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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.




"COOPER" is a fabulous 10 month old Australian Shepherd stub tail He is very sweet and loves all people and all dogs.† He is most happy with another dog.† He loves to chase birds so and although he does not have a mean bone he probably would want to play with and chase a cat.
He has some hearing impairment so he needs a home where he has a good size secure yard that will keep him safe from traffic preferably with another playful dog. He is a typical aussie who needs to be with his people as much as possible and as close as possible.† Would not hesitate to put with children
If you can offer this beautiful boy a loving home please contact me at dogadopt21@gmail.com
Currently in Santa Barbara in foster care. †(3-1)

"CASSIE" is a 4 month old (born in Oct) spayed blue merle female Aussie puppy who is visually impaired - don't know how much she can see, but she does get around just fine.† She is on the smaller side, her dad was a mini.† She is very smart, likes rides in the truck, water and dog parks.† She is a friendly girl but is a puppy and does mouth and jump around a lot, so think about that before inquiring about her please.¬† Cassie is housebroken and crated trained, is fine with other dogs, not sure about cats but lives with a chicken fine!† If you are interested in Cassie, contact her rescuer Jeni: veganjuice@icloud.com† (Palm Springs area)

"JASPER" is a 6 month old male Aussie who will be about 50-55lbs when full grown.† He is a VERY energetic teenager, friendly to people and other dogs, and will chase cats. He knows his basic commands, is crate trained and house trained. With that being said, Jasper needs lots more training. He needs a job and lots of space to keep him tired and focused. He is not a dog that can just be taken on a couple walks or to the doggie park. Herding or Agility training is recommended but needs to be practiced consistently not just once a week. If you are interested in adopting Jasper, please fill out an application. http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ † (2-19)

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"BOB" is a† 2 yrs old, Double Merle male Aussie and weights 60 lbs.
He is good with people and other dogs.
Deaf with partial vision, he will resource guard his food.
Loves to get pets and hang out inside with his family
contact Geri w/San Diego Aussie Rescue: geridimeglio@yahoo.com † (2-10)

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"MOLLY" is a super sweet 4 year old spayed female blue merle mini Aussie (22 pounds).† She is a love bug. We take her to the dog park where she loves to run and play. She is housebroken, but at home she prefers to be outside. She gets along with dogs, cats and kids.† She can not go on long walks on concrete due to nerve problem in her hind end. She gets up slow, can't do stairs and walks funny but is NOT in any discomfort.† She can run and walk, but she does drag her paws so the walks on the road are short. Molly can run and play in the grass and dirt with no issues.† On the plus side, she can't jump on you or your furniture.† We hate to part with her, but are looking to re-home her because we are an active family and can not take her with on our trips.† It isn't fair to always leave her home with a dog sitter.† Check out my U Tube Video at http://youtu.be/LA3nQwMsp0M
Contact owner George at 951-764-0888† or email:† 11167gg@gmail.com† (Canyon Lake) †(3-2)

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(Sammy) is a 7 year old Australian Shepherd who loves to be loved. He was once upon a time a lap dog, despite his 55lbs. If he could curl up in a ball on your lap under a blanket, it'd be his favorite place to be. He loves to be taught tricks and responds to commands such as: sit, speak, high five and "bang" (in which he falls and plays dead). He is such an incredibly loyal dog and deserves a home where someone has the space and time to give them their love and affection. He and I used to be best friends, and then I had my daughter and being a single mom I wasn't able to tend to him the way I used to. He's been outdoors since 2012 and is so ready to have someone invite him in again. Sam means the world to me and its heartbreaking to give him up, but he deserves a home where he can run and play with someone who can devote the amount of attention and time to him that he deserves. I'm moving to an apartment with very little space, and I just can't keep him locked on a patio for 9 - 10 hours a day while I work, he deserves better than that! He's going to need some retraining, but he is very eager to please. I hope that you consider him, you wont regret adding him to your family.†Sammy needs to be in a single pet home. † Please contact owner Natalie if you are interested in Sammy:† nsalaiz@hotmail.com† (Corona area)

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"RED" is a wonderful, happy, 7 yr old neutered male red tri Aussie...he wants to be with you and loves attention.† Red is epileptic and requires medication three times a day, his condition is quite stable when his meds are given on time every day, so probably best with an owner that is familiar with the medical care needed.† He is good with kids, but because of the possibility of seizures, best not to be living with small children.† Although this does require care, he is well worth it† :]† He is very personable, loves to mingle at the dog beach, great with other dogs, has been around horses some and shows no fear of them, don't know about cats but given his personality, probably could be worked with enough to be okay.† He is a friendly boy, knows basic commands and a few tricks like shake and bang bang.† He does have a very heavy coat and will need regular grooming to keep it up.† Red is a big boy and does carry a bit of extra weight, probably due to the meds he is on, but you won't meet a happier natured Aussie!† If you are experienced and familiar with the care Red needs, and are interested in adopting him, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl (fostered in Huntington Beach) †(11-9)

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"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)




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SHARON is a black retriever mix girl, 10 years old and weighs about 62#. EDGAR is a golden colored retriever mix, 3 years old, 68#. These dogs are possibly mother and son, great pals and very bonded, rescued together from the Apple Valley shelter on their last day. We would LOVE to find them a home together. For someone looking for a ready made family, they are the perfect choice. They are wonderful in the house, love to go for walks, great on the leash and are both very affectionate. Both dogs have a high prey drive and would not be a good match for a home with little furry animals or birds. Please contact Diane for more info. about these two great dogs. rdranch12@gmail.com 626-319-3122 Pasadena †((1-6)

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is a 5 year old spayed female, possibly an Aussie X Cattle Dog mix.† She is housebroken, crate trained, not a barker, walks well on a leash and knows some basic obedience.† Felicity is very well behaved, listens well, very attentive, loves to be near you.† She plays well with other dogs, has been fine going to a dog park, seem to be okay with cats (the ones she's been around do not run and she was curious but that was it), respects and behaves around horses.† We are looking for a home for her where she is the only dog as in her first foster home she decided after a couple of weeks that she wanted to be top dog in terms of who is next to the humans - haven't had a problem with that in other foster situation, but better safe than sorry.† She loves people, seems to be okay meeting children but has not been living with any since we've had her, so no idea how she would do living with any.† She is a low-key girl currently living in an apartment and doing fine with it.† Felicity is an absolute love!† If you are interested in Felicity, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl at 951-961-7575 or† aussierescuesocal@gmail.com†† (fostered in the Pomona area)

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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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