Small Breed Rescue of Southern California

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While we DO NOT have a physical location, we are based in North County San Diego. The street address is a MAILING ADDRESS ONLY.

FOSTER VOLUNTEERS: We are in GREAT NEED OF MORE FOSTER HOMES to take in more animals to help lessen the number of animals in shelters. If you would like to help, please click on the Foster tab to fill out an application. At this time you must be LOCAL to North County San Diego, CA.

RESCUE Update: We are OPEN for ADOPTIONS BY APPOINTMENT. Click on the Adopt tab to see our available animals.

Our virtual office hours are 2-6 PM on Mon, Tue, Thurs and 12-6 PM on Fri - Closed on weekends and holidays

TRANSPORT: We DO NOT ship our rescue animals. Dog adoptions require a home visit so you must be local to Vista CA. Reptile adoptions can be done by Zoom but you must be willing to travel to come to pick up and travel with them if you are approved and not within our local area!

We are in NEED OF FUNDS to help with the MEDICAL needs of some of our animals. If you would like to help, click on the Donate tab.

COVID-19 Update: We no longer require masks but we are still respecting spatial distance and we will wear our masks upon request for in-person interactions.

Thank you for your support! Please share us with your family and friends!

Mission Statement

Small Breed Rescue of Southern California is an all-volunteer, non-profit, foster-based organization funded by donations. We are dedicated to taking in and caring for small breed dogs, small reptiles, and select exotic pets primarily from public shelters and other rescues. We are education and science-focused to help ensure that the animals that go into their new homes and their new families are set up for success!

Our rescue is uniquely structured to rehabilitate animals who are at high risk of euthanasia due to manageable behavioral challenges, such as small dogs who are declining in a shelter environment and reptiles/exotics that have not been properly handled over their lifetime. We develop organizational and individual relationships to accommodate these specific assistance needs, which is one thing that differentiates us from other rescue organizations. Another is focusing on the two groups of animals that most would not usually combine.

Initially, we started working with behaviorally challenged dogs under 15lbs who were not sheltering well. Because of our team's different skill sets, we decided to also work with reptiles on the side. The pandemic and the current shifts in the economy have drastically changed our direction to where we now care for more reptiles and exotics than dogs! With these shifts, we have also had to drop our weight limit on dogs down to under 10 lbs due to a lack of foster homes.

We are always looking for new foster guardians who want to help us in our mission to save more lives with stability, commitment, education, and support. We provide everything you need no matter the animal type. Inexperienced? No worries! We will match the right foster pet to your skill set and comfort level as well as provide you with the training and tools that you need.

Consider joining our team to foster a dog that needs a little patience, guidance, and TLC to come out of their shell, or foster one of our reptiles like a bearded dragon, ball python, or leopard gecko!

We have assembled a support team that consists of experienced individuals who bring particular skills from the animal welfare industry that enable us to grow, educate, and enrich our foster community in a manner that supports our specific needs and those of our animals.

The same support is given to our adopters. We will help you get ready for your new companion before they go home. Our goal is to set you up on the path to success so there are no broken hearts if we can avoid them. SBRSC remains interested in and committed to the welfare of the animals beyond the adoption process by providing continued education, training tips, resource references, and an open-door policy to our supporters.

Available For Adoption

Region Information

While we DO NOT have a physical location, we are based in North County San Diego.

Dog adoptions can be honored for interested parties that are within a 1-hour drive of Vista and reptile adoptions that are within a 3-hour drive.

Our virtual office hours are 2-6 PM on Mon, Tue, Thurs and 12-6 PM on Fri - Closed on weekends and holidays

Please check our Calendar to see when and where you can meet us in person!

SBRSC - EIN 84-3371436

Upcoming Events

Meet-N-Greet / Adoption

Meet-n-Greet /Adoption Event with Reptiles and Dogs!
2/24/2024
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Pets Plus - Vista
225 Vista Village Dr #310A, Vista, CA 92083

Meet-N-Greet / Adoption

Meet-n-Greet /Adoption Event with Reptiles and Dogs!
3/9/2024
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Pets Plus - Vista
225 Vista Village Dr #310A, Vista, CA 92083

Meet-N-Greet / Adoption

SDHS Adoption Alley Meet-n-Greet /Adoption Event with Reptiles and Dogs!
3/16/2024
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Kit Carson - Adoption Alley
3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025

Meet-N-Greet / Adoption

Meet-n-Greet /Adoption Event with Reptiles and Dogs!
3/24/2024
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Pets Plus - Vista
225 Vista Village Dr #310A, Vista, CA 92083

Donate

Help us to save more animals by donating to our cause today. Donations go toward veterinary care, food, housing, and transportion.

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Volunteer

Become a Volunteer with our organization to help find forever homes for these animals in need.

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Foster

Become a Foster with our organization to provide temporary shelter for animals in need and on their path to adoption.

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