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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.  Please check our Facebook page to see what we have listed in local shelters




"NORAH" is a 5 yr old spayed red tri female looking for an adult-only home, or at the very least, teenagers and up. She loves to relax with her adults, but cannot seem to get past her anxiety in being in a home with 2 small children (our kids are 1 and 3).  She LOVES to walk, run, and hike.  She is not very social with other dogs, she was in a puppy class when she was 1 year old, but not much since then. She just seems to get agitated. The trainers we worked with said that they feel she get better around dogs if she had owners that could put the time and effort into her socialization, she is very smart and responds well to training.  She did nip someone once when they tried to break up a scuffle with her and another dog over food.  She barks at strangers but mostly because she wants them to pet her. She longs for affection from people. She jumps and tries to cuddly because she gets so excited.
Norah LOVES to play fetch.  Doesn't love car rides, but does fine if she is in a crate in the car.  She is housebroken and has been an indoor/outdoor dog for the most part, though she prefers to be indoor with her people. Access to a doggie door may be ideal for her.  She really has done ok with our two little girls, but because they are little, loud, and unpredictable they make Norah very anxious. She has started licking her paws until they are raw - our vet has ruled out anything medical and says that it is anxiety. She doesn't try to herd our kids, but she also doesn't know how to leave a situation that is making her anxious.  She is a beautiful, sweet, and smart dog that needs a home with the time and energy to really help her be a happy pet.  If you are interested in Norah, please contact owner, Katy at:  katysvencarr@gmail.com  (Newbury Park area)



Blue is a male Australian Shepherd,10 yrs young and 46lbs

Blue is a sweet 10 year old Aussie who needed immediate placement due to his owner's drastically declining health. Somedays, Blue would be alone and locked inside his owner's bedroom for 14 hours. The owner's family was unable to take Blue and didn't want to see him neglected. He has recently been to the vet and is very healthy! Currently, Blue's ARSD foster family is pampering him with lots of attention, walks and love until he can find his furever home. He loves to be with his people and will follow them from room to room. He has been tolerant of the dogs he has been around but hasn't interacted or shared confined apace with any. Blue is good with dog savvy children. If you are interested in adopting Blue, please fill out an adoption application, http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/


" is a 4 yrs old, Female, Australian Shepherd, about 40lbs.
Shelby is a sweet girl who needs a home with time to interact with her. She loves to play frisbee!!! Shelby enjoys hanging out with her people and taking naps too. She does need a home who has time and ability to train her and build her skills. At this time, we do not know how she is around other dogs, cats or young children. If you are interested in Shelby, please fill out an adoption application. 


"ABBY" is a 5 yr old spayed blue merle female Aussie that was relinquished to rescue after becoming overly bonded/possessive of the adult male in the household. Because of this, we are looking for an Aussie-savvy home that is familiar with this behavior,  and although she has been okay around children, she would do best with an adult only home.  She is housebroken and crate trained, has not been destructive, nor a digger or jumper, just a happy, fun, friendly, social girl, looking for a home that will enjoy her!  Abby has an average Aussie energy level, walks nicely on leash and loves to go hiking on leash. She needs to be an only pet, as she does not care for the company of other dogs, so if you are looking for a dog to take to the dog park or beach, she is not the girl for you.  But of you want a great girl to hang out with and go on long walks and hikes together, maybe even throw in some swimming, she might be!  Many Thanks to trainer Farren with Board N Behave for working with Miss Abby!   If you are interested in Abby, please fill out our adoption application and email it to: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (Wildomar area)


"SULLY" is an 11 month old Male, Australian Shepherd who weights around 35lbs.

Sully is an energetic boy looking for a home with someone who has time and energy to share with him. He is an active boy. Good with people and other dogs. Unknown with cats. Sully has been thru training classes and he is a good boy. He does need structure and consistency so he will continue to be well mannered. If you are interested in adopting Sully, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/



is a beautiful 2 year old mini Aussie. He is neutered, utd on shots, he has a summer grooming so he has shorter hair. He is good with dogs and cats and horses. He does get possessive of his human if he is the first dog on the couch with you and others come up. He is easily corrected with proper handling. He has a little separation anxiety. He is crate trained. Bear's owner passed away and his widow was not able to keep him. Bear is deaf. Bear is in Apple Valley.  Contact norettabarker@gmail.com



