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This delightful boy is more than a pretty face. Please read entire post and apply if you can meet his needs.
Age: 7 months old
Breed: Mini Aussie
Weight: 15 lbs
This adorable boy can be the sweetest most fun partner but he needs someone who will commit to training and working with him. Zippy was relinquished by a family when he began nipping and barking at their toddler. He was previously placed in a 6 week board and train program because he was fearful around strangers. After he came back, he was even more afraid of everyone and his behaviors were worse. Zippy has been responding well to his new routine and positive reinforcement training. He is learning to think and cope. Being a teenager, he is still learning. It will take more time, consistency and training to develop good manners. He is reactive to new people and new dogs. Zippy will need a home with a dog friendly fenced yard. He loves to do Zoomies, play with his toys, train and help his person do chores. He is not used to being left alone for long periods of time. Zippy needs a home with someone who is a strong leader and is experienced working with reactivity. He will need structure and leadership.
Zippy is not recommended for young children or busy households. Unknown with cats. Needs to be the only dog in his home. If you can meet Zippy’s needs and commit to his development, please fill out our adoption application https://aussierescuesandiego.
Age: 7 months old
Breed: Aussie mix
Weight: 31 lbs now; expected to be about 45 lbs
This cute boy is too smart for his own good! He needs an owner who can train him and give him jobs to do. He likes routine and structure. Tommy already knows lots of tricks and loves training sessions. He also loves playing with doggie friends. Tommy does best with playful well trained dogs who are his size or bigger. A house with a safe yard is required. No apts, condos, or grumpy neighbors. Tommy has been known to use his voice to let humans know when he wants something. He needs someone who is experienced raising an Aussie and knows that as a puppy, he is a work in progress. He will be as good as you teach him to be. Tommy is ok with dog savvy cats. No small children or other puppies please. He can barely handle his own energy let alone someone else’s. And no senior doggies. He will just annoy them and they don’t want to really play with him.
If you think that you are a good fit and are willing to work with Tommy, please fill out an adoption application https://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/. Please answer every required question, otherwise your app will not submit. You will receive an immediate confirmation once it has been submitted. Please allow up to 48 hours for us email you personally. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours, email us at Adoptionsaussierescuesandiego@gmail.com.
Please contact Owners/Rescues directly
This dog is with another rescue. Contact info is at the end of this post.
1 1/2 year old
Jack is an active, playful, very smart, loving and loyal boy who would make a perfect hiking, camping or adventure companion. He gets along great with other dogs; big or small, but no cats. Jack is good on leash and in the car. He needs a home with a fenced yard. His family should already live a dog friendly active lifestyle so that he can participate in adventures too. Jack has been around children 6 years old+ with no issues.
Jack is neutered, and vaccinated and available via Viva Rescue. Please text or call 619.919.6937 for an application.
Meet Eddie, a 2.5 year old Australian Shepherd (standard size, DOB 11/4/2018). Eddie is in need of a new home, one where he can get the time, and more importantly the training, he needs. Eddie has several excellent qualities: he is very loyal, sweet, extremely tolerant of kids, he does not nip/herd the children, he’s house-trained, has mad cuddling skills and his fetch game is strong. Eddie has earned the nickname “Ready Eddie” because no matter the time he is ready to participate in whatever you are doing, that being said, he does know how to be calm in the house. Eddie also needs some intensive training – he started showing signs of aggression towards other dogs early on and his owner does not have the time or skills to get him where he needs to be in terms of training. He’s made some improvements on walks and is capable of sitting and being calm despite a dog barking behind a fence. Dogs on leash are an different story and are much harder for Eddie to tolerate, he has bitten his owner twice in these situations and it is recommended that he be walked wearing a proper muzzle. Both times the bites were minor and did not require medical attention; it was clearly redirected aggression as Eddie shows no aggression towards people otherwise. He occasionally encounters horses on walks and does not seem to mind them, but has not been allowed to get very close; he has not been around cats. His current owner made a point to pet/brush him while eating and he shows no signs of food aggression. Eddie loves every one he meets, no warm up period required, but not everyone can handle his enthusiasm. His tail-less butt-wiggle is a classic Eddie greeting. On occasion he jumps but rarely on a person – he’d rather show off his impressive vertical leap. Frequent and vigorous exercise is needed and he will even exercise himself if a pool is available. A large fenced yard is a must, especially until he can behave himself around other dogs, a pool would be a huge plus. Eddie has lived with one other dog his whole life and gets a long with him really well. Eddie is a well-loved pup and his owner just wants what’s best for him but recognizes that it’s not his current situation.
