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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.
Trilby NCAR #1090
Trilby needs a lot of time to get over her fears that came from isolation. She is about 10 years old, 38 pounds and very sweet once she's near me and on leash. She was an outside dog all her life, and then her owners died and she ended up all alone in the back yard for 7 months while the estate was settled. Neighbors put a food bowl down for her every day, but she would only eat when they left the yard.

There is absolutely no off-leash activity for this girl. She needs a patient person, quiet household and a routine that she can adapt to easily. She is crate trained too. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Harley NCAR #1089
Harley is a friendly, 18-20 month old, 45 pound black tri who was picked up as a stray in Red Bluff. No one came for him, so a kind volunteer pulled him for us.

He took to our groomer very well, is fine with other dogs, and will be neutered on 3/22. So far, I haven't seen any fetching skills, but he does know how to sit and will come when called. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Finn was picked up by Sutter County Animal Control in Yuba City. He was flea infested to the point that he had chewed most of his fur off. He had 2 weeks of antibiotics, 2 baths, and is doing great at the Sanctuary. Finn is about 11 months old and just darling. His enthusiasm for life and meeting people can be a bit overwhelming, but he’s improving every day. This boy is ripe for training in a home of his own. Fostered in Chico.
Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 3/11***
Clara NCAR #1084
Clara and her brother Ben (see posting below) were picked up as strays in Nevada. They had no tags or microchips. Clara is sweet, not a fan of other dogs getting too close and tested positive for Heartworm. Because treatment can take 60 days, she is not up for adoption at this time.

Contact: Kim at

***Adoption Pending***
Ben NCAR #1085
Benny is a giant goof ball! He’s 72 pounds and loves all people and kids, can stiffen up around some males, but doesn’t start anything. He’s neutered, utd on shots, knows sit and come and will play with toys and our playful Aussies at the Sanctuary. He’s not too interested in his sister at this point – so he’s available for adoption. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Pacer NCAR #1081
Pacer was picked up in Sacramento and due to being microchipped, stayed in the shelter 10 days before we were asked to rescue him. He’s a gorgeous, silly 65 pound black bi boy who knows no commands. I managed to text his owner and found out he turns 4 years old on March 13, 2018. I couldn’t get any more information about him. I’ve tried Spanish commands as well as English commands, and he really doesn’t respond. He was neutered early January and hopefully will pay more attention to me in the near future! No off leash for this boy until he has a solid recall. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at

Buddy NCAR #1086
We received a call from a man near Eureka who said Buddy and his sister, Sadie were left at the house he purchased this summer. Thankfully, their previous owners spoke with me so I learned about them. Buddy was born 4/28/06 and will turn 12 this year. He’s not very mobile, but gets around OK. He will fetch a tennis ball, and go on leash walks, but due to his weight and age, he’s not real motivated. We’ve been able to get a few pounds off of him, and he has another 10 pounds to lose. He’s an Aussie mix with a medium length tail. He’s very sweet, can live with another dog or a cat. He was raised with 8 and 10 year old children. Sadie has an adoption pending. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at


Jasper NCAR #1072
Jasper is a 3-4 year old red tri Border Collie/ Collie mix or Border Collie/Aussie mix. He's stunning, agile and able to climb out of our 6 foot high chain link kennels. Jasper was picked up as a stray by the Apple Valley Animal Shelter and no one came for him. He was neutered 9/21/17.

This boy is quite independent, agile and capable! He is learning to play with other dogs and is OK being alone. He rarely engages play, but can hang with other dogs. He's not a fan of people he doesn't know reaching for his collar or his face....He air snaps or puts his teeth on a person's hand without much pressure.

He likes to carry around toys and can get possessive of them around other dogs, but not over the top. He wants to be near me or at least be able to see me - otherwise he'll come find me. He's really an easy boy to have around as long as one doesn't put a lot of pressure on him. He's also very food motivated. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at


Quincy NCAR #1071
Quincy is an elderly gent who was picked up by Animal Control in Lincoln. He sat at the Placer County shelter for 2 weeks before I found out about him. The shelter vet cleaned his teeth, pulled a few and Quincy now has pearly whites! Our vet guessed him at 12-13 years of age.

Our vet also determined that he has some arthritis in his spine that we are treating with Rimadyl. He also has a neurological disorder that makes him over step or walk with a lot of deliberation. He's housebroken and can be around other animals.

His hips are perfect, he's a happy dude and we're putting a little weight on him....but not too much! His hearing and eye sight are failing, and we're looking for a nice home where he can live out the rest of his life in comfort. I like Quincy! Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at


Beau NCAR #1042
Beau is approximately 10 years old and is blind. We've taken him to our opthalmologist and there is no surgery that will give him sight. He’s a handsome blue merle who was found in San Jose.

He is Velcro, loves everyone he meets and will ask for belly rubs! He stays close, is easy on a leash and would do well with a well behaved, friendly dog who he will feel comfortable with if humans aren’t around. He’d do best with people who have a safe, comfortable yard and one story house. I am certain he was attacked by other dogs due to being intact and understandably, he can be defensive when meeting new dogs and is not a candidate for dog parks. He's fine in a yard alone or with another dog for stretches of time. He plays nicely with dogs that he knows and that don't threaten him.

He’s happiest being close to me and does very well navigating around the Sanctuary. Beau is a very loving boy. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***Adoption Pending***
Koda NCAR #1074
Koda is a 35 pound Miniature American Shepherd mix from the El Dorado County shelter. I traced his microchip and found out he’s 12-13 years old and was at the Sacramento County shelter. He spent his life unaltered, and we recently had him altered.

He’s rather independent, but once near someone, will lie on his back for belly rubs. This boy is not yet trust worthy off leash, and needs a person or family to keep him close and cozy, and make him feel special. His hearing is going. He’s on the mellow side and used to going wherever he pleases. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at


Dodger NCAR# 1039
Dodger is a 53 pound, 5 year old Black Tri boy. Since he was a puppy, Dodger was left long hours and began escaping. Owners tied him out in the yard and began to bark. Neighbors complained, and his owners couldn't afford day care or a dog walker.

If you are an experienced handler or a dog trainer looking for a project that has the potential to pay off in spades...Dodger may be your boy! With behaviors likely the result of early years spent alone in a backyard, this sometimes shy and anxious boy will benefit from a skilled, dedicated, consistent guardian who has the ability to read his clear signals of comfort level and the patience to respect them. He gives low growls when he's fearful and nipped a man in a confined area where he felt threatened. He gave a very clear warning that went unheeded.

The huge silver lining is that Dodger has sweet, loving and loyal qualities that all his admirers love. Plus, this beautiful, five year-old black tri, is incredibly agile, obedient and smart—a perfect candidate for agility, rally and sport obedience or as an exercise partner. Dodger walks well on a leash, has obedience training and loves to please.

Set Dodger up for success and safety by having a fenced, spacious area to romp, doggy access to an open floor plan indoors and a quiet, predictable environment where he is the only dog or has a playful, laid back dog friend (with separate space. Your behavior and training expertise are key to gracefully addressing and minimizing less desirable behaviors, so that Dodger’s wonderful qualities shine.

Dodger currently spends his days at the Sanctuary comfortable and happy. He is often seen running at top speed with dogs at his heels, playing with the playful dogs, respecting the space of grumpy dogs and welcoming new dogs, large and small, to the Sanctuary.

He's loving and smart and fine left with my other dogs outside at the Sanctuary….just wants to be near me….sound familiar? Dodger knows sit, stay, down, come, heel and leave it and graduated from obedience class. He'd do best in a home with an easy going, playful Aussie, or as an only dog, and no cats. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at

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