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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.





"EINSTEIN" is a 7 yr old neutered male mini Aussie looking for a home with no kids.  He is a bit on the nervous, timid side, and there is a 3 yr old toddler in the home he is in now, and it is increasingly difficult for him to be there....he frightens easily with the chaos associated with having small children in the household and he is getting nippy when startled.  He is slow to warm up to strangers, especially if they are not calm dog people, but once he does, he is very warm and loving. He’s amazing at playing catch and can do some incredible flips!  He is an active boy and loves long walks and runs and loves going to the local dog parks.  He is frightened of cats, so unless your cats are older, sleep a lot and will ignore him, it probably wouldn't be fair to him to make him live with any.  If you are interested in this beautiful boy, please contact owner Matt at mattberg@mattberg.com  (San Fernando Valley area)

"COCO and PEPPER" are a pair of older spayed ladies (approximately 10-11 yrs old) that are looking for a new home that has more time for them.  They are littermates that have been together since birth, so do want to stay together.  They are possible Aussie mixes, grew up on 3.5 acres, horses, etc, and have been outdoor dogs their whole lives.  Their previous owners moved to Hawaii a bit over a year ago and a friend took them in at the last minute when the adopters fell through; she has been trying to care for them properly but is gone from the house about 12 hours a day, so would like to try and find a home that can give them more/better attention and care.   They are great watchdogs, but when introduced with people, are fine with them coming and going as needed, seem to ignore cats, are not really around other dogs to know how they would be for sure, and have been fine riding in the truck for the short ride to the groomers. They are good dogs, and other than Coco's occasional excavating around the yard they are very well behaved. Very smart. Pepper loves to be brushed and will stand for hours. Coco not so much...you get a few brushes in and she leaves. They do get shaved in June for the summer. Margie says they get fed and have fresh water but not a lot of attention. They will still play with each other on occasions but do sleep a lot. They love their beds. They really need a home with someone that has more time to spend with them and will keep them comfortable in their old age.  If you are interested in these ladies, please contact Margie:  margie.trandem@yahoo.com  (Yucca Valley)

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"PATCHES" is a 7 yr old neutered black tri male Aussie, current on shots and chipped.  He is very good with people, his owner has had several strangers coming and going lately due to her health, and he has been very calm about it - sniffs and goes and lays down kind of thing.  Seems to be okay with other dogs - sniffs, is curious, and that is about it.  He's not been around cats that she knows of, so no idea on that, and no idea on children.  He is frightened of thunder and firecrackers, and would do best with a doggie door as he does have some anxiety when left alone and wants to get in the house.  Patches is pretty good on the leash and does okay riding in the car.  He also loves to be petted and will stand for hours as long as you pet him.  Very good with grooming.  Owner says that all in all, he is not an alpha dog and he is smart  :]   If you are interested in this gentleman, please contact owner Jody @ (323-667-2339)  or email: Elocatillo@aol.com  (LA area)

"LEAH" is still looking for her forever home!  She is a 5 month old spayed female Aussie, will be 45-55lbs when full grown.  Leah is a deaf white/red merle girl who's personality is as adorable as her looks! She is very friendly with people and other dogs. She is learning some of her basic commands and doing well on her potty training. She loves to play with other dogs, fetch toys, cuddle, go on walks and is an absolute delight!  Leah needs a home that will have time to continue her training. She is super smart, playful and eager to participate. She wants to be loved by someone who will encourage her to become more; she is definitely not a dog to feel sorry for or think of as handicapped. Most people can't believe that she cannot hear with her ears!  If you are interested in Leah, please email Geri with Aussie Rescue San Diego at geridimeglio@yahoo.com

"SOPHIE" is a 10 year old lady that is looking for a new home that doesn't have small dogs.  She did originally live with a male Aussie and was fine, but is becoming more aggressive to the small dogs in the household.  She is spayed, fine with kids, has been around ones 6 years old and up,  not been around cats, she is crate trained and housebroken, used to being outside by herself during the day.  If you are interested in giving this beautiful girl a new home, please contact owner Marcie @ 951-894-6043 or David @ 951-440-2501    (Murrieta area)  