If you are interested in Eddie, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward it on to his owner: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ – if we have your adopt app already, drop us an email of your interest: email@example.com (Alta Loma area)
Aria is a 9 month old black and white spayed female Aussie (about 30 pounds). She is housebroken, well behaved in the house, as well as crate trained and used to sleeping in one at night. She is good with meeting people, men and women both, fair with kids because of her energy level and her strong herding instincts – she is using it too much on the 1 & 3 yr olds in the household and is just too overwhelming for children that young. She is a high energy girl that loves going on walks and playing with other dogs (no idea on cats, sorry). She likes playing catch and fetch, especially if you kick a ball! She does get extremely car sick, even with meds, so if you are looking for a traveling companion, this is not the girl for you. If you think you might be the right home for Aria, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward it to her owners: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ (West Hills area)
Manhattan is a 2 yr old neutered male Aussie, about 55 pounds, housebroken; owners are looking for a home for him that has a fenced yard (they are now living in a housing unit with no yard for the dogs) and someone willing to work with him on leash work and socialization with other dogs – he is very reactive on seeing unknown dogs while out walking.
“Manhattan is a fun-loving, smart, and cuddly Aussie. He’s a “pandemic puppy,” who’d only just gotten through his puppy shots when COVID struck, so he’s very behind on social skills and experiences. He’s eager to see the world and experience everything, but you’ll have to work through his anxiety because it’s a big world out there!
He loves to spend time together with his people playing fetch or toys. His favorite game is hide and seek. He’s great at cuddling on the couch and taking selfies. He grew up with his brother, Tennessee, and another dog. But he’s never met any other dogs, so he’s very anxious and will do best as an only dog with a yard of his own while he gets through training and socializing. He’s great with cats and loves older children.” If you feel you are a good match and willing to work with Manhattan, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward it to his owners: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ – if we have your adopt app already, just drop us an email of your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org (Huntington Beach area)
This dog is still with his owner. Please read bio and if you can meet his needs, fill out the application linked in the post.
Per owner: Moses loves to play ball and learn new tricks (he already knows at least 10 commands!). Moses needs daily runs, fetch games, training, and cuddle time to be comfortable in your home. He is a velcro dog and will follow you anywhere you go. He’s begun to play independently in his doggy pool with balls but much prefers to be with his human.
Once he knows you, Moses will be the most loyal friend you’ve ever had. He’s wary of and reactive to strangers, however, and requires constant vigilance when walking on leash. He should never be off leash unless in his own secure yard. Moses requires careful slow introductions to people, including treats and letting the new person walk him on leash to establish leadership. Once he’s met someone new, it’ll take a few more introductions with treats before he’s a new friend.
Moses needs a fenced yard and a quiet neighborhood. He is afraid of children so needs a household without any. Moses has nipped at people before when startled and when his boundaries aren’t respected. He has bitten once when he was over excited and someone tried to pick him up. He experiences separation anxiety, which he’s been working on. He is certainly capable of overcoming this with diligence.
