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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.




"MARLOW" is an intelligent, sensitive and playful mainly  white Aussie about 2 or 3years old. He loves to play chase, chew his toys and  is a wonderful hiking companion.  His vision and hearing are both good.
He has worked with trainers and knows basic commands and is willing to work to get his treats.  
He needs enough room to run and explore, would love to live with another energetic dog but mainly he requires a person who is herding breed savvy and understand the needs of guidance, mental stimulation and training.
He is always happy to have friends visit.  Although he loves young children he should be in an adult home. Please contact  dogadopt21@gmail.com
He is located in Santa Barbara   (10-2)

"SHAQ" is a super sweet neutered black tri male, about 10 years old  He is great with other dogs, kids and people. Such a love!!!  Wants to be next to you. Takes food from you gently, knows basic obedience, and is housebroken.  He had to be shaved down because his coat was super thick and matted but will grow into a beautiful long coat in no time.  If you are interested in Shaq, please fill out our adoption application  and email it to:  aussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (fostered in the Pinon Hills area)  (9-30)

"NAKOTA" is a 4 yr old neutered red merle male Aussie, on the smaller side at 45 pounds.  He is a high energy, somewhat anxious, boy, that is housebroken, loves ball/fetch/frisbee and swimming, he has had some basic obedience training and knows some tricks, goes on hikes carrying a backpack as well as on runs with his owner.  He is okay with cats, good with other dogs, loves to go to the dog park - per his owner, he would stay there all day if they would let him - has been gentle with kids the limited amount he has been around them, BUT he has bit the wife a couple of times on the hand, as well as a couple of other people - all over them reaching for him when he has food - in his mouth, trying to take it away from him, etc.  No medical attention required but because of this, he should not be living with children.  He is very attached to the husband (no problem with him taking things from him) not so much to the wife, seems to be more of a one-person kind of Aussie, and that one person needs to be a more assertive type of personality.  If you are interested in him, please contact owner Anthony at (626) 394-8876  or email: aschubert23@gmail.com  (10-2)

"RAHLO" is an 11 month old Black Tri male Aussie. He is neutered, up to date on shots and micro chipped. He is definitely on the tall side for an Aussie, but with a very moderate amount of coat. Rahlo loves people and loves to learn new things. He is crate trained (he loves his crate), house broken (for short periods, he needs a little more practice for long periods), and is pretty well mannered for a typical youngster. He loves car rides! Rahlo has learned some silly dog tricks and picks them up very quickly – he’s a smart one! He is a little more on the calm side for an Aussie and would just love to be someone’s best hang out buddy (after a nice walk, jog or hike – he is an Aussie and needs his exercise).  No cats or kids, please.  Contact: Kyle @ (661) 270-0702 or  dawginit@msn.com (9-12)

"DILLON" is a 1 yr old neutered blue merle male Aussie looking for a new home due to owner's health. 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 has not been around children much, so not appropriate for a home with them. 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)  (9-10)

"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)   (8-17)

"BEAR" is a very cute 6 yr old black tri neutered mini male, about 17 pounds. He does well with other dogs his size or larger. Not recommend with cats and toy size dogs as he can get over stimulated. Also not recommend for small children. He is very affectionate, loves to cuddle and be by your side. He will follow you around looking for your approval.  Bear is not high energy, but likes to get out.  He gets very excited when being praised & when you come home and can sometimes get mouthy but has improved with correction.  He's crate trained and housebroken when using the crate. He would do best with a dog door & a fenced yard, doesn't need a big yard, just a secure place to do his business.  Bear is on medication for seizures and seems to be doing okay on it.  He's a sensitive little guy looking for someone to call his own again.  If you are interested in Bear, please fill our adoption application and email it to: aussierescuesocal@gmail.com  (Huntington Beach area)  (8-14)



