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P.A.W.S./L.A. P.A.W.S./L.A. 323-464-7297
Pet Orphans of Southern California Pet Orphans of Southern California 818-901-0190
The Pet Fund The Pet Fund 916-443-6007
The Sam Simon Foundation The Sam Simon Foundation 323-549-5300
Ace of Hearts Recently I worked with two incredible volunteers from a non-profit group called Ace of Hearts. They rescue all breeds & don’t discriminate against any. The Ace of Hearts adoption schedule includes most Saturdays at PETCO in WEST HOLLYWOOD from 1-pm at 508 NORTH DOHENY. Visit them at or call (310) 358-3344.
A Dog’s Life Rescue A Dog’s Life Rescue is a non-profit rescue organization that provides food, medicines, vet care, and boarding for dogs and other companion animals that they have saved from the streets and shelters in Los Angeles. They hold adoption events every Saturday, so go out today and see their ‘gently rescued’ dogs and other animals today in WEST LOS ANGELES at CENTINELA FEED AND PET SUPPLIES from noon til 4p.m., 11055 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles (1 block east of Sepulveda). You can also see their animals for adoption by logging onto, or call them at 310-590-7387. Private appointments can also be arranged to see specific animals.
Mark’s Rescue Mark’s Rescue is a no-kill animal rescue whose main focus is the rescue and care of abused and abandoned animals. They promise a simple adoption application process and for every adult cat adopted, you receive a free cat carrier. All of Mark’s Rescue animals are spayed or neutered, current on their shots, wormed and current on flea control. Every cat and kitten is tested for Feline Aids and Leukemia. Visit them at the TORRANCE PETsMART every Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday from 9AM-9PM. The address is 3855 Sepulveda Blvd. For more information, call (310) 830-5264.
The Pet Press LA’s Useful List of Animal Help Agencies & Rescue Groups in Southern California
Abandoned Terrier Rescue 818-347-1029
Ace of Hearts 310-358-3344
Actors & Others for Animals 818-755-6045
Adopt a Chow LA 310-306-2871
Adopt-A-Star Greyhound 310-985-5505
Afghan Hound Rescue 909-305-0552
All Retriever Friends 818-951-8686
Amanda Foundation 310-278-2935
American Humane Assoc. 800-227-4645
American Tortoise Rescue 800-938-3553
Angels in Fur Dog Rescue 818-335-3034
Animal Acres Farm Animals 661-269-5404
Animal Guardian Society 310-652-8618
Animal Poison Hotline 888-232-8870
Animal Rescue Volunteers 805-579-8047
Animal Safe Haven Foundation 877-768-5855
Animal Safety Net 323-733-0219
Animals Rule Rescue 310-832-9929
Australian Shepherd in So.CA 951-943-8830
Bark Avenue Foundation 213-840-0153
Basset Hound Rescue/So.CA 805-524-9353
Beagles & Buddies 626-444-9664
Belgian Shepherd Rescue 310-702-2389
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 818-768-8195
Best Friends Animal Society & Molly’s Mutts & Meows 310-837-6888
Best of Buddies Inc Burbank 661-433-8390
Bichons & Buddies 310-390-8944
Border Collies In Need 310-547-9574
Boston Buddies Rescue 310-364-4543
Boxer Rescue 213-532-6541
Brittany Foundation 661-713-5240
Bullies & Buddies (Pitbulls) 310-462-8480
Bull Terrier Rescue of So CA 818-594-4177
Bunny Bunch 909-591-7200
Bunny Luv Rabbit Resource Center 818-988-4488
California Poison Control 800-876-4766
California Wildlife Center 818-591-9453
Canine Companions for Indep. 800-572-2275
C.A.R.E. 818-685-9980
Carson Cats 310-721-5802
Cat Connection 818-776-0655
Cats at the Studios, Inc 818-341-8936
Cats In Need 909-622-0121
ChamEO Inc (Chameleons) 818-219-9315
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue 661-299-2307
Collie Rescue 626-398-8987
Dachshund Rescue & Placment 661-943-4888
