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I.C.A.R.E Dog Rescue
Phone: 949-713-9875

All breed dog rescue. Rescuing dogs from high kill shelters, neglect,
abuse & abandonment. Into, Canine, Adoption, Rehabilitation and Education

Barks of Love
Phone: 805-276-9535
Fax: 714-598-3355
Mailing Address:
PO Box 4156, Fullerton, CA 92834

We are not a shelter – We rescue FROM shelters. Therefore we do not
have a central location where our dogs are homed together. Our dogs
are in private fosters homes receiving day to day care by caring
volunteers, who teach them to live in a home environment. This also
means we do not have an office or regular business hours.

Barks of Love is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization staffed ENTIRELY
by volunteers. We consider ourselves an independent, “grass roots”
type of an organization making a difference one dog at a time.
Established in 2008 by Ashley Greenspan, we’ve been helping the
community save over 400 dogs as of late 2010.

Our goal is to decrease the total number of animals being euthanized
each year. We save dogs from many different situations – Mostly, we
pull “death row” dogs from local animal shelters. We provide the
daily needed care to keep the dogs safe and happy.

We keep dogs in our program until we’ve found their “Furever Home”. To
do this, we hold weekly adoption events, advertise via our online
network, screen applicants, and hold doggie “meet and greets”.

All adoption applicants must be:
-Approved by BOL Staff with a completed Adoption Application
-21 years of age
-Provide proof of ID
-Consent to a homecheck
-Sign an Adoption Contact
-Make a donation

Adoption donations pay for the time, energy and costs we’ve put into
the dogs while in our care, including, but not limited to: food, toys,
beds, rehabilitation, grooming, vaccinations, spay or neuter,
microchipping, vet evaluation, etc.
As you can see, all adoption donations go DIRECTLY to rescuing the dogs.

* Since we visit a variety of animal shelters to rescue dogs, we can
be on the lookout for the specific type of animal you are interested
* Most of our adoptable animals have been in foster care--in a regular
home environment--so we have a good idea of how each of our animals
will behave in the real world. We usually know if a dog is
housebroken, good with other dogs, good with cats, appropriate for
children or not, energy/activity level, and so forth. This makes it
easier to match up our dogs with the right home, and easier for you to
select the right one.
* Our dogs have already been vet-checked, vaccinated, dewormed, and
spayed/neutered before adoption. While no one can guarantee the
long-term health of any animal, we do take the time and incur the
expense to get basic healthcare and assessments done before our dogs
go to permanent homes.
* When you adopt from us, your pet already has close to $300 of care
invested in it before you take him/her home! Of course, the
tender-loving care they receive from their foster parents, as we
prepare them for their new permanent homes, is priceless!

Irvine Animal Care Center
(949) 724-7740
6443 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618
We're Irvine's municipal shelter for homeless pets.
We care for more than 3,000 animals every year, and we're proud of our extremely high adoption rate and our record of serving the animals and animal lovers of our community.

Pet Pro Life Adoption & Placement, Inc.
(714) 964-3593
P. O. Box 3653
Huntington Beach, CA 92605
Pet Pro Life Adoption & Placement, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer group, established in 1994. Our goal is to decrease the total number of animals being euthanized in animal shelters each year by finding new, permanent homes for them. Our animals come from a variety of circumstances.
Some of them are rescued from "Death Row" at local shelters, while others are brought to us by their owners as an alternative to the shelter. We do not yet have our own kennel facility, so all of the animals we take in live in "foster homes" or with their owners until they are adopted.

Pet Pro Life has no paid employees and does not receive funding from any government agency. We are staffed entirely by volunteers and obtain funds solely from adoption fees, fund-raisers, and donations. In order to ultimately reduce the number of unwanted animals killed each year, we feel it is important to educate prospective owners and the general public about pet overpopulation and enforce a very strict spay/neuter policy for all our adopted pets. We spay or neuter all animals before placement regardless of breed.

Underdog Rescue
P O BOX 994
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
UNDERDOG Rescue, (100% non-profit), is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of lost, abandoned and "DEATH ROW SHELTER ANIMALS" in need of loving homes. Our goal is to match "pets with people." We provide detailed personality profiles about our dogs: their traits, habits, likes and dislikes. We help adopters pick the best animal that fits their lifestyle, and personality. We support ALL our adoptions with medical attention, training and on-hand supervision. We strive to teach the precious gift of unconditional love between animal and man, in our efforts to rescue the wonderful UNDERDOGS OF THE WORLD!...

