all ages and sexes. For every bracelet purchased a percentage is given to the St Rocco Foundation to enable them to continue their amazing and outstanding work.

The price of each bracelet is 20 USD including postage + packaging from Australia, so please support the St Rocco Foundation and unzip your heart.

Gia von Loewenberg
Owner & Founder
unzip my heart

Jewelry by Gia von Loewenberg - unzip my heart

You can contact Gia on Facebook


Lights! Camera! Clarence Closeup!

Clarence’s fur brother TJ, was rescued at the last moment from a high kill shelter in California. He is such a friend to everyone, but still has stank breath (LOL!)

Lights! Camera! Clarence Closeup! 9-14

St Rocco Foundation shares regular video and images of Clarence the Frenchie and friends, owned by Jim, a SRF member in Portland, Oregon.