A list of dog rescues for all breeds and mixes.
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.
List of local breed-specific rescue.
See Cats for kitten and cat rescues.
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 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.
See Emergency Resources.
Rescues that offer aid to animals such as rabbits, Guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, farm pigs, horses, sheep, donkeys and other animals.
“Older dogs fill the holes in your heart instead of digging holes in your yard.” Find information and resources about adopting a senior pet.
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.
Websites offering current listings of adoptable pets available from local shelters and rescues.