Department of Sanitation 800-773-2489
Dharmas Cat & Dog Rescue 310-989-0057
Dogs for the Deaf 541-826-9220
Dogs Without Borders 323-209-3445
Ellen’s Precious Pooches 818-343-0360
English Bulldog Rescue 714-612-0265
English Springer Rescue Amer. 818-363-5754
Evidence of Love Animal Care 818-341-1000
Feral Cat Caretakers’ Coalition 310-820-4122
Fetching Companions Retriever Resq 888-412-3382
Forever Friends Golden Retr. Rescue 866-580-6369
Foreverhome Rescue 818-530-5305
Forgotten Animals of LA (FALA) 818-985-8121
Forte Animal Rescue 310-362-0321
Friends for Pets Foundation 818-767-5919
Friends of Animals Foundation 310-479-5089
Friends of Parrots Group 310-459-0166
German Shepherd Resq of OC 714-974-7762
Giant Schnauzer Rescue 714-893-5821
Golden Retr Club & Rescue 818-700-5200
Great Dane Adoptions/ Rescue 951-279-5100
Greyhound Adoption Center 805-987-7628
Greyhound Pets of America 310-645-8143
GreySave – Greyhound Rescue 866-473-9728
Guide Dogs for the Blind 800-295-4050
Guide Dogs of America 818-362-5834
Happy Angels Dog Rescue 626-590-9840
H.A.R.T. 805-677-5541
Heads 2 Tails 310-625-6667
Heart Bandits-American Eskimo Dogs 213-200-5158
Helping Persian Cats 310-409-5086
Homestretch Greyhound Resq 805-797-7706
Hummingbird Rescue 818-881-0053
Jackie’s Purrfect Match 310-328-9723
JCR (Just Cats Rescue) 818-566-8528
Jindo Project, Inc. 888-343-4364
Karma Rescue 310-512-7833
Kitten Rescue 818-347-3037
Kitty Moon Catchers 805-583-8175
Krazy for Kats Inc 818-527-5287
Lange Foundation 310-473-5585
Lhasa Happy Homes 310-74-LHASA
L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue 818-707-2007
Life 4 Paws 818-772-4335
Lifeline For Pets 818-951-1164
Little Angels Pug Rescue 626-795-3944
Little Orphan Hammies (Pigs) 805-693-9953
Living Free Animal Sanctuary 909-659-4684
Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation 310-713-2478
Mercy Crusade 818-597-2926
Much Love Animal Rescue 310-636-9115
National Poison Center 888-426-4435
The Nature Network, Inc. 310-289-4188
Nature of Wildworks 310-455-0550
New Leash on Life 661-255-0097
Old English Sheepdog Resq 310-392-3366
Opossum Society of CA 714-536-3538
Orange County Cavy Haven 714-242-7548
Pacific Coast Dog Rescue 818-701-0659
Parrots First 866-248-7670×5937
Parrot Information Hotline 818-613-4003
PAWS L.A. 323-464-7297
Paws With A Cause 800-253-7297
People and CATS Together 310-230-5974
Perfect Pet Rescue Mobile 310-726-3731
Pet Adoption Fund 818-340-1687
Pet Assistance Foundation 877-772-9738
Pet Mania Rescue 818-848-5512
Pet Orphans of So. CA 818-901-0190
Pet Pride (Cat Adoptions) 310-836-5427
Pet Rescue Association 818-767-4400
PetSave Foundation 310-349-0310
Pet Stop Rescue 805-526-4472
Pink Paws Cat Rescue & Adoption 805-492-1885
Pooch Heaven 866-7254-5433
Pooches & Pups Rescue 310-288-3636
Precious Paws 818-773-3336
Pryor’s Planet 818-503-5759
Pugs ‘N Pals 949-262-7843
PURRfect Partners 310-370-0526
PURRfect Solutions Cat Rescue 818-784-4297
Rabbit & Pocket Pet Adoptions 818-600-1967
Rabbit Rescue Inc 562-862-8844
Rainbow Rescue 661-256-7948
Ratz Nest 661-303-7872
Recycled Pets 818-986-0201
Remember Me Rescue 213-216-5611
Rescue Me Pet Foundation 310-822-1884
Rescue Me, Inc 818-999-2400
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue 805-962-4790
Rover Rescue 310-379-0154
Saint Martin’s Animal Found. 818-771-8750
Samoyed Rescue of So.Calif. 714-956-6180
Sante D’Or Foundation 323-898-8889
Save-A-Life Cat Adoptions310-787-7411
Save the Dalmatians 310-803-5414
S.C. Cat Adoption Tails 818-943-1601
SC PAW 310-569-8407
Scottie Rescue of So.CA 714-893-5821
Seal Beach Animal Care Center 562-430-4993
Second Chance for Rabbits,Inc 562-807-0071
Serenity Place Rescue 818-999-4022