is  a 6 year old neutered blue merle male Aussie looking for a new home.  His original family moved into a tract home from a 5 acre setting.  Between no one making the time to get him more exercise and the addition to several younger dogs, he had trouble adjusting, so they gave him to a friend of the family - unfortunately in that home there is a male Jack Russell who is protective of his owner and the 2 boys are not getting along very well.  He did get along fine with an older female Husky mix in the original home, but may be best as an only dog.  CJ has been mainly an outdoor dog but has been okay in the house, not been around cats or small kids, but was okay with the older children that he lived with in the original home.  He has a typical herding breed personality and is reserved at first meeting, but does warm up once he gets to know you.  If you are interested in this handsome boy, please contact Joyce via email: levering_joyce7@yahoo.com  (Temecula area)  (7-28)



and "PEPPER" are a 9 yr old pair needing a new home due to their owner passing away.  Pepper is a neutered male and Biddie is a spayed female.  They are housebroken, not destructive at all, not jumpers, love to ride in the car, and ok on the leash.  No idea how they are with cats or children, and have not been socialized with other dogs, so can be barky around them - they did behave fine at the groomers with other dogs there also, but be best as only dogs in the home.  They are a bit reserved at first, they've had a lot of upheaval in their lives lately, but once they feel comfortable with you, are very loving and affectionate with wiggles and licks.  Biddie weighs about 25-30 pounds and Pepper weighs about 40 pounds.  Please help find a permanent home for this pair of seniors!!!  Contact Janet @ 951-672-0692  (Sun City area). (8-8) Update: These two wonderful dogs are now at Retrievers and Friends Rescue, please contact Janet for more info.


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)   (7-16)





"LUCY" is a female, Aussie mix. She is 7 months old and weighs 22lbs.

Lucy was recently pulled from a local shelter. We are still getting to know her but so far have found out that she can be a little shy at first, but warms up quickly. She loves people and loves to kiss and cuddle. At this time, Lucy is recovering from her spay surgery and is unknown with other dogs and cats. If you are interested in adopting Lucy, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/



"BROWNIE" is a female, 10 month old, Aussie/border collie mix,42lbs.

Brownie is as sweet as her name...once she gets to know you. She is currently in a training program to help her not be afraid of strangers and new situations. Brownie has LOTS of energy and needs someone who can tire her out BOTH physically and mentally. She loves to do things and will at least attempt what is being ask. She gets and "E" for effort when fetching. She runs right after the ball, noses it, twirls a few times and runs back...without the ball. And all with a big smile on her face and tongue dangling. Brownie will need someone with the knowledge, energy and patience to work with her so she can be a good girl. She is not a candidate for kids or cats at this time as she needs time to work on her own behaviors. If you are interested in adopting Brownie, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/


"PIPER" is a female, Daschund mix (we think). She is 4 months old and is now 11lbs; about 20lbs full grown.

A local shelter asked us to help this beautiful 4 month old puppy who was beaten and thrown against a wall. Luckily, no bones are broken. Piper is healing well but still flinches and ducks with sudden movements. Her foster says "Piper is a sweetie pie who just needs someone to love, and be loved by someone.She loves to play with her toys, go for walks, and most of all... she loves to cuddle. Her furry foster friend is 3 times her size, but that doesn't hold her back one bit!"
If you are interested in adopting Piper, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/


Breed:  Sadie is a Catahoula and Australian Shepherd mix Color: Black, Fawn, Gray. Age:  Sadie is 3 years old Weight: 50 Pounds                    Sex: Female Medical: Sadie is spayed and up to date with all her shots.
Sadie’s Story Sadie was a rescue pup. She has been with Dana for 2 years.  Sadie is energetic,responds well to commands, is house trained and good with people.  She is learning good behavior around other dogs.  She has many of the characteristics of the Catahoula breed, including having a strong work ethic. She needs a leader who is firm and consistent and she needs to keep occupied.  She likes having a “job” to do. Sadie is responsive to commands, is an excellent running partner and needs an outdoor place.  She loves to hang out with her human family, too! Apartments are not the ideal environment for Sadie. She needs a home with a backyard that she can explore and call her own.  She loves to play with her toys and has learned excellent discipline from appropriate play.  Sadie is a strong dog.  She is cute, sweet and generally docile. Dana, Sadie’s current owner, is moving into a shared home that does not allow dogs and is not ideal for Sadie. Reluctantly, she needs to offer Sadie for adoption.  Please call or text Dana for more information about Sadie at 773-717-0428.

