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2011 Recently Adopted Aussies

The list of adopted aussies is growing fast! Wonderful for the dogs but hard to show all on one page. We have split up the past adoptions by month. Use the links to see all our wonderful adoptions and adoptions we have assisted.
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Rescued from an illegal puppy mill in Washington state. We flew Pendleton, Melina, Wally and 2 others from Spokane to Sacramento May, 09. Animal Friends in Salinas took two, and Gail & Brian have been rehabilitating Melina and Wally in Walnut Creek, and we have had Pendleton at the Sanctuary.These dogs are ultra timid and need a quiet, adult only home where they will have a routine and plenty of one on one time with their people.
We've learned that Wally loves car rides, and he likes to hike. After 2 outings, where getting him into the car was like wrestling a bucking bronco! At first he resisted getting in the car to go to the park, then again to go home…but by our third outing, he hopped right in the car after the others, and on his 4th adventure he was the first one to hop in, both to go and when the walk was over, he was the first one to hop in for home! YAY! The only problem now is when it's not his turn to go there’s lots of barking and crying. Although you can't touch him while on the walk, he does walk great on leash. If he's frightened, he simply freezes rather than go into the complete freakout mode. It's going to be a long process...he's not there yet. Fostered in Walnut Creek.
Contact: Kim at


Cooper is a 2 year old red tri and is with his breeder in El Cajon, CA.

Cooper's epilepsy is controlled with Phenobarbital, but he still may have a seizure every 6 months or so. Cost of medication is about $10 every 3 months. He's a big boy at 64 lbs, and knows lots of commands: Sit, stay (though he still needs work on stay), shake with left hand, shake with right hand, high 5, roll over, off, leave it. He's crate trained, housebroken, can sleep on dog bed or couch, LOVES other dogs and but if they get really rough, he'll go off and kind of do his own thing. He's very friendly with strangers and will lick them all over..even visitors to the house! He wants to sniff them and lick them all over. He's also fabulous with children and loves them. He wants to be where people are although he's not pushy about it. He's lived with cats and won't chase squirrels! Cooper is being rehomed by his breeder in Southern CA.

COntact is:

Richard Pittman


Sadie was 14 years young in May. Her family is moving to England for 2 years and can only keep 4 dogs. Sadie makes 5. Additionally, the strain of moving and living in close quarters will likely be stressful for her as she isn't a fan of dogs coming into her space. She's currently living on a big property with a large home.

Sadie takes Proin daily for incontinence and is also on thyroid medication - both working beautifully. She's ok with most male dogs, a bit snarky with females. She loves the car and going for car rides and is good off leash. She's fine left alone in the yard

Sadie loves human companionship and prefers adults to children, but is OK with children. She's happiest when she is with people, very tolerant of other animals, she is used to being around chickens, horses, llamas, sheep, goats, and pigs. She's learned not to eat the free roaming chickens! She loves running around in her pasture chasing mice.

She lives with four other dogs, two border collies and 2 chihuahuas. She gets along well with all except the other female Border Collie. She lives with an inside cat and outside cats.

Her owners would prefer for someone to foster her for 2 years so they could take her back when they return from England. They realize that once someone bonds to her, it wouldn't be easy to let her go so they are prepared for us to find her a permanent, adoptive home. Sadie is in Lincoln, near Sacramento.

Contact: Kim at

Bella NCAR Puppy #25
Bella lives in Walnut Creek with Karen and Jon and their 3 children. Bella loved them right from the start, and the kids are very sweet and loving with her.

Bella is a 9 month old mini Aussie. She’s only 15 pounds and will stay under 20 for sure. She’s very loving, not too confident and likes to play with other small dogs. She is crate trained and almost house broken. She would do well with a few obedience classes to build her confidence and teach her the basics. Fostered in Grass Valley
Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 2/28***
Luke NCAR Puppy #27

Luke lives with Don and Sandra in Orinda. Their daughter Melissa lives near by and will be Luke’s favorite Auntie!

Luke is 4 months old and already 31 pounds! He and his brother Harley were surrendered to the Placer County Shelter by their owner because she did not have time to train them…they were chasing livestock.

Luke is mellow, but reactive (a bit barky) when meeting new dogs. He calms down quickly and would do well to start a puppy obedience class right away to help him calm down when meeting new dogs. He’s very loving, smart and just a gorgeous black tri! He does not jump up for pets, and learning quickly how to walk on a leash.

Fostered in Grass Valley

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 2/26***

Bosley found the perfect home with Janice and Andy in Folsom. They love senior dogs, have a one story home with many doors to a grassy back yard, and have lots of time and love for “the Boz.”

Bosley was found wandering in Modesto. He’s a purebred Yorkie who is at least 11 years old and weighs 9 pounds. He’s very arthritic in his back and hips, and has a little hearing and vision loss. Willow, our volunteer gave him a long bath which he took very well! He likes to snuggle and will play with a tennis ball. We have him on anti inflammatories and he’s fine trotting around the Sanctuary or curled up in his bed. He can handle the few stairs at the Sanctuary, but I would not recommend he lives in a home where there are lots of stairs to go outside. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 2/22***
Scout NCAR #708

Scout lives in SF with Lisa and Andy. Andy wanted a buddy to hang out with him while he works from home, and Scout’s loving and fun personality fit the bill!

Scout and his friend Puppy Power lost their Dad and went to live with his mother. Unfortunately, she had too many dogs for that city, so asked us to take Pup and Scout.

Scout is a strong 79 pounds beautiful black tri boy. He was used to living outside, but is acclimating quickly to being an inside and outside dog. He is glued to my side, very pushy going through doorways to make sure he’s with me. Haven’t noticed him play with other dogs yet, but he’s easy going and seems pretty tolerant around all the dogs here.

Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 2/21***


Puppy Power now lives with Renate and Ed in Novato. Pup is now PRINCE, and is their second adoption from NCAR. They both fell for Prince's loving nature and will take him through obedience training soon.

Puppy Power is a 1.5 year old black tri whose owner died. He and Scout came to us and proved that they are Velcro, happy boys! Fostered in Grass Valley

Contact: Kim at
***ADOPTED 2/16***


Ilona wanted a small dog and fell for Lucky immediately. She’s quite experienced and has adopted shelter dogs previously. She likes Lucky’s enthusiasm and loving nature and took him home to Janesville where he’ll be a constant companion.

Lucky is a 3 year old Yorkie who was surrendered to the Sacrameno County shelter because “he didn’t get along with my other dog.” He was promptly adopted and returned 3 times before shelter staff put him on their rescue list. He was going to be put down 2/7 if not rescued. I brought him to the Sanctuary where he got along just fine with everyone, slept in my bed with my others, loves to play and is a smart, curious boy. Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at
***ADOPTED 2/9***

Blaze, NCAR #699

Blaze went home to Monterey with Mary and Jeff who are both runners. They recognized that Blaze is a loving boy, but timid around strangers so they will take him through obedience classes and continue socializing him so he becomes more confident.

Blaze turns 1 year old in February. He’s a timid, slightly nervous boy, but loving once he gets to know and trust someone. He’s housebroken, still chews a bit, crate trained, likes playing with other dogs, is not hyper. He needs obedience classes and lots of exposure to new people and situations to help build his confidence. He’s about 44 pounds. He’s a Diamond K Aussie, bred by Lisa Knowles to be a mini Aussie, but he’s outgrown the parameters. There are no guarantees