Shambala 661-268-0380
Shadow Oaks Wildlife Care 805-374-9027
Sheltie Rescue alternative 818-787-9353
South Bay Bird Society 310-376-5954
So.Cal. Boston Terrier Rescue 310-364-4543
So.Cal. Dachshund Rescue 562-694-6868
So.Cal. Labrador Ret. Rescue 888-554-ALAB
So.Cal. Siamese Rescue 818-830-3380
South Bay Cats 310-548-8563
Southland Collie Rescue 310-366-5573
Southland Sheltie Rescue 818-996-1269
Southwest. Herpetologists Soc. 818-503-2052
Sparky & The Gang 310-621-1417
Strangest Angels Animal Rescue 818-468-9855
Stray Cat Alliance 310-281-6973
The Bill Foundation 310-860-0171
The Bunny bunch 310-713-2478
The Dawg Squad Animal Rescue 310-674-0477
The Eco Station 310-842-8060
The Kris Kelly Foundation 310-989-8800
The Purple Cow & Friends 760-749-4790
Theresa’s Country Feed & Pet 805-583-3599
TigerLily Cat Rescue 661-252-9454
Urban Animal Rescue League 818-779-7720
VBAS (Volunteers of Burbank Shelter) 818-238-3344
Valley Cats, Inc 818-883-5252
Voice For The Animals (VAA) 310-392-5153
Wagville Rescue Inc 323-222-4442
West End Shelter for Animals 909-947-3517
Westie Rescue of CA 619-579-6395
Westie Rescue of OC & Beyond 714-960-1083
Westside German Shep Rescue 310-202-7283
Whale Rescue Team 310-455-2729
Wheaten Terrier Rescue 714-893-5821
Wildlife Care – Ventura/Burbank 805-498-2794
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary 760-248-7818
Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue 626-576-2864
Orange County Cavy Haven Did you know that Guinea Pigs have their own rescue group here in Southern California? Orange County Cavy Haven is a non-profit, no kill rescue for these often-discarded ‘pocket pets’ who find their way by the hundreds into overcrowded shelters. Instead of buying a guinea pig at the pet store, educate yourself first at their website and if a guinea pig is the right pet for you, choose one of their gently fostered guinea pigs who tend to be very well-socialized & adjusted to living in a household.
Heaven on Earth Society Heaven on Earth Society for Animals was founded in 2000 to address the tragic plight of homeless animals�strays and ferals who spend their lives fighting starvation, predators, disease and harsh weather while they continue to reproduce in exorbitant numbers. Heaven on Earth presently operates a cage-free, no-kill sanctuary in VAN NUYS that serves as a haven for homeless special needs cats. See all the way you can help them at
Great Pyrenees At America’s Family Pet Expo I met a very passionate rescue group � they save gentle giants, the Great Pyrenees Dog, from abusive homes, shelters, and right off the streets. Due to their size, many of these dogs are underfed and not well cared for. If you can find a loving home for this breed, call (909) 887-8201 or on the web at
Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue There is a rescue group for virtually every dog & cat breed in the U.S. – and for that reason the Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue was founded in 1997 and dedicated to finding the best possible homes for Yorkshire Terriers in their care. Find out more at or call (310) 890-5638
Mission Viejo The city of Mission Viejo wants you to take an interactive tour of their shelter. Walk along the Pet Path, and visit the Cattery. Read about great volunteer opportunities like dog walker, cat care assistant, and rabbit care assistant. They also offer ongoing low-cost vaccination & microchipping clinics. Log onto
People & Cats Together People & Cats Together is a non-profit all volunteer cat rescue and placement center for all age kittens & cats, with adoption shows every saturday at PETCO in REDONDO BEACH on Pacific Coast Highway. For details, visit or call (310) 230-5974.
