Heart of Gold Legacy

A Nonprofit

Dedicated to the Care and Protection of Animals

Heart of Gold Legacy

A Nonprofit

Dedicated to the Care and Protection of Animals

About Us

Heart of Gold Legacy was established in December 2005 with the purpose of providing assistance to various organizations that promote the general welfare of animals. Gertrude “Sissy” McGill, the benefactress of Heart of Gold Legacy, has given financial contributions to organizations that provide shelter and care to animals before the inception of the foundation. Sissy has been an active supporter of animal welfare all her life. With the help of Teresita Bacani, a long-time friend and business partner, Sissy’s vision of helping the animals through the foundation came to fruition. A legacy has been finally fulfilled. To this date, many animal welfare organizations in the United States have benefited from the goodness of the heart of the foundation.

El Cajon

We are located in El Cajon, California.


We are a nonprofit foundation.


We have a passion for what we do!

What We Do

  • Finding Solutions
  • Helping Animals
  • Commitment
  • Taking Action
  • Creating Awareness

What We Do

  • Finding Solutions
  • Helping Animals
  • Commitment
  • Taking Action
  • Creating Awareness


Heart of Gold Legacy Foundation will continue to fulfill its commitment to:



Rescuing abandoned animals.

Identifying critical and social challenges that companion animals face and having the courage to see the changes in their care. To rehabilitate abandoned companion animals that have been given up.



Providing essential humane care to companion animals that have been neglected, abandoned, and given up for adoption or when their service masters have passed on.

Uniting diverse cultures and generations in promoting the humane treatment of companion animals; encouraging genetic research to improve the health of companion animals.

Sissy McGill

Gertrude "Sissy" McGill

Gertrude “Sissy” McGill donates a portion of her income on a regular basis to the Heart of Gold Legacy.

Our Values

  • We Spread the Goodwill
  • We Work Under All conditions
  • We Reach Out to the Community
  • We Donate Wisely
  • We Will Win Many Awards
  • We Rescue and We Protect


List of Recipients of Donation from Heart of Gold Legacy:

  • A New Tail Animal Rescue
  • All Aboard Animal Search and Rescue
  • All Breed Rescue
  • All for Animals, Inc.
  • All Paws Rescue Rehabilitation & Educ
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Rescue Dog Association
  • Anderson Animal Shelter
  • Animal Acres, Inc.
  • Animal Adoption Solutions
  • Animal Advocates Alliance
  • Animal Compassion Team of California
  • Animal Defenders International, Inc. US
  • Animal Donation Advocate, Inc.
  • Animal Emancipation, Inc.
  • Animal Friends Connection Humane Society
  • Animal Friends of the Valleys, Inc.
  • Animal Friends Rescue Project
  • Animal Health Foundation of California
  • Animal Issues Movement
  • Animal Place
  • Animal Protection and Rescue League, Inc
  • Animal Refuge Foundation
  • Animal Rescue and Adoption Society
  • Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Animal Rescue League
  • Animal Shelter Relief Rescue
  • Animal Trust Foundation
  • Animal Welfare Information Assistance
  • Animal Welfare League of Saint Francis
  • Animali Farm
  • Animal Shelter Assistance Program Santa Barbara
  • Arizona Border Collie Rescue
  • Arizona Weimaraner Rescue
  • As Good as Gold
  • Assisi International Animal Institute
  • Bassett Hound Rescue of Southern CA
  • Bay Area Poodle Rescue
  • Beagle Rescue Inc
  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • Big Dog Rescue Inc
  • Blessed Creatures, Inc.
  • Border Collies in Need
  • Born Free USA
  • Boston Buddies, Inc.
  • Boxer Rescue Fund Inc of Los Angeles
  • CA Labradors, Retrievers, and More Rescue
  • California Animal Rescue Inc
  • California Pit Bull Rescue
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Canine Support Teams, Inc.
  • Cascade Animal Protection Society
  • Cat & Canine Assistance, Referral & Education
  • Cat Care Society
  • Central CA Labrador Retriever Rescue
  • Central Coast Pug Rescue
  • Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of So CA
  • Companion Animal Rescue Sanctuary Inc
  • D.E.L.T.A. Rescue
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Dogs & Cats Stranded on the Streets
  • Dogs for the Deaf, Inc
  • Dogs on Deployment
  • East Bay Society Prevention of Cruelty
  • El Cajon Animal Center for Educ & Svcs
  • E-Rescue Houston
  • FACE Foundation
  • Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption of CA
  • Foreverhome Pet Rescue Inc
  • Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends
  • Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS)
  • Friends of Santa Cruz County Animals
  • Friends of Silicon Valley Animal Control
  • Furry Foster
  • Furry Friends Rescue
  • Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue
  • Give Me Shelter Sonoma Inc
  • Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue Inc
  • Great Dane Rescue
  • Great Dane Rescue of Northern California
  • Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc.
  • Greyhound Adoption Center
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Guide Dogs of the Desert
  • Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue
  • Heartfelt Hound Rescue
  • Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Holly’s Garden
  • Homeless Animal Rescue Team
  • Hopalong Animal Rescue
  • Hope for Animals
  • Horsepower Sanctuaries
  • Hound Haven Hope Rescue
  • Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue SoCal
  • JL Animal Rescue
  • K-9 Placement and Assistance League Inc
  • Labrador Rescuers
  • Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Group
  • Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico
  • Leave No Paws Behind
  • Lifeline Animal Rescue Inc.
  • Louie and Friends Foundation
  • Love and Second Chances
  • Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Mercey Springs Foundation
  • Midwest Dachshund Rescue, Inc.
  • Misha May Foundation
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Natl. Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network
  • Natures Animal Rescue Fund
  • Northern California Animal Rescue Friends
  • Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
  • Operation Greyhound
  • Orange County Pit Bull Rescue
  • Our Pack Inc.
  • Pasados Safe Haven
  • Paws for Purple Hearts
  • Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue
  • People Helping Horses
  • Pets Lifeline Inc
  • Pound Puppy Rescue
  • Precious Paws
  • Preventing Euthanasia Through Rescue
  • Pups Rescue
  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society
  • Redwings Horse Sanctuary
  • Ricabee Animal Rescue, Inc
  • Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation, Inc.
  • San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
  • Santa Barbara Animal Rescue Inc
  • Siberian Husky Rescue Referral of CA
  • Sisters Animal Sanctuary
  • So. California German Shepherd Rescue
  • Southern California Animal Rescue
  • Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc
  • Southern California Shelter Rescue
  • Southern Star Animal Rescue
  • St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
  • Stanislaus County Animal Services Aux
  • Surrendered Souls Rescue Inc.
  • The Barking Lot
  • The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center
  • The Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary
  • The Misha May Foundation
  • The Purple Cow and Friends
  • The Rescue House
  • Tiger Haven
  • Tony Larussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Warrior Canine Connection, Inc.
  • Whiskers & Tails Foundation
  • Wildcat Haven
  • Wildlife Waystation