Archive for In Memory Of…

In Memory of: Henry AKA Turbo


From Henry’s amazing mom: 

“Hi just wanted to let you know I had to put Henry to sleep Tuesday:( He only had two good legs and hurt the back one Sunday chasing a squirrel causing a fracture and blown out knee. Henry’s other legs would not have supported him having surgery. 
Like my vet said, Henry did what he loved to do and was loved these last years.
“I always told Henry, you only have 2 good legs left, you better slow it down!! Nope, not with squirrels it was his favorite thing and always go time!!!”

🐾💕Henry led a miserable life… until his mom met and fell in love with him. Henry hit the doggie lottery and was provided everything he never had. Plus many years of love, happiness, nurturing and fun. We are grateful to Henry’s mom for rescuing an older dog and providing a full lifetime of love in just a few years🐾💕

🌈Rest In Peace dear, sweet, Henry. Until you and your mom meet again. You will always be in her heart and loving thoughts 🌈

In Memory of: Joanne Sylvester

Joanne Sylvester returned to her heavenly Father, passing peacefully at home with her husband of 62 years, by her side. Joanne was born and raised in New York City, moving to West Palm Beach in 1958 with her husband, Raymond. She was one of the early pioneers of the Palm Beach Civic Opera, now known as the Palm Beach Opera. Joanne sang at several local churches, countless weddings, funerals and other events throughout her life. She was soloist at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Palm Beach from 1978 through 1989, and continued with the St. Edward’s Choir until 2016. Joanne is survived by her husband, Raymond, and her children, Richard (Jean), Stephen, Philip, Christina Torres (Israel), and Joanna Sylvester-Hartman (Ben), and grandchildren Nick, Olivia, Elizabeth, Jack, and Noah, her brother John Pennino of New York City as well as her two faithful canine companions Dino and Mia. Joanne has always been an animal advocate. The family home was never without a pet, usually more than one. Throughout her life, Joanne’s love and compassion toward animals and humans, especially children, was evident to anyone who knew her. 

In Memory of: Luna

Luna has lost her battle with cancer and walked over the Rainbow Bridge where there is no pain and suffering.  RIP Luna

In Memory of…Lovey

This little kitty was living on the streets with a homeless woman. She was very I’ll and it appeared that she had been a while. As soon as we heard of this situation we picked her up and took her to the emergency. She was having difficulties breathing and was extremely lethargic. When she arrived, she was in full kidney failure and we could not save her. It was agreed that there was only humane thing to do – end her suffering. Before she left this world we named her Lovey and our volunteer Gina stayed with her and showed Lovey kindness and love. She had one final kiss before she passed. RIP angel.

In Memory of: Loba


💔A special “Thank You” to Loba’s foster mother, Susan for taking such wonderful hospice care of her. Plus providing quality of life and TLC during her last few months on earth. The following message was written by Susan💔

“🌈Today we sent this beautiful girl to run free to rainbow bridge where I’m  sure her other mother is waiting for her.  We took her in after her owner passed away so she could spend her last few months in a big yard with lots of dog friends and love. Loba was a very sweet girl and will be missed by my family but she was ready to go. She was so bad on Sunday she couldn’t even walk but wanted to. Loba  was struggling and I did not want her to suffer. She was so tired.  But I had a dream that night that she was running thru our yard happy, healthy with her tail high and I knew it was her time. Run free sweet Loba🌈”

In Memory of: Mr. King

“Mr. King passed away this morning. Thank you for the opportunity to be his mom these last few years Jo. He was my dream boy❤️.  King would have been 17 in September. He was the best little guy. Thank you for you Jo. You made it possible. 😘”

When King’s mom met him, it was love at first sight for both. King was a senior with lots of issues. However, none of this mattered to his mom. She loved him unconditionally and took the best care to ensure that he had the happiest life filled with great food, toys, lots of cuddling and love. Thank you Ro for all that you did for King. You were truly his rescue angel. 

💗With love and appreciation💗

In Memory of : Charlie


We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved, Charlie. Thank you for providing him the most amazing life through thick and thin. You never gave up on him and you loved Charlie unconditionally. You were his rescue angels. From the bowels of hell at MDAS’ euthanasia room to hitting the doggy lottery with you. Until you meet again, always in your heart and loving thoughts. Rest In Peace, dear sweet, Charlie. You were so loved. Run free now, happy, healthy and whole🌈

In Memory of: Fuzzy


“Fuzzy has gone to dog heaven, he was in my lap eating dried liver chips when the anesthesia kicked in.  He had a big melanoma in his jaw, we did auto immune treatments but rejected radiation and surgery for pain and no firm guarantees of extended life time.  JoAnn we loved him so much and thank you again for finding him for us.  

