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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.




"BLUE" is a 4 yr old, 65 lbs, neutered male Aussie looking for a new home due to a moving situation -

Per his owner:
Blue is "full of life. He is protective of my wife and I. Blue loves his 4 mile walks, playing ball, and just being with us at all times. He shows aggression towards other dogs at times. When he is boarded overnight we are told he does well in play days." He is living in the Escondido area. If interested please fill out an application with Aussie Rescue San Diego http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/    (6-4)

"BUDDY" is a 9 month old (DOB: 9/22/14) mini blue merle neutered male that is in need of a home with no children....he is currently in a home with 4 kids under the age of 11 and he has growled and nipped at them, even connected once on one of the girl's leg - not serious but it did draw blood.  A trainer has said he is strong willed and a resource guarder, so he really needs to be in an adult home that can work with him.  He has mostly been an indoor dog, is housebroken, does know some basic commands (sit, stay, down), and is great with other dogs (no exposure to cats).  He loves to play, and will occasionally fetch.  He is slow to warm up with strangers, but will to adults - kids he just plain isn't good with.  He doesnít mind riding in the car, but he does vomit, owner said they have been giving him Dramamine 2 hrs before travel, which seems to work.  If you are interested in Buddy, please contact owner Matt @  323.326.7151  (Thousand Oaks area)  (6-27)

"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/

"SMILEY" is a 1 year old neutered male Australian Shepherd.  He is about 55-60lbs and is deaf and blind.
"I am an energetic 1 year old Aussie, all boy and all Aussie if you know what I mean ;-).  I have never met a stranger I didn't want to make my immediate friend. Humans or other dogs, it doesn't matter but I especially LOVE my human companions. I love to play with my toys and will try to involve you in a good game of tug-of-war whenever possible. I will play by myself too but sometimes I'll need your help to re-find my toys as I am both deaf and blind. I sure don't let that hold me back from having a happy life though. I would love to have a nice, safe, grassy backyard to play in. And I wouldn't be opposed to a brother or sister either, especially someone young and exuberant like me so we can play together. As long as my forever home has a lot of time to spend with me and is active I would be just fine being the only dog too. I would be great with older kids but no little ones please...did I mention I'm exuberant? "  If you are interested in fostering or adopting Smiley, please fill out an application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/     (4-15)

"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)  (4-30)


"BONNIE BLU" is a 6 yr old spayed blue merle female with a full tail.  She is housebroken, not really interested in toys or fetch, but does love treats and attention!  She loves to play with the other dog she currently lives with, but does have a higher energy level, and he's done before she is....she has been getting bored, has been destructive and finding ways to get out, so is in need of a home that has more time to spend with her and can give her the exercise she needs also.  She must be introduced to other dogs, after that, great with them.  She is not used to young kids, does jump up on you, so would not recommend a home with kids for her.  She does live with a cat and is doing fine - the cat attacked her one time and since then she has a healthy regard for it.  She is great meeting strangers, sometimes even pulls on the leash to get to new people.  If you are interested in Bonnie Blu, please contact owner Talin @ 818-669-3943¬  (South Pasadena area)  (4-20)

"JACKSON" is a 4 yr old neutered black and white male Aussie with a full tail.  He is housebroken, used to living in a condo, goes to Dog Day Care and to the Dog Park with no problem but there are a pair of Schnauzers that live near him that he has gotten into a couple of fights with, and during the process of breaking up the fights, their owner was bitten. He is now demanding that they place him - and since Jackson was the one off leash, he is considered at fault.  No idea how he is with cats, has been around kids some and seems okay but does not live with any, is a good watchdog, protective of his home, but barks only.  If you are interested in Jackson, please contact owners via email: djacques@bergelectric.com  or pattijacques@hotmail.com   (Mission Viejo area)  (4-20)

"SAMPSON" is a 5 yr old neutered black tri male Aussie looking for a home that has the time and energy for him.  He has been raised with kids and is living with ones 2 yrs old and up and is fine with them but can be overwhelming at times.  He is housebroken, loves to swim, loves to play catch/ball, and most of all, loves to be with his family - he may paw at the door/windows to be inside with you!  He knows basic obedience and a few tricks, has been living with a small dog and has been fine.  Sampson can be somewhat over vigilant with barking at noises, etc., so if you live in close quarters to your neighbors he may not be a best choice for your home.  If you are interested in him, please contact owner  Jarrett via email: jar.s.gar@gmail.com  or call 760-333-0780¬  (La Quinta area) (4-12)

"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)

"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)

"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)


"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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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!

