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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


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"Link" is a Male Australian Shepherd

Per the owner: "LINK" is a Male Australian Shepherd. He was born on December 11th 2012 and will be turning 4 this year. He is neutered. He is in excellent health and has a healthy appetite. He is very food driven and will over eat if his diet isn't managed properly. He loves people and animals and is very curious about them. He can get over excited if someone doesn't command him to sit/stay and or people let him jump on them. He knows the basic obedience commands sit, down, stay, break, kennel, leave it, enough, bath time. He also knows a number of tricks such as paw, high five, spin, roll over, up, back flips, catch, fetch, and will weave though your legs while walking if beckoned to. He loves to run and can keep it up all day. His exercise requirements surpass what I have seen in other Aussies. Injuries and military orders taking us away from where we had a lot of space and property has made me unable to meet his exercise requirements and he seems overall unhappy with our new home and conditions. It makes us extremely unhappy seeing his discontentment and frustration. We would love to find a better home for Link where he would get the space and exercise he needs to be happy."

If you have any questions or are interested in adopting Link, please contact Gerald at 856-392-7561 or Keani at 816-888-9608.


"TY" is a 6 years old, male Australian Shepherd at 53lbs (needs to gain about 5lbs)

Ty is a very sweet boy looking for someone who has time to enjoy him! He is friendly with people and other dogs. He likes to go on walks, play ball and nap by your feet. Ty does not like to be away from his humans or kept separate. If you would like to adopt Ty, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster…/adoptionapplication/



  "MISERY" is going to be looking for a new home. She is almost three years old, spayed female, Australian shepherd. She is registered with CKC & ASCA, as well as DNA tested. She is microchipped and up to date on shots.  Misery absolutely loves people and kids but she cannot be trusted around other animals which is the only reason I am rehoming her.  She's been around dogs, chickens, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, etc her whole life and was fine with everyone until this past year. She will be fine then in the blink of an eye, flip a switch and go for the kill. Luckily she hasn't killed any of my animals yet but it's just a matter of time.  For the most part she gets along well with our three other dogs but she is food aggressive and will also randomly fight with them too. So she can't be trusted. Our trainer said she MIGHT be okay in a home with one older dog but preferably a home where she is the only pet.  To top it all off, she's a jumper and can clear a fence. You will need to have at least 6ft high fencing to keep this dog in your yard.  When it comes to people she is as sweet as can be. She just wants to cuddle and be next you and she's happy. Our trainer said she might even work for an apartment since she truly is happiest when she is inside.  This isn't the kind of dog you can just throw in your backyard and forget about her. She will get bored and find a way out. She needs someone to love her and make her part of the family and include her.  She recently had an accident and is still recovering from a leg injury. She is missing a toe on the right front and will have a long scar up her wrist. Whoever adopts her will need to wait until this is fully healed before taking her home. It's almost healed but we do have another vet visit scheduled.  She will be adopted out on a contract and home check. If for whatever reason she doesn't work she is to come back to me, period! No exceptions!  If you are interested in Misery, please contact Haley @ (909) 200-5999  (Rancho Cucamunga area)



"GINGER"  is 5 years old, house trained, healthy, fixed and up to date on her vaccines. She loves to be around people and kids and would be great for a family.  Per the owner:
We are making this tough decision because we can no longer give her the attention that she deserves. We had an older male shepherd that she loved dearly but he passed away last year (he was 12 and developed lymphoma). Shortly after that my wife and I had our first baby, which forced a lot of our attention away from Ginger. After our older male passed, Ginger and our other female dog (11 year old German shepherd) have not gotten along too well. This has forced us to keep them separated which means they are locked up more than they should be. Especially when we are not home during the day. As much as we love Ginger we know that the life we are giving her now is not what's best for her. She should be with a family that can give her the attention that she desires. She is very sweet, extremely intelligent and loves to just hang out with people. We've had her since she was 6 weeks old and she's trained as an inside/outside dog but prefers to be inside with the family (we also have 2 indoor cats that she has always gotten along well with). My wife and I always joke that she thinks she is a tiny lap dog because she always wants to snuggle. If you are interested in Ginger please contact owner Rene @ 310-293-1677  (Rancho Mission Viejo area) (10-1)



"ANGEL" is a one year old, female Australian Shepherd with a partial tail.