While Moses has special needs and requires attention, he has come a long way since he was little. With more training, and patience, Moses will definitely continue to grow and become more relaxed in social situations. He may never be the fella you bring to a restaurant or cafe, but he loves a quiet walk and big field runs any time. If you are ready to commit to Moses’ potential, you have a treasure of a companion waiting for you! Complete our adoption application if you are interested in adopting Moses. We will forward apps suiting Moses’ needs to his owner. https://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/
Joey is with his owners, not our rescue –
Joey is a 3 yr old red tri neutered male that weighs 33 pounds. His owners did have him shaved for the summer. He is housebroken and well behaved in the house, has gone to dog parks and dog beach and been fine – some dogs he likes, some he avoids, he has dog-friends that he loves to play with, just needs to be introduced carefully and slowly, don’t expect him to immediately love another dog. He is very sweet and obedient, affectionate and loyal to his people, loves to get on the bed next to you, but nervous and anxious of strangers. No idea how he is with children under 10, he has been around 10 & up limitedly and seems okay, no idea on cats. He does better with women than men, needs some time to warm up, he can be territorial/protective of his home and recently did nip (no blood but may have bruised) a worker there in his home and his owners are not comfortable having him any longer. He has a medium energy level, enjoys playing ball/fetch with his toys, and walks on a loose leash. If you feel you have the right home for Joey, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward it to his owners: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ – if we have your adopt app already, drop us an email: email@example.com (Sherman Oaks area)
Cali is a 4 yr old spayed blue female Aussie with two blue eyes and about 50 pounds. She is housebroken and well behaved in the house, loves to run and go on walks, thrives with attention and wants a job to do. Cali loves to snuggle and loves kids, but she is very anxious at times and this makes her impulsive, she can and has bitten if she feels threatened or if you try to take something from her/out of her mouth – she will get very focused/fixated on something and may bite if you try and distract her or get between it and her. However she is not aggressive with food and even lets other animals eat out of her bowl before she does. She is good with other dogs, no idea on cats, is friendly and high energy. She loves playing in the water and the snow. If you are interested in adopting Cali please fill out our adoption application: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ (Laguna Niguel area)
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Harley is a 2-3 year old, possibly younger, neutered male Australian Shepherd, who was picked up as a stray by animal control and his owners never came for him. Harley was not neutered when he was picked up, nor was he housebroken, we think he was mainly an outside only dog. However, since he has been with his foster parents he is coming along nicely with his house manners. He is not 100% yet, but, although he is crate trained, he does sleep outside of his crate all night without an accident.
Harley gets along with all of foster siblings except for one male, he does play well with his female siblings. Because of this, we feel he should either live with female dogs or be an only dog. Harley loves attention and can be your “Velcro dog” if you let him. Harley has not been tested with cats so therefore we don’t know how he is with them. He has been around grade school age children and seems ok but not tested with younger ones.
Harley did not know how to walk on a leash when we got him and is quickly learning but will require a strong pack leader to keep the education going. Harley requires someone who can spend time with him so a retired person or someone working from home would be excellent. Someone who has experience with the herding breeds is a MUST.
No apartments or condos, he must have a yard. Harley loves to play in the water! Check out his video
If you are interested in Harley, please fill out our adoption application: https://www.aussierescuesocal.
Ruby is a 2 yr old spayed Aussie mix female that is looking for a home that is more suited for an Aussie energy and personality. She is a friendly girl, is currently living with young kids and although she is okay with them in general, she needs a home with teens and up – she has been growling at the youngsters when she doesn’t want them around her. She is housebroken and is well behaved in the house, used to a doggie door, and would love a large yard to run around in and a person willing to play with her – she *loves* attention and isn’t shy to tell you! She enjoys going to the dog park and playing with other dogs, but may do best as an only dog in the home as she is food aggressive with other dogs when in her own home. She is good with cats, but she does need more training – she can get excessively wound up and jumping, etc, when people come over, and does pull hard on leash – she knows some basic obedience but needs to be re-enforced and get plenty of exercise. She loves to play with balls of any size, and enjoys swimming in the lake. Ruby is a great girl but her current owner is looking for a home for her that is familiar with the breed and can work with her as well as give her the attention, exercise and training that she really needs. If you are interested in Ruby, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward it to her owner: https://www.
Contact is owner Christine @ 805-674-5512
She was originally adopted by a college woman, but Riley was anxious in busy apartment life including nipping a stranger. Quieter home life with us seemed to do the trick, until ‘sharing’ problems emerged. She’s so cute and active, likes car rides (but barks), good on leash, adorably sits at intersections, and might be a good distance walk/run/hike pal. She’s easily run 5 miles with me so far. She would provide a solo runner security and companionship. She’s housetrained, settles herself well, investigates the yard, lays in the sun, uses a doggie door, crate trained, knows standard commands as well as spin right, spin left, touch, look, and others. A picky eater, she takes treats gently & loves carrots and romaine lettuce. Riley will thrive in an adult-only home with a fenced yard. She enjoys tug of war and chasing with other dogs and takes treats next to other dogs without food aggression, but no pet or human siblings please. She’s a cutie pie but does not want to share her person or toys at home. Once switched to “I don’t want to share” mode, she exhibits resource guarding and dislikes being touched. Otherwise, she will show you her belly, I can manipulate her paws. She accidentally broke the skin of a friend’s hand when my friend bent down to throw a toy that Riley decided to pick up with her mouth.
Squid is still with his owner.
