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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.





"PRINCESS" is an 8 yr old spayed female Aussie looking for a new home with a good yard to run around in.  She is very loving and loyal, very good with kids. Because she is deaf, you need to be gentle and not startle her if she doesn't see you approaching / is asleep - she doesn't get aggressive but can get scared.  Being deaf doesn't hold her back in any way, she is high energy, likes to fetch, and used to being outside.  Her owner had to move into a condo with no yard and she's not getting the exercise she needs.  She is currently living with another dog and is fine, owner says that she gets very excited when around other dogs - not aggressive, just hyper.   If you are interested in this beautiful girl, please contact her owner via email: kngirl@verizon.net  (Diamond Bar area)


My name is SIRIUS. I am a neutered 6 year old male tri Australian Shepherd. I'm current on all shots and microchipped. I'm crate trained, good on a leash and I know the basic commands, sit, down, shake, etc...I'm good with calm dogs and humans, and I have learned to be good with the cat I am living with - it may take training for me learn with another, but I can do it if you are willing to work with me. My foster parents don't have kids, but they think I will be okay with older kids too. I like walks, snuggling on the couch, playing ball and just being near my person. I am very friendly but it may take some time to trust you and my surroundings. I need to have a crate for a safe place to go when I'm stressed and don't leave me outside alone until I know I'm safe. I will require a slow introduction with any other fur babies you may already have. I'm still over weight so over exercising me causes me to limp. I need some who will continue a low calorie diet and get me up and moving for short walks a few times a day. If you have any questions please feel free to ask my foster mom, Kelly: Kelly@barkatthepark.net, or the rescue:  aussierescuesocal@gmail.com
here's a link to our adoption application: http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html   (Northridge area)  (6-1)

"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)  (5-24)


Both these kids are housebroken and fine with cats, Daisy has not been socialized with other dogs as much as Ozzzie, he originally had gone regularly to the dog park and was fine, but then he got bitten there and shortly after they got Daisy and their owner fell ill, so they didn't go as much.  The few times he's been around other dogs since, he'd been quite protective of Daisy but owner says he's getting better.  Daisy is very affectionate, can be anxious sometimes in public, but they have taken her camping, to the beach, etc, and she's been okay.  Both are friendly with people, not really been around children much, love to go in the car, and enjoy playing fetch, especially at the beach.  Both dogs have been shaved down but here are pictures when in full coat.
Per the owner:
"OZZIE" is a 7.5 year old, neutered black tri male, full size, recently diagnosed with thyroid and diabetes. We spent over $1000 stabilizing him and hope with more weight loss he will not need insulin shots.  He is well trained on / off leash/ in public, very smart.
"DAISY" is a 5 year old, spayed red tri female, 1/2 miniture 1/2 full, in excellent health.  She has minimal training because my illness starting after getting her.
I have not been able to walk/bike/hike with them 4 miles daily, take them out in public, or continue training as before.  They are primarily home bound now, and not allowed in the backyard because of my allergies.
The owner may be willing to split them up, depends on the situation - please contact Lucy via call or text @ 805-501-1711 (Thousand Oaks) (4-6)

"BEAU" is a 10 yr old neutered blue merle male Aussie looking for a new home due to a divorce situation.  He has primarily been an outdoor boy, has slept in when it gets cold out and hasn't had a problem with being housebroken.  He has lived with other dogs in the past and been fine, some male dogs he has issues with - if he growls at them and they growl back, he'll go after them (maybe due to dominance...?).  He is a very friendly boy, was raised with children, used to kids 10 yrs old and up, fine on a leash, no interest in toys or balls or water but does love his treats!  He has plenty of energy left and would love it if you would give him a chance.  If you are interested in Beau, please contact owner Cathryn: malibuart1@verizon.net  (Malibu area)

"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)   (6-14)




