Dogs Available for Adoption

Welcome to our most popular page.

Although the bulk of our work is centered around education and advocacy, we would be lost without our rescue focus to keep us tied to the souls of the dogs. Our foster dogs remind us every day why it's important to keep pushing this project into the future. The faces in this gallery all came from crisis situations but are eager to show you why dogs live in the present instead of dwelling on the past. A small team of dedicated volunteers stay busy shining up their halos while they wait for new homes.

Interested in adopting? Great! Visit our Adoption Process page to find out what's next. 

Want inside scoop? Our Barn Dog Blog is worth watching for up to date photos and stories.


This young sprite is full of bounce and good vibes. Born sometime around Sept 2014 - She's a true blue teenager right now. Smart as a whip and always so happy to learn a new trick or make a new friend. Very affectionate and eager to be in a lap or at your side. Momo is agile and has a slight, slender build and will likely be a smallish adult. We picture her out on camping adventures this summer having a ball. 


Talk to Tim about Momo


Good Samaritan Dog

A young college gal helped Roscoe when he was lost. Now that he's safe in her home, we're assisting with training and adoption placement assistance as part of our Keep'Em Home project. He's a great guy - a committed ball dog with a sparkle in his eye that lights up whenever someone offers up his favorite game. Small in stature and 'elfish' in nature, Roscoe's a real cutie.

He's aces in Pit Ed class. A real star. He just loves to focus on whatever his handler asks him to do to be a good boy. (Don't you just love those 'born to please you' dogs?) He has many dog friends and we're told he's a world class cuddler during his down-time.

Want to meet him? Let us know! You can see him at our Saturday Pit Ed class in Berkeley, or we can arrange a time at the Rescue Barn in the Oakland hills. Please contact us for an application so we can get the ball rolling for you. 


Talk to Tim about Roscoe


"Look into my eyes. What do you see?"

Cricket is new to our program but it's easy to see who she is from her first photos: Cheerful, connected, fun and ready to bust out and be the life of the party. She's got a teenager's spunk and is a favorite playmate with dogs who dig her extroverted style. 

Stay tuned as we get ready to launch more photos and info on this pretty lass.

Talk to Tim about Cricket!


Good Samaritan Dog

ADOPTION PENDING! Junior was taken in by two Good Sams who helped him after he lost his home. We are providing training, neuter and adoption placement assistance as part of our Keep'Em Home project. He's a very handsome, obedient and calm young adult with great people skills. So far, he's telling us that he's fine with cats. We're told he's been great with dogs too, and we plan to set up some play dates to learn what his style is like. 

Interested? You can meet him at our Saturday Pit Ed class in Berkeley, or we can arrange a time at the Rescue Barn in the Oakland hills. Please contact us for an application so we can get the ball rolling for you. 

More photos coming very soon.


Talk to Tim about Junior

Adoption pending:
Mr. Puff

ADOPTION PENDING. Not much of a pit bull, I know. But Mr. Puff decided to ask our resident pit bulls for help when he was very lost in the Oakland hills and the dogs here voted to help him out. We couldn't find his owner, so here he is.

He's a little guy at about 42lbs. No bad habits. He's clever, fun, affectionate and playful. Good with dogs and so far has had great playdates with another husky and a smallish Cocker Spaniel-x. Even though he was once a stray, he's not much of an escape artist (Yay) and he's willing to be patient during his down time.

Check out his photos. Does he speak to you? Let us know! Mr. Puff Daddy wants his very own family.


Talk to Donna about Mr. Puff

Waffle's Puppies

Holly, Shortbread, Little Drummer Boy, (Hot) Toddy. Two boys, two girls born near December 1. Now accepting applications for the pups.

Watch this VIDEO, filmed when they were turning eight weeks old.

Talk to Donna about Waffle's Puppies

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING! Lovely Larry is full of heart. He's warm and gentle, unassuming and polite. Close to two years old. His favorite ever trick is "shake" (maybe he has plans to be a politician?) He's a quick star in Pit Ed classes and lots of fun in play sessions with other dogs. Everyone deserves a little Larry love in their lives!

Talk to Tim about Larry


Whoa - that was fast - ADOPTED!

We'll be promoting Waffle's puppies very soon and also plan to bring more dogs into our program as soon at the pups are started on their shots, so if you're dog shopping, hang tight! More great dogs-in-need are on their way.

The warm and wonderful Waffles is nursing a litter of four right now and being the best mama ever. She'll be done with her work near the end of January and we be quite ready for a home. Waffles is gentle, low key and extremely affectionate. We're guessing her at 3ish years old. She's a rock star with kids, is very comfortable with dogs and has been great about letting our mentor dogs meet her pups and help with their socializing. We believe she'll be a good bet with cats, too. What a catch!