Please don't let her haircut fool you... Angel is a beautiful Aussie girl. She came to us because she was chasing the cat and jumping on a child. Her previous owner wants her to find the best home possible for her and asked for our help. Are you up for a teenager? Angel learns easily but has lots and lots of energy. She swears she can leap giant buildings in a single bound and run faster than the speed of light! She needs a consistent and boundary oriented person to continue her training and be her partner in having fun. Angel is good with other dogs (boisterous but friendly), friendly with people, and crate trained. Although she may not admit it unless you ask, she does know her basic commands and then some. If you are interested in adopting Angel, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster…/adoptionapplication/



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). (8-8) Update: These two wonderful dogs are now at Retrievers and Friends Rescue, please contact Janet for more info.


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)





"OLLIE" is a 7 yr old neutered male Border Collie that was bailed out of a shelter when no one claimed or adopted him.  He is a great guy, very sweet, a little reserved at first and takes a little to warm up to you, and he enjoys the company of other dogs but is a little too interested in cats. We've had his right knee repaired with a TPLO but because of the severity of the osteoarthritis in his left knee, it wasn't an option for that side. He's recovered wonderfully from his surgery, getting around great, thinks he should be chasing the ball whenever he goes outside, but because of his left knee, he really should be limited on that.  He has been living with 9 yr old & up kids in his foster home and fine with them, rides great in the car, soft mouth when taking treats, and knows some basic obedience, just a wonderful companion!   If you are interested in Ollie, please follow the directions at the link in filling out our adoption application:  http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html  and email it to: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com   (fostered in the Pinon Hills area)

"TONY" is a 1-2 yr old neutered male Aussie mix with a natural bobbed tail and about 40-45 pounds.  He was picked up as a stray by animal control, full of ticks and fleas, filthy and underweight.  He's been bathed (a few times!), vaccinated, neutered, chipped, and checked over, and ready to go to a new home.  He's a bouncy energetic boy, definitely needs training, can be a bit pushy with other dogs, but been okay overall. He's been good with the 3 yr old little girl in his foster home, check out this video of her walking him! https://youtu.be/LAGgkyL_2mE   but does need some work to keep four on the floor when he gets excited. He is a friendly boy, good around the horses, working on overnight crate training and doing well so far.  If you are interested in Tony, please follow the directions at the link in filling out our adoption application:  http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html  and email it to: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com    (Norco area)

"BANDIT" is a Shepherdy mix neutered male, about 8 years old, that loves people!  He is great with other dogs, all sizes, but a little too interested in cats to be trusted.  He is a sweetheart that is looking for a loving home to call his own.  He was rescued out of a high kill shelter after no one came for him or adopted him, the skin around his nose and eyes were a mess.  We had him seen by the vet and was he was diagnosed with discoid lupus.  He is currently on 2 different meds that run about $10 a month and has healed up beautifully, feels great and is still plenty active for his age.  If you are interested in being this gem of a boy's forever home, please go to our adoption application and follow the directions: http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html and email it toaussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (Palmdale area)


"TUCKER" is a border collie aussie mix  He is 2 to 3 years old and weighs 52 lbs.
He is a sweet quiet boy who loves to run and would be a fabulous one on one companion or part of a family with another dog.
He is a beautiful dog in person, and hard to photograph because of his coloring.  He does not have any herding or nipping behavior.

A little timid at first he warms up and becomes very affectionate. He is good with all size dogs and is respectful to cats.
He would like a home where he is with someone most of the day or with another canine friend.
Located in Santa Barbara


  "FLUFFY" is a 2 yr old neutered male Aussie mix, about 60 pounds, whose owner is having to place him ASAP due to her own health reasons.  He is a sweet boy, housebroken, active, and likes to play fetch.  He has the normal herding breed reserve at meeting strangers, but does warm up and is friendly once he knows you.  He has hasn't been around other dogs much, but has been 'cautiously curious' about them, no exposure to cats, so no idea there, limited exposure to her grandkids and does sometimes bark at first until he's comfortable, so probably an adult home would be best.  If you are interested in Fluffy, please contact owner Janice @ 951-672-9679  (Menifee area)  (11-3)



