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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 5 Ĺ year old "BOO". This mini Aussie is quite the princess. She loves to lounge around all day either near her person or in her crate. She also loves attention and affection. She especially loves to be brushed and gets excited for belly rubs. Boo is extremely smart and listens to commands. She would do best in a home with constant behavior reinforcement and training because, in true diva style, she tries to push boundaries. She should be in a home without other dogs or cats. She does not require a yard and would make a great apartment dog, as she is comfortable with stairs and elevators. She is fully housebroken and non-destructive. She does enjoy short runs but she does just fine without extra exercise. Boo loves to chew on her antler but doesnít really care about other toys or playing fetch. She would rather give you her attention. Boo is reserved with strangers and is very alert on walks. However, once she warms up to you, you are her new best friend. She seems to be curious but reserved with other dogs while on leash, but has not shown any signs of aggression towards other animals on walks. This beautiful girl is so sweet and would make an excellent companion. Boo is spayed and up to date on her vaccinations. Will you give this cutie a forever home?† If you are interested in Miss Boo, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl.
(Pomona area)

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This beautiful red boy is JACE! He will be one year old on May 12, 2015. He is a total love bug and gets along with EVERYONE.....dogs, cats, children, strangers, and even the Fed Ex person. He is a confident dog who loves new things and is not easily startled. Jace has lots of energy and he loves water, hiking, walking and being with his person. Contact for Jace is Lexie: nataliaxalexandrov@gmail.com † Jace is in Norwalk, CA †(3-30)

"PATCHES" is an 8 month old male, Australian shepherd/ border collie, 50lbs.† Patches is a fun and affectionate guy once he gets to know you. He is fearful at first but has warmed up quickly in his current foster home. He is fearful of loud noises and new people. He has been known to run and hide when scared. He is currently being fostered by a family with teenagers and loves to cuddle and play ball with them. Patches is good with friendly dogs. He is house trained, knows sit and is learning to walk nicely on a leash. He can be rambunctious as any 8 month old puppy, jumping up and borrowing things from counters or items left on floor. Training, exercise, and lots of† love (patience) can help him past this. Patches needs a home with a yard and family that has time to train and play with him. If you are interested in adopting Patches, please fill out an application:† http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ † †(3-31)

"RYDER" is a male mini Australian Shepherd, 6 years old, 38 pounds (overweight due to meds).† Ryder has optic neuritis and is completely blind. He has a sweet calm disposition,† is house trained, good with people and other dogs, neutered, up to date on shots. He loves his treats, riding in the car and hanging out with his family. His current owner is moving and cannot take him. She says "He is the most obedient and smart aussie I have ever owned!"
If you are interested in adopting Ryder, please fill out an application:† http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

"ROXY" is a 6 year old red merle spayed female Aussie.† She is energetic, healthy, great in the car, not destructive, housebroken, used to be in and out.† She loves to be with her person, is a 'velcro' dog† :† She is looking for a new home as in her current one she has been getting into fights with another dominant female Aussie.† She's fine going places and seeing other dogs, owner says she keeps an eye on her and reminds her to behave and she's okay.† She does live with other dogs and is fine with them, just not with another dominant dog.† Roxy has not been around cats or kids, so no idea there, may be reserved at first meeting as most Aussies are, and then warms up once she knows you.† If you are interested in Roxy, please contact owner Fran @ 951-490-3611 (Hemet area) †(3-30)

"KING" is a† handsome 9 year old boy. He is a wonderful house companion who enjoys walks and rides in the car.
He is exceptionally good with everyone, humans and canines alike.† Cats OK too.
King would make a loving friend to a retired family. At 59 lbs, he has had extensive veterinary checks and all his shots, he is healthy and ready for the next chapter in his life. Please e mail dogadopt21@gmail.com for more information
Location Santa Barbara † (3-24)

15 months old, purebred red tri, 50lbs
Bronson's family has moved into an apt and he needs a yard!¬ He's neutered, microchipped, house trained, crate trained, knows all of the basic commands and lots of tricks.¬
Bronson gets overexcited and can be reactive (barking) on leash. He needs a home where someone understands that with some good exercise, training and space, he will be a great dog. He plays with other dogs, sometimes great, sometimes rough...depends on the dog. With people, same thing. He gets excited and needs time to calm dog before saying "hello". Due to his excitable nature, we recommend no children or cats. When he has the exercise and structure he needs, he is really good.¬
If you think you can help Bronson by giving him what he needs, please let us know by filling out this application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

"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 year old Male Australian Shepherd.†
Pepper has epilepsy that started when he was just 1.5 years old.† Daily medication controls his seizures.
†Pepper loves attention and is great with everyone including other dogs, cats and kids.†† Pepper just wants to be loved and stay by his humans side!† He's big on kisses! He is overweight (currently weighs approximately 90 lbs) but working on a slimmer figure. Pepper is up to date on his vaccinations, neutered and is mirco-chipped.†
†He is great on walks - always stays by his foster mom's side. He knows basic commands including sit, lay, stay, leave it and shake.† He loves to go out on walks, hikes and running.
†Pepper is an absolutely wonderful, loving dog who deserves a family that will take care of him.† He will rely on a family who can give him his daily medication for the rest of his life and take care of him if he does have a seizure.††

If you are interested in adopting Pepper, please fill out an application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

"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)

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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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"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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"LILLY" is a spayed 6 years old Aussie/lab.† She weighs about 55 pounds. After Lilly had puppies she started fighting with her brother. She is a very sweet natured dog and also very smart and obedient. Her owners have done behavioral training and things got better for a couple of years but now they are fighting again and they are afraid the dogs will hurt each other.† Lilly loves to go on walks, but isnít trained to heel.†† Lilly is everyone's favorite - she is very good with people, loving and obedient (we can't place Yogi because he actually doesn't like men and growls at them.). Lilly is a hunter- she catches rabbits, lizards, gophers,† and squirrels.† She's a good mouser!† Not sure how good she would be with cats.†† The funniest thing about Lilly is that she talks to you, she's done that since she was a puppy. And she has freckles on her nose, the darling thing. We have her both in the house and out.† She likes to be out to run around, but at night she curls up at our feet.† She likes to be pet and loved on, but sheís not demanding.† Owner trained both the dogs and they were SO easy.† She taught Lilly to ring a bell at the back door to go potty (we donít use that now) in a week.† She will sit in front of her bowl of food or a treat until you tell her she can eat it.† She will sit at the back patio with the door wide open until you tell her itís ok to come in.† Great dog!
Please contact Kate at ruckerville@mac.com †(3-29)

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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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