"LIBBY" is a high kill shelter rescue from the high desert, dumped for being too old.   She gets along with cats, dogs and people of all ages. She is calm, sweet, gentle and very affectionate. She walks good on a leash and loves going for her daily walk! Libby is UTD on vaccines and spayed. She has lupus which is controlled with inexpensive medication (3 months of meds will be provided to adopter). Libby  is about 10-12 years young and just wants a warm place to rest her head for her golden years.   Low senior rate adoption fee.  Please email Nancy at australianshepherdsfurever@gmail.com   Adoption Application: http://www.australianshepherdsfurever.org/asf-adoption-application.html     (3-25)

"ALLIE" is a sweet girl rescued from a high kill shelter in Orange County where she was dumped because she was old.  She gets along with other dogs, cats and people of all ages. She is lovable, spunky and loves to go on walks! She is UTD on vaccines, spayed and healthy. Allie is 10 years young and is looking for a place to call home for her golden years.  Allie loves her foster sister, Libby (also available for adoption) Low senior rate adoption fee. Please email Nancy at australianshepherdsfurever@gmail.com  Adoption Application: http://www.australianshepherdsfurever.org/asf-adoption-application.html  (3-25)


BRODY is an approximately 3 year old neutered male Aussie (possibly mixed with Border Collie) with a full tail and blue eyes.  He is housebroken and crated trained, knows basic obedience plus some, LOVES to play with balls and other toys, including tether-ball.  He can be a bit of a barker and may nip if he gets fearful of something/someone.  Even though he does play with the kids he lives with now,  he would be better in a home with adults that are able to work with him and monitor his behavior.  He currently lives with another dog and does get along okay overall, but does try to steal her food and toys on occasion and she gets very irritated by this. Brody would probably do best in a home that can give him jobs to do and keep him busy both physically and mentally.  If you are interested in this beautiful boy, please contact owner Valerie @  661-623-0850   or e-mail:  dvctaylor@earthlink.net  (Taft, CA)    (2-25)


"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 5 month old, spayed female Blue Heeler mix, approx 50lbs when full grown.  If you are looking for a loyal, intelligent. and high energy companion, Seattle is your girl! She is sweet tempered, very loyal, and loves to play. She really enjoys dog parks, hiking, and the beach. She is friendly with every dog she meets no matter what size. She is crazy about soccer and makes a fantastic goalie. She is very healthy, sturdy, and loves to run. She has been through several weeks of obedience classes already and learns quickly. She needs a home with a person who is home most of the day that will be dedicated to keeping her mind and body busy and will continue her training. Prospective new owner should have a good understanding of the breed and its characteristics. Seattle is spayed, chipped, and current on all shots including first rabies vaccination.  If you are interested in Seattle, please contact Rebecca Stevens at fourpawws@cox.net


is a 1 yr old female Aussie/ Dutch Shepherd.  Savannah is so Amazing!  Even though she is still a pup herself, she raised her 6 puppies to be healthy and well mannered. Savannah likes people, other dogs and enjoys having fun. She is very gentle in nature but since she is a puppy, she will still get into mischief. She needs a family who will love her and admire her while teaching her basic skills. She will need attention...things to do...She does not want to be bored! Savannah walks well on a leash, comes when called and is house trained.   If you are interested in Savannah, please contact Geri with Aussie Rescue San Diego at geridimeglio@yahoo.com   (4-20)


is a 1 yr old female Border Collie, 38lbs, and is VERY playful!! She has endless energy and will chase the ball until you take it away. She is super playful with other dogs (we have only had her with friendly playful dogs her size because of her exuberance). It will take much more than a walk or two before this girl gets tired!!  Please contact Geri with Aussie Rescue San Diego at: geridimeglio@yahoo.com