We still have Bunny, high maintenance with special  allergy vet treatments etc. She’s almost totally deaf.  Two trainers and various gadgets never solved her exasperating barking.  But by default she’s now top dog and always lovable.  Thank you for her- and for all you do for so many dogs.”

Fuzzy’s parents took such excellent care of him. We know there will be a huge void in their hearts and home. We are sending our loving thoughts and prayers. Fuzzy will always remain in their loving thoughts and prayers until they meet again at Rainbow Bridge 🌈 

In Memory of : Tico


“It is with profound sadness that we tell you that we lost Tico this morning at about 11:15.  He had been sick about two weeks.  The first ultrasound showed that he had pancreatitis and a suspicion that he had prostate cancer but because of all the inflammation they were not sure.  We had him rescanned today and they found cancer in his bones, lungs, abdomen, colon and prostate.  They said it would be days – maybe a week and he would be gone and in terrible pain.  We could NOT let that happen. 

He was the most loving, sweet, gentle and beautiful soul that ever walked this earth. He deserved to have a long and happy life and I would give everything I own to have made that happen.  He went out of this world the way he lived – sweetly and gently.

We want to thank you for giving us the best year of our life.  We cannot believe how ironic this entire thing has been.  We were to get a Westie female, six years old that was being retired from the same farm our Winchester came from.  She was not supposed to be here until the fall.  We got a call that they had to push up the schedule because of everything that is happening with the virus.  Today is the day she will arrive from NC.  I think my vet put it best.  “He was sent to you to do a job. He was sent to bring joy back in your life after the loss of your beloved Winchester.  His job is done.  It is time for him to rest and then play at the bridge.” We will never forget him.  He will always be close in our hearts and never far from me.  He was my boy and always will be.”

We are all so very sorry for the loss of this beautiful and loving boy. We are also so appreciative to his wonderful parents who did everything possible to save Tico’s life. Thank You. 

Until you meet again, Tico will remain in your heart. Just look Up🌈

In Loving Memory of: Ruth Emily Hagney

Ruth was a beautiful lady inside and love. She was loved by everyone she touched. Never a negative word, always kind, gentle, caring and a huge animal lover.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ruth’s beloved family.

In Memory Of: Judy Blake Walters

💗🙏Written by Brittany Mason In Honor of Zoey’s human mommy, Judy Blake Walters . RIP 🙏 ❤️

“I always loved animals since I was little and I knew I would help them I just wasn’t sure how. One day I started researching local rescues and I reached out to JoAnn Lewis Goodrich of Destiny for Dogs. I explained to her my love for animals and that I’d like to help. She said there is actually a little senior girl, Zoey, who was a stray down in Miami and she is sitting in a kennel. My mom and I couldn’t let her sit in there any longer so the next day she was sleeping in bed next to me 🤗

One morning like we had done before, we brought Zoey out to coffee. This time was different because a very sweet lady saw her and instantly fell in love with her and I knew Zoey felt the same way. Just like that she was adopted by this amazing family 💝

Zoey’s human mommy had been battling cancer, but her husband told me that since they adopted Zoey he had seen a light in his wife that he hadn’t seen in a long time.

Judy you were an amazing person filled with so much love and compassion. I’m sending love and prayers for your family while they grieve such a sweet soul.

I will be forever grateful to you, I couldn’t have asked for a better mommy for Zoey ❤️“

In Memory of: Dex


From Dex’s mom, Christine:

“Dex was a special many people that came here to adopt Brittanys fell in love with him. He was a one of a kind. I saw Dex slowing down..unable to run anymore..last few months..but then last 4 days he lost his will to do anything but sleep.”

Dear Dex,

You were so blessed to have such wonderful parents, plus the best years filled with love & happiness. Rest In Peace Dear Dex. Run free, happy, healthy and whole at Rainbow Bridge🌈

We all loved you♥️
The Destiny for Dogs Family🌹

In Memory of: Guida

💔Monday, January 27th, 2020 was a sad day for me and Kenny. We lost our beautiful Blue & Gold Macaw, Guida.💔

Dear Guida,
We were fortunate to have you for almost 13 years when you were only supposed to live one year.

On February 11, 2020 we buried you next to Joey under the shade of the orchid hut. Say “Hi” to Joeybird for us.

We loved you so very much. You will always remain in our hearts, loving thoughts and prayers♥️🙏

Rest In Peace Sweet Guida. “Fly High, Fly Free.”

In Memory of Toby



Toby was a very sick senior Jack Russell Terrier rescued from MDAS. His foster mom’s nursed him back to health and he was adopted by the most amazing and loving couple. Toby’s final months were in a wonderful home with lots of love. Toby loved his parents, his yard, and three to four daily walks. He was a happy, sweet and loving gentleman even after what he endured prior to being rescued.

