DopteD 7/1/22
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View the dogs below. Click on their pictures to see a larger image. The links above will take you through our different categories of available dog listings: Foster, Shelter, Owner-listed and Pocket dogs. To learn about our adoption process, go to FAQs on our site. If you'd like to MEET ANY DOGS, PLEASE FILL OUT AN adoption application. This is the 1st step.

Starlight is a 50 pound, 5 year old black tri who turns 6 in August. Sadly, her owner has to move into a small place that doesn’t allow dogs.

Starlight is housebroken, very loving, loves her squeaky toys and balls, and knows shake, sit, Hi 5, down, wait, roll over and give kisses.

Starlight is with her owner in Concord
Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 7/2***

Sheila was adopted from us many years ago and was returned to us when her owner died. She is 13 years young, 48 pounds, and will turn 14 on 8/27/22.

She is easy to have around, likes her toys and ball, likes short walks and loves petting. She’s doing very well and takes some anti-inflammatories.

Looking for a caring person who wants to care for a senior Aussie girl. Fostered in El Cerrito.

Contact: Kim at


Ollie is a 4 year old red tri Miniature American Shepherd who has lots of energy and will play fetch forever! He?s 25 pounds, lives inside and out and is housebroken. Ollie needs lots of running exercise, and only gets leash walks every morning.

He lives with Lucy, a 3 year old Miniature American Shepherd and enjoys her company. (see her posting below) One of Ollie?s owners passed away, and now the other owner is working long hours and can?t give him what he needs. Ollie lives in Grass Valley. He can be adopted with or without Lucy.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 6/29***

Lucy is a 3 year old, black tri Miniature American Shepherd who is laid back and lovey. She?s chunky at 36 pounds ? and should lose 6 ? 8 pounds. She?s quite friendly to everyone she meets. Lucy walks well on a leash and also plays fetch. Lucy has lived with Ollie her whole life. One of Lucy?s owners passed away, and now the other owner is working long hours and can?t give Lucy the attention she craves. Lucy lives in Grass Valley and can be adopted with or without Ollie.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 6/29***
KAI NCAR #1218

Kai was surrendered to the San Jose shelter for jumping the fence. According to the owner?s surrender form, Kai was a gift, is about 10 months old, loved to play with the children in his home, loves fetch, and had never been to a vet. Kai lived outside 24/7 and is quite reluctant to come into the house. He?s very sweet, and I haven?t seen him try to jump our 6 foot chain link fence. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at


Duke is a 9 month old, 24 pound red merle with his tail. He is the off spring of Suzie and Cooper and came to us from a breeder. He's friendly, very needy and is all over me for pets. Duke is afraid of some dogs, and needs to be introduced slowly. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***Adoption Pending***

Cooper is a Miniature American Shepherd who came to us from a breeder.Cooper and Suzie are parents of Duke (above).He's s 2.5 years old, 20 pounds, somewhat shy and very sweet. He's usually glued to my side! Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***Adoption Pending***

Rafe or Rafey is 7 months old, neutered and utd on shots. He was rescued from a back yard breeder who had both the mother and father. Breeder posted him Craigs list "free to good home" A kind woman got him and called us.
Rafe is crate trained, good with other friendly dogs, scares easily if big dogs rush him. He's about 29 pounds now, and should grow to be a 40+ pound adult. He's loving, knows sit, and can bark at things that scare him. He runs fast, is learning to play fetch and is ready for obedience classes. Fostered in Pacifica.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 6/21***

Rumor is a 31 pound, 4 year old blue merle who had to be trapped during the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County. She would not come to anyone and was living off the land for at least 2 weeks before being trapped. She is quite skittish and very smart - an accomplished escape artist! On 9/20/21, she gave birth to three puppies. Her puppies have found great homes, and now it's Rumor's turn.

She is an escape artist, so fencing in her home must be bullet-proof. She's very playful with all dogs, terribly afraid of new people and needs to be introduced on leash. We're looking for a home where she can play with dogs, not get out of her yard, and with a person who will take her on leash walks and introduce her to a non-threatening world. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at


Tracy is a 2-3 year old, 8 pound Chihuahua/Papillon mix we rescued from the city of Tracy shelter. Tracy had a huge hernia and needed surgery, so we took her! Her surgery was a success, and sh's ready to go to her new home.

Tracy is crate trained, friendly, loves to play fetch, a bit barky at new people and dogs, and follows me everywhere. She's loving, likes jumping in the car, has a long fluffy tail and loves to be in my lap!

Contact: Kim at


Nala is a 2 year old black tri who is sweet, housebroken and weighs about 47 pounds. She's spayed, UTD on shots and microchipped. Nala loves everyone she meets, plays hard with other dogs, and is quite active. Nala needs daily running exercise. She wants to play relentlessly, so she shouldn't be in a home with timid cats that run from her - probably should not live with cats. She's getting along swimmingly here at the Sanctuary. Nala is confident, agile and ready for obedience, agility or any other fun experiences. She is quite loyal, loves her person and will snuggle on the couch. Sometimes if she feels she's not getting enough attention she will nip people's sleeves to get their attention.

We feel she will do well being part of a family, being an inside/outside dog and getting the attention, exercise and training she deserves. She could easily be a running or hiking partner. She can be an only dog, or live with a tolerant, playful Aussie. Fostered in Grass Valley. Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 6/24***

Mason is a 3 year old, reserved Miniature American Shepherd who weighs 19 pounds. He came to us from a breeder's home, having very little exposure to the world. He is slow to warm to new people, but when he does, he truly shows affection and follows them everywhere. He is a people dog. 

Mason behaves well on a leash.  He likes outdoor walks and rides well in the car.  He has a strong recall to people he loves. Mason should be introduced to new people on a leash, as he behaves well when leashed, but shies from new people when off leash. He is crate trained, house trained, uses a doggie-door, and loves cuddling on the sofa.  He has a good relationship with other dogs and needs someone with time and patience to show him the world. He has blossomed in his foster home and is a true companion dog.  He likes both men and women and needs a quiet household with time to dedicate to him to help him become his true self. Fostered in Penryn.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 7/2***
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