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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.

UPDATE:River is being treated for kidney stones and will stay at the Sanctuary through April. River will be available when she's healthy and at her healthy weight.

River is 6 year old, 48 pound (10 pounds overweight), spayed blue merle girl who is a product of a broken home. She knows many tricks, loves people and children, and likes car rides. She has been a house dog with a yard and has lived with dogs and cats but can be reambunctious around cats.
She is a happy girl who lived in an apartment and her owner is gone many hours per day and asked us to find her a home where she can thrive again. She's a barky girl if people or dogs walk by! Fostered in Grass Valley. Contact Kim @ .

Contact: Kim at

***Adoption Pending ***

Finn is a darling 9 month old blue merle boy with his tail. He was adopted as a puppy from the Santa Cruz SPCA and has lived with young children, and has been well socialized, but still startles easily at surprises.
He loves fetch, knows a few commands, and is house broken. Finn is quite active and curious and would make a fabulous companion for an active person or family. Finn is in Roseville. Application required.

Contact: Kim at


Jake is a fun, 2 year old red tri who lived on a ranch with other Aussies, cattle and horses. He did not like cats, and put one in his mouth but didn't hurt it - but his owner felt he couldnt be trusted  . So Jakey is with us and is a pretty easy-going guy who is comfortable sleeping inside or out.
Jake is fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at


Buster is a 1.5 year old blue merle whose owner is in the hospital with a serious illness. Buster is about 55 pounds, housebroken, crate trained and likes to play with other playful dogs.

Buster is undersocialized. He had a rough puppyhood and needs gentle and consistant exposure to the world so he can overcome his fears. He is a sweet, although scared boy who  is still learning the joys of the world. Buster is a bit headstrong and wants what he know the pushy Aussie type!   Buster is in Grass Valley. .

Contact: Kim at

Cloud NCAR #1258

Cloud is a goofy, 5 year  old red merle whose elderly owner gave him up. He had never been to a vet and lived outside. This boy is very friendly with all people, not leash trained, will chase cats and is not great with other male dogs. This gorgeous boy weighs 70 pounds.
We had nim neutered and he is now up to date on shots, heartworm negative and microchipped. Fostered in Grass Valley

Contact: Kim at

Xochi NCAR #1254

Xochi is 11 years old and is the offspring of Squeak (posted below). Shes quite agile, likes to play fetch and gets along famously with Squeak as well as all the other dogs at the Sanctuary. She is housebroken and easy on a leash. Her coat is coming in after being shaved due to numerous embedded foxtails which we had removed along with a benign tumor. This girl is sweet and love her Dad.Id love to see her adopted with Squeak.

Contact: Kim at

Squeak NCAR #1255

Squeak is 13 years old and is Xochis father (see above) Squeak has mild hearing loss, but gets around great at the Sanctuary. I dont recommend a home for him that has more than 3-4 stairs. He's remarkably healthy and will play fetch.
He loves his daughter Xochi and Id love to see him adopted with her, but it's not necessary. Due to his age, our vet recommended he stay intact. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Joy NCAR #1257

I try to rescue an over looked shelter dog each Christmas. (I do this out of pocket, not out of NorCal Aussie Rescues account)
Joy was found in the Home Depot parking lot in Tracy. She's been traumatized and quite head shy...not a doggie for kids.  She had an umbilical hernia which we had removed in  January.
She follows me everywhere and still needs to get fully housebroken. This girl was grossly overweight and is now down to 24 pounds (from 30). 
Joy's DNA came back: 43% Chihuahua, 38% Dachshund, 13% Supermutt and 5% Pug.
Joy surprised me by going after a dryer ball that rolled down the hall! She likes to play!   

We'd love to find Joy a quiet, adult only home with a patient person. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Max NCAR #1251 

Max is a 4 year old miniature American Shepherd who weighs 24 pounds and is a bundle of energy! He grew up in a drug house where he was on a chain in the yard but sometimes escaped and ran around the neighborhood.
Looking for a running partner? Max is your boy! He also loves car rides and jumps into the crate to go wherever you go! He loves people and children he knows, but will bark at strangers and needs gentle introductions, Max chases cats.  Fostered in Grass Valley .

Contact: Kim at
***Available ***

Harry is a 2 year old neutered black tri boy. He's timid and has finally come around to staying near me...but new things and people scare him.  He's fine with other dogs, and plays nicely.
Harry was not socialized with people as a puppy and will take time and patience. Harry is housebroken. Fostered in Grass Valley.                                                          .

Contact: Kim at
***Adoption Pending ***
Jasper NCAR #

Jasper is an 8-9 year old Aussie/BC mix who we adopted to a ranching family in 2017. The family is selling their ranch and moving with their toddler to WA to be near grandparents.

Jasper is not great with their 3 year old and will not do well in a condo with patio. Jasper does best with women, can be aloof with men and nippy with small kids.    

Hes crate trained, LOVES the car and  can be outside night and day, does well with livestock, and with a little training, could be helpful with herding. Jasper is a good boy, just had a tough past before he came to us. He's 50 pounds, easy to manage if you follow his sensitivities. A ranch environment would be perfect for Jasper. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at
***Available ***

Rumor is a 34 pound, 5 year old blue merle who had to be trapped in September, 2021 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 at the Sanctuary. Her puppies have found great homes, and now it's Rumor's turn.

She wants to roam 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. Rumor has been on Prozac for 5 months and it lessens her anxiety. 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
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