Squid needs a quiet home where he can play ball in his own private yard. He is reserved with people and needs time/space to warm up. Squid also needs a consistent routine. Change makes him anxious. He does well on walks but does not want to interact with other dogs or new people. He is house trained and not destructive. Squid does want someone around most of the time. He is not used to being alone for long periods of time. He has lived with and is good with cats. Needs house with yard (no condos/apts). Not good with other dogs. Should not live with kids. If you are interested in Squid, please fill out our adoption application https://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/
Starla is a 3.5 yrs old black tri spayed female Aussie, weighing 55 lbs. She is an energetic girl, enjoys runs, training and getting treats, as well as belly rubs and snuggling. She is a friendly girl, okay with cats, but would prefer to be an only dog in the household. Here is what her owners have to say about her:
We are seeking an active home with no other pets for our loyal and loving three-year-old Aussie, Starla.
Starla is extremely sweet and loves every person she has ever met. Our problem is that when she is hungry, tired or in need of exercise, she exhibits some resource guarding behavior, and will sometimes snap at our smaller dog, Max. This has on occasion resulted in medical treatment due to puncture wounds. She has never seriously injured Max, but these instances have created a high level of stress within our household, so we feel it’s necessary to separate them. Max was our pet first, so even though we love her dearly we are choosing to re-home Starla.
If you are interested in Starla, please text Matt @ (805) 637-3953 (Santa Barbara area)
5 years old
La Habra area
Per his owner: Rocky is a very silly pup who loves his humans dearly. He will follow you from room to room and just want to lay behind you. He loves to be involved with whatever is going on in the house. His favorite place to sleep is going to be on whatever stretch of wood floor or tile he can spread himself out on. Like most Aussies, Rocky loves to play!!! He will fetch and drop the ball for you to throw again. He loves to play with any and all toys. He also loves going for walks, but gets nervous around other dogs. He has been in dog fights in the past and it’s made him very anxious/reactive around other dogs. Rocky needs to be the only dog in the house. He’s been around cats without an issue. As you can see in his pictures, he needs help losing weight! Lots of walks in a quiet environment. He can pull hard on the leash if walking in presence of other dogs.
Rocky needs a home with a fenced yard in quiet neighborhood. No other dogs or young children. If you think you can meet Rocky’s needs and help him with his weight loss, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward to his owner. https://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/.
We are helping Finn’s owner find him a new home. If after reading this post, you feel like you are a good fit for Finn, please fill out our adoption application. We will forward to his current owner.
4 year old
San Diego area
Per Finn’s owner:
Due to personal issues as well as covid, my living situation/ schedules and other things have been changing rapidly and continuously. I know this has been very hard on Finn as he doesn’t get on well with new people right away, and has some anxiety. He has his little quirks and is a big barker. For example, he hates when you change clothing, use the garden hose, or move furniture in front of him. He will immediately try to take your clothes, chase the furniture and nip at the garden hose. As I stated before, he has some anxiety that we have been trying to work through and is very territorial especially when it comes to men(of the home and of the car). He has shown signs of separation anxiety. When I leave to the grocery store he will bark and howl on occasion if I take too long. Although It does take him a few days to get used to new people, but once he does he is a lover. When it comes to these things, he hasn’t made much progress with myself training him, and the vet says he may need professional training to fix these issues.
Finn is the most loyal, loving dog you will ever meet. He loves to lay with you and watch movies/cuddle. He also LOVES to play ball, I’m pretty sure he would play forever if he could. He knows all of the basic commands (including: sit, lay down, heal, stay and gives paw) and is VERY treat motivated. He learns very fast as many of these dogs do!
Finn is an amazing dog and it breaks my heart to have to make this difficult decision. I am looking for a new owner that lives in a home with a yard so that he can run around. Finn needs a stable, forever home that will work with him on these issues and utilize a trainer.
If you are interested in adopting Finn, please fill out our adoption application: https://aussierescuesandiego.org/foster-and-volunteer/adoptionapplication/.