"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   (5-28)

"TERRA", a pure bred Queensland Heeler, is an 8 year old, confident middle aged lady that loves to play and hang out with you. She adores toys, walks with friends, hiking and gets along with other dogs. She is very loving, smart and has a sense of humor, but needs to be reminded who is boss because sometimes she is over-enthusiastic. She is ok on a leash, likes riding in the car and was raised with kids so she does not heel them. Terra is fixed, and all shots are current. She is currently bored with her owners because their lives are taking different directions, so she deserves a new family who has a buddy dog companion she can play with. She has no barking or aggression issues, she is just confident with a loud voice. Probably not ok with cats, but depends on the cat. Terra is a good inside sleeper at night and loves being outdoors in the day, especially with a friend.  If you are interested in Terra, please contact Lori in Santa Barbara CA at 805-687-2738   (5-27)

"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/   (5-14)

"REMY" is a 9 yr old Aussie mix neutered male.  He is in need of a new home because his owner is having to move into a home that is not suitable to house a dog due to lack of fencing and available run areas.  He was saved from a shelter in Baldwin Park eight years ago. He is very loving towards people, loves to play fetch and is very submissive. He enjoys being outdoors rather than cooped up inside, will pace and seems uncomfortable when brought indoors, he prefers to sleep outside.  He enjoys being around other dogs but at times wants to play long after the other dogs are tired.  He is friendly around children and was raised around grandchildren. There were no cats around while he was being raised so can't say how he would be if introduced to one.  He has never had any incidents of biting, or aggression towards people. He is  neutered and current on all his shots and vaccinations. He has not had any injuries or illnesses that required him to be treated by a vet.  They would like to find him a home with a loving person or family.  If you are interested in Remy, please contact either Marsha @ (626) 827-5061 or Heidi @ (951) 533-9069¬  or Luv2bkmom@aol.com  (Glendora area)  (5-2)

Meet "DOTTIE", a sweet friendly Australian Shepherd Mix who needs a new home. Dottie was rescued three-and-a-half-years ago in a small town in Mexico. Her rescuer was at a taco stand in the middle of nowhere, and there were quite a few stray dogs around. Most of them were very scared, but Dottie was very brave and kept approaching all the customers, demanding attention (and food). The rescuer couldn't leave her there, and ended up grabbing her and another puppy, taking them to the vet, and then bringing them back to Los Angeles. Both Dottie and the other puppy quickly found great homes. Dottie was adopted by a really nice couple who instantly fell in love with her. The couple had a baby several months ago, and, unfortunately, Dottie has not adjusted well to the new addition. They have brought in trainers and spent a lot of money, but Dottie remains unpredictable around the baby. Some dogs adapt well to babies, and some do not. In general, though, Dottie is great with people and other dogs. She was even raised with a cat who she loved - as well as two other rescue dogs. She would probably be fine with older kids - it's just the baby energy that is throwing her off. Her parents have tried everything and are devastated, but they realize that it would be in everyone's best interest if they found another home for Dottie. Dottie is around three-and-a-half years old now. According to her DNA test, she is mostly Australian Shepherd with some Weimaraner and German Shepherd. She weights roughly 33 lbs. This is how her family describes Dottie: "She is a wonderful pup and beautiful soul. She is affectionate and very obedient. Doesn't chew on shoes or furniture and has never had an accident. She loves walks and hikes and playing catch. She will sleep quietly in the house all day or play outside all day and do very well with different situations. She is not hyper active and listens well. She loves her crate and minds well when asked to go in it." Dottie would be great for a single, active person, couple, or family with older kids. If you can give Dottie the great home she deserves, please contact Gena at genawelchy@yahoo.com  (4-24)

"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)

                                                   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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