Adoption & Rescue

Agencies that offer rescued pets for adoption and/or referrals for adoption. Most organizations do not have a facility (unless otherwise noted), instead animals are living in foster care until a forever home can be found. Pictures of available pets are usually found on their website, along with a calendar of adoption events. 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 events.

All-Breed Rescue Groups

A list of dog rescues for all breeds and mixes.

Breed-Specific Rescue Groups

List of local breed-specific rescue.

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.

Foster Homes for Animals

Foster families take in animals that are waiting to find permanent “fur-ever” homes. Most adoption and rescue organizations need foster families and will provide for the needs of the animals, including food and medical care.

If You Lost or Found a Pet

See Emergency Resources.

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.

Senior-Dog Rescue

“Older dogs fill the holes in your heart instead of digging holes in your yard.” Find information and resources about adopting a senior pet.

Shelter Adoption

Most shelters offer adoption of unclaimed, healthy animals (full and mixed breeds) housed in their facilities. There is usually a small fee; spay/neuter and other veterinary services are often included or discounted.

Web Resources

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