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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.




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"SWEETIE PIE" is a Female Australian Shepherd, she is 6 years old and weights 45lbs.

Sweety is aptly named. She can be a little shy but is very loving. Sweety loves to hang out by her person, go for car rides, play ball, great on a leash and is good with other dogs; unknown with cats or kids. If you are interested in adopting Sweety, please fill out an application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ †(1-27)

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"SAMANTHA" ias a 7 yr old female Australian Shepherd and weights 50lbs.
Previously shaved but will have beautiful coat

Samantha is a very sweet girl! She loves to play ball / frisbee, go on walks, cuddle and nap. Sam is looking or a home with time, love and happiness to share with her. She is ok with other dogs but would prefer to be the only dog. If you are interested in adopting this sweet angel, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ † (1-27)

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"BEAU" is a 10 yr old neutered blue merle male Aussie looking for a new home due to a divorce situation.† He has primarily been an outdoor boy, has slept in when it gets cold out and hasn't had a problem with being housebroken.† He has lived with other dogs in the past and been fine, some male dogs he has issues with - if he growls at them and they growl back, he'll go after them (maybe due to dominance...?).† He is a very friendly boy, was raised with children, used to kids 10 yrs old and up, fine on a leash, no interest in toys or balls or water but does love his treats!† He has plenty of energy left and would love it if you would give him a chance.† If you are interested in Beau, please contact owner Cathryn: malibuart1@verizon.net† (Malibu area)
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"BLUE" is a 4 1/2 yr old, Male Australian Shepherd and weights 45lbs
Blue is a delightful fellow. He is sweet, cuddly and seems well mannered. He is even doing well with the dogs at his foster home! His family relinquished him because they couldn't give him the time that he needs and he was escaping their yard. Worried that he would get hurt and knowing that things are only getting busier for them, they reached out for help finding him a furever home that can give him a better life. Blue needs a home where people are around to be with him more often than not. Doggie friends are great but he really needs people interaction. Coming from a busy household, he may be a little clingy and anxious about being alone. †Blue is beginning treatment for TVT (http://m.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cancer/c_dg_transmissible_venereal_tumor) and won't be available to go home until March.
http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ † †(1-25)

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This handsome fellow is "DUNDEE" - he is about 5 yrs old and neutered, his owner is selling his house and moving in with his daughter and unable to take Dundee with him - he's already got a few offers on the house, so needs a new home sooner than later.† Dundee is housebroken, used to sleeping indoors, but spends his days outside.† Per the owner, a few years ago Dundee was attacked by a neighbor's dog and has not been good with other dogs since....he will fence fight with dogs but owner says he just has to speak to Dundee and he stops right away.† He does bark at strangers, both on walks and in his yard, but will warm up if given enough time - warms up faster if you play fetch with him.† Loves to play ball & frisbee, and loves to be in his wading pool of water.† Limitedly been around kids and seems okay but can be pushy, so probably not appropriate for a family with children.† If you are interested in Dundee, please contact owner Lonnie at 909-929-5289. †(11-20)

"NAKOTA" is a 4 yr old neutered red merle male Aussie, on the smaller side at 45 pounds.† He is a high energy, somewhat anxious, boy, that is housebroken, loves ball/fetch/frisbee and swimming, he has had some basic obedience training and knows some tricks, goes on hikes carrying a backpack as well as on runs with his owner.† He is okay with cats, good with other dogs, loves to go to the dog park - per his owner, he would stay there all day if they would let him - has been gentle with kids the limited amount he has been around them, BUT he has bit the wife a couple of times on the hand, as well as a couple of other people - all over them reaching for him when he has food - in his mouth, trying to take it away from him, etc.† No medical attention required but because of this, he should not be living with children.† He is very attached to the husband (no problem with him taking things from him) not so much to the wife, seems to be more of a one-person kind of Aussie, and that one person needs to be a more assertive type of personality.† If you are interested in him, please contact owner Anthony at (626) 394-8876¬† or email: aschubert23@gmail.com †(11-20)


"LEIA" 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) † (11-20)




"BLAZE" is a 3 year old †Aussie/border collie mix and weights 50 lbs.

Blaze is a very handsome boy. He is friendly with people and other dogs. He is active yet loves to settle also. He needs to be an inside dog... Will jump fence if left outside and bored. If you are interested in adopting Blaze, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ † †(1-27)

"GORDY" is a 5.5 yr old neutered male herding breed mix who is a wonderful family dog, loves people, has been raised around children and loves them.† He is housebroken and leash trained and loves going on walks, is okay meeting strangers as long as they don't come at him fast and scare him.† He is a big sweetheart but has not really had much exposure to other dogs - he does live with his mother and littermate brother, but this past year he has been fighting with his brother, hence the need to find him a new loving family.† If you are interested in this delightful boy, please fill out an adoption application:† http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html†† and email it to Holly: annexstar@aol.com† (Ontario area) †(1-25)

"BENTZI" is an eight month old aussie mix is needing a new home because daughter is unable to care for this pup and parents' live in small condo. They would love for him to find a new loving home, that will be able to provide for him the love and care he deserves.
"Bentzi (that is his nickname), was neutered, has all the vaccinations in check, and is licensed. He is well behaved, and has received some basic training... They haven't weighed him lately, but about a month ago he was already over 50 lbs. As an adult he'll be in the 60+ lbs range.
He is excellent with people; he loves anyone willing to play with him. He loves other dogs, and yearns playing with them; that is why we take him to dog parks on weekends. Since summer... took him to puppy play once or twice a week ... and he also took a package of lessons (and graduated with honors, ha ha). He has never bit anyone, and never tried, and almost never barks.Has been few days with a dog sitter that had 2 cats, and no problem there. He is used to sleep in his crate, and trained to "discharge" outdoors."
Contact Max at max5959@gmail.com or 858)945-1748 † (2-7)

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 Pescado, please fill out an adoption application and email it to aussierescue@roadrunner.com† (Palmdale area)

"SAMMIE" is a 10 yr old spayed female Heeler that is in need of a new home due to her elderly owner having to go into a care facility.† She's about 30 pounds, has a skin irritation due to fleas but has been to the vet to get that treated and taken care of and now has a clean bill of health, as well as has been brought current on her vaccinations and microchipped.† She is a happy, happy girl, has done well with other dogs and meeting people, loves human contact, her stubby tail wagging non-stop.† If you are interested in this adorable senior girl, please contact her rescuer Rosemarie via email:† rosemarie.sanchez@gmail.com †(11-24)

"MAX" is a 3.5 yr old neutered male Border Collie mix that his rescuer took in when his owners moved out of the country a few months ago.† She has worked with him and gotten him less fearful than he was by far but he is still on the more reserved/shy side - once he gets to know you, he is a love† :]† He is fine being brushed, barks at first when someone he doesn't know comes but does settle down.† He likes to walk around in a kiddie wading pool to cool his feet off, seems to be okay with cats, fine with other dogs, affectionate once he knows you, has been good with kids 2-3 yrs old and up.† If you are interested in Max, please contact his rescuer, Ali, @ 951-205-0456† (Perris area) †(11-25)

"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 † (11-20)

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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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