Australian Shepherd For a dog that has a wonderful enthusiasm for life, consider rescuing an Australian Shepherd. You’ll find all ages and activity levels of these amazing pets online at: or call 1-877-ARPH-779.
Basset Rescue Connection If you like your dogs long & low, rescue a BASSET HOUND from the Basset Rescue Connection. They give their weekends every Saturday and Sunday to find loving homes for these exceptional dogs. Call (800) 411-2388 and on the web at:
Stray & Orphaned Animal Rescue Every Sunday in RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Stray & Orphaned Animal Rescue (SOAR) brings wonderful SOAR Doggies, all age ranges, to PETsMART. See them online at: & call (951)205-0626.
Doberman Pinscher & Little Paws Rescue Doberman Pinscher & Little Paws Rescue is a non profit located in rural FILLMORE CALIFORNIA on a small ranch dedicated to animal rescue. Since 1987 over 6,500 dogs have been saved & placed in new homes.. At any time, approximately 90 Doberman Pinschers as well as 50 little dogs are waiting for homes. Visit them at and by phone, (805) 524-5102.
Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue (FCRR) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, Southern California organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering and rehoming homeless retrieving breeds. They specialize in Labrador Retrievers, but Golden and Flatcoat Retrievers are rescued, as well. Adoptions are by appointment: call 888-412-FETCH, or 888-412-3382 and log onto:
ARV ARV – Animal Rescue Volunteers – holds adoptions for dog and cats, all ages, all sizes, every Saturday from noon to 4pm at the SIMI VALLEY PETSMART, 455 East Cochran St. Check out their lovable and needy pets at:
Catherine Fund For pet lovers in La Canada your next new family member could be waiting for you as the Catherine Fund holds pet adoptions with cats & kitten every Sunday from noon-3pm at PETCO, located at 475 Foothill Blvd. in La Canada.
Adopt a Chow LA Adopt a Chow LA rescue chows (& mixes) and helps owners who can no longer care for their dogs. You can see these lovingly recycled pets every Sunday at CENTINELA FEED in WEST L.A. at Pico Blvd. near Sepulveda from noon-4:30PM and log onto:
ZARA’S LIST ZARA’S LIST is an all-breed dog & cat rescue, located in the INLAND EMPIRE city of CORONA. Their volunteers give up every Saturday & Sunday to match-make the perfect pet for everyone from a ‘Weekend Warrior’ to a ‘Couch Potato’!!! Visit them every weekend in Corona and Lake Elsinore at PETCO stores. For hours and locations, check out: or phone (951) 388-1174.
Adopt A Saint if you want to see some heavenly canine mugs, visit – the home page for volunteers dedicated to saving St. Bernards, the gentle giants in Southern California. And you can see these divine creatures up close & personal every Saturday from 11am-3pm in Orange County at the LAKE FOREST PETSMART, 23602 El Toro road. log onto: or call toll free (888) 231-8713
The Little Bow Wow Rescue The Little Bow Wow Rescue is a non-profit organization in ORANGE COUNTY passionately dedicated to rescuing small dogs of all types and breeds, many with special needs. Read how you can help at: and call (714) 974-2297
Forte Animal Rescue Forte Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, holding adoption events every Saturday from 12:30-3:30 at CENTINELA FEED on Centinela Avenue in Los Angeles. And even if you can’t take home one of their furry friends, you can purchase from hundreds of on-line shopping sites that automatically give Forte Animal Rescue a small donation at no extra charge to you! Read about it on their website: or call (310) 362-0321.
The Jindo Project Did you know that the Jindo dog is protected by Korean law as a national monument? They possess legendary loyalty and affection for their masters. The least we can do for them is to support their rescue group, The Jindo Project. Find out all the ways you can help by calling 909-838-9811 or check out:
Pet Life-Line Pet Life-Line is a non-profit greyhound adoption program, committed to finding loving homes for retired racers who also donate blood to save the lives of others. Stop by their website, and see if you might be the perfect foster home for a greyhound companion – or call 714-891-2022.
