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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.




"MAGGIE" is a 7 year old spayed red tri female Australian Shepherd looking for a loving home.  She is loving and loyal, loves the outdoors and enjoys regular walks, playing ball and frisbee, and romps in the ocean.  She is patient with children and loves other dogs but would be best in a home without either.  She is housebroken and up to date on all vaccinations.  She is good on long car rides up to the mountains for hikes and camping.  She stays close when off leash and is very well behaved when on leash. We’ve moved from a house to a condo and have an infant and a 2 year old...so we just can’t give her what she needs right now.  If you are interested in this beautiful girl, please contact owner Sara:  saraclarab@gmail.com   or (949)573-0618  (Orange Co)

is an 11 month old neutered black tri male Aussie.  He is housebroken and crate trained, and has had some basic obedience training.  He was relinquished to Jo, who taught his basic obedience class, because he started excessively barking, and possible nipping if pushed, at strangers and was getting quite protective of their new female dog when at the dog park together.  He had been fine at the dog park up until the owners had gotten the new dog, and did get along fine with the new dog.  Jo says if he's given 24 hours, he has adjusted okay with strangers, but Bruiser will need socialization, training, continued confidence building, and a relatively quiet household with someone that has the time and experience to invest in him.  He has been fine with her 12 yr old grandaughter - it's just meeting strangers at first.  If you are interested in Bruiser, please contact Jo @ 714-418-6317 or email: mypuppysperfect@gmail.com   (8-16)


is an 8yr old Aussie who is looking for a new owner that can feed his sense of adventure.  This dog still has a youthful spirit and enjoys hiking, camping, and running after a ball or frisbee on dog beach - yes folks, he's a "frisbee dog!"  Tahoe is good with other dogs and cats but he LOVES his cuddle time with his human friends.  He is highly affectionate to those he knows, but can be a bit protective (barks) of his home territory.  He gets tense around new people that enter the home (mostly males), but once he's established that there is no danger, he warms quickly. He's not "protective" if he's outside the home.  Tahoe currently lives with, and is good with young children, but needs owners with older children or no children because he is happiest when he gets lots of attention and exercise.  His current owners really love him, but think he would be happier in a home that better suites his needs.  He's neutered, house broken and does well on a leash, unless he sees a cat or a squirrel. 
If you are interested in Tahoe please complete and submit an application by clicking on this link:


is a neutered male, black tri Aussie who is approximately 6 years old and 60 lbs.  He was adopted from DAWG, Dog Adoption & Welfare Group, a no kill agency in Santa Barbara.  He is very needy and once he attaches himself, he will follow you from room to room.  He is smart, loving and very, very stubborn.  We got him as a companion for our other dog with which he gets along with, as he seems to when other dogs are brought into the backyard – he has a lot of energy and wants to play -- but once outside, on a leash, he acts aggressively towards other dogs.  He needs to be the only animal in a home with a good-sized backyard so walking is not required.  He’s not a herder, doesn’t chase balls and spends his day chasing squirrels around the yard.  He’s fine with people and children as long as he’s not in the house when they enter.  Once they’ve entered and he’s had a moment to calm down, he will come in and run right up to them to be petted.  Loud noises, particularly fireworks bother him and he has some allergies and sees a dermatologist.  If you want a sweet, loving, but willful companion he is your dog.  I’m not anxious to give him up, but want to find a better situation for him.  He’s a handful.  Contact: Mort @ 310-367-8353  (Venice)  UPDATE 8-16-14: Mort reports that he feels it would be best if Benji was the only pet in his new home. Benji is very possessive of his person and does not like to share.     (8-16)


is a 4 yr old neutered red tri male mini Aussie, weighing about 25-30 pounds - he is of similar size to a Cavalier Spaniel, but heavier.  He is a very sweet boy but is reserved with strangers at first, not aggressive just may hide, has been okay with the grandkids, not afraid of them, but does not live with any full time.  He is an outdoor dog primarily but does sleep in a crate at night fine, okay riding in the car, pulls a little on the leash when out for walks, but not bad.  He is okay with some dogs, but not all, they think he might do best as an only dog as he does want most of the attention from his people!  He can be a bit bossy with other dogs, isn't interested in playing with them, his best bud is a very docile male Cavalier Spaniel - they just hang out together  :]   He is an energetic boy and would love to get more exercise and attention from his humans.  If you are interested in Auzzie, please contact owner Kathy at 714-315-9866  (South Orange Co area)   (8-16)