COURTESY POST ** Nick is with his owner still
“Nick is a 40 pound Aussie, who will be 2 years old on 08/17/21. He is neutered and up to date on vaccines. He is deaf but has good vision, and does know some hand signals. I’m looking for a very active home for him. His energy level and pushiness has become a problem with my other dogs that are blind and deaf both, as he pokes them in the face and will grab their nose. Because they don’t see it coming, it is causing a lot of stress for them. He has never bit them or drawn blood, but does it randomly so its hard to catch him in the act. He does get along with my dogs that are bigger than he and are able to see and hear. Nick is good my cats, is house trained and sleeps in a crate with no problem. He is mainly an indoor dog, going outside numerous times through the day, but while inside the house he is calm and will lay by my feet with a chew toy. Nick likes car rides, going to pet stores, thrift stores and dog park, and LOVES playing fetch and playing in the water hose.
He likes people but is nervous around children, he does not like them coming up from behind or their quick movements. He does not like to share his food with others so he eats in his crate.
Nick would do best in an active home with a yard (no apartments) and another playful dog his size or bigger – no small or senior dogs and no children. He would not do well left in a backyard all day, you will be finding holes in your grass, would do best with someone at home most of the time. Experience with the herding breeds and deaf dogs would be a plus. He would make a great jogging buddy or even going bicycling, we had started that but I got injured and cannot do it any more.”
If you are interested in Nick, please fill out our adoption application and we will forward it over to his owner: https://www.aussierescuesocal.
Lady Pearl is an 18-month-old herding breed (Border Collie, German Shepherd and McNab) mix. She has moderate energy and will entertain herself with toys for extended periods of time. She does know how to “jog” on the treadmill, and run along side a bike, and is tired out after 20 minutes of either activity. She likes her walks and enjoys sniffing everything She walks well on leash, but is easily distracted and will just sit and watch people walk by. She is still very curious about sights and sounds, and can be easily startled. She does still get mouthy and nippy when in a state of high arousal (she is a herder!), only on occasion now, but will require continued reinforcement. She loves to be with her human and will happily sleep in with you, and seems perfectly content to lay next to or near her human all day long! She can be sassy and cranky at night. Lady Pearl is a very vocal pup! She does deep grumbles while playing which can be mistaken for growling. She can be very bossy and becomes vocal when she does not get her way, so she will require a human that can be firm with her. While asleep, again, she is easily startled so touching her while asleep has caused her to touch with her muzzle, but not bite. She would do best either with another calm, non-reactive dog, or as an only dog. She does chase cats if they run, but with work, will get used to the cats. If you are interested in Pearl, please fill out our adoption application: https://www.
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Ash is about 1-1.5 yrs old, neutered male Aussie X Border Collie…? He is housebroken and walks well in leash once he gets his ya-yas out He does like to pick up everything he spots on the walk, but working on it and he is getting much better. From his foster mom:
Ash is one of the most loving, cuddliest and happiest guys around. He will snuggle you all day and fall over for a belly rub without question. He is extremely smart, loyal, friendly and active. Very trainable and would be incredible with agility/nose training. Ash is looking for a house that can offer him lots of love, attention and play time. A fenced back yard is a must as he is very high energy and needs space to run around. He loves to fetch, tug-of-war, and all his stuffed animals/squeaky balls. Ash loves his humans immensely and will follow you everywhere you go, even if you just get up to grab some water. He is friendly with people, most dogs and children. That being said, he’s not good around hyper or outgoing dogs that try to play/jump especially if they are close to his size. He gets very scared and hides. He does not like the dog park unless it is empty or with a few very calm dogs that keep to themselves. A few things to be aware of: Ash is very high energy but once he gets it out he will sleep for a while until he’s ready to play again. If he doesn’t get his daily exercise he will find a way to entertain himself in the house by chewing anything that looks fun including your shoes. He is house trained but not crate trained. He sleeps in his own bed as he gets pretty hot on our bed at night. He is also good when left at home alone for an hour or two. He will not be a good fit for a family that is gone/at work most of the day. Ash is a young dog and needs a lot of patience and understanding. As with any young dog, he can be a handful. It takes time to build trust in order for him to listen and follow commands. He gets mouthy but in a gentle way and we are working on it. Ash is one of the sweetest dogs you’ll meet. He deserves a family that will give me a ton of love and attention and has experience with high energy herding dogs. If you are interested in adopting Ash, please fill out our adoption application: https://www.
