Graceful Departure Pet Center is proud to support our local K9 Heroes. We provide free Euthanasia Services to military and law enforcement canines*. 

*Travel fee may apply

Below are some of the k9 Heroes that we have had the privilege of serving, making sure their departure was graceful and dignified. If you would like to donate to the K9 Heroes fund or have a local hero in need of our services, please call our office.


January 31, 2002 – April 1, 2016

Jadon worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Narcotic Detection Dog. His handler, Eric, was able to adopt Jadon when he retired from duty. Jadon loved the water, digging, and playing “find it” games.

Sergeant Snickers

April 14, 2001 – May 6, 2016

Snickers served as a Search and Rescue dog. He was dedicated, loving, and committed to finding lost persons. His handler, Pam, also has four other beagles that Snickers served along side with.

 To watch a video with Search and Rescue dogs in action, click here

Eris Chan

February 23, 2004 – September 23, 2016

Eris worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as a narcotic detection dog. She was a wonderful companion, protector and the love of Stacie’s life, her K9 handler.


July 10, 2008 – Jan 17, 2019

Ceasar was a narcotics and concealed human detection dog from December 2010 – May 2016 for US Customs and Border Protection. Ceasar retired in May 2016 because he was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma.  He loved playing with kids, squeaky toys, and playing fetch.


August 1, 2009 – July 12, 2017

Goldie worked as an Agriculture Detector Dog for DHS-Customs and Border Protection.  Goldie protected United States Agriculture by detecting prohibited agricultural contraband concealed in baggage and vehicles entering the United States…contraband that had the potential to introduce harmful pests into the US.  Goldie also served as an ambassador for the United States Department of Agriculture mission by assisting her handler, Shirley, in educating the public about the importance of preventing the introduction of invasive pests into the US.  Even though she took her work seriously, Goldie’s cuddly fun-loving personality brought smiles to the faces of the traveling public as well as her partner and other human coworkers.  Girlfriend…hope you are teaching ’em how to do the mango-dance in heaven.    


December 1, 2007 – January 2, 2018

Rescued from a “gated community,” Annie was a high-drive dog that found her niche as a human trailing, human area search, and human remains detection dog for Southwest Search Dogs, a non-profit organization that donates the services of search dog teams to municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Annie was a small bouvier des Flanders with a large presence. Keep smiling Annie Ok-a-lee.  (Photo credit Jim Frazee).

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Phone: (619)741-5366


Mailing Address:
Graceful Departure
3755 Avocado Blvd #438
La Mesa, CA 91941

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