Adopting a Dog?

Top 5 Dog Rescues in Los Angeles

It can be tough deciding where to go when you’ve made the exciting decision to adopt a dog from a local rescue group.

You may be asking yourself, “How do I know what rescue groups are near me?” Unless you have, or know someone who has, been actively volunteering with a local rescue group…it’s totally understandable why you wouldn’t know which ones are available for you to contact.

So that’s why we’ve compiled what we believe to be the Top 5 Dog Rescue Groups located in Los Angeles, California (+2 bonus additions right outside of L.A.!) listed in no particular order.

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Pup Culture Rescue

Operating out of Los Angeles, Pup Culture Rescue is a female-led team dedicated to saving dogs and educating the community on the importance of adoption. They rescue homeless, mistreated, and overlooked animals both locally and internationally. Once a dog joins their [cult]ure, they’re devoted to providing proper medical care and rehabilitation, and finding them their ideal furever home.


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Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles

Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles is a non-profit organization with the mission to help every Pug (and Pug mix) in need find a forever, loving home. Their passionate team of founding board members and volunteers live by their motto “one Pug at a time” and have rescued and rehomed over 2,000 Pugs and Pug-mixes since 2011. Any Pug that is unable to find a forever home is given a loving and caring place to live at the “Pug Nation Station” facility.


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Real Time Rescue

An all-breed, foster-based, non-profit dog & cat rescue that knows no geographical boundaries. Dedicated to rescuing homeless or at-risk dogs and aiding in the efforts to combat overpopulation and the spread of disease, Amazing Strays Rescue works with shelters to overcome such challenges much more efficiently.


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Wags & Walks Rescue

Founded in 2011, Wags & Walks Rescue is a community of dog lovers dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding rescue dogs through their unique temperament evaluation, education and adoption programs. Wags & Walks Rescue prides itself on realizing that like amazing dogs, loving families come in all shapes and sizes. Their goal is to find an adopter whose home, family and lifestyle are a perfect fit for a particular dog.


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The Labelle Foundation

The Labelle Foundation is a foster based, non-profit dog rescue based in Los Angeles, California. Founded by a mother-daughter duo, this organization specializes in neonatal orphans, medical dogs and mothers and babies. They also emphasize the importance of team work and education on the importance of responsible dog ownership.


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The Little Red Dog

Named to honor their founder’s first dog, is a non-profit dog rescue and sanctuary located in San Diego County. They utilize their network of foster volunteers, local shelters, and rescue groups to help provide the care and affection dogs need as they wait to find their forever homes; no matter what size or breed.


Doggie Bonez Dog & Puppy Rescue Logo

Doggie Bonez Dog & Puppy Rescue

Doggie Bonez is a non-profit dog rescue organization based out of Orange County, California. They’re dedicated to finding the ideal forever homes for dogs they pull from overcrowded shelters and rescue from environments with poor living conditions, regardless of a dog’s age, temperament, and physical needs. Offering post-adoption follow-up and support has helped them ensure that both the dogs and their new families live their happiest lives together.


Now that you have a list of 5 awesome Dog Rescue Groups located in Los Angeles, California (plus 2 located in surrounding L.A. areas), head over to our step-by-step guide of How To Adopt A Dog In 6 Easy Steps.

Once you find your new forever best friend, be sure to let others know you chose to adopt a rescue dog and inspire them to do the same by repping the only leash with The Symbol For Rescue Dogs®!

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