"LOLLIPOP" is a lovely little lady with energy typical of a dog her age (2 years). She does not appear to have had much socialization with other dogs so she will be looking for a home where there are no other pets right now. Lollipop needs a home where her new family has some time to spend helping her with learning all that a young pup needs to know. She is already learning to follow commands and she gets along nicely with everyone she’s met. Lollipop has been known to do a little dance routine on her hind legs when she’s happy, and she always seems happy. If you are interested in Lollipop, she is listed on the website for the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue. Here is the link to the adoption application which would need to be completed:  http://www.grcglarescue.org/adopt   Please feel free to contact Jennifer at (909) 944-0130 or jjgaston14@gmail.com (Rancho Cucamonga area). Check out her youtube video! https://youtu.be/HOgmWOprpfc



"RUBY" is a beautiful a 3 yr old female 45-50 lb Australian Shepherd mix.  Spayed and Micro-chipped. Great Temperament. She is teachable and eager to please.  Ruby is a cuddle bug, she loves affection and gives it back.  Kisses and all.  She loves to sleep with her human family whenever she can but she does understand boundaries if you set them.   She understands and obeys simple commands "sit" "stay" "lay down" "move over".  She is good with other dogs. Good with cats if you let her know the cat is a friend and not to be chased, she lives with a cat now and respects the cat and they are buddies.   She is best with older kids, currently lives with teens who adore her, She may nip while "herding" so little ones may not be a good Idea. She does like to roughhouse play.  She will take your arm and lead you where she wants you to go.  She enjoys walks , she does walk on a leash.  She loves to swim in the swimming pool, play fetch, tug o war, she loves to be chased. Likes to ride in the car.  She has had occasional accidents but we believe she has asked to go out and was ignored.    She can escape a back yard depending.... however she will not leave the house, she will guard it until you return.  
She is a guard dog extraordinaire she will not allow anyone enter the home unless the person is invited in by the family inside.  
Please contact Sherri @ 951-757-5664 or email: lovesdogs45@gmail.com  (Riverside Co)  (10-25)



"HARRY" is an 8 year old, male, Aussie mix at 47 lbs and gaining :)

Harry LOVES people, attention and other dogs (a little too much sometimes). He walks well on a leash and enjoys a stroll around. Harry has been seen chasing the ball a time or two but may pass it up if he can get pets from anyone. He is a very very sweet guy. If you are interested in adopting Harry, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster…/adoptionapplication/


"LEROY" is a 1-2 year old neutered male Aussie mix with a natural bobbed tail and about 40-45 pounds.  He was picked up as a stray by animal control, full of ticks and fleas, filthy and underweight and unable to put weight on his right rear leg. He's since been bathed, vaccinated, neutered, chipped, and had an FHO surgery to enable him to use that right rear leg comfortably, and is recovering well.  Leroy is a friendly boy, a little less bouncy than his brother, Tony, had been fine with other dogs as well as the 3 yr old toddler in his previous foster home, prior to surgery. He'll need training once recovered but is an affectionate boy that listens well.  If you are interested in Leroy, please follow the directions at the link in filling out our adoption application:  http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/adoption_application.html  and email it to: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com   (Ramona area)



"BROWNIE" is a One year old, female, Aussie/border collie mix,42lbs.

Brownie is as sweet as her name...once she gets to know you. She is currently in a training program to help her not be afraid of strangers and new situations. Brownie has LOTS of energy and needs someone who can tire her out BOTH physically and mentally. She loves to do things and will at least attempt what is being ask. She gets and "E" for effort when fetching. She runs right after the ball, noses it, twirls a few times and runs back...without the ball. And all with a big smile on her face and tongue dangling. Brownie will need someone with the knowledge, energy and patience to work with her so she can be a good girl. She is not a candidate for kids or cats at this time as she needs time to work on her own behaviors.
She is with Border Collies In Need. Interested people can contact  Valerie at herddogz@gmail.com


"PIPER" is a female, Daschund mix (we think). She is 4 months old and is now 11lbs; about 20lbs full grown.