The Pet Rescue Center
25800 Jeronimo Rd. Ste 100
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

The Pet Rescue Center of Orange County’s goal is to work with the
communities of California, shelters, veterinarians and animal rescue
groups to save the lives of dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia due to
overpopulation through education, spay/neuter and rescue programs. In
this effort, they provide a no-kill, veterinary supervised temporary
sanctuary for these pets while they work to locate an adopting family.
Additionally, The Pet Rescue Center allocates financial grants, to
provide critical or lifesaving treatments for pets with special needs
to their rescues and to the public.

New Beginnings For Animals
is dedicated to rescuing animals from shelters and finding them new homes.
PO Box 2444
Mission Viejo, CA 92690

Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort and Adoption Center
Marsha Schwartz
(949) 240-1735
30311 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 Welcome to Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort. A young organization, CARE is in the process of building a Third Chance Adoption Center to provide increased opportunities for the lost and abandoned dogs and cats of San Juan Capistrano. Our mission is to protect the welfare of the animals we come in contact with, and to promote the humane treatment and well being of these animals by: providing shelter and medical care for stray or abandoned animals in San Juan Capistrano; responding with personal commitment, humane sensitivity, compassion, and technical skill to the needs of these animals; actively promoting suitable adoptions of the animals; encouraging the spay and neuter of dogs and cats to ensure the numbers of unwanted animals be kept to a minimum; and helping to prevent cruelty to animals by promoting animal welfare legislation and education.

The Animal Network of Orange County
An Organization Dedicated To Supporting Local Pets In Finding New Homes
DiAnna Pfaff-Martin Executive Office 949.759.3646
24 HOUR adoption information
e-mail us at
Postal Mail: THE ANIMAL NETWORK OF ORANGE COUNTY P.O. Box 8662, Newport Beach, CA 92658

or call us at 714-893-4393.
The Animal Assistance League of Orange County is a non-profit humane society dedicated to aiding lost and homeless pets, helping people with pet related problems, promoting responsible pet-ownership and pet population control, and preventing cruelty to animals through educational programs
We Have Several Great Pets Available for Adoption.

Little Dog Rescue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
We are a true "Mom and Pop" dog rescue, taking in
Maltese, Yorkies, Shih Tzus, terriers, and other small dogs, both purebreds and mixes. Normally, our rescues are between 2 and 12 pounds. The dogs you visit on our website are living in our home as loved members of our family. They beg at the table at meals, sleep in our beds, snuggle in our laps while we watch TV, go for rides in the car, chase the
mop, and happily celebrate our return home, even after just taking out the garbage!!! We are not a shelter. This is our home and everyone that comes into our home has the run of it. (We have a lot of tile and hard wood!!) No kennels, no cages, just warm comfy couches, chairs and laps.

OCPoundhounds Small Breed Rescue

Orange, CA 92866
Headquartered in Orange County, CA our rescue group is local and independent, specializing in adopting small breed dogs from the local LA, Inland Empire and Orange County high-kill shelters. Our outstanding team has the credentials and experience to rescue dogs that have the best opportunity to be successfully placed in forever homes in the Orange County and surrounding community.
We are currently a private rescue, and are in the process of obtaining our 501(c)3 to become a recognized non-profit organization, but this an expensive and labour-intensive process, which can take up to 27 months to finalize. Our funds, which are derived 100% from the adoption fees we ask for an OCPoundhound, is directed 100% back in to continuing our dog rescue and their related medical care, to allow us to continue our work.


Little Heroes Animal Rescue and Placement Service
Foster homes located throughout: all of Southern California You can also contact us at: 949-697-4297. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, health examined and microchipped prior to adoption.

Welcome to Save That Dog!
A non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of young shelter dogs of all breeds and sizes in Southern California
(714) 439-5091

Doggy Television
310 485-0345
8950 Olympic Blvd. #130
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Help animals find a loving home.

Cuddly Cainies Rescue
Email Only
Canine Rescue group, specializing in pregnant dogs
and their puppies


Animal Network of Orange County
P.O. Box 8662
Newport Beach, CA 92658
An Organization Dedicated To Supporting Local Pets In Finding New Homes. Free 30 day "DOG" Web Posting (excludes photo). We screen your calls and a match is made! Proof of spay neuter and rabies vaccine required.