Italian Greyhound Rescue The Italian Greyhound has an extremely loving, devoted nature and a sometimes unpredictable charm that allows for never a dull moment. They are sweet, gentle, affectionate, sprightly, and imaginative. Italian Greyhound Rescue is a service provided for those former pets that have been abandoned at animal shelters, taken from abusive homes or surrendered to Rescue due to other life situations. See if one is right for you at Italian Greyhound Rescue of California
Operation K9 Rescue Operation K9 Rescue is a non-profit rescue organization in Encinitas whose objective is to rescue abused, neglected and abandoned American Bulldogs, Rare Mastiffs and Bull breeds. You can see all their available dogs and purchase great canine geat at: or call them at 760-497-7764.
Southwest Cairn Rescue If you love the little dog Toto in the ‘Wizard of Oz’, there are dozens of Cairn Terriers just like Toto looking for their forever home. Southwest Cairn Rescue, in the CITY OF ORANGE, is an all-volunteer non-profit dedicated to rescuing this lively & lovable breed from shelters in five different states. Log onto
Sparky and the Gang Sparky and the Gang is a local non-profit group that puts their heart & souls into the animals they rescue. Look for them on the second Sunday of the month at the Redondo Beach Dog Park Adoption Show from 11am-3pm. Call them at (310) 621-1417, or log on to their web page at
Lhasa Happy Homes Lhasa Happy Homes sponsors weekly adoptions with breeds like Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, Maltese & other small dogs every Sunday at the new BRENTWOOD FARMERS MARKET from 9am-1:30pm. Check out: & call them at (310) 74- L-H-A-S-A.
California German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue California German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue invites you to join them in a Hunt for a Good Home. These active & highly-focused dogs will steal your heart. Call (760) 726-4813 and see dozens of adoptable pointers in all age ranges at:
Canine Rescue Coalition Canine Rescue Coalition is dedicated to rescuing English & Neapolitan Mastiffs, restoring them to health, and finding them loving, permanent homes. To see all the ways you can help just by shopping, log onto:
Westside German Shepherd Rescue Westside German Shepherd Rescue now has an adoption event every Saturday and Wednesday at 1601 Griffith Ave, Los Angeles 90021. Go out between 11am-4pm Saturday and 11am-2pm Wednesdays & meet Robin, Diane, Joe with their array of dazzling Shepherds of every age. You can also schedule other appointment times by logging onto:
Perfect Pet Rescue Perfect Pet Rescue invites you to meet your next pet at their Weekend Mobile Adoptions. On Saturday, they’re in Santa Monica at 1501 Montana Avenue in front of City Bank, and on Sunday you’ll find them in West Hollywood at Petco, on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. & Doheny. Preview their adoptable dogs at:
Boston Brigade Rescue Boston Brigade Rescue is a not for profit organization dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers who are abandoned or neglected and placing them in permanent, loving, responsible homes. If your home is a match for this fun & lively breed, contact them at: or call (760) 634-3262.
Underdog Rescue Underdog Rescue in Orange County is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of lost, abandoned & Death Row shelter animals in need of homes. Check out their cuddly adoption candidates every Sunday at PETCO IN RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA from 11am-4pm. Visit them online at: and by phone: 949-713-2737.
Toby & Friends Rescue The mission of Toby & Friends Rescue is to save Rottweilers and large breed puppies from high-kill shelters with the goal of finding them loving permanent homes. They volunteer every weekend, Saturday & Sunday, at their pet adoption in Culver City at PETCO on SEPULVEDA BLVD, from Noon-5pm. Even if you can’t adopt, they desperately need dog food, so why not buy them a bag while you’re there? Learn more about them at:
Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles (FALA) is dedicated to the rescue of homeless cats and the elimination of their suffering. They hold adoptions every Sunday from Noon-4PM at RUSTY’S DISCOUNT PETS in STUDIO CITY at Ventura & Colfax. See their lineup of adoptable pets at: or call : 818-985-8121.