Duke & Duchess
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Duke and Duchess are a pair of possible Aussie mixes – no idea with what, sorry. Duke is a black tri neutered male with 2 blue eyes and a bobbed tail, Duchess is a spayed female, white with red patches, one blue eye and the other looks like it may not have developed fully. They are about 18 months to 2 years old, they were relinquished to a rescue because they kept digging out (we got them from the other rescue, so have never talked to the original owners), so a secure fenced yard is a must. They are very bonded, so please do not ask if we will separate; they are social, both with humans and other dogs, and seem to be kid friendly – but no young kids, they may get knocked over! They are active, alert and playful, have a good start on being housebroken, just really nice fur-kids! If you are interested in this delightful pair, please fill out our adoption application: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ (Palmdale area)
COURTESY POST—Kulture is with her owner, not with rescue
Kulture is a 2 year old Aussie Mix. She would thrive in a home where she is the only pet as she is an Alpha female. She is a sweet dog full of energy, her favorite thing to do is play ball. She is very smart and likes to show off all the tricks she knows: sit, lay, stay, play dead, roll over, paw, high five, spin. She also loves to do agility training and loves challenge and puzzle toys. She is very nervous and anxious around new people but once she knows you she is very loving and affectionate. She is an amazing dog but in need of rehoming due to us having another Alpha female and they recently got into a dog fight so we believe it is best to rehome Kulture since she would do best in a home by herself. She loves taking trips to the beach and playing fetch in the water. She is crate trained, potty trained, and has completed basic obedience courses. She could use some more strict training with heel and when walking on leash. She is very reactive to other dogs. but this comes from fear and anxiousness. She is great with my sister’s baby but that may be because they grew up together. She is spayed, and up to date on all her vaccines, she is also microchipped. She is definitely an indoor house dog but loves to play outside with you during the day. Kulture is a bigger dog weighing 77lbs. The family that wishes to rehome her will receive her crate, bed, toys, food, favorite treats, balls to play fetch, collar, leash vaccination records, and microchip info.
I hope to find her the perfect home so a phone interview and home check will be required. And questions or if you would like more info and pictures or videos please feel free to contact me: (209) 672-5207. (San Jose area)
COURTESY POST—he is with his owners, not with rescue
Zephyr is a 5 year old neutered male mini Aussie (approx weight 34 lbs).
He is house and crate trained, and he remains calm during baths/brushing. He walks well on a leash, but will occasionally lunge at strangers or bikes/skateboards/scooters that pass close by. He has a medium energy level, which is currently managed with walking/jogging 3 miles daily (1.5 – 2 miles in the morning, 1-1.5 miles in the evening).
Zephyr loves to play frisbee, squeak his toys, alternate between sunny and shady napping spots, receive booty scratches, and perform tricks for treats. He is a very loyal family dog, and he likes to stay near his people as they move around the house. He enjoys sitting next to us on the couch, but sometimes prefers to be given space.
He gets along well with other small and medium sized dogs, but is fearful of certain breeds including boxers and pitbulls. He has never had close contact with cats. His owners occasionally bring him to a doggy dare care, and he has never had an incident with another dog there.
Zephyr does have moderate separation anxiety. His owners have had success reducing his anxiety by sticking to a routine, using the crate when he is left alone, and providing him with a treat (a kong with snacks inside) when we leave. With this approach, Zephyr is able to be calm and quiet when left alone. His separation anxiety also makes him nervous when being dropped off at a vet or at doggy day care, but seeing other dogs calms him down, and he feels secure when confidently led on a leash by an employee at the vet office or day care.
While Zephyr can do OK with some strangers (for example, the employees at the doggy day care), he has been highly reactive to other humans outside his pack, especially in places that feel like “his” territory. When this happens, Zephyr barks aggressively and becomes difficult to control. If not restrained, he will attempt to protect himself and his pack by nipping. He has nipped people, but he has never latched on after nipping or broken the skin. Zephyr’s reactivity is hard to predict. For example, Zephyr has been calm around a visitor to the house, but then became reactive when they returned from a trip to the bathroom. Thus, Zephyr’s owners now manage this behavior by keeping him on the leash or crating him at all times when any visitors are over, and by keeping him on leash in locations where strangers could suddenly appear.
Zephyr’s current owners love him very much, but they also now have a very social two-year-old child who does not understand why Zephyr should not be off leash when her friends are over or that she cannot let him outside. While Zephyr is an excellent dog 99% of the time, his owners believe his reactivity creates a safety risk around young children that do not know how to appropriately manage his behavior.
