Adoption & Rescue

Agencies that offer rescued pets for adoption and/or referrals for adoption. Many organizations have pictures of available pets on their website. An application process is required prior to adoption. Most animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Many organizations also provide rescue services, including owner surrenders (also see Pet Assistance), and volunteer opportunities, such as pet foster homes and adoption events. Also see: Calendar for adoption events and Shelters.

All-Breed Rescue Groups

A list of dog rescues for all breeds and mixes.

Beagles and Buddies

B&B’s 15-acre sanctuary is open weekdays by appointment; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with open-house-style adoptions. Email an application in advance so the rescue can get to know adopters before a visit to help make a good match.

Bird Rescues

See Birds for an avian rescue.

Breed-Specific Rescue Groups

List of local breed-specific rescue. Also see Beagles and Buddies, Coastal German Shepherd, and German Rescue of Orange County in this section.

Cat Rescues

See Cats for kitten and cat rescues.

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds in Southern California. Established in 2004, CGSR rescues dogs from high-kill shelters stretching from Central California to Mexico.

Foster Homes for Animals

Foster families take in animals that are waiting to find permanent “fur-ever” homes.

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

German Shepherd dogs are legendary for their intelligence, beauty and loyalty. German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehomes purebred German Shepherds that have lost their homes due to unfortunate circumstances.

If You Lost or Found a Pet or Cannot Take Care of Your Pet

Most shelters accept pets brought in by owners who can no longer care for their pet, provided the owner lives within the region served by the shelter; fees may apply.

Integrative Veterinary Health Center

In an effort to help ease over-population from nearby shelters, IVHC is housing nearly 50 rescue cats, and are seeking kitten bottle feeders, fosters and adopting families.

Multi-Species Rescue

Rescues that offer aid to animals such as rabbits, Guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, farm pigs, horses, sheep, donkeys and other animals.

Reptile Rescues

See Reptiles and Exotics for rescues.

Senior-Dog Rescues

Find information and resources about adopting a senior pet. Ask rescues and shelters about senior dogs and “Seniors for Seniors” programs where adoption fees are often discounted or waived.

Shelter Adoption

Most shelters offer adoption of unclaimed, healthy animals (full and mixed breeds) housed in their facilities.

Southern California Bulldog Rescue

So Cal Bulldog Rescue specializes in rescuing abandoned and homeless English bulldogs in the Southern California area. The non-profit rescue focuses on rescuing bulldogs from shelters, as well as saving those surrendered by owners and abandoned at vet offices.

Web Resources

Websites offering current listings of adoptable pets available from local shelters and rescues.