"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)





is a handsome young 25lb. Australian Shepherd mix has tons of energy and could use a good run or hike quite often. He definitely requires an active family as well as one that is home often or can work with his separation anxiety. He is extremely sweet and gets along with every dog and person. He seems to be a little hand shy, but we are hoping he will get used to all the love we are giving him!  Cody is with the Lange Foundation in Los Angeles, if you are interested please contact them via (310) 473-5585 or info@langefoundation.org.  (9-30)


Meet Millie, she is a Female Aussie / Cattle dog mix
35lbs 1 year old

Millie is a fun girl who is learning lots of new things. After a shy moment or two, she easily makes friends with people and other dogs. Millie is deaf. She needs someone who will take the time to continue her training and keep her safe. Deaf dogs are surprisingly easy to train provided you spend time building their behavior skills and teach them to check in. If you are interested in adopting Millie, please fill out an application


Cruise, 2 yr old male
Aussie/lab mix
60 lbs, short and stocky

He came to us from a homeless person who finally has a chance to participate in a life rebuilding program. Cruise is very very gentle
and sweet. Good with other dogs and people. Doesn't want to be left alone a lot though. If you are interested in adopting Cruise, please complete an application at http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/

3 yr old female
Aussie/Lab mix
60 lbs

Star is a loyal sweetheart. She loves to run, play and cuddle. She is ok with other dogs. Star is with us because her family lost their home and couldn't keep her. She needs a family who will exercise her and complete her training (she seems to know her basic commands). If you are interested in adopting Star, please fill out an application http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication    (9-27)

"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)  (8-27)

"LILLY" is a 3.5 yr old spayed female Border Collie mix that her rescuer took in when her owners moved out of the country a few months ago.  She has worked with Lilly and she now loves to come in the house, is fine being brushed, barks at first when someone she doesn't know comes over but does settle down.  She likes to lay in the water in a kiddie wading pool, seems to be okay with cats, very playful with other dogs, has been good with kids 2-3 yrs old and up, and has become good on the leash and riding in a car.  If you are interested in Lilly, please contact her rescuer, Ali, @ 951-205-0456  (Perris area)

"SMITTY" is a one year old neutered male cattle dog/shepherd mix and he weighs about 30#. He is currently in a foster care/home environment with
10 other dogs and LOVES everyone. His favorite things to do are RUN really fast, play tag, and hang out with his pals. He would make a great
agility or frisbee dog and learns very quickly. He is house trained, crate trained, uses a doggie door and is learning basic obedience. He will need an active home with a secure yard, another playful dog, and a person to continue his training. Smitty loves all other dogs on sight and takes a little while to warm up to people. To learn more about Smitty, please fill out an adoption application online at www.aussierescuesocal.com and send to Diane rdranch12@gmail.com Pasadena, CA  (8-17)

"BELTANE" is an approximately 9 month old neutered male GSD/Cattle Dog mix weighing about 90#. He has had some training; he's housetrained, leash trained, knows sit and heel and loves to play fetch.  Beltane was found in a park and was rescued by Laurie. Please contact her for more information 626-625-0000 or by email aural05@yahoo.com
West Covina   (7-18)

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MEET EDGAR!  He is a gorgeous retriever mix, approximately four years old and weighs 68#. Edgar is currently in a foster home with eight other dogs and gets along with everyone. He is excellent in the house, on leash, and would make someone a loving companion. Edgar has a high prey drive and should be in a home with no small animals. For more information, contact Diane at: rdranch12@gmail.com  ( Pasadena area)  Click here for his petfinder page with more pictures!    (8-14)

"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   (8-17)

"VIOLET" is a sweet, shy girl who was rescued from Apple Valley Animal Shelter at the last minute. She is a beautiful, low maintenance, sweet girl who will need a patient and loving family to help her come out of her shell. She does well with other dogs if she is properly introduced. She has not been around young humans, but due to her shy nature, she might not be the best match for a family with young children. Violet is crate, house trained and walks well on leash.
If you are interested in adopting Violet, please fill out an application: http://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/   (8-14)

                                                   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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