A local shelter asked us to help this beautiful 4 month old puppy who was beaten and thrown against a wall. Luckily, no bones are broken. Piper is healing well but still flinches and ducks with sudden movements. Her foster says "Piper is a sweetie pie who just needs someone to love, and be loved by someone.She loves to play with her toys, go for walks, and most of all... she loves to cuddle. Her furry foster friend is 3 times her size, but that doesn't hold her back one bit!"
If you are interested in adopting Piper, please fill out an adoption application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/


UPDATE: 11/18/16  Sadie is doing very well with the new dog she is living with but is still looking for her forever home.

Breed:  Sadie is a Female, Catahoula and Australian Shepherd mix Color: Black, Fawn, Gray. Age:  Sadie is 3 years old Weight: 50 Pounds. She is spayed and up to date with all her shots.
Sadie’s Story Sadie was a rescue pup. She has been with Dana for 2 years.  Sadie is energetic,responds well to commands, is house trained and good with people.  She has many of the characteristics of the Catahoula breed, including having a strong work ethic. She needs a leader who is firm and consistent and she needs to keep occupied.  She likes having a “job” to do. Sadie is responsive to commands, is an excellent running partner and needs an outdoor place.  She loves to hang out with her human family, too!  She loves to play with her toys and has learned excellent discipline from appropriate play.  Sadie is a strong dog.  She is cute, sweet and generally docile. Dana, Sadie’s current owner, is moving into a shared home that does not allow dogs and is not ideal for Sadie. Reluctantly, she needs to offer Sadie for adoption.  Please call or text Dana for more information about Sadie at 773-717-0428.  11/18

"MAZIE" is a 7 yr old Aussie x German Shepherd (best guess) spayed female that had been turned into the shelter because her owner was no longer able to care for her....she ran out of time there so we bailed her out.  Once we got her we realized that she had difficulty getting up.  She clocked in at 88 pounds and her foster mom was able to get her down to 74 (could still stand to lose about another 8 pounds or so) and she was getting around better but still had some problems. So off she went to Dr Dhupa, our favorite orthopedist, for some X-rays.  It was found at some point in her past she apparently had been hit by a car and had suffered severe pelvic trauma.  Her right hip healed enough on it's own to be usable but her left was a mess and it continually luxated in and out  :[  It was decided FHO surgery was her best option and she is now 4 weeks post op and doing wonderful and ready for adoption!  Mazie is a delight, she is housebroken, great with other dogs, ignores the cats, and like most herding breeds, is a bit reserved at first meeting, but once warms up to you, is a lover :]  She is housebroken, a low key girl that likes to meander around for her walks, with an occasional trot thrown in when she gets excited - and a tail that seldom stops if you are around. If you are interested in Miss Mazie, please fill out our adoption application and email it to Karyl: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (Perris/Lake Elsinore area)
Click here: https://youtu.be/kHuD5gRoMjc  to see a short video of Mazie and how well she is getting around now!



Per owner: I am needing to rehome my Australian Shepherd / Border Collie mix - Keely.  She's a sweet smart loving 6 year old, spayed, and up to date on all her shots. She has always been slightly aggressive and anxious around other dogs. We did puppy training and worked with her at the dog park, however she mostly wants to be left alone and keeps to herself and her owner. We have another dog in our house and they've gotten into a few fights over the years mostly over food. However, with proper care and responsibility all this is manageable. If you know her tendencies (leave before she gets too tired, don't put her collar on when other dogs are close, keep her on a short leash while walking by other dogs, etc.) and are willing to work with her she is able to be taken to the dog park and walked.  We haven't had any issues in over a year. That said, we now have an 18 month old daughter. At first the dogs were uninterested in the baby. Now that she's 1 and a half and more mobile, it's become an issue. Keely has been getting increasingly uncomfortable around her. We never leave them unsupervised and worked with showing our daughter how to respect the dogs space and not bother them. However, over the weekend she got too close and Keely bit her in the face. Luckily, there was no major damage. She didn't break the skin, but it was still traumatizing. We need to rehome her as we cannot wait for this to happen again or worse. Ideally she'd do best in a home that understands an Aussie's demeanor and tendencies and no children. I would ideally like to find a new home for her by the weekend.  Any help would be most appreciated!

If you are interested in helping Keely, please contact Joe  408-569-9504 (11/18)



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)



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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