"BUDDY" is a 10 yr old Aussie mix neutered male, weighing about 60 pounds and is in good health.  His owners are moving and need to find a new home for him.  He is a very sweet lovable boy, walks well on a leash or off leash on the beach, is housebroken and loves car rides.  He is fine with other dogs, small and large, but has no interest in them and just pretty much ignores them, so he would be fine as an only dog.  He is has no interest in playing ball/fetch or playing in general, just likes to hang out with you.  He has been around kids 7 yrs & up and been fine, no idea on cats but shows no interest in the rabbits in the backyard, for what that's worth.  Buddy is sweetheart looking for a sweet place to retire to, that he can just hang out with you and provide all the loving companionship you could want.  Contact owner Don via email: db@thevine.net  or call 661.373.8395  (Santa Barbara area)


"S'MORE" is an 8 weeks (6/16),  Border collie / Shep mix and will be about 60lbs when grown.
I want some more!! This is a super smart pup! She has brains and knows how to use them! 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, S'more is a border collie mix, not an Aussie mix. Please do your research before applying

"FUDGE" is an  8 weeks (6/16), Border collie / shep mix, will be about 60lbs.

Fudge is a super sweet pup! He loves to play and cuddle and eat :) His 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, Fudge is a border collie mix, not an Aussie mix. Please do your research before applying

"HAZEL" is an 8 weeks (6/16), 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.

"OREO" is an 8 weeks (6/16), Female, Border collie / shep mix that will weigh about 60lbs
Oreo is as sweet as she is cute! She loves to snuggle and is learning quickly. 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, Oreo 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)


We have a lovely 2 1/2 year old Australian Shepard Mix. She has been with us for 7 months and is the sweetest most submissive dog. Sadly, we need to re-home her. She needs tons of exercise, more than 30 minutes a day. And would do best in a home with other dogs to keep her mind stimulated. She loves our small family and is really close to our 7 year old boy, so this is really hard for us. But we think it would be best for Taxi if she was able to get more exercise and be with other dogs through-out the day. She LOVES to be outside, and literally could stay there all day. We are really looking out for her best interest and want to re-home her to just the right family or person. Please let me know if that is you or someone you know.  She is great with other dogs and kids.  She is very close to our 7 year boy.  Very submissive and spayed. Very friendly, rides in car well, walks on leash well, house-trained, very high energy in terms of needing a lot of exercise and would do best with a home and other dogs to occupy her mind.  If you are interested in Taxi, please follow the directions on our adoption application and email it to:  jennifergelles@gmail.com  (Fullerton area)   (5-4)

"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/

"JEWELL" is a five year old, female, Aussie mix that has short hair and weighs about 45pds.

Jewell was at a local shelter where she was so shut down, staff members had to carry her when moving her. She was very sick with pyometra, scabies, skin infection and more. They took excellent care of her and we rescued her as soon as we had an open spot.
Jewell has come a long way! She is now healthy, has a gorgeous coat and sweet adoring eye. She is still very shy with new people but usually will take food. Jewell has learned to walk on a leash but still needs coaxing in new situations. Jewell has been great with her foster dog siblings and is very easy to live with. If you would like to give a shy dog a chance and think you want to adopt Jewell, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

"GOOFY" is about 6 months old. He is a Aussie / German Shepherd mix that will weigh around 70lbs.

Goofy is a silly guy with lots of energy and love. He was recently rescued from a shelter with his two brothers. Goofy is a teenager who needs to learn basic manners and control. If you are interested in adopting Goofy, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/
Goofy is in San Diego area

This litter was turned into the local shelter when the owner could no longer care for them. we do not know anything about the parents. There are Aussie, German Shepherd, Hound and even Lab resemblances in the various puppies. We believe them to be Aussie mixes based on some of the other pups turned in with them. Their size is estimated.If you are interested in Patch, please fill out an adoption application. http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/
4-19 UPDATE: Cypress has been adopted.

