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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.
Elvira Elvira NCAR #1066
Elvira is only 5 months old and about 22 pounds. She was purchased by a young woman as a gift for her grandmother. Grandmother did well socializing and training Elvira, but found her to be too active and asked us to take her.

“Vi” is a swimming maniac, fetches the ball, and very confident playing with all dogs. She is not confident meeting new people and has to get to know them slowly. She’s a fun girl who would do well with an experienced handler who will give her training, exercise and lots of mental stimulation. Can you say, "PISTOL?" Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Sophie Sophie NCAR #1064
Sophie is a big, 8-9 year old, red tri girl whose owner fell on hard times. We gladly took her in, got her utd on her shots and groomed – isn’t she gorgeous? She loves everyone she meets and is a Velcro girl. She is also a bossy Aussie girl who would do best living with a male or as an only dog. She loves to play with toys, is housebroken and used to living inside. Fostered in Grass Valley

Contact: Kim at

Cookie Cookie
Cookie is a 6 pound, 8 month old terrier mix who came into the San Jose Animal Shelter with a broken leg. She was listed as “rescue only” due to her injuries so a member of the public could not adopt her.

We were contacted by someone who offered to adopt her if we would pull her under our rescue group….so we did, and then that person chose not to adopt her so Cookie is with us. We had her spayed and got her the surgery she required to fix her leg. She’s a darling little feather of a girl and knows her name, knows stay and is crate trained. She is still recuperating and will be available for adoption by July 1. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

Penny Penny NCAR #
Penny is an 11 month old, 14 pound Miniature American Shepherd. Her owner bought her as a puppy and learned quickly that Penny is quite timid and although she tried to socialize her, she feels she doesn’t have the time to take her through training and build her confidence.

Penny is not for the first time dog owner and needs a patient, experienced person to guide her through adolescence including many obedience classes for shy dogs, and slow socialization with strangers. Fostered in Carmichael.

Contact: Kim at

***Adopted 7/24***
Bear Bear NCAR #
Bear is just 20 months old and about 42 pounds. He needs to fatten up a bit to about 45-47 pounds. He’s a lovely red merle whose owners purchased him as a puppy. They became overwhelmed with life and six young children and asked us to rehome him.

Bear is friendly, loves to run and play with everyone here at the Sanctuary, and has good manners. He lived with 6 young children and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.Bear is ready for obedience classes and agility. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 7/12***
Bella Bella NCAR #1074
Bella is a 5 year old, 48 lb blue merle whose young family lost their home and could not find a place to rent that allows dogs.

Bella was raised as an only dog, lived with a cat and a 1 year old infant. She didn't get out much, and isn't familiar with suburban living. She's not comfortable with leash walks around other dogs and people passing by.

She also barrier barks - both fence and window. She hasn't bitten anyone, but she feels it's her job to protect her people and space. She's learning how to play with other dogs here, but her favorite thing to do is swim and fetch a tennis ball. She's very loving, likes being near me and is a great house dog. She rides well in the car, too. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***Adopted 7/25***
Marley Marley NCAR #1060
Marley is a big, lovey black tri boy who vets estimate to be 4-5 years old. He belonged to a man who worked in a warehouse and was everyone’s “mascot” until the man was laid off and disappeared, leaving Marley at the warehouse. The man’s cell phone was disconnected. We’re putting his history together just with this story and his behavior.

Marley is very comfortable in the house, likes to fetch, likes all people and is a big boy at over 60 pounds. He briefly stayed at someone’s home where he seemed quite fixated on her 2 cats and 2 birds. I’m thinking he has not lived with either!
Marley loves toys, and likes to walk around with them in his mouth - but he doesn't want other dogs to take tug of war for Marley. I love this boy - he'll be an awesome companion for someone. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 7/12***

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

Dodger NCAR# 1039
Dodger is a 53 pound, 4 year old Black Tri boy. Dodger was left long hours and began escaping and barking. Neighbors complained, and his owners couldn't afford day care or a dog walker. He does not like to be crated or in a kennel, but has adjusted to our large kennels at the Sanctuary. He's fine in the house as long as someone is home with him. He should not be left alone for long periods of time in the house unless he has access to a doggy door.

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 no other dogs and no cats. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at

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