All-Breed Rescue Groups

A Home 4 Ever Rescue

This center is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Specifically, this organization has been formed to rescue dogs from abusive situations, or who would otherwise be euthanized at high kill shelters. The dogs are given training, if needed, to unlearn bad habits or just to teach them to trust again. They offer adoption events for people interested in bringing a new family member home.


Animal Assistance League of OC
15102 Jackson St., Midway City, 92655
(714) 893-4393

No kill humane society dedicated to aiding lost and homeless pets, helping people with pet related problems, promoting responsible pet-ownership and pet population control, and preventing cruelty to animals through educational programs.


Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation
14456 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(747) 998-5568

Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation is an organization focused on rescuing abused and neglected animals – locally, internationally and throughout the Asian Dog Meat Trade – rehabilitating them and finding them their forever homes. The animals they take in are not only shelter animals or strays – they are animals that have been abused, neglected, left behind and forgotten about.


Animals Rule Placement Foundation
305 N Harbor Blvd , San Pedro, CA 90731

They provide an extensive adoption and foster program for dogs. Senior placement program is also available.


Barks of Love Animal Rescue and Placement

They are not a shelter, they rescue from shelters.  Their dogs are in private foster homes receiving day-to-day care by volunteers, who teach them to live in a home environment.  This lets them really get to know the dogs so they can make sure that they find the perfect match for their forever homes.  They perform home/reference checks and provide post-adoption advice. When you adopt from them, your adoption donation goes directly to rescuing another dog in need. Adoption donation includes vet evaluation, flea treatment, spay/neuter, microchip,dewormer/fecal exam, appropriate vaccinations (based on age).


Cuddly Canines Rescue

Their organization is dedicated to rescuing pregnant dogs, nursing moms, or orphaned bottle babies from high-kill shelters. They are not a shelter and do not have a facility. They rescue from the shelter. Adoptions are done by private appointment only to approved applications. Applications and adoption information can be found on their website.


Friends of OC’s Homeless Pets
(714) 280-4993

Their mission is to make homeless and unwanted pets more adoptable and provide them the opportunity to find lifelong families through training, veterinary services, spay and neuter assistance and rescue. They do not have a shelter and all of the animals are currently in foster homes. .


Fur-Ever Home Rescue
(949) 444-9154

This organization specializes in helping families keep their animals, rather than surrendering them, by offering temporary food, financial help (to those who qualify) and more. They provide resources and/or alternatives to help reduce the numbers of homeless pets through education and community outreach.


Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF)
(714) 924-GRFF

Ghetto Rescue FFoundation, founded by local police, serve low income, high crime rate communities. They rescue street dogs, along with dogs in overcrowded, high-kill community shelters. They take care of their medical needs, provide vaccinations for the animals, spay/neuter, and through a strict adoption process, they find them homes. Due to the economic instability of the communities they serve, they also provide community vaccine clinics and fund veterinary services for lower income families, including the homeless population who cherish their pets.


Gimme Shelter Pets
(714) 916-8884
Chihuahua and small-breed rescue. Also, provides free behavioral coaching to help pet owners avoid relinquishing their animals.


GreenDog Foundation
(951) 609-0765
They rescue dogs at risk of being euthanized from shelters as well as abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. They also rescue many owner surrendered dogs; dogs that can no longer remain in their current homes due to financial or personal issues. They focus on rescuing and rehabilitating them in loving foster homes until they are adopted into their permanent homes.


I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue
I.C.A.R.E. (Into Canine Adoption, Rehabilitation, and Education) Dog Rescue rescues dogs from shelters at risk of being euthanized as well as abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. They also focus on educating the public by providing information on rescue procedures, the canine species, and specific breeds. Check their website for adoption events.


K9 Spirit Organization
Focus on small dogs and herding breeds. Orange County based.

K9 Spirit Organization is a dog rescue dedicated to helping dogs get out of high kill shelters and finding them forever homes. They are located in Orange County and focus on rescuing small dogs and herding breeds. Although they love dogs of all breeds, they have chosen to specifically rescue these types of dogs because that is what most of their fosters are able to take care of. Adoption events most Saturday and Sundays at Petsmart in Brea. Check their website for times.


The Little Red Dog Rescue
(949) 427-0925

This rescue accepts all breeds from high kill shelters. Their adoptable animals are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. Their corporate office is based in Lake Forest. Hold adoption events at the Lake Forest Petsmart. Check their website for days and times.


Live Love Pet Care
(213) 282-7297

This Long Beach based rescue provides medical care allowing for physical and emotional rehabilitation for the dogs which are kept in foster homes until their adoption. Check their website for adoption and fundraising events.


Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop
(562) 531-2871
353 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood
4235 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City

They offer pet adoptions, pet supplies, grooming and dog daycare, all in one location. All of their pets come from local shelters and as a nonprofit, all of the sales go back into programs to save more pets. They are located inside the Lakewood Center mall and they have cats and dogs available for adoption.


Mutt Hutt Rescue

Mutt Hutt rescue is a non profit organization that is invested in saving the lives of dogs, cats, and reptiles that are abandoned, abused, or neglected. They take these animals in whether they are healthy or sick and with their foster program, they are placed into the safety of approved forever homes. Donations and volunteers are always desperately needed.


Mutts in Need
Mutts in Need rescues and rehomes dogs of all sizes and breeds to homes in Orange County and the surrounding areas. Many of their dogs are housed at a central location in Newport Beach, though they also support a small foster network.


