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The Australian Shepherd is NOT the right dog for every family. To be sure you understand the breed, please read Liz Palika's: Is an Australian Shepherd the Right Dog for You?

Following is a PARTIAL listing only of the available dogs in foster care or private homes in the Southern California area. For information on ADDITIONAL dogs, please contact a Rescue Representative.

If you're interested in rescuing an Australian Shepherd, please first check your local shelters. Aussies are showing up there in ALARMING numbers, and we need your help to save them.





Meet "JUNE"! A 5 year old female weighing in at 40 lbs.
June is a beautiful and sweet girl who was turned in to a shelter because she had too much energy. Her foster family has found her to be very easy to live with and not high energy at all. She loves a good walk and to get lots of attention. June needs a quiet home where people are around consistently. We do not know what she experienced before arriving at the shelter but she does not like sudden reaching (not for collar grabs or picking items up off the floor). She is also a resource guarder. For these reasons, she cannot be placed in a home with children or other dogs. If you have experience training and working with these types of issues and want to adopt June, please complete an application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster…/adoptionapplication/    (8-26)

"NEMO" is a 9-10 yr old neutered red merle male looking for a new home because his current one is moving out of the country.  Owner said he is kept clipped down and indoors primarily because he gets a heat rash if he is left outdoors, so he needs a home that is wanting a house dog  :]  He is calm and quiet, loves to be petted, just likes to hang out.  He is used to horses, has gone on trail rides in the past, is fine with other dogs, goes to the dog park occasionally, but not good with cats or squirrels.  He's been around kids 10 & up and been fine, normal Aussie reaction on meeting strangers - reserved at first but warms up once he gets to know you.  If you are interested in this handsome fella, please contact Michael @ 818-262-4372 or  ramia1@aol.com  (Northridge area)  (8-25)

"CRIMSON" is a 4 yr old spayed black tri female looking for a new home that does not have other dogs.  She is very sweet with people and kids. She has been around children as young as 2 yrs old and has been great, loves to play, is well mannered, knows some basic obedience and a few tricks. She is very loyal, stays by your side, a sweet, lovely girl!  Unfortunately her owners were moving and so they gave her back to Robert. Sadly she has gotten into a couple of fights with her sister and mother so they'd like to find her a loving new home where she can get plenty of attention without any competition.  Please contact Robert at 951-533-0003  or  robert.acrhconstruction@gmail.com  if you are interested in her.  (Norco area)  (8-17)

"LEIA" is a 13 yr old spayed female Aussie looking for a new home.  She does have lupus and incontinence but is still full of life.  Her owners are moving onto their sailboat and are not able to take her with them - per the owner, the drugs she was taking stop being effective for her incontinence so outside is best for her.  Leia is great with dogs, cats, loves children and strangers. She had never bitten anyone, she's a sweetheart. She sits, shakes, not real good on leash, loves car rides.
She lost some hair on nose due to lupus, was on steroids for that but they caused appetite increase and gained a ton of weight.  If you are interested in Leia, please contact owner Gina via email:  ggreene505050@gmail.com  or call 805-506-1484  (Camarillo area)   (8-17)

"MOMMA MIA", 3 yrs, 35lbs. mini aussie mix.
This is Mia, she gave birth to 6 pups on April 2, she has been a great mom. The pups are thriving because of the great care they are getting from her.  She had a rough start but it certainly didn't impact her sweet disposition. She loves everyone she meets and gets along with all dogs.  She is housetrained, and walks well on leash. We are not sure how she would be with cats.  She will be ready to go to her furever home at the end of May / beginning of June. If you are interested in adopting Momma Mia, please fill out an application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

"BEAR" is a very cute 6 yr old black tri neutered mini male, about 17 pounds. He does well with other dogs his size or larger. Not recommend with cats and toy size dogs as he can get over stimulated. Also not recommend for small children. He is very affectionate, loves to cuddle and be by your side. He will follow you around looking for your approval.  Bear is not high energy, but likes to get out.  He gets very excited when being praised & when you come home and can sometimes get mouthy but has improved with correction.  He's crate trained and housebroken when using the crate. He would do best with a dog door & a fenced yard, doesn't need a big yard, just a secure place to do his business.  Bear is on medication for seizures and seems to be doing okay on it.  He's a sensitive little guy looking for someone to call his own again.  If you are interested in Bear, please fill our adoption application and email it to: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (Huntington Beach area)  (8-14)



"AUSSIE" is a gentle, loving girl, about 4-5 years old, who was found walking the rural roads of the High Desert area three years ago.  She loves lots of "people time", with plenty of tummy scratches and back rubs! She would be very good with children who are at least 8 years old. She has even been open and accepting of strangers. She lives peacefully with other dogs and our two house cats, but her current relationship with her "sister" has gone bad, so we are looking for a new home.  She knows basic commands such as "sit" "stay" and "no".  She has been spayed.  Her herding instinct is strong; it's not known whether she's had exposure to livestock, but given her tendencies, it's a good guess she'd make a great herder with some training.  She'd be happiest in a home where she would be the only dog, with lots of attention and stimulation.  Ranchers/Farmers/ Large Property Owners with Fenced Property-this is your dog!   If you are interested in this lovely girl, please contact owner Jessica via email: mommydrums@yahoo.com  (Victorville area)