"MAZIE" is a 7 yr old Aussie x German Shepherd (best guess) spayed female that had been turned into the shelter because her owner was no longer able to care for her....she ran out of time there so we bailed her out.  Once we got her we realized that she had difficulty getting up.  She clocked in at 88 pounds and her foster mom was able to get her down to 74 (could still stand to lose about another 8 pounds or so) and she was getting around better but still had some problems. So off she went to Dr Dhupa, our favorite orthopedist, for some X-rays.  It was found at some point in her past she apparently had been hit by a car and had suffered severe pelvic trauma.  Her right hip healed enough on it's own to be usable but her left was a mess and it continually luxated in and out  :[  It was decided FHO surgery was her best option and she is now 4 weeks post op and doing wonderful and ready for adoption!  Mazie is a delight, she is housebroken, great with other dogs, ignores the cats, and like most herding breeds, is a bit reserved at first meeting, but once warms up to you, is a lover :]  She is housebroken, a low key girl that likes to meander around for her walks, with an occasional trot thrown in when she gets excited - and a tail that seldom stops if you are around. If you are interested in Miss Mazie, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (Perris/Lake Elsinore area)



Per owner: I am needing to rehome my Australian Shepherd / Border Collie mix - Keely.  She's a sweet smart loving 6 year old, spayed, and up to date on all her shots. She has always been slightly aggressive and anxious around other dogs. We did puppy training and worked with her at the dog park, however she mostly wants to be left alone and keeps to herself and her owner. We have another dog in our house and they've gotten into a few fights over the years mostly over food. However, with proper care and responsibility all this is manageable. If you know her tendencies (leave before she gets too tired, don't put her collar on when other dogs are close, keep her on a short leash while walking by other dogs, etc.) and are willing to work with her she is able to be taken to the dog park and walked.  We haven't had any issues in over a year. That said, we now have an 18 month old daughter. At first the dogs were uninterested in the baby. Now that she's 1 and a half and more mobile, it's become an issue. Keely has been getting increasingly uncomfortable around her. We never leave them unsupervised and worked with showing our daughter how to respect the dogs space and not bother them. However, over the weekend she got too close and Keely bit her in the face. Luckily, there was no major damage. She didn't break the skin, but it was still traumatizing. We need to rehome her as we cannot wait for this to happen again or worse. Ideally she'd do best in a home that understands an Aussie's demeanor and tendencies and no children. I would ideally like to find a new home for her by the weekend.  Any help would be most appreciated!

If you are interested in helping Keely, please contact Joe  408-569-9504 (8-18)


"PRINCESS" is a 2 1/2 year old female, Aussie mix that weighs 45lbs. Princess is very friendly with people and good with other dogs. She is active and needs a family with time and energy to spend with her. Her current family works a lot and is now moving to an apt. and can't take her. Princess is up to date on shots, micro chipped and spayed. Please contact Gilbert at 619)853-4362.



is with Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Petaluma, CA
This adorable boy, our Dusty, is a happy, healthy, cuddly 10-year-old Cattledog who will make a fabulous family companion. He has an endearing, spunky charm and loves to interact with his person(s). He weighs 60 lbs., will likely do well with other dogs (when properly introduced) as well as kids 10-yrs. and older. He walks well on a leash. One of his favorite things to do is to climb in your lap for a snuggle. Just one look and you will be smitten!  If you are interested in Dusty, please contact Lilyslegacysds@gmail.com  or call 707-787-7010. (6-2)



is an 11 month old, male, Aussie/cattle dog mix who will weigh about 45 pds.

Ollie is a very smart and fun guy. He is good with people and other dogs but can be reactive (barky) at first. He needs a stable environment with someone who can build his confidence and coping skills. He learns skills very easily and loves to play, run, hike. If you are interested in adopting Ollie and have time and patience to train him, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/



FLUFFY" This handsome sweetie had been running in the local desert for two weeks before he settled in on a resident's front porch. He was already neutered and microchipped, but the owner has not returned our calls, nor answered the letter sent by U.S. mail.
His age was listed as five-years old and had two names listed on his microchip information: 'Pescado' and 'Fluffy.'
He wags his tail no matter what we call him. He is super mellow and gentle, affectionate and loyal. Once he has been petted, he will follow anyone anywhere.  Best as an only dog, no idea on cats or kids.  Neutered, UTD on vaccines, microchipped.  If you are interested in Fluffy please contact kammdann@gmail.com or fill out an adoption application and email it to kammdann@gmail.com  (Palmdale area)



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   (7-16)

                                                   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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