2nd Chance Dachshund Rescue
Rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Dachshund dogs in San Diego County only. A small, all-volunteer organization, placing approximately 15 dogs per year. Adoption fees range from $150-$400.
A Passion for Paws Akita Rescue, Inc
An Akita rescue that relies on donors, foster homes & volunteers. They do not have a shelter, and are always in need of new foster homes for Akitas which they often rescue from high-kill shelters.
Animal Rescue Resource Foundation (ARRF)
Phone: 760-414-3966/ 760-522-7836
AARF is an all-volunteer foster program without a facility. They accept all breeds of dogs and cats when foster homes are available. They often rescue pets from Animal Control facilities.
Aussies & Others Rescue
All volunteer organization specializing in Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, but often accept other breeds if foster homes are available. Dogs are always fostered in private homes and never housed in kennels.
San Diego Basset Rescue
Basset Hound Rescue & Adoption, Inc of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue and referral organization dedicated to placing unwanted Basset Hounds into suitable forever homes, and preventing unwanted bassets from overloading the shelter system.
Boxer Rescue Los Angeles
Dedicated to finding homes for unwanted Boxers. They maintain two large capacity kennels where Boxers are kept.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue
Matching rescued Chesapeake Bay Retrievers with loving, permanent adoptive homes.
Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego
Foster homes located throughout San Diego. Only adopt to local residents.
Rescue abandoned, abused, and special needs Chihuahuas. All-volunteer.
Cute Odyssey Inc., Shih Tzus & Small Breed Rescue
A very small organization dedicated to Shih Tzu, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshunds. Funded primarily through adoption fees.
East County Animal Rescue
Phone: 858-224-3227 or 858-224-ECAR
A grassroots rescue organization for all breeds. Mostly cats, but also dogs when foster homes are available. Also work to provide spay/neuter services for owned and feral cats.
Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals
Very small volunteer fostering organization, usually featuring dogs under 20 pounds who would have been killed in shelters due to expensive but treatable medical conditions.
German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of Southern California
Breed-specific, all-volunteer rescue organization specializing in German Shorthaired Pointers. All dogs come with a warranty contract for lifetime training and support.
Greyhound Adoption Center
The Greyhound Adoption Center is dedicated to rescuing Greyhounds and placing them in responsible, loving homes, matching each dog with an adopter, taking into consideration other family members, children, other pets and surroundings.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
A volunteer-run organization focusing on rescuing Greyhounds. Not a shelter. Dogs are fostered in homes before being placed with a permanent family.
Very small rescue organization rescuing small breed dogs, such as Shih Tzu, Maltese, and Lhasa Apso.
It’s The Pits
Fostering organization which focuses on rescuing and re-homing dogs mostly of the bully breed such as American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers. Foster homes are located throughout San Diego, as well as a facility in Poway. Dogsare evaluated for temperament and health, before being placed with an appropriate family.
Labradors & Friends Dog Rescue Group
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Rescue and foster labs and lab mixes throughout Southern California. All volunteer. They will take Labradors that aren’t purebred. Very large organization.
Labrador Rescuers, Inc.
Established to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home stray, abandoned, or unwanted Labrador Retrievers into loving, permanent homes. Large, volunteer based rescue.
Open Arms Rescue
Very small foster organization based in Imperial Beach since 2007. Rescues small dogs from Tijuana and Mexicali dog pounds. 70-7643.
Operation Greyhound Rescue & Adoption
A volunteer-run organization for past 17 years. Rescues ex-racing greyhounds and other sighthounds.
Pacific Animal Welfare Society of Coronado (PAWS of Coronado)
All-volunteer organization that facilitates adoptions for the Coronado Animal Shelter in addition to assisting Coronado residents re-homing their pets. Very limited foster homes available.
Pit Bull Rescue San Diego
Volunteer-run, foster organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and related bully breeds. Advocating responsible pet ownership, and the exploitation of the bully breeds. They’re working to save the most difficult breed to place….a tough job, due to prejudice and abuse of the breed.
Pug Rescue of San Diego
Breed Specific Pug rescue servicing San Diego County and surrounding areas. All volunteer, no facility….pugs are located in foster homes.
San Diego Bull Dog Rescue
Rescue and Adoption Services for Purebred English Bulldogs only.
San Diego Rottweiler Rescue
Phone: 619-659-9189 or 619-212-6028
Small volunteer rescue specializing in Rottweilers, but willing to help with other breeds when foster homes are available.
San Diego Spaniel Rescue
Provides breed education, rescue, fostering, medical and adoption services for abused or abandoned Cocker Spaniels in San Diego and Orange Counties. All volunteer.
Shelter Pet Partners
All-breed dog & cat rescue. Maintain cat adoption facilities in several pet supply stores throughout the County. Most pets stay in temporary foster homes until adopted.
Southern California German Shepherd Rescue
Rescues German Shepherds in Southern California. Dogs are kept in foster homes or kennels.
Southland Sheltie Rescue, Inc.
Rescuing Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties. Based in Southern California, SSRI is an all-volunteer organization.
Special Needs Rescue
E-mail only: SpecialNeedsRescue@san.rr.com
Very small, two person organization, run from a foster home. Often take animals that other organizations won’t accept due to impending medical expenses.
SPOT – Saving Pets One at a Time
E-mail (is best): email@example.com
Phone (leave message): 760-593-7768
All-volunteer organization. All-breed, mixed-breed rescue for dogs and cats. Operates primarily in north San Diego County.
Sunny Saints, S. CA St. Bernard Rescue
Phone: General Questions & Information/Intake Coordinator Pam: 562.619.2059/Adoptions Coordinator: Kim – 858.222.4101
Rescuing lost, abandoned and relinquished Saint Bernards throughout Southern California. Providing medical attention, spay/neuter and placement into permanent homes.
United Hope For Animals
Phone: 909-801-0012 or 858-405-6267or 626-325-8442
Network of volunteers and foster homes throughout Southern California, based in Pasadena. Provide spay/neuter services in Tijuana, as well as humane euthanasia in those pounds.