UPLAND ANIMAL SHELTER Helping Out Pets Every Day (HOPE) helps dogs and cats at the UPLAND ANIMAL SHELTER with medical treatment not funded by the shelter. Meet their rescue pets in need of homes every Saturday from 10am-2pm, Alternating between PETCO in MONTCLAIR and the RANCHO CUCAMONGA PETCO. For adoption event schedule, call 800-811-4285 or online:
HELPING PERSIAN CATS at HELEN’S PET DEPOT If you want to give a loving home to a Persian, Himalayan or Exotic Short Hair Cat, attend the adoption event held by: HELPING PERSIAN CATS at HELEN’S PET DEPOT, WEST L.A. every other Saturday. Call: 310-309-5086 for times and other details.
Rhodesian Ridgeback The Rhodesian Ridgeback breed of dog possesses an affection disposition, combined with a quiet, gentle temperament. See if a Ridgeback is the perfect family pet for you by visiting: or call: 805-962-4790
Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue Where can you see lots of adorable rabbits & bunnies for adoption? On the 2nd Sunday of every month, Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue brings bunnies galore to the SAN GABRIEL PETCO. Or at the PASADENA PETCO on Arroyo Parkway every 3rd Sunday. Hours for both are 11am-3pm & visit: for more info.
Rabbit Adoptions Another way help out Peter Cottontail & Thumper – THE BUNNY BUNCH holds Rabbit Adoptions every Saturday from 12:30-3:30 at CENTINELA FEED, 3860 Centinela Avenue in Mar Vista. All the rabbits are neutered and litter box trained. And for more ways to help the Bunny Bunch by donating your used printer cartridges and cell phones, visit or call (310) 713-2478.
Rottweiler Rescue The goal of Rottweiler Rescue is to find loving, lifetime homes for all their rotties. See how you can help by logging onto their website – or call: 818-765-5997.
Treeing Walker Coonhound Have you ever heard of a Treeing Walker Coonhound? Elaine is just one of the many dogs and puppies, cats and kittens rescued by Pal Rescue. They hold adoption events every Suday in TORRANCE from 11AM-2PM at All Star Pet Lodge, 951 West 223rd Street. For a sneak peek, visit:
Pacific Coast Dog Rescue The devoted volunteers at Pacific Coast Dog Rescue hold adoptions every Saturday at BURBANK PET PLAZA on Alameda at Main, from noon-4pm. Log onto: or call: 818-701-0659
Noah’s Bark And ‘Starbuck’ is a poor little guy who was abandoned at a local Starbucks tied to a chair. He looks exactly like my dog Cisko, so help Noah’s Bark rescue in giving him a second chance at a happier life. They hold dog and cat adoptions from noon-4PM every Saturday at PETCO in TORRANCE. And you can see all their loving rescue pets at: or call their hotline: 310-391-5081.
New Beginnings for Animals If you live in ORANGE COUNTY and you’re looking for your new best feline friend, New Beginnings for Animals holds cat adoptions at PETsMART in ALISO VIEJO on both Saturday & Sunday from noon-4pm. You can also see their cats seven days a week at the same store: 26762 Aliso Creek Rd. or call (949)716-0538 or log on to
CATHERINE FUND And in the San Gabriel Valley, the CATHERINE FUND reminds you that every Sunday from Noon-3pm, they have dozens of adorable cats & kittens ready to go to a loving home at PETCO IN LA CANADA. Call them at: 818-425-5786
Great dogs in need of loving homes Through their mobile adoption, new leash on life is bringing lots of great dogs in need of loving homes to SANTA CLARITA, NEWHALL, CALABASAS, WOODLAND HILLS and THE FARMER’S MARKET in LOS ANGELES. For a listing of dates & locations, visit: or call: 661-255-0097.