Per her previous owner:
"We love her dearly, however she has been unhappy ever since our 2-year old son came along. She became quite anxious, and despite specialized training techniques and even medication, Kaya isnít able to be relaxed and content in our household. 
We adopted her when she was 3-months old, back in 2006. We are devastated to let her go. Unfortunately, a growing family environment isnít the right fit for her. She belongs with an individual person, or a family without small children. She is loving and sweet. She is very loyal, and makes a great watch dog. She doesnít care much for other dogs, but she is great with cats. She is very well trained. She doesnít require much exercise anymore, but she loves to be outdoors. This situation truly breaks our hearts. We pray that she finds a home where she is loved and gets the attention she deserves. Whoever becomes her new owner will be lucky to have her."
Kaya is at San Diego Humane Society
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Her ID number is 205218


is a 14 month old Aussie x German Shepherd mix spayed female looking for a home that can keep up with her!  Per her current owner: she is very sweet and smart and VERY energetic - "She can run full throttle at the dog park for an hour, come home panting & clearly worn out, but continue bringing us her toys for her to chase.  She will keep going & going, even after dogs twice her size are worn out & wanting to stop."  Juliet loves her leash and what it means, she gets super excited when she sees it and does pull some, but time and training will help with that.  She loves going for car rides, is housebroken, loves kids but probably best with older ones that can play with her, due to her high energy.  Juliet is very social & loves playing with other dogs, but will chase cats.  She is a very friendly girl, loves meeting people (no such things as strangers in her book!), loves to play fetch with an occasional "keep away" thrown in, loves to carry around her kong toy, and loves to be around her people.  She is used to sleeping in a crate at night.  If you are interested in this bundle of energy, please contact her owner:  skeltonhl@gmail.com  (San Pedro area)  (3-29)

"LUCKY".  is about 3.5 years old. His vaccinations are up to date and he is neutered. He is about 50 lb and very healthy. He is very kind
and considerate of humans and other dogs. He loves to play and go on walks and hikes. He has a lot of energy and needs an owner that can give
him the attention and training he deserves. He behaves very well on a leash and is friendly with children.
Contact Sherry for more information about Lucky. email: sherrydarabi@yahoo.com


"BAILEY" is an 8 month old, female, shepherd mix and will be around  30 lbs when full grown.

Bailey was rescued from a hoarding situation by a group of Good Samaritans. She can be very shy at first but warms up quickly. Bailey may bark at first with new dogs and situations She loves to play and cuddle in your lap. She is good with her foster siblings. Bailey needs someone to help her experience more of everyday situations and develop her confidence. If you are interested in adopting Bailey and you have the time, skills and patience to train her to be a good girl, please fill out an adoption application.http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/ 

"GORDY" is a 5.5 yr old neutered male herding breed mix who is a wonderful family dog, loves people, has been raised around children and loves them.  He is housebroken and leash trained and loves going on walks, is okay meeting strangers as long as they don't come at him fast and scare him.  He is a big sweetheart but has not really had much exposure to other dogs - he does live with his mother and littermate brother, but this past year he has been fighting with his brother, hence the need to find him a new loving family.  If you are interested in this delightful boy, please fill out an adoption application:  http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html   and email it to Holly: annexstar@aol.com  (Ontario area)  (1-25)

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 Pescado, please fill out an adoption application and email it to aussierescue@roadrunner.com  (Palmdale area)

"SAMMIE" is a 10 yr old spayed female Heeler that is in need of a new home due to her elderly owner having to go into a care facility.  She's about 30 pounds, has a skin irritation due to fleas but has been to the vet to get that treated and taken care of and now has a clean bill of health, as well as has been brought current on her vaccinations and microchipped.  She is a happy, happy girl, has done well with other dogs and meeting people, loves human contact, her stubby tail wagging non-stop.  If you are interested in this adorable senior girl, please contact her rescuer Rosemarie via email:  rosemarie.sanchez@gmail.com  (11-24)

"MAX" is a 3.5 yr old neutered male Border Collie mix that his rescuer took in when his owners moved out of the country a few months ago.  She has worked with him and gotten him less fearful than he was by far but he is still on the more reserved/shy side - once he gets to know you, he is a love  :]  He is fine being brushed, barks at first when someone he doesn't know comes but does settle down.  He likes to walk around in a kiddie wading pool to cool his feet off, seems to be okay with cats, fine with other dogs, affectionate once he knows you, has been good with kids 2-3 yrs old and up.  If you are interested in Max, please contact his rescuer, Ali, @ 951-205-0456  (Perris area)  (11-25)

"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   (11-20)

                                                   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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