Bay Area Dog Rescues

So, you want a dog? You better take excellent care of that dog, or I'm coming after you. Many dogs are thrown away because people pick the wrong breed for their situations. Find some sites that will describe the different breeds so you can decide which could be a good fit for you.

Unfortunately, people abandon every type of dog. You can find exactly what you're looking for without resorting to breeders or pet stores. Also, widen the scope of your search. A mix or a breed you hadn't considered before may be exactly the right dog for you. A puppy is a whole lot more work and needs much more attention than a young adult. Be open minded and enjoy the adventure.

Please check out kill shelters and "humane societies" first to find your dog (on this page). You will be saving a life. Of course, the work that rescues do is among the most noble of all vocations. But in shelters, time is of the essence, and rescues do get most of their animals from shelters.

You can go to rescues that don't specify a breed or the breed specific dog rescues. Happy searching

General Dog Rescues,
Breed Rescues A-C

Breed Rescues D-I
Breed Rescues J-P

Breed Rescues R-Z

For instance, this guy was my most recent foster:
This is Milo. I thought my Gigi was one of a kind, but Milo is
yet another. I couldn't let him stay at the Alameda Shelter

where I spotted him; this unique dog had to be Gigi's brother
(same estimated age, same side of the Bay) .
So Hopalong Rescue helped me and I became
his foster mom. He has been adopted by a wonderful couple
and their 3 lb. Pomeranian in Oakland


These sites search a number of rescues and shelters for you.
Just answer a few questions and let them do the walking.

A very concise listing of all the Shelters in California.

batchgeo Bay Area Shelters - by far the best coverage - yes, they list dog rescues nationally
Not much in Bay Area yet, but will probably add more shelters soon

Craig's List (bulletin board - community, pets. Beware of breeders and scams!)

Furry Friends Rescue

Northern California Pet Adoptions

Pet Adoptions at

Pet Ark

PGAA Rescue Contacts

Special Needs Pets

World Animal Net - California (listing of rescues by breed)

My sweet Livia
died March 19, 2009, after a sudden and brief illness.
I'm grateful for the time we had,
though it could never be enough.

Brindle was my sister Sheryl's dog.
Brindle lived to 15 and had a full, beautiful life.
She was much loved and will be missed.
Here she is immortalized in an etching by Sheryl.
Click for more of Brindle and Sheryl's other art work


All the dogs on this site are from shelters or rescues.

San Francisco

San Francisco Animal Care and Control
1200 - 15th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-6364
(415) 554-9400 emergency

San Francisco SPCA
2500 - 16th St.
an Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 522-3500


Alameda County Animcal Control (East)
East County Animal Shelter
4595 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA
(925) 803-7040

Berkeley Animal Care Services
1 Bolivar Dr.
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-6600

(510) 644-6755

Berkeley East County Animal Shelter
4595 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 803-7040

Livia & me

Princess & Magnolia sparring - the joy of 2 dogs

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (no kill)
2700 - 9th St.
Berkeley, CA 04710
(510) 845-7735
(510) 845-3633

East Bay SPCA Oakland
8323 Baldwin St.
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 569-0702

The poster child for shelter rescues

East Bay SPCA Dublin
4651 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568
Adoptions: 925-479-9670
Spay/Neuter: 925-479-9674

Hayward Animal Control
16 Barnes Court
Hayward, CA 94544

(510) 293-7200

Oakland Animal Services
1101 29th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601
( 510) 535-5602

Ginger & Laddie - my childhood Spaniels

Piedmont-Emeryville Animal Services
403 Highland Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 420-3006

Tri-City Animal Shelter
1950 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 790-6640

Valley Humane Society
3670 Nevada St.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 462-8656

Contra Costa County

Antioch Animal Services
300 "L" Street
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 779-6989

Gremlin & Max

Contra Costa Animal Services
Martinez Shelter: 4800 Imhoff Place
Martinez, CA 94553
925) 335-8300
Pinole Shelter: 910 San Pablo Ave.

Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 374-3966

Contra Costa Humane Society
171 Mayhew Way, Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
(925) 279-2247

Riley - Corgi X with his healing leg

Contra Costa SPCA
P.O. Box 725
Concord, CA 94522
(925) 825-5156

1865 Adobe St.
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 689-8435


Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-4621

St. Francis Animal Protection Society
P.O. Box 506
Campbell, CA 95009
(408) 579-9330

Princess - Chihuahua/Dachshund


Napa Humane
3265 California Boulevard
Napa, California 94558
(707) 25
(707) 255-8118

Napa Animal Control
942 Hartle Court
Napam CA 94558
(707) 253-4382

Livia - Kyi Leo, and Rudy - Jack Russell mix


Sacramento City Animal Shelter
2127 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818

(916) 264-7387

Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation
3839 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA
(916) 386-7387

Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin-Perkins Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 383-7387

The Underbite Kids - Lou and Abe

Merced County Animal Control
2080 Grogan Avenue, Merced, CA 95340
Phone (209) 385-7436 • Fax (209) 722-3627
Information (209) 385-7338

Friends of the Sacramento City Shelter


San Jose Animal Care & Services
2750 Monterey Road
San Jose, CA 95111
(408) 794-PAWS

San Mateo

Peninsula Humane Society
1450 Rollins Road,
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-7022 x479
Coyote Point Shelter
Lost/Found | Animal Intake | Spay/Neuter
12 Airport Boulevard,
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340.7022

Santa Clara

Brindle and Teddy in the Vermont woods.

Humane Society of Silicon Valley
2530 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 727-3383

Palo Alto Animal Services
3280 East Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Palo Alto Humane Society
PO Box 60715
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 764-0344

Booboo & Tommy - mother and son Chihuahuas

San Martin Animal Shelter
San Martin Animal Control
12370 Murphy Ave.
San Martin, CA 95046

Solano County

Humane Society of the North Bay
1121 Sonoma Blvd.
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 645-7905

Lake County Animal Control & Shelter
(707) 263-0278

Winnie - Chihuahua Dachshund

Solano County Friends of Animals
PO Box 4081
Vallejo, CA 94510
(707) 552-3323

Solano County Animal Care
2510 Clay Bank Road
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 784-1356

Solano County SPCA
2200 Peabody Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 448-7722

Sonoma County

Petaluma Animal Shelter
840 Hopper St.
Petaluma, CA 94953
(707) 778-4396

Dobie Gillis - Patterdale Terrier

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
301 J Rogers Lane
Rhonert Park, CA 94928
(707) 584-1582

Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 524-7104

Sonoma County Humane Society
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 565-7100

Zelda - Volpino

General Dog Rescue
Breed Rescues A-C

Breed Rescues D-I
Breed Rescues J-P
Breed Rescues R-Z

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