Voice for the Animals Every weekend, Voice for the Animals volunteers donate their time to find homes for animals. Dog & cat adoptions are held Sunday in PACIFIC PALISADES at the Farmer’s Market, or join them Saturday for their ‘Cats Only’ event at PETCO in WEST HOLLYWOOD at Doheny & Santa Monica Blvd. Call their hotline at: 310-392-5153 or log onto:
Forever Home Rescue Forever Home Rescue invites you to their weekend dog & cat adoptions on Saturday in Porter Ranch at Petco, and on Sunday, at the Signal Hills Petsmart. Call ahead for Summer adoption hours: 818-530-5305 or on the web at:
The Benevolent Animal Rescue Commitee The Benevolent Animal Rescue Commitee, also known as BARC adopts to caring individuals living within most areas of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and some parts of Orange County. Adoption events are held weekends in San Bernardino, Redlands and Cherry Valley. For times & locations, call: 951-845-1513 or visit:
Heads 2 Tails Heads 2 Tails, another great humane group giving up their weekends to find homes for cats & kittens, holds a double-header adoption event every Saturday in Culver City. You can find them in Culver City at Centinela Feed on Sepulveda Blvd. and at Petsmart on Jefferson Blvd., both locations from Noon-4pm. Visit them at: or call: 310-390-5338.
Dogs Without Borders Dogs Without Borders is a non-profit rescue organization which relies solely on foster homes to rescue dogs as far away as Taiwan, thanks to volunteer travelers. You can see their imported rescues every Saturday from 1-4PM at Barks ‘N Bitches, 505 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles. Visit them at: or call: 323-209-3445.
All Retriever Friends All Retriever Friends (ARF) is a rescue organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers and Curly Coated Retrievers. Find out the many ways to volunteer including being a shelter liaison, home checker, even writing grants. Visit: or call: 818-951-8686
Canine Adoption & Rescue League in Ventura County Canine Adoption & Rescue League in Ventura County is celebrating 10 years of making a doggone difference! In addition to their busy Saturday pet adoptions in Simi Valley & Port Hueneme, you can visit all their lovable rescues at their PET CARE CENTER, in SANTA PAULA at 901 Mission Rock Road. For a complete schedule, call: 805-525-3212 and online at:
The Southern California Whippet Club Rescue The Southern California Whippet Club Rescue is an active rescue group which takes in and adopts out pure-bred whippets as well as whippet crosses and other sighthounds. Visit their rescue link at:
Hearts for Hounds Hearts for Hounds is an Orange County small dog rescue for all breeds & mixes. In just 10 years, they have placed seven thousand dogs into permanent loving homes. Visit them every Sunday in Long Beach at the ALAMITOS BAY MARINA FARMER’S MARKET from 10:30am-1pm. For directions, and to see some of the cutest generic dogs ever, log onto: or call: 760-244-4808.
Cats in Need The hard-working volunteers at ‘Cats in Need’ hold weekly adoptions at twelve Petsmart stores in ORANGE COUNTY, THE INLAND EMPIRE, THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY & LONG BEACH. For locations & times, call their adoption hotline at: 909-622-0121 or on the web:
Scottish Terrier Rescue Who doesn’t love the Scottish Terrier? Scottish Terrier Rescue places these loving & adaptable dogs, ages from one to ten years, in new home environments where they fit easily. To see if the devoted & affectionate Scottie is right for you, call 714-893-5821, or log onto:
Miniature Schnauzer & Friends Rescue Miniature Schnauzer & Friends Rescue – Many of their rescue dogs are passed over in animal shelters & you won’t believe the transformation ’til you see their ‘Extreme Make-Over Section’ at: Check out their pet adoptions on Saturdays at PETCO in REDONDO BEACH or call them about their available dogs at 310-374-7701
Border Collies in Need Border Collies in Need is a not-for-profit established less than a year ago to save & rehabilitate these incredibly bright dogs. You can meet elegible BCs the first Saturday of every month at PETSMART in CHINO, or log onto:
Molly’s Mutts & Meows When considering an animal companion for your family, choose adoption as your first option. That’s the message of Molly’s Mutts & Meows. Read about their weekend adoptions at West Hollywood Park at: or call 310-837-mutt.
Brittany Foundation My good friends at the Brittany Foundation were recently chosen as the Charity of the Day at To help this great group or adopt call 661 713-5240 or log onto
Yorkshire Terrier Club of Los Angeles Yorkshire Terrier Club of Los Angeles rescues and assists Yorkies in Southern California as a non-profit, all volunteer rescue. Help them help these terrific terriers with your donations and/or your time. Visit: YTCLA.COM
PRYOR’S PLANET Every Sunday in Studio City at Wamu Bank from 11am-3pm, the great volunteers from PRYOR’S PLANET are finding forever homes for needy dogs & cats. Check them out at: or call 818-503-5759.