is a 10 year old lady that is looking for a new home that doesn't have small dogs.  She did originally live with a male Aussie and was fine, but is becoming more aggressive to the small dogs in the household.  She is spayed, fine with kids, has been around 6 year olds and up,  not been around cats though.  She is crate trained and housebroken, used to being outside by herself during the day, she loves walks and will grab the leash in her mouth and bring it to you to “hint” for one  :]  Sophie has a great personality and she LOVES the pool, but stays in the shallow end.   If you are interested in giving this beautiful girl a new home, please contact owner Marcie @ 951-894-6043 or David @ 951-440-2501    (Murrieta area)  (8-19)


"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)




"LUCY" needs a new home.  She is a 10 month old spayed female Cattle Dog. The older dominant dog in the household is not nice to her and the owners are having to keep them separated which doesn't make either of them happy. Lucy is very athletic, and also very smart. She is very well trained, walks on and off leash, comes when called, sits, stays, lays down, plays dead, kennel and potty trained, loves to play fetch and go to the dog park. She does growl at young children sometimes.  She is current on shots and microchipped. Please contact Tammy at tctalbott@cox.net (San Diego area)  (8-30)


(bow-dee) Breed: Shepard/Golden or Aussie Golden Gender: Neutered Male Wt: 70 lbs. Age: 13 months Coloring: Light Chesnut~even his eyes Medical: Very good health & has all up-to-date shots & microchip. This high energy, rambunctious, loyal guy is gorgeous & takes a kibble with the soft mouth of a Golden. He's very affectionate, but can be possessive. He likes to sleep inside at night & to be with his owner as much as possible & during the day he needs his confident adult to get him the vigorous exercise he needs at this point in his puppy life. He comes from two very active, athletic, intelligent & energetic breeds. He knows some commands, has had some training, along with crate training but would do well to have more training with his new owner. Bode would probably do best in a home with 1 or 2 adults & children 10 years or older. Younger children, could be introduced after he's comfortable in his new home. Please contact:   dogadopt21@gmail.com   (Santa Barbara)  (8-22)

"SHARON" - super sweet with all people and dogs! She is 10 yrs. old and is very mellow. She is currently on doggie Weight Watchers to lose a few extra pounds. She likes to walk and is good on a leash. If you would like a loving companion, Sharon is your girl! Fostered in Pasadena, CA contact Diane for more info: rdranch12@gmail.com

"EDGAR" is 3 years old and weighs 62#. He is a little shy on first meeting and would do well as the only dog companion in the home. Edgar walks well on a leash and loves to walk. Fostered in Pasadena, CA For more info., contact Diane  at rdranch12@gmail.com

"MAGGIE" is a spayed female Aussie x Chow mix, 6.5 yrs old, healthy and current on shots.  She does know some basic obedience, and is fine around children as long as they don't try to give her bear hugs, pull her tail, etc - she has nipped at a child that was smothering her - so older kids are better.
Maggie is fine at doggie day care but around her home and people, she can be protective, depends on how the other dog is reacting.  If you are interested in Miss Maggie, please contact owner Rory:  roryarussell@yahoo.com

HE-MAN is a 6 year old neutered male, possible Aussie mix, originally adopted out of a shelter, but unfortunately, due to unforeseen financial hardship, his owner needs to move out of their home and cannot take him with them.  He is very playful and full of life, he is crate trained and housebroken, but primarily an outdoor dog.  He is good around the kids he lives with, has lived with a kitten and was fine, has been fine around other dogs - may bark at ones he sees walking down the street, but more curious and excited than anything.                                            (8-19)
Please contact owner Jessica @ 626-251-5171 or email: jaiceeregion23@yahoo.com