Because of this, Zephyr’s owners are hoping to find a new home where Zephyr will thrive. They feel this would be a home with one or more adults who are generally active, have predictable schedules and spend a good amount of time at home, and who either do not have guests over often or are able to crate or leash Zephyr when guests are over. Zephyr’s owners also believe Zephyr would do very well in a home with one or more other dogs, especially if they are friendly, confident, and calm. If you think you are the right home for Zephyr, please contact Danny @ 562-716-7277 (Irvine area)
Rune and Charm
Rune (black and white) and Charm (white and black) are not ready for adoption yet—they are a pair of young female Border Collies that were picked up as strays up in Bakersfield and no one claimed them – they were very scared so the shelter asked if we could take them – we currently have them in boarding and they are doing much better, but we are looking for a foster home for them if possible. They do scope out the top of the fence whenever they are out in their yard, are considered a ‘flight risk’, so cannot be left out in the yard unattended. If you are interested, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“NIXON” is around 5 years old, he is a neutered male Aussie / Lab mix and weighs 75lbs. He is very energetic and loves people- once he gets to know you or you want to take him for a walk. He was adopted when he was about 10 months old from a shelter from a shelter near Denver CO. He has hiked the 14,000ft hikes in Denver like it was a walk around the block and he will chase whatever you want to throw for as long as you want to throw it, and loves to swim. He is sometimes hesitant to meet new people but if you ignore him, he wants to meet you. Nixon does not even see other dogs when he is walking, or on hikes even if they bark at him. He loves the car and has done many road trips and stayed in hotels.
Nixon is very good inside of the house. He rarely barks, is potty trained, knows the difference between what he can and can’t chew on, and wants to be a lap dog, he is also good about staying in his bed. His human parents recently had a baby and he has become jealous. He has nipped at both of his parents but never bit. He has had a lot of training and the trainer thinks that he needs to be with someone who will keep him active and also be in charge. Nixon likes to think that he is in charge and if you stay on top of his discipline he does great. He is staying with his “Grandparents” right now but they rescue and forever foster senior dogs from Frosted Faces. His parents are looking for a family who have the time to spend with him. He loves to work and is incredibly smart and could learn whatever you wanted to teach him. He enjoys being outside so you would have to have a large fenced yard. He has learned to get along with his little senior dog so I think he would adjust to another dog. Nixon is already microchipped. If you are interested in Nixon, please email: email@example.com (Ramona area)
Please contact owner, Lindsey, directly if you can help Lola by giving her a furever home.
Lola needs a new home with no kids (or older kids that can understand boundaries with dogs). She would do best in a home where she is the only dog or there are other calm, non dominant dogs. She great with our 4 cats. The reason we are rehoming her is because we have a six month old baby who is starting to move and although Lola loves kids, she likes them on her own terms. She does not like being approached by when she is sleeping and will growl/snap if scared.
Lola is a quirky girl who takes time to warm up with new people. She does great with all women but it takes a little longer for her to relax with men. Once she is comfortable with someone, she is a snuggler! She loves to be pet and will sit right next to you. Lola enjoys walks, fiesta island and is very food motivated. She likes the dog park but does best when she can approach other dogs on her own terms. We have worked with a trainer to help calm her anxiety and can show you the things we have learned that have made her a happy girl. She is potty trained, spayed and up to date on her vaccinations/vet check ups.
We love her so much and want to make sure the home she goes to is the right place for her. Please text or call me if you think you might be a good fit for her! Lindsey 619-201-4473
Cleo is an adorable 1 yr old spayed female Aussie x Cattle Dog mix, weighing in at 25 pounds. Cleo is on keppra for seizures, and in the 4 months she has been in our rescue she has not had any. We’ve had a complete work-up done at the veterinarian when we first got her, then another pre-op panel done just before she was spayed – all looks good! She is a very happy energetic girl, incredibly friendly towards all human and canines she has meet so far, even sometimes being very submissive and rolling on her back. She can be okay with some cats, others she gets a ‘laser focus’ on, can’t predict which it will be She has been fine with kids but with her previous history of seizures, we do not want to place her in a home that has a high traffic/chaotic pattern to it,
she gets wound up easy enough as it is! She is housebroken and rides well in the car, sometimes get distracted on walks and can get very vocal around other dogs and people that pass, but a quick reminder and she gets back on track. When she first came into our rescue, she had a Big barking problem with a sharp, shrill bark for attention and occasional tantrums, but with work she has gotten MUCH better – because of that, absolutely NO apartments, townhomes, or condos – house with plenty of room and a large fenced yard is a must. Cleo definitely needs someone who is home most of the day, she tends toward some separation anxiety, and we recommend having a second dog in the house to keep her occupied – she is a high energy girl and does much better when she gets PLENTY of exercise both physically and mentally – continued training is a must with Cleo, with only being a year old, she is still in her teens and has a bit to go before can be consider an adult. She is highly food motivated and enjoys learning tricks and playing games, she is a busy girl and needs a home that can understand that and will work with her. If you are interested in this cutie and you can commit to continue training with her, please fill out our adoption application: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/ – if we have your adopt app on file, just drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org (LA area)
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Monterey, CA reached out for help in finding homes for a couple of senior boys looking for that special home – Anyone out there that has room in their hearts and home for a sweet sweet senior boy?
