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In Memory of Kirby Zelle

Close friends of Save A Dog, The Zelle family, recently lost their beloved dog Kirby. Their words are below:


Kirby passed away peacefully during the afternoon of September 11, 2019.  Kirby led the Zelle’s to Save a Dog about fourteen years ago, where Robin has volunteered ever since. Kirby lived a life full of adventure whether he was on a beach, swimming in a lake, trotting next to his dad’s bicycle or climbing ring by ring to the top of his chain link fence and hurling himself over the top! Swimming was his favorite sport although he attended many a soccer game to cheer on his “human brother and sister”. 

Kirby lived with dozens of furry foster brothers and sisters, eventually letting Tripod Jaime Lannister and Foxy Zelle join the Zelle clan. Kirby passed away peacefully in his backyard where he was laid to rest. Kirby’s zest for adventure and tremendous persistence at all activities will always bring a smile.

With much love & thanks,
Robin, Tony, Jessie, DJ, Jaime and Foxy

Please use the button below to Donate to the fund that Robin has asked us to create in Kirby’s memory.

In Memory of Oliver Baxter Higgens III

Close friends of Save A Dog, Anne and Lorna recent lost their beloved dog Oliver Baxter Higgens III. Their words are below:

Our beloved Oliver passed away peacefully during the afternoon of October 18, 2014. Oliver taught us the simple meaning of the word joy. He was every bit of that. He taught us how to love without expectations, and most of all he taught us about generosity.

Thirteen years ago he led us to Save A Dog, no he was not "adopted", he would tell you he was "well bred". Oliver opened the door for us to see a growing problem in the world that too many dogs were being born and left without homes. This was not acceptable, so with his help we started to raise funds and support Shirley and all the wonderful angels that do the work everyday to save many.

Oliver's memory will live on, it will not fade. It will rise from the ashes everyday with his joy and we will be reminded we are never alone. For where we go he will always be by our side. We shall help many to live and be loved like him.

With much love & gratitude,
Anne, Lorna, Duffy, Sandy, Tessie & Mr. Riggs And Oliver.

Please use the button below to Donate to the fund that Anne and Lorna has asked us to establish in Oliver's memory.

In Memory of Freddy Moore

On August 8, 2012 Save A Dog lost its tiniest mascot, a Chinese Crested named Freddy, who was the beloved dog of founders, Dave and Shirley. He was the little "social director" of Save A Dog for the better part of his life, greeting many adopters and visitors during the time that Save A Dog was located Dave and Shirley's home. Freddy charmed many a visitor who walked through those doors. He was fearless and noble throughout his 12.5 years on this earth and taught us all that size truly doesn't matter. He was the smartest, most delightful dog to ever grace Dave and Shirley's presence and will remain one of the most unforgettable dogs to the many people who met him. He showed the ropes to thousands of foster dogs and pups that came through Save A Dog's doors.


Freddy would be most happy if funds donated in his memory went to help with the medical and dental expenses of other pint-sized dogs in need. Donate to the Freddy Memorial Fund if his legacy has touched your heart.

Sheryl's Corner

In 2007, Our dear friend and faithful volunteer, Sheryl Palmer, lost her battle with breast cancer. She was irreplaceable. Sheryl is a long-time friend of founders Shirley Moore and David Bernier as well as a close friend of many Save A Dog volunteers.

To honor Sheryl's love of flowers and dogs, we hope to create a garden corner at our new location called Sheryl's Corner. It will have a nice bench and plantings where people can sit and reflect. Oftentimes when people are deciding on whether to adopt a certain dog they have just met, they will ask for a few moments to sit and think about it or to talk with family members. Sheryl's corner will provide a nice quiet setting for people to sit and reflect on life decisions such as adding a new dog to their family. Donations can be made to Sheryl's Fund at Save A Dog, 604 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.

Our Thanks to Sandra Rubin


We invite you to memorialize your beloved pet on our Memorial page. A minimum donation of $35 will help to defray the Web site expenses and support a needy dog as well. If you don't have a digital photo, please mail your photo and we will scan them in. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your picture returned.

Abby Rose
Casey and Maggie
Lady -- Adopted 1999
Lady and Daisy

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE     Author Unknown

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

MORE THAN AN ANGEL     Author Unknown

The young pup and the older dog lay on shaded sweet grass watching the reunions.

Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a whole family would approach the Rainbow Bridge, be greeted by their loving pets and cross the bridge together.

The young pup playfully nipped at the older one. "Look! Something wonderful is happening!" The older dog stood up and barked, "Quickly, get over to the path."

"That's not my owner," whined the pup, but he did as he was told. Thousands of pets surged forward as a figure in white walked on the path toward the bridge. After the glowing figure passed each animal, that animal bowed it's head in love and respect.

The figure finally approached the bridge, and was met by a menagerie of joyous animals. Together, they walked over the bridge and disappeared.

The young pup was still in awe. "Was that an angel?" he whispered.

"No, son," the older dog replied. "That was more than an angel. That was a person who worked rescue.

IF IT SHOULD BE     Author Unknown

If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come -- please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve -- it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years;
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

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