SYLVIA is a 3-4 year old spayed female Queensland Heeler mix.  She was rescued out of a local shelter on her last day, her foster home has gotten her cleaned up and ready to go to a new home.   Sylvia loves to snuggle but also is very playful like a puppy, she has a quiet and well behaved demeanor.  Gets along with all the dogs so far and did well with the cats at the pet store.  She is very good on a leash, she doesn’t pull, but she may try to chase a squirrel.  She is a indoor dog and is house broken, knows basic commands even when we play with toys and told drop it, she drops it.  When she has met kids on walks, she has allowed them to pet her, but is not living with any in the foster home, so not sure how she would be with that.  If you are interested in this sweetheart, please contact Sean via email: sean@abell.com or call 626-818-4749 (Pasadena)
Update: Sylvia is spayed now and has had her teeth cleaned so she is ready for her forever home.  (8-16)


"DIXIE" is a 15 month old spayed female Aussie x Cattle Dog mix. She is in need of a new home as her owners moved away and didn't take her with them - fortunately her neighbors are very kind, dog loving people, and they contacting our rescue.  She is housebroken, good with other dogs, has lived with an older female Cattle dog with no problem, as well as has been okay at the dog park. She does chase cats, has been okay meeting kids but has not lived with any. She's a little reserved at first meeting strangers, but does warm up, she is housebroken and crate trained. Dixie hadn't had much done with her in her previous home, so continued socialization and training is needed, she is a very sweet girl and well worth the effort.  If you are interested in Miss Dixie, please contact Karyl @ 951-961-7575 or email: aussierescuesocal@earthlink.net


This is ABBEY.  I rescued her out of the Downey Animal Shelter in South Gate about a month ago with the intention of finding her a good home.  She's 17 lbs., 11 months old, spayed and up to date on all vaccinations, people- and dog-friendly.  I've been told she could be a mini Aussie or mini Aussie mix.  She is a special-needs dog.   When I saw her at the shelter, I didn't notice that she didn't wag her tail at all.  Once I got her home, I realized there was a problem as she is both fecal and urine incontinent.  An x-ray revealed a total separation of her tail from her spinal column.  The vet suggested that possibly someone pulled her tail so hard that it became separated.  A neurologist recommended amputating the tail to prevent further damage to the nerves, which I had done about 3 weeks ago.  Because Abbey is able to hold both urine and feces overnight, the neurologist said that there is a "reasonable chance" that she will someday regain control.  However, he could not say when.   As time has gone by I have come to find that Abbey is definitely  incontinent.  No, she is not paralyzed, but she has little feeling around her anus area (according to the vet).  Abbey is actually very active and happy -- you would never guess that anything was wrong!  If you are interested in this beautiful little girl, please contact her rescuer Sharon at: sharongolding@gmail.com or call:  562-307-0004.    
Sharon  adds that Abbey LOVES other dogs and toys.  She plays with my BC mix (who weighs more than 3 times her size) all the time.  My little dogs are not as interested in playing with her, but they will occasionally.  They prefer to play with each other.  Really such a nice dog.  And no problem with putting on her diaper.  She waits outside while I put it on. (8-16))

"BENTLEY" is a 2 yr old neutered male aussie/border collie mix who is deaf.  He is housebroken and loves car rides.  Bentley is very well behaved in the house and he is a super loyal boy.  He is great with people and has done fine with other dogs.  Contact rescuer Megan if you are interested in this great boy:  collectinaussies@yahoo.com

Our best guess is "Lola & Lily" are Heeler/Border Collie mixes.   Lola and her daughter Lily were due to be euthanized but were rescued just in time from rescued from the Bakersfield shelter.  The story we got, their guardian had gone to jail and they ended up at the shelter.  VERY smart gilrs they also have that Heeler energy and a bit of anxiety meeting new people.  With patience, they are both loving, loyal girls.  Lola is very She eager to learn and please.  Lily being pure white is deaf and relies on Lola for guidance so we prefer not to separate them.   Both girls would be best suited for a home who can provide Lola plenty of exercise and training.

Both girls are spayed, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped.  We beleive a well trained dog is a happy dog. Therefore, training will be required to ensure they remain well mannered and happy.

For adoption consideration, please contact Mutt Match LA at either  muttmatchla@aol.com   or call 323-839-2980     (12-12)

Paws Line

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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