"MISSY" is an 8 year old Aussie mix spayed female in need of a new home.  She was originally rescued out of an abandoned home four years ago, but unfortunately her rescuers are having to move out of state and into a smaller home due to health reasons, so are looking for a new home for her.  She is primarily an outdoor dog, has come into the house occasionally but is not good with cats, so only in for short sessions.  She has been fine with other dogs and fine with people - a very affectionate girl :]  She is good with kids, has been around grandkids toddler age and up with no problem, and likes to play fetch.  If you are interested in this beautiful girl, please contact owner Claire @ 951-845-8615  (Cherry Valley area)



"OWEN" is a quiet, shy guy that needs a foster or forever home. His caretakers took him in temporarily for a friend who couldn't have him where they lived. We have no idea how long that person had him. He is 4 years old, about 50lbs, not very tall,  somewhat timid with people but warms up nicely, seems good with other dogs. Please help us find a quiet place for him to settle. He has been passed around a lot recently.  Contact Geri with Aussie Rescue San Diego if you are able to help this fellow - geridimeglio@yahoo.com   (4-20)

"JADE" is a 9 yr old spayed female Aussie mix, about 64 pounds.  She is a wonderful girl, mellow, loving & affectionate, very friendly, loves to go in the car, housebroken, okay with kids and some of the other dogs but not with cats.   If you are interested in this sweetheart, please fill out an adoption application and email it to karyl:  aussierescuesocal@earthlink.net   (fostered in Perris area)
See more about Jade at  http://aussierescuesocal.com/Jade.html

"AIDEN" is a 5 month old male Border Collie mix, will be about 40lbs or smaller.  He is very sweet, learns easily, loves to play with toys and other dogs but is still very much a people person. He loves all people so far! Needs a family who will have lots of time to share with him. If you are interested in Aiden please contact Geri with Aussie Rescue San Diego at geridimeglio@yahoo.com

"KATIE" is a spayed 1 1/2 year old Aussie / Retriever mix. She is a very sweet, friendly and playful girl. She is shy and  can be a little fearful with new people until she gets to know them. She is house trained, crate trained, rides well in the car, knows some basic commands, and gets along well with playful dogs. Katie is still a puppy who will need guidance and patience to continue good manners (like not jumping on people or counters!!). She is looking for a home where she will not need to be alone all day.  She is spayed, microchipped, healthy and up to date on her shots. If you are interested in adopting Katie, please contact Geri with Aussie Rescue San Diego at geridimeglio@yahoo.com

"JACK" is a 5 year old neutered male Aussie x Border Collie mix that is in need of a new home without kids.  He is housebroken, knows basic obedience PLUS some, is very smart, and has done some herding.  Jack does not get along with cats. He gets along with most dogs (so long as they are fixed).  If you are interested in this gentleman, please contact owner Catherine: polyethlene@yahoo.com  (Thousand Oaks area)
For more information and pictures of Jack, please click here

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.   Abbey has nerve damage from having the tail separated from the spine.  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.    (2-10)

"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

is a 6 yr old neutered male Aussie mix.  He had lived his entire life chained in a yard until dumped an the Pasadena Animal Shelter.  He likes attention and is actually excellent in the house.  He is also good in a crate and car rides.  Seems fine with other dogs so far but would probably do best living with a female.  For adoption information click here.  (mm)

Our best guess is "Lola & Lily" are Heeler/Border Collie mixes.   Lola and her daughter Lily were due to be euthanized but were rescued just in time from rescued from the Bakersfield shelter.  The story we got, their guardian had gone to jail and they ended up at the shelter.  VERY smart gilrs they also have that Heeler energy and a bit of anxiety meeting new people.  With patience, they are both loving, loyal girls.  Lola is very She eager to learn and please.  Lily being pure white is deaf and relies on Lola for guidance so we prefer not to separate them.   Both girls would be best suited for a home who can provide Lola plenty of exercise and training.

Both girls are spayed, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped.  We beleive a well trained dog is a happy dog. Therefore, training will be required to ensure they remain well mannered and happy.

For adoption consideration, please contact Mutt Match LA at either  muttmatchla@aol.com   or call 323-839-2980     (12-12)

Paws Line

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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