We are grateful to Toby’s parents for providing a second chance and unconditional love until it was time for him to go to Rainbow Bridge🌈

🌹Rest In Peace Dear Toby🌹

In Memory of: Charlie

We are so sorry for the loss of Charlie who was so loved by his Mom, Dad, Lena and David. Charlie’s family provided him the most amazing life through thick and thin. They never gave up on him and loved Charlie unconditionally. Charlie came from the bowels of hell at MDAS euthanasia room to being rescued by his rescue angels and hitting the doggy lottery with his new family. Rest in peace dear sweet Charlie and we hope you are happy, healthy and running free again waiting to see your family one day.

In Loving Memory of Sanford “Sandy” Martin

08-01-28 to 07-01-19

Our dear rescue friend Michelle Martin’s father, passed away peacefully and has joined all his friends and family who have passed before him.  Sanford “Sandy” Martin, 90, of Boca Raton FL passed away Monday, July 1st at the Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Sandy loved golf, movies, and spending time with his many friends, but most of all he took great joy in his family and his dog Skylar by whom he will be sorely missed.

Donations in his memory can be made to

Destiny for Dogs, 326 Macy Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797.

In Memory of: Hurri

My sweet girl Hurri passed over the Rainbow Bridge early Sunday morning. My family and I are heartbroken by her passing . She is the sweetest dog I have ever had in my life and she was my Granddaughters best pal! We were blessed to have her in our life and are so sad. I know my son Richie greeted her on the Rainbow Bridge welcoming her with a big hug! We love you Hurri and Richie!!!💕 RIP🐶🌈

RIP Sweet Leeloo

It is with great sorrow that I am informing you that Leeloo has passed today, after only 2 years and 9 months with us. She was a great joy to us, and was a wonderful member of our family. She gave us great joy and happiness, and we are so happy that we could share her aborted years. She enriched our lives and I think we did hers. The great loss and sorrow is that her life with us was so short.    Robert and Dianne


In Memory of: Bella

“Just to let all who knew Miss Bella from her adoption to mascot at our events. She passed away Dec 12. She was our little Baby. She loved everyone. We are so sad about losing her. We had her since October 19 2013. 5 years with her and she was so loved by us. We will always love and miss her.

Thank you JoAnn for letting us adopt her and for having us foster and volunteer with you.

We are living in Punta Gorda now. Miss you all”
💕🐾Leo & Cheryl🐾💕

Angel Gracie


From Gracie’s loving mom, Barbara♥️

Gracie, back home in the woods she loved so much, behind our house. Near Frazier’s memorial. Thank you and Destiny SO much for making this happen. My heart is at peace.. but some tears today, too.♥️

Rest in Peace our sweet Bagel

Bagel came to Destiny for Dogs when her owners could not handle her having accidents in the house.  She was surrendered to Destiny for Dogs and she was taken to the vet and had emergency surgery and literally more than 50 bladder stones were removed which means Bagel was in pain for quite some time.  Deidre adopted Bagel and Bagel was able to live a very happy life.  We are sad to say that Bagel has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and she will be in our hearts furever.  Deidre says that Bagel brought so much joy to her life and she was so grateful for her short time with her. She wishes more people knew just how much happiness a senior adoption dog can bring to their lives. She misses her every day and feels so very lucky that Destiny for Dogs brought her into her life.

In Memory of: Lola

“Two weeks ago, I had to euthanize my precious Lola due to advanced lung cancer. Poor David has lost his soul mate and has been depressed since that sad day. Today, I brought Mr Chico into the fold after some great meetings and a successful play date yesterday. I know he won’t ever replace Lola, but I think David will be happier and more active with another friend around. Thank you Nina and JoAnn Lewis Goodrich at Destiny for Dogs for making this a great transition!”

Here is a great photo of Miss Lola ❤️ and one of the new friends Chico and David! (Chico is the one receiving the peck on the cheek 😁). Just a reminder that there are alway wonderful dogs available for adoption all over the country. So please, when you are considering getting a new pet ADOPT. DON’T SHOP!!🏆


David and Chico

RIP Sweet Simon

Simon was adopted to the most amazing mom and daughter. It was love at first sight for all. Simon had a few happy, loving and wonderful days with is new family. Simon was limping and crying in pain. He was taken to an emergency vet.  Blood work and X-Rays were performed. Injections of pain meds given. Simon went to the vet shortly after being adopted for a follow up. Additional X-Rays and pain meds provided. Poor Simon was in a lot of pain and even became sick.  He went home with his mom and was provided TLC.