Remmy: Australian Shepherd Mix, Male, 12 years old, 33 pounds
Remmy is a sweet older gentleman. He is apprehensive at first and does not like to be lifted. He does snap at too forward people and so should go to a home without children and be with understanding adopters. Also, he much prefers women to men and is very distant to men. He has quite an impressive resume otherwise — he is great with big or small dogs and he is crate trained and rides well in the car. He is a bit on the timid side at first and prefers to be left untouched until he gets used to you. He isn’t described as overly affectionate with people but will warm up to you once he trusts you. He does need a home without cats.
Remmy did not go many places before coming to POMDR. So a walk to a busy place can be very overwhelming. He has lived a reserved life and it shows in his personality. Slow exposure is ideal for him.
He walks well on leash. He eats and sleeps in his crate – being led in by food and then settling in comfortably. Remmy does pace in the house and yard, especially during transition but then will mostly just follow his person around. He wants to be with you and is actually showing anxiety when left behind so needs help understanding being left alone is ok. He is hearing and vision impaired but has good energy for his age. He watches intently but doesn’t really know any commands.
Remmy came to us from the Newman Animal Shelter.
If you’d like to see more pictures of Remmy or are interested in adopting this gentleman, please click here and follow their instructions: https://www.peaceofminddogrescue.org/dog.php?id=2578
Fuzzy is gorgeous and has had a pretty tough start to life. He was surrendered with his brother to a high kill shelter and intercepted by a Malinois advocate. His brother was adopted immediately as a foster fail. Fuzzy has been under the care of our head trainer – she has over 20 years experience with Malis and other pups.
The litter was bred with an Australian Shepherd and Malinois.
Fuzzy is super sweet. He would be best in a home where he is an only dog and no cats/small creatures. (We imagine him with a doting couple) He grew up with children so is okay with good structure and boundaries.
He is super food motivated and loves working for his treats but is also pretty much a couch potato. His basic OB is on point – he even has a sit pretty! He has a dense undercoat and loves the camera. He will pose for a picture! Fuzzy loves baths and grooming time, he’s also potty trained and crate trained. He is shy at first and gets uncomfortable with strangers just coming at him. He is pretty good for a few rounds of fetch and will definitely get a little tubby if overfed. Please LOVE me! I am too ridiculously cute
Age: 16 years
Breed: Border Collie Mix
This is Cookie, at 16 years young an old lady with a lot of spring in her step! Our best guess is that she is a border collie mix. She certainly has the intelligence and energy level of the breed although she’s also capable of a lot of mellow sleeping since she is a senior.
Cookie is easy to have around the house. She gets along fine with other dogs and cats in the home. She will bark at strangers but is friendly once she knows everyone is safe. I would not trust her around young children because she can be a little reactive to certain kinds of physical contact.
Cookie loves to go for walks. Truly loves it! The one challenge is that when she sees other dogs while she is out she gets very stimulated and will sort of fling herself at their faces. So she needs a strong hand on walks. She’s also pretty nearly deaf so she needs to be on leash.
This is a girl with a lot of life in her even at her age for someone willing to meet her needs.”
If you are able to give this senior girl a loving home for her sunset years please fill out the Aussie Rescue So Cal adoption application: https://www.aussierescuesocal.com/applications/adoption_v2/. (Santa Barbara area)
Adoptable Dogs from Our Rescue Partners:
To view dogs available at our local humane societies and shelters:
San Diego County Shelters
San Diego Humane Society
Rancho Coastal Humane Society
El Cajon Animal Shelter
Chula Vista Animal Care