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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.  Please check our Facebook page to see what we have listed in local shelters


"CJ" is  a 6 year old neutered blue merle male Aussie looking for a new home.  His original family moved into a tract home from a 5 acre setting.  Between no one making the time to get him more exercise and the addition to several younger dogs, he had trouble adjusting, so they gave him to a friend of the family - unfortunately in that home there is a male Jack Russell who is protective of his owner and the 2 boys are not getting along very well.  He did get along fine with an older female Husky mix in the original home, but may be best as an only dog.  CJ has been mainly an outdoor dog but has been okay in the house, not been around cats or small kids, but was okay with the older children that he lived with in the original home.  He has a typical herding breed personality and is reserved at first meeting, but does warm up once he gets to know you.  If you are interested in this handsome boy, please contact Joyce via email: levering_joyce7@yahoo.com  (Temecula area)  (7-28)

This was taken from a Craigslist post one of our Fosters found:

Meet "SCHMITTY" and "LEFTY" -
My husband and I got them from the Irvine Shelter 8 years ago. They came to the shelter from a breeder when they were 2 years old. They were in excellent health then and still are. They had a thorough examination on March 21 of this year, which was their 10th birthday. The vet said they are in excellent health. Most people think they are puppies because they are mid-size (46 pounds) and still look young. They are playful too, but don't require the running twice a day like they used to. My husband and I have divorced and I will be going back to work on August 1 and working very long hours. I'll be moving out of the condo I've been renting temporarily and will be renting a room in someone's home by mid-August, so I have to find them a good home very soon.They are 10-years old. They've never had an issue with their health. No allergies, major surgeries, etc. Schmitty had to have some teeth pulled due to his under bite. Lefty has a fatty cyst but it doesn't affect him. They are very socialized and sweet. They love people and other dogs. They get along great with cats too. They eat a mixture of grain free kibble and human grade canned food twice a day. They eat and drink out of the same bowl. They are super bonded and love each other very much. They slept outside on our patio or in their dog house for the first 7 years, but for the past year they've slept indoors but never in my bed. They aren't allowed on the furniture unless I tell them it's okay.
They are current with their rabies and bordatella. Those are the only vaccines I get for them. They are licensed and chipped. I have every record on them since we got them from the shelter.
What I'm looking for in a home for them:
An individual or family that loves dogs and can give them the attention they are used to. They are happy just to be in the same room with you, but they aren't used to being home alone all day. When my husband and I first got them we both worked, but different hours, so they were only alone from 10 a.m until 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. For the last year I've been with them full time, but I am going back to work, very long hours. They would do fine with a normal 8-5 work day since they have each other. A yard with grass. They love laying in grass.
Daily walks. I've never taken them to a dog park. We've always taken them to greenbelts or the river trail so they can be off leash. However, they do well on leash when they need to be. They like dog beach, but they don't get too close to the water. They don't fetch. We tried to teach them but they have no interest in balls or Frisbees, etc. They are used to 2 walks a day. They don't require much exercise, and our walks are usually 20-30 minutes. If you have a big yard, walks could be limited even more. They love getting out to see other people and other dogs. They love riding in the car too.
If you think you can give them as good a life or better, please contact me. I am asking for a $300 re-homing fee to ensure only seriously interested parties. I will also want to see where you live, to make sure there is a yard and plenty of room for them to enjoy the outdoors. (HUNTINGTON BEACH area)     (7-28)
Thank you for your interest in providing a loving home for my boys.  Contact email: tz728-5698902406@comm.craigslist.org 

"DILLON" is a 2 yr old neutered blue merle male Aussie looking for a new home. He is crate trained, used to sleeping in one at night, can play with both sexes of other dogs, but best not to live with another male dog. Dillon is a HIGH energy boy, with a lot of drive, needs a job to do! He is not an overly affectionate boy, too busy, so if that is what you are looking for, he's not the Aussie for you. Best home for him would be one with some Aussie experience and willingness to continue working with him on good manners and getting him enough exercise - he LOVES to swim, loves to carry toys around - he does know some basic obedience, but could use more socialization, he has a hard time with a lot of changes.  He would do best in a home where someone is around a good portion of the time, he may bark excessively if left alone for long periods of time.  Limited exposure to kids and seems okay but may have too much energy for the younger ones.  If you are interested in this big boy, please email: Maria topperformance@att.net or call between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm: 909-856-9795 (Riverside area)  (7-26)