Two days later the reports from two radiologists were provided.  It was what everyone dreads to hear.  Simon had bone cancer. Nothing could be done. The decision was made to let Simon go peacefully to Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in Peace, Dear Simon. You were so loved by your foster mom’s Sam and Sue and your two mom’s, Kimi and Josephine. You were gone to soon.  You will never to be forgotten and always in our loving thoughts, prayers and hearts. Until we meet again…

Rest In Peace Roxy

💔SAD NEWS UPDATE – Roxy the senior beagle went to Rainbow Bridge today💔

From Roxy’s mom and dad, “Roxy was a tender companion to all who needed her. Her memory will live on. Please don’t buy cosmetics tested on animals as beagles are used💔”

Rest In Peace dear sweet Roxy. Until you meet again …

Diamond Girl

💔Diamond Girl Lost her Battle with Lymphoma today. Rest In Peace Angel Girl. You will always shine in our hearts, until we meet again💔

Special thanks to Diamond Girl’s foster parents’ Evelyn Garner & Barry Garner for taking such great care of her. We know how much you loved her and she loved you. Thank you for providing Hospice Care for DG during the last two months of her life. You were her angels.

Many thanks to all who assisted with Diamond Girl’s journey from being on the streets of Miami, to her rescue from MDAS. Plus, her Transport to Dr. Abbott’s Animal Clinic at Wellington Reserve to have her heartworm treatment. Thank you to for your generous donations to assist with Diamond Girl’s treatments.

Dr. Abbott and Staff – Thank You for the love and care you provided to Diamond Girl until the end today when Evelyn held her while she gently passed to Rainbow Bridge 🌈

It takes a Village to provide the best life to a rescue dog. No matter the time, it is the quality of life that matters in the end🌈

The photo below is of Diamond Girl doing what she loved best, chasing lizards. Run free DG, now happy, healthy and whole🌈


In Loving Memory of Chelsea


Chelsea the pekingese was one of my fosters over six years ago until she was adopted by her amazing parents, Carol & Amy.

From Chelsea’s mom:

“Our baby girl left us on Match 6 after being diagnosed with cancer. She was happy and playful to the end. We will miss her. She will always be In our hearts♥️”

Rest In Peace dear, sweet, Chelsea💔🐾💕





Loving Darcy


From Liz regarding her beloved mother and dog Darcy💔

“Darcy passed away, she was such
a sweet loving girl and not even 7 years old. My mom passed away 2 weeks after that.”

Until you meet again…always in you ♥️



Bagel’s Passing


From Bagel’s loving mom:
Hi Joann,

It is with a heavy heart that I send this email. On Tuesday, October 24, Bagel was put to rest after a very short illness. In March of this year, Bagel went blind due to what the doctor’s believed to be Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS). She still lived a very happy life and we even taught her how to play a modified version of fetch.

During that time, she went on plenty of car rides, played with her other four-legged friends, went to restaurants with me and received plenty of snuggles. In September, days before Hurricane Irma hit, Bagel was diagnosed with diabetes. While she received twice-daily insulin shots, her spirits were high and she never seemed to be in any discomfort.

The weekend Bagel got sick, I was out of town visiting my mom for her birthday. Bagel developed a bloody discharge from her nose and became extremely lethargic. Coupled with her diabetes, it became nearly impossible to treat and stabilize her condition – let alone diagnose the problem. 

I returned from New York late Monday night and went directly to the vet where Bagel was hospitalized. She was in critical condition, but I wanted to give her some time to see if she would turn around now that her mom was home. Unfortunately, Bagel’s condition did not get much better and I had to make the hardest decision of my life the following day.

Before I said goodbye, Bagel gave me one last tail wag. She mustered up the energy she had left to stand for me, although I eventually coaxed her to lay with me in my arms. She slept peacefully with her head on my chest, and this is how she left this world.

My heart breaks every day, but I know that she is in a good place. I am eternally grateful that she came into my life and for that fateful Facebook post that connected me to her and Destiny for Dogs. She changed my life for the better and my life will not be the same without her.

Everyone who met Bagel fell in love with her – from her neverending supply of kisses to her enthusiastic tail wag, she wooed even the mailman and UPS delivery man.

Thank you for bringing Bagel into my life and for all the years your team cared for her. My only regret is that I didn’t meet Bagel sooner.



Good Bye Our Sweet Girl

Good Bye Our Sweet Girl

JoAnn and Kenny Goodrich of Destiny for Dogs saved Abby who had cancer and decided that they would take care of her until it was time for her to go.  She has been a wonderful “work dog” for Destiny as she would be the one that you could use to make sure other rescues were good being with other dogs.  She loved all and was sent to Destiny from heaven above.  Abby crossed over the rainbow bridge today at 11:00am at the Goodrich home in their loving arms.  No more pain or suffering as she is a perfect dog now.  She will be missed.