Modjeska Ranch Rescue
26741 Portola Park Way Suite 1E #204
Foothill Ranch CA 92676


Breed Rescue

Webmaster's Westside German Shepherd Rescue Foster dog available for adoption now
Westside German Shepherd Rescue

of Los Angeles
Phone 310-202-SAVE
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Southern California Bulldog Rescue
PO Box 10313
Santa Ana, CA. 92706
English Bulldog Rescue & Re-Homing in Southern

English Bulldog Rescue
The Bulldog Club of America, is the nations largest and oldestEnglish Bulldog rescue organzation. The BCA runs one of the most respected rescue programs in the area and places rescued or rehomed bulldogs in the Southern
California area only.

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
177F Riverside Ave., Ste. #143
Newport Beach CA, 92663
Non-profit organization German Shepherd Rescue
rescues and re-homes more than 300 purebred German Shepherd dogs each year. Dogs of all sizes, ages and colors are available to qualified adopters. All volunteers with no paid staff.

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue
PO Box 50726
Irvine, CA. 92619
No kill rescue group located in Orange and San Diego Counties - we rescue shelter dogs when they are out of time and assist those who can no longer keep their German Shepherds. We are a non
profit 501c3 that has been in operation for several years and we hold weekend events at Petsmarts throughout Orange and San Diego Counties.

German Shepherd Rescue
417 N. Moss St.
Burbank CA 91502
The German Shepherd Rescue is a no-kill organization dedicated to saving and finding homes for German Shepherd dogs. The German Shepherd Rescue is managed and run solely through its group of caring volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year. With the rescue's caring volunteers and donations from the community, the German Shepherd Rescue continues to save hundreds of beautiful and noble dogs each year. For more information, please log onto

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Orange County

By referral, occasionally foster homes available.
Orange County & So. Calif.
Local German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Orange County members will try to help you with your purebred G. S. Pointer in need of placement, or direct you to available dogs. Our problem-solving advice may help you keep your GSP, before drastic alternatives are needed. All rescue dogs placed must be spayed/neutered.

Homebound Hound
Beagle and other hound rescue. Placements and adoptions.

Irish Setter Club of Southern California
(951) 685-8747
Rescue of Irish Setter please contact us if you have a dog you would like to place. Please contact us if you are also interested in adopting a Irish Setter.

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Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue
PO Box 4859 Irvine CA 92616
SCLRR, formed in 1998 has been rescuing Labradors in the
southern California region ever since. Come and see our website for available
dogs or for help on placing your own lab.

Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 4859, Irvine CA

Great Dane Rescue of Riverside County & San Diego Great Dane Club Rescue

Internet Miniture Pinscher Service
Julie Pixley
Miniture Pinscher Rescue

Adopt A Saint - Saint Bernard
If you are interested in adopting a Saint Bernard take a look at this site

Samoyed Rescue of Southern California

Basset Hound rescue of Southern California
P.O. Box 32734
Long Beach, CA 90832-2734

20372 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, Ca. 92651
Susan Hamil
714-494-1076 * 714-494-9506
Stacy Mattson 714-858-0442

Bull Terrier Recue
805- 480-1884
Bull Terriers available for adoption through this rescue are spayed/neutered before being placed.

Greyhound Adoption Center
PO Box 2433
La Mesa, CA 91943-2433

11330 Markon Drive
Garden Grove, CA 92841
(714) 891-2022
(714) 891-2123 Fax

GreySave Greyhound Adoptions of Southern California

1275 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
GreySave Greyhound Adoptions is a greyhound adoption and support group in Southern California. We rescue former racing and otherwise unwanted greyhounds and adopt them into loving homes in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and around Southern California.

Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond

9151 Atlanta Avenue, #5006
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for West Highland White Terriers, to help control the animal population by spaying and neutering our dogs before they are placed in permanent homes, and to provide the public with education about our breed and its needs.

WROC is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to raising funds, fostering, and participating in events. We depend upon fund raising events and donations to continue our rescue, veterinary care, and rehabilitation. If you would like to donate, please contact us at 714-960-1083 or 714-402-1054 or email us at

West Highland White Terrier Rescue -CA and Western States
PO Box 2822 El Cajon, CA 92021
Oldest, largest, respected entirely volunteer run private not-for-profit Westie Rescue within the state. We serve the breed we love by rescuing, fostering, rehabilitating, providing Veterinary care, and finding wonderful forever adoptive homes. Our all volunteer network, actively seeks volunteers, foster homes and Westie owner participation in our many events and fund raising projects. Can you help our little ones? Want more information, want to adopt or volunteer? Go to our won't be sorry. Donations are needed!

Scottish Terrier Rescue of Southern California
714 893-5821
P.O. Box 32
Midway City, ca. 92655
We are a non-profit 501(C)3 non-profit rescue and
adoption program for Scottish Terriers in Southern

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