New Beginnings for Animals
(949) 348-8057

They’re an all volunteer organization based in Mission Viejo and they are dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats in overcrowded shelters throughout California. Many of the animals they rescue have a slim chance of getting out alive due to sickness, injury or lack of kennel space. They don’t often have the resources to take pets from owners who can no longer keep them. They are always happy to help network a pet in need of re-homing, though the owner will be responsible for fielding inquiries, screening, home checking, and adopting their pet to a good home. Adoption events held Saturdays and Sundays at PetSmart Aliso Viejo. Check their website for times.


No Stray Left Behind

No Stray Left Behind is an all-volunteer organization and their mission is to save as many dogs from euthanasia as possible by rescuing strays off the streets and pulling dogs from death row at local shelters. They use foster homes to rehabilitate the animals to be adopted. They also inform the general public about the social and health benefits of spaying and neutering their pets. They have adoption events on most Sundays at the Tustin Marketplace Petsmart. Check their website for the exact location and times.


Pardon Me

Pardon Me is a non-profit, all volunteer based dog and cat rescue. They pardon the discarded unwanted dogs and cats out of local high kill shelters and place them in a loving and safe foster home. They remain in foster care until they can be placed in their new forever homes. They take in many sick, injured, pregnant, special needs, senior and unwanted dogs and cats. They have veterinary medical care, rehabilitation care and foster care that they provide for each animal. All animals are spayed or neutered, current on yearly vaccines, Rabies vaccine (dogs only/if over 4 months), topical flea/tick treatment, AVID micro-chipping with registration, and de-wormed before being placed in their forever home. All cats/kittens are tested negative for FIV/LEQ. They hold adoption events every weekend at the Petco in Anaheim Hills. Check their website for the exact location and times.


Paw Prints in the Sand
(949) 203-4504

Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue is an all-animal, foster-based rescue organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming abused, abandoned, neglected, and stray companion animals. They rescue all pets including pets that have severe medical, abuse and behavioral cases, pregnant pets and their liters, and senior pets. They work with veterinarians and dog trainers to help the animals heal. Their animals range from cats to dogs to sheep and rabbits. They serve as a resource for pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including positive behavior training and information on good nutrition.


Pet Project Foundation
(949) 595-8899

The Pet Project Foundation partners with the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter to provide food, housing, exercise, medical care, and love for homeless animals until they are reunited with their owners or permanent, loving homes are found. The foundation provides financial support for the shelter and they are a pro-humane shelter that does not euthanize any adoptable animals. Address for the shelter is 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. Check their website for shelter hours and special events.


Priceless Pets Rescue
(909) 203-3695

Priceless Pets is a non-profit, no-kill pet rescue dedicated to their mission of saving one by one until there are none. The animals in their care are anxiously awaiting their forever families and were rescued from various circumstances, and local shelters. They operate out of storefront adoption centers known as “The Orphanage” with locations in Chino Hills, Claremont, and Costa Mesa.


Pups and Pals
(562) 713-5103

Pups and Pals is a small group of volunteers in the Orange County and LA County area who focus on rescuing dogs in need and placing them into appropriate homes. They do have an occasional cat or small animal, but they focus primarily on dog rescue. They typically rescue pets from county pounds but they also accept those surrendered by owners who are no longer able to care for their pets. Before a rescue is placed for adoption the animals are given vaccinations, vet checked, spayed/neutered, dewormed, microchipped and are flea free. They are not a kennel. The dogs are in foster homes or occasionally in boarding, so they are not able to accept walk in visits. They typically hold adoption events once a month visit their website for exact times and locations.


Recycled Dog Rescue

All breed rescue. Adoption events are held on Saturdays at a variety of Orange County locations listed on their website.


Saving Shelter Souls

Small rescue dedicated to saving animals from high kill shelter. No owner surrenders. Fosters needed in North Orange County and Southern Los Angeles County. Adoptions are the first Sunday of every month Long Beach Petsmart , 3871 N Lakewood Bl Long Beach 90808. Other Sundays at Buena Park Petsmart 8331 La Palma Ave. Check website for times.


Stella’s Hope
(714) 798-3417

This foster based no-kill, all-breed rescue group houses dog/puppies in homes throughout Orange County. Check their website for adoption events or if you want to meet their dogs in person contact them to schedule a meet and greet set up.


The Pet Adoption Center of OC
(949) 858-1000

They accept pets from local shelters, animal welfare organizations, and some owner surrenders. The pets in their care are spayed/neutered, receive daily care and socialization, medical care, current vaccinations and a microchip.  Their facility is located at 24331 Muirlands, Suites E & F, Lake Forest.


The Zuri Pet Rescue
(949) 429-7223

This organization rescues dogs and cats from kill shelters and they partner with local veterinarians to spay/neuter their animals as well as help with any medical issues. They partner with Zuri Pet Spa to foster their animals prior to adoption. They are based in San Juan Capistrano.


Thrive Animal Rescue
(858) 229-4972

This organization rescues dogs from high kill shelters and they will assist you with choosing the right dog to adopt. Their animals are also located in foster homes so that they are able to keep saving dogs from shelters. Their location is on private property so you must contact them prior to visiting their location.


Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation
(714) 328-8661

This foundation rescues companion animals from overcrowded California shelters and abandonment situations and finds them forever homes through local placement and through partnerships with like-minded rescue organizations, humane societies and strictly no-kill shelters in neighboring states and western Canada. They are based in Huntington Beach.


Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
(424) 384–1801
12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista.

Annenberg PetSpace is a unique community space featuring an interactive place for pet adoptions, an education center, and a leadership institute.C Check website for weekly classes and events.


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