"BIDDIE" and "PEPPER" are a 9 yr old pair needing a new home due to their owner passing away.  Pepper is a neutered male and Biddie is a spayed female.  They are housebroken, not destructive at all, not jumpers, love to ride in the car, and ok on the leash.  No idea how they are with cats or children, and have not been socialized with other dogs, so can be barky around them - they did behave fine at the groomers with other dogs there also, but be best as only dogs in the home.  They are a bit reserved at first, they've had a lot of upheaval in their lives lately, but once they feel comfortable with you, are very loving and affectionate with wiggles and licks.  Biddie weighs about 25-30 pounds and Pepper weighs about 40 pounds.  Please help find a permanent home for this pair of seniors!!!  Contact Janet @ 951-672-0692  (Sun City area). (7-23)


is a 1 1/2 year old neutered blue Merle Aussie. He is chipped and vaccinations are current.
He is active and agile, enjoys playing with toys and playing fetch. Shadow is a very loving, affectionate dog; he knows sit, down, stay, sit up and works well for treats when not distracted. He is currently working with a trainer, because he is very dog reactive and this interferes with our ability to walk him or have him socialize with other dogs, so he needs someone who is Aussie savvy and willing to continue to work with him.  Shadow can be protective of his people, he did nip at a 2 different people when we were out walking him initially, but since we've been working with him he has gotten better.  Shadow is not destructive; he is crate trained and he rides well in the car.  He needs a quiet home with no young kids, cats or other dogs.  Shadow is a wonderful dog, but we are an older couple who cannot keep him due to his dog reactivity.  If you are interested in this handsome boy, please contact Vern @ 805 469-1124   vcook.csun@gmail.com or Beth @ 805 377-2094   gentleyoga.beth@gmail.com (Thousand Oaks area)  (7-23)

"STRIDER" is a 2 yr old neutered black tri male Aussie looking for a new home that can devote more time to him.  In his current home, he lives with 4 kids (5-12) and is wonderful with them, great with people in general, happy and excited, yet gentle with the kids, but there just isn't any time to spend with him.  He is very smart and obedient, and very affectionate, would love to spend the day by your side.  He does get nervous and aggressive towards other dogs though, has nipped another dog in the side several months ago when he was off leash, and does bark at dogs that walk by his yard, as well as cats he sees on the street, so will need training to be able to be comfortable around other dogs.  He is housebroken, but is primarily outside during the day and sleeps in a crate in the garage at night - that is why his owner would like to find another home for him, one that can have him inside with them more, and spend more time with him.  If you are interested in this sweet boy, please contact owner Meredith via email: <punkacho@yahoo.com>  (Temecula area)  (7-21)

"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)   (7-16)




is a 2 yr old spayed red merle female Aussie mix and "DELTA" is a 6 yr old spayed female chocolate Lab mix, that are in need of a new home ASAP (by the 28th of July) due to their owners are having to move out of state and into a rental that does not allow large dogs.  Both girls are housebroken and good with small dogs, and with limited exposure to small kids, always supervised, have been okay but have not lived with any.  Rio likes to fetch and chase squirrels (needs a secure fence so she can't dig under to get to them).  Delta is still very active and chases Rio and plays really good, but you do have to watch out for her tail, she's a wagger  ;]  They are very good watchdogs but once they know you are okay, they stop barking and are friendly.  If you are interested in either girl, please contact owner Michele: <mbarlow4mk@msn.com>  (Phelan area)

"HAZEL" is a 13 weeks (7/16), Female, Border collie / shep mix that will weihj about 60lbs when grown
Hazel is a spitfire pup! She has the energy and brain power to get things done. Her mom is a tall leggy border collie who weighs about 55lbs. Dad is unknown. If you think you have time, patience and ability to train this cutie pie, please fill out an adoption application  http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/
Note, Hazel is a border collie mix, not an Aussie mix. Please do your research before applying.

"DUSTY" is with Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Petaluma, CA
This adorable boy, our Dusty, is a happy, healthy, cuddly 10-year-old Cattledog who will make a fabulous family companion. He has an endearing, spunky charm and loves to interact with his person(s). He weighs 60 lbs., will likely do well with other dogs (when properly introduced) as well as kids 10-yrs. and older. He walks well on a leash. One of his favorite things to do is to climb in your lap for a snuggle. Just one look and you will be smitten!  If you are interested in Dusty, please contact Lilyslegacysds@gmail.com  or call 707-787-7010. (6-2)

"JACK" is a Male border collie that weights 37lbs.

Jack was found by animal control with sheep. We are not sure the details but he was listed as a stray and then pulled by another rescue to save him from euthanasia. Jack is sweet, quiet, affectionate and hard working. He has a very endearing personality and will give you a smooch if you let him ❤️
We took Jack over to meet Sara Goodman and see how he worked sheep. She said he most likely worked with his owner as a partner moving sheep thru gates / chutes and stuff like that. He did well, is efficient for normal ranch chores and could compete well with a few more lessons.  Jack rides well in the truck, is friendly with people in a quiet way, ok around other dogs, unknown with cats and kids. If you are interested in adopting Jack, please fill out an adoption applicationhttp://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/    

"OLLIE" is an 11 month old, male, Aussie/cattle dog mix who will weigh about 45 pds.

Ollie is a very smart and fun guy. He is good with people and other dogs but can be reactive (barky) at first. He needs a stable environment with someone who can build his confidence and coping skills. He learns skills very easily and loves to play, run, hike. If you are interested in adopting Ollie and have time and patience to train him, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

"FLUFFY" 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 Fluffy please contact kammdann@gmail.com or fill out an adoption application and email it to kammdann@gmail.com  (Palmdale area)

"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   (7-16)

                                                   This is a partial list of the Aussies available in foster homes and private homes in the the Southern California area.

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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