"MAX" is a 3.5 yr old neutered male Border Collie mix that his rescuer took in when his owners moved out of the country a few months ago.  She has worked with him and gotten him less fearful than he was by far but he is still on the more reserved/shy side - once he gets to know you, he is a love  :]  He is fine being brushed, barks at first when someone he doesn't know comes but does settle down.  He likes to walk around in a kiddie wading pool to cool his feet off, seems to be okay with cats, fine with other dogs, affectionate once he knows you, has been good with kids 2-3 yrs old and up.  If you are interested in Max, please contact his rescuer, Ali, @ 951-205-0456  (Perris area)  (8-27)

"LILLY" is a 3.5 yr old spayed female Border Collie mix that her rescuer took in when her owners moved out of the country a few months ago.  She has worked with Lilly and she now loves to come in the house, is fine being brushed, barks at first when someone she doesn't know comes over but does settle down.  She likes to lay in the water in a kiddie wading pool, seems to be okay with cats, very playful with other dogs, has been good with kids 2-3 yrs old and up, and has become good on the leash and riding in a car.  If you are interested in Lilly, please contact her rescuer, Ali, @ 951-205-0456  (Perris area)

"OLIVER" ia a 12 week old male cattle dog / aussie mix that will be about 45lbs...
Aaaaaww! Just looking at this guy's pics makes our heart melt. Oliver is part of a group of puppies we rescued that were severely dehydrated, covered in fleas and ticks, full of worms, and in bad shape. He is a sweetie who needs to know that you value him enough to have him as your assistant. Give him things to do, teach him tricks, play with him and of course train this little guy and he will be your bestest friend ever.
If you would like to adopt Oliver, please complete an application
http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/    (8-26)

"BENARD" is a 12 week old male cattle dog / aussie mix that will be about 55lbs...

Bernard is part of a group of puppies we rescued that were severely dehydrated, covered in fleas and ticks, full of worms, and in bad shape. He is a happy guy who can "go with the flow" but don't underestimate him! He has a smart brain between those ears and needs to use it!
If you would like to adopt Bernard, please complete an application
http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/   (8-26)

"SMITTY" is a one year old neutered male cattle dog/shepherd mix and he weighs about 30#. He is currently in a foster care/home environment with
10 other dogs and LOVES everyone. His favorite things to do are RUN really fast, play tag, and hang out with his pals. He would make a great
agility or frisbee dog and learns very quickly. He is house trained, crate trained, uses a doggie door and is learning basic obedience. He will need an active home with a secure yard, another playful dog, and a person to continue his training. Smitty loves all other dogs on sight and takes a little while to warm up to people. To learn more about Smitty, please fill out an adoption application online at www.aussierescuesocal.com and send to Diane rdranch12@gmail.com Pasadena, CA  (8-17)

"BELTANE" is an approximately 9 month old neutered male GSD/Cattle Dog mix weighing about 90#. He has had some training; he's housetrained, leash trained, knows sit and heel and loves to play fetch.  Beltane was found in a park and was rescued by Laurie. Please contact her for more information 626-625-0000 or by email aural05@yahoo.com
West Covina   (7-18)

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MEET EDGAR!  He is a gorgeous retriever mix, approximately four years old and weighs 68#. Edgar is currently in a foster home with eight other dogs and gets along with everyone. He is excellent in the house, on leash, and would make someone a loving companion. Edgar has a high prey drive and should be in a home with no small animals. For more information, contact Diane at: rdranch12@gmail.com  ( Pasadena area)  Click here for his petfinder page with more pictures!    (8-14)

"CHEWY" is a 6-7 year old spayed female looking for a new home with no small children or other female dogs.
She is a good watchdog with a very sweet personality and is a great walking partner both on and off leash.
She loves to travel in the car long distances.
CONTACT DENISE, 909-528-5583, dquist091391@msn.com   (8-17)

"VIOLET" is a sweet, shy girl who was rescued from Apple Valley Animal Shelter at the last minute. She is a beautiful, low maintenance, sweet girl who will need a patient and loving family to help her come out of her shell. She does well with other dogs if she is properly introduced. She has not been around young humans, but due to her shy nature, she might not be the best match for a family with young children. Violet is crate, house trained and walks well on leash.
If you are interested in adopting Violet, please fill out an application: http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/   (8-14)

                                                   This is a partial list of the Aussies available in foster homes and private homes in the the Southern California area.

For a regularly updated listing of Australian Shepherds in Southern California shelters, please go to our shelter listing at Aussies in Shelters

Southern California Representatives

Please only contact one of the following reps in order to avoid confusion and a repeat of efforts. Also, if your area code isn't represented, please contact only one of the reps.

San Bernardino & Riverside Counties - (909 & 951) // Los Angeles County - (213, 323, 310, 661) // Ventura County - (805):  E-mail

Los Angeles County - area codes 818, 626  E-mail

Geri Dimeglio  (San Diego County - area codes 619, 760, 858)  call: 720.684.9298 or  E-mail

Laurie Zurborg (Orange County - area codes 562, 714, 949) E-mail.

Or call a national Aussie Rescue org:
Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline: 1-877-ARPH-779


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