A Passion for Paws Rescue A Passion for Paws Rescue is a non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of Akitas and other large breeds. Find out how to help these ‘Teddy Bear’ dogs by logging onto:
Southwest Cairn Rescue Southwest Cairn Rescue is dedicated to rescuing cairn terriers – the little ‘Toto’ dog – from shelters in a five state area. To meet adoptable cairns, or to learn how you can volunteer, visit:
Adopt a Chow L.A. If you’re looking for a breed devoted to family, as well as affectionate, the chow may be right for you. Adopt a Chow L.A. invites you to shmooze with their rescues every Sunday at CENTINELA FEED & PET in WEST L.A. at Pico & Sepulveda Blvd. from noon-4:30 pm. Or log onto:
Animal Rescue Organization The Holidays are a wonderful time to increase your animal awareness. The Purple Cow & Friends is a nonprofit Farm Animal Rescue Organization in NORTHERN SAN DIEGO, whose mission is to rescue animals considered to be at the end of their usefulness. Just a dollar a day will adopt an abused horse or save a billy goat or pet mule from starvation. Visit: or call 760-749-4790.
Chow Shiba Rescue Chow Shiba Rescue is a very small, all volunteer nonprofit group specializing in saving & finding forever homes for these unique breeds. For website & phone info, visit or contact ‘Joan’ at (310) 994-0695. for Shiba Inus please see the website: or contact ‘Michelle’ at (818) 996-6578.
Leos In Need Rescue If you’ve ever been licked by a gigantic, loving & loyal Leonberger, you’re hooked for life. The Leonberger is a devoted family member, with special friendliness toward children. Sadly, more & more Leos are turning up in shelters. Find out more about the amazing Leonbergers at: or call: 877-827-6719.
Boston Brigade RescueBoston Brigade Rescue is a not for profit organization dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers who are abandoned or neglected and matching them with loving, permanent families specifically interested in the Breed. They service San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties & you can reach them at: Or Call: 760 634-3262.
Alaskan Malamute The Alaskan Malamute is blessed with a sunny disposition & may be the perfect active companion, whether you’re a backpacker or a casual walker. Educate yourself and see this if this breed is your ‘Perfect 10.’ Log onto: or call: 805-583-8280.
Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee The hard-working volunteers from the Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee, known as BARC are relentless in their pursuit of homes for their rescue dogs. You’ll find them every weekend in locations around REDLANDS. Just visit: or call: 951-845-1513.
German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue is on the hunt for a good home for dozens of this loveable breed. Check out all their adoptable dogs, representing all age & activity level at:
Serenity Place Rescue Serenity Place Rescue holds weekend adoptions for cats and kittens. On Saturday & Sunday, visit them at two locations: Canoga Park Petco and Westlake Village Petco store.
Guinea Pigs are great pets for kids, and you can teach a child a valuable lesson by rescuing a guinea pig instead of buying one at a pet store. go to: or call: 818-332-4300.
Forgotten Angels Cat Rescue is a volunteer organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of unwanted & abandoned cats. See their available kitties every Saturday at the Palmdale Petsmart from 10am-3pm, and weekdays by appointment. Or check them out at:
Peter Zippi Memorial Fund was founded in 1977 by Dr. Alice Villalobos in memory of Peter Zippi, a young man dedicated to the care of animals. We have adopted out over 14,000 pets (mostly cats) since then. The Fund is run by wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to help those who can’t help themselves. The Fund offers shelter, medical treatment, and re-homing primarily for shelter cats, and as possible for the abandoned and homeless cats and kittens in the community; and provides spay/neuter financial assistance to the community. Our website is:
Friends for Pets Foundation is an organization dedicated to rescuing & placing Weimaraners, Golden Retrievers, Dalmatians, Pointers & Labs. If you can spare a few hours any weekend to walk these affectionate canines, call: (818) 767-5919 or visit

Chihuahuas of the Valley is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue located in Los Angeles, California, specializing in rescuing small and toy breed dogs from high kill shelters and animals that have been neglected or abandoned. Email: