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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.




"MOLLY" is a super sweet 4 year old spayed female blue merle mini Aussie (22 pounds).  She is a love bug. We take her to the dog park where she loves to run and play. She is housebroken, but at home she prefers to be outside. She gets along with dogs, cats and kids.  She can not go on long walks on concrete due to nerve problem in her hind end. She gets up slow, can't do stairs and walks funny but is NOT in any discomfort.  She can run and walk, but she does drag her paws so the walks on the road are short. Molly can run and play in the grass and dirt with no issues.  On the plus side, she can't jump on you or your furniture.  We hate to part with her, but are looking to re-home her because we are an active family and can not take her with on our trips.  It isn't fair to always leave her home with a dog sitter.  Check out my U Tube Video at http://youtu.be/LA3nQwMsp0M
Contact owner George at 951-764-0888  or email:  11167gg@gmail.com  (Canyon Lake)  (1-22)

"BRADY" could be your best friend.  He is happiest when he is with his person.  He is 4 years old, and weighs about 60 lbs.  He is good with all other dogs and greets them excitedly.   He does not want to play with everyone but will tolerate them in his space and would prefer to crawl in someone's lap.
He has learned to walk on a leash and rides well in the car.  He knows "sit" and takes food gently, but would benefit from basic obedience classes.  He is a gentle boy and would be fine around children over 6 who could not be easily pushed over by his enthusiasm for life.
He needs a moderate amount of exercise.  Has is  housetrained in his foster home and greets everyone with joy and a welcome lick.  Like all Aussies this is not a dog who should be left alone for long periods of time as he becomes anxious  and not a good fit for a full time working family.
Unknown around cats Located in Santa Barbara.    Please contact dogadopt21@gmail.com    (1-4)

"SOPHIE" is a 7 year old spayed blue merle female mini that has significant fear aggression and her owner is trying to find someone that might be better able to handle her - she has spend thousands of dollars with trainers, working with her, and she will do better for awhile but then revert back.  Sophie needs a lot of exercise and loves to chase the ball, but alternates between being very loving to growling and snarling at her and others.  Sophie did have some development issues initially, had to be bottle fed, etc, no idea if that has anything to do with her issues or not.  She’s okay on leash until other people or dogs walk by and then gets very aggressive, they live on the beach and have a fair amount of foot traffic going by which Sophie does NOT do well with.  Generally she is okay with other dogs and people once she gets to know them.  She is housebroken but not crate-trained, great in a car but hates anyone who comes to the window.  She’s very protective and does not like cats or kids.  She has nipped at strangers that have reached out to pet her, but not connected.  If you would like more info on Sophie, please email owner Karen:  karengrencik@gmail.com  (Shell Beach area)  (12-6)

"ARCHER" is a 2 year old neutered red tri male mini Aussie in need of a new home with no children or other pets.  He has lunged at the one year old son on more than one occasion even though they've worked with several behaviorists - rather than wait until he actually connects, they have made the very difficult decision to rehome him into a situation that does not have children.  Per the owner:  When he is afraid, which he often is, he lashes out at anything around him, including other dogs, so no other dogs or pets.  He barks and acts intimidating when guests first arrive, but once they are there for a about 10 minutes and he feels safe, he is fine with them and will even go to them if called and sit in their laps and let them pet him.  He LOVE LOVE LOVES to play ball and games (e.g., hide things for him to find). He loves to ride in the car and stick his head out the window. He loves to catch flies. He loves to go on jogs, the more you run with him, the better he is on the leash and the better he is at resisting the urge to lunge at other dogs. He is really smart. He took to some aspects of training really well, and if he were with someone who didn’t have another dog (which makes training much more difficult), I think he could be trained to do a lot of things that would be really fun for him—frisbee, etc. He loves to be petted and will sit on my lap for hours. He is super duper affectionate and loyal.  Once he finds his person, he will follow them around.  If you have the appropriate home for this handsome boy, please contact owner Jayme at  jaymeldavis@gmail.com  (Altadena area)  (11-6)


(Sammy) is a 7 year old Australian Shepherd who loves to be loved. He was once upon a time a lap dog, despite his 55lbs. If he could curl up in a ball on your lap under a blanket, it'd be his favorite place to be. He loves to be taught tricks and responds to commands such as: sit, speak, high five and "bang" (in which he falls and plays dead). He is such an incredibly loyal dog and deserves a home where someone has the space and time to give them their love and affection. He and I used to be best friends, and then I had my daughter and being a single mom I wasn't able to tend to him the way I used to. He's been outdoors since 2012 and is so ready to have someone invite him in again. Sam means the world to me and its heartbreaking to give him up, but he deserves a home where he can run and play with someone who can devote the amount of attention and time to him that he deserves. I'm moving to an apartment with very little space, and I just can't keep him locked on a patio for 9 - 10 hours a day while I work, he deserves better than that! He's going to need some retraining, but he is very eager to please. I hope that you consider him, you wont regret adding him to your family. Sammy needs to be in a single pet home.   Please contact owner Natalie if you are interested in Sammy:  nsalaiz@hotmail.com  (Corona area)


is a 4 year old neutered male Aussie (DOB: 9.13.09), looks like a black tri but does have a patch of blue merle on him so technically is a blue merle  :]  he has one blue eye and one brown.  He loves other dogs, especially small fluffy ones, fine with cats, is housebroken and crate trained, very affectionate and great company once he bonds to you - but he is a VERY fearful of people,  petrified of small children,  skateboards, basketball and baseballs -  he has never bitten, but may panic in some situations and try and get away/bolt. He does know a few commands, has been on a leash and okay as long as he doesn't get frightened and panic. He LOVES the beach!!  Best to take him to an isolated beach.  Contact:  lmlamon120@gmail.com  (Ventura area)  (11-9)

"RED" is a wonderful, happy, 7 yr old neutered male red tri Aussie...he wants to be with you and loves attention.  Red is epileptic and requires medication three times a day, his condition is quite stable when his meds are given on time every day, so probably best with an owner that is familiar with the medical care needed.  He is good with kids, but because of the possibility of seizures, best not to be living with small children.  Although this does require care, he is well worth it  :]  He is very personable, loves to mingle at the dog beach, great with other dogs, has been around horses some and shows no fear of them, don't know about cats but given his personality, probably could be worked with enough to be okay.  He is a friendly boy, knows basic commands and a few tricks like shake and bang bang.  He does have a very heavy coat and will need regular grooming to keep it up.  Red is a big boy and does carry a bit of extra weight, probably due to the meds he is on, but you won't meet a happier natured Aussie!  If you are experienced and familiar with the care Red needs, and are interested in adopting him, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl (fostered in Huntington Beach)  (11-9)


"AUSSIE" is a gentle, loving girl, about 4-5 years old, who was found walking the rural roads of the High Desert area three years ago.  She loves lots of "people time", with plenty of tummy scratches and back rubs! She would be very good with children who are at least 8 years old. She has even been open and accepting of strangers. She lives peacefully with other dogs and our two house cats, but her current relationship with her "sister" has gone bad, so we are looking for a new home.  She knows basic commands such as "sit" "stay" and "no".  She has been spayed.  Her herding instinct is strong; it's not known whether she's had exposure to livestock, but given her tendencies, it's a good guess she'd make a great herder with some training.  She'd be happiest in a home where she would be the only dog, with lots of attention and stimulation.  Ranchers/Farmers/ Large Property Owners with Fenced Property-this is your dog!   If you are interested in this lovely girl, please contact owner Jessica via email: mommydrums@yahoo.com  (Victorville area)




SHARON is a black retriever mix girl, 10 years old and weighs about 62#. EDGAR is a golden colored retriever mix, 3 years old, 68#. These dogs are possibly mother and son, great pals and very bonded, rescued together from the Apple Valley shelter on their last day. We would LOVE to find them a home together. For someone looking for a ready made family, they are the perfect choice. They are wonderful in the house, love to go for walks, great on the leash and are both very affectionate. Both dogs have a high prey drive and would not be a good match for a home with little furry animals or birds. Please contact Diane for more info. about these two great dogs. rdranch12@gmail.com 626-319-3122 Pasadena  ((1-6)


is a 5 year old spayed female, possibly an Aussie X Cattle Dog mix.  She is housebroken, crate trained, not a barker, walks well on a leash and knows some basic obedience.  Felicity is very well behaved, listens well, very attentive, loves to be near you.  She plays well with other dogs, has been fine going to a dog park, seem to be okay with cats (the ones she's been around do not run and she was curious but that was it), respects and behaves around horses.  We are looking for a home for her where she is the only dog as in her first foster home she decided after a couple of weeks that she wanted to be top dog in terms of who is next to the humans - haven't had a problem with that in other foster situation, but better safe than sorry.  She loves people, seems to be okay meeting children but has not been living with any since we've had her, so no idea how she would do living with any.  She is a low-key girl currently living in an apartment and doing fine with it.  Felicity is an absolute love!  If you are interested in Felicity, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl at 951-961-7575 or  aussierescuesocal@gmail.com   (fostered in the Pomona area)

"JACKY BROWNE" is a 5 yr old neutered male, maybe a Clumber Spaniel x Aussie mix...?  He's a big dog in a little dog's body, approx 30#.  He's got lotsa spirit, he's playful and friendly, good in the car and on leash.  Loves other dogs and people.  Jacky was rescued from Ventura County Animal Services.  If you are interested in him, please contact rescuer Mindy @ 805 320-3203.  (Ventura)  (11-15)

"FREIDA"  Meet "Freida," a sweet old lady who came in stray to the Santa Barbara County shelter and who is now in foster with Aussie Rescue So Cal.
Freida is a great old girl.  She's creaky, but not slow -- she loves a good leash walk, and will play a bit of fetch with a toy or a ball, given the slightest chance.  She's pretty chill around dogs and ignores cats; and she seems to like all people.  Whoever lost her is missing out on a great senior!  Freida is definitely pretty old, maybe 13-14 years.  She's in good enough health overall, although skinny and a little arthritic.  But she's not down and out yet!  She is housebroken, quiet, and easy to have around.  If you want to give a great senior dog a wonderful last stretch of life, consider this one!  If you are interested in Freida, please email Lee at k9krma@gmail.com for more information.  Aussie Rescue So Cal does require that you complete our adoption application before meeting her, to be sure that you and she are a good 'match.' (11-9)

This is ABBEY.  I rescued her out of the Downey Animal Shelter in South Gate about a month ago with the intention of finding her a good home.  She's 17 lbs., 11 months old, spayed and up to date on all vaccinations, people- and dog-friendly.  I've been told she could be a mini Aussie or mini Aussie mix.  She is a special-needs dog.   When I saw her at the shelter, I didn't notice that she didn't wag her tail at all.  Once I got her home, I realized there was a problem as she is both fecal and urine incontinent.  An x-ray revealed a total separation of her tail from her spinal column.  The vet suggested that possibly someone pulled her tail so hard that it became separated.  A neurologist recommended amputating the tail to prevent further damage to the nerves, which I had done about 3 weeks ago.  Because Abbey is able to hold both urine and feces overnight, the neurologist said that there is a "reasonable chance" that she will someday regain control.  However, he could not say when.   As time has gone by I have come to find that Abbey is definitely  incontinent.  No, she is not paralyzed, but she has little feeling around her anus area (according to the vet).  Abbey is actually very active and happy -- you would never guess that anything was wrong!  If you are interested in this beautiful little girl, please contact her rescuer Sharon at: sharongolding@gmail.com or call:  562-307-0004.    
Sharon  adds that Abbey LOVES other dogs and toys.  She plays with my BC mix (who weighs more than 3 times her size) all the time.  My little dogs are not as interested in playing with her, but they will occasionally.  They prefer to play with each other.  Really such a nice dog.  And no problem with putting on her diaper.  She waits outside while I put it on. (11-9))

"BENTLEY" is a 2 yr old neutered male aussie/border collie mix who is deaf.  He is housebroken and loves car rides.  Bentley is very well behaved in the house and he is a super loyal boy.  He is great with people and has done fine with other dogs.  Contact rescuer Megan if you are interested in this great boy:  collectinaussies@yahoo.com

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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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