Talk to Donna about Waffles

Adoption pending:


Adorable, right? Little Chiquita has quickly become one of our favorite go-to dogs when we want to laugh out loud and have a good time. The video shows our first meeting with her in Jackson County Animal Shelter in Mississippi. She was silly then and she's a HOOT now that she's settled into our Rescue Barn and making new friends. She loves to collect her toys around her and sit on them like an Emperor Penguin, watching over her brood. She's kookie for a good game of fetch, and even though her little front leg was broken at some point, she still powers forward, full of determination - limp and all. She's also incredible affectionate and full of gentle confidence. Ooooh how we love this little dear one!


Talk to Tim about Chiquita

Dogs in the Wings

At any given time, we have a small handful of dogs who are not listed on the website. These may be dogs with medical issues or basic behavior challenges that are getting sorted out, dogs who are part of custody holds or compassion hold cases, OR dogs who are waiting for a foster home or barn space before they can come in our program.

Please let us know if you'd like to discuss...

Finding a dog of a specific age, size or personality style that you don't see here

Being a foster parent to a shelter dog

Providing a safe, temporary space for a dog that needs a gentle end (compassion hold)

Talk to BADRAP about Dogs in the Wings

Adoption pending:
Good Times Gwennie
We first fell for her for her sense of humor, but we didn't realize how much FUN we'd end up having with this little stinker. Gwennie is just itchin' to be somebody's full time clown. If you want a dog who can learn a hundred parlor tricks to entertain a crowd of admirers, she'll insist that you teach her more, more, more please! Tiny sized (40+ pounds) and near two years old. Gwennie is a big flirt with dogs and appreciates a play buddy who can keep up with her go-go-go! play style. More PHOTOS.
Quick witted, connected, BUSY and comical - Good Times Gwennie is ready for a human who's as much fun as she is.

Talk to Donna about Good Times Gwennie



Tuesday's child is full of grace.  She's silly, uber-affectionate and very eager to have her very own family. She would love another dog or two in her home. And kids! And we're pretty darn sure she'd be fine with a cat, too. How's that for happy?

Let us know if you'd like to meet his gorgeous girl.

Talk to Donna about Tuesday



Whoops! Manny wasn't here very long before his family showed up. If you keep missing out in dogs that catch your eye, please send us a note and we'll send you an application so you can be once step ahead. We don't do 'first come first serve.' Rather, we look for the best match, although preference always goes to the first approved family who meets our requirements.

Sweet, gentle, low-key Manny. He likes other dogs, and people are a favorite addiction. 

Talk to Donna about Manny

Adoption pending:
Felix the Pup


Born around mid-June, Felix is the just a kid. He's a very cool little guy; healthy, happy, extremely affectionate and connected. He'll plop his butt into a quick 'Sit' when you ask him and gaze right into your eyes, waiting to see what else you're going to say. Smarty pants! He's been playing with the big dogs since landing at the barn and is getting some great social skills under his belt. Let us know if you'd like to meet him. He would enjoy living with another dog or two, and kids are a big Yes. We imagine he's ready for cats, too. 

Yay Felix! Check out our Facebook page for PHOTOS and updates.

Talk to Donna about Felix the Pup


ADOPTED! Big bodacious Badda-Bing. All seventy pounds of him is oozing with good vibes. We learned he's a hopeless touch junkie when we gave him his first bath - he turned to mush; absolutely loved it. This boy is addicted to rub downs and cuddling and will beg for more if you haven't given him his fill. 

Total family dog; Bing is being fostered in a home with two kids and enjoys their little training sessions. He's very interested in pleasing his people and is a sponge for direction. He tends to be on the low-energy end of the scale. He enjoys his walks, but right now, he tends to go into lazy mode once that need is filled. He's comfortable with dogs, and would enjoy sharing his home with one or more.  More PHOTOS.

Bing comes to our Saturday Pit Ed classes and would love to show you his brand new leash manners. If you'd like to stop by and see him, just drop us a line. Thank you!


Talk to Tim about Badda-Bing!


Maude: the goggly-eyed heart throb of the summer! She's a little low-riding lover girl. Happy. Very social and affectionate. Calm. She's great with dogs and we imagine cats are going to be a big 'Yes.' VIDEO of Maude at play.

Maude is a healthy girl, but won't be up for much hiking or hard core exercise. She was born with a funky knee cap that pops out at odd times (ew!) - a luxating patella, to be exact. Our vet tells us that she doesn't need knee surgery, but her next home will need to be committed to strengthening exercises (Sit-Stand-Sit-stand) and monitoring her activity so she doesn't overdo it. For this reason, a home with super rambunctious dogs may be too much temptation for this wanna-party girl. 

We'd be happy to answer your questions about her knee, so drop us a line!

Talk to Donna about Maude

Adoption pending:


How much happy can you pour into one tiny little body? Skip is IT: Cheerful, fun, social ... Adorable! Great with dogs. Housetrained. 

She's brand new to us and acted a teensy bit shy at times, but we expect that to fade quickly thanks to her good nature and sense of fun. We believe she could fit into just about any home, although she'd probably be thrilled to have a dog friend or two and kids, too.

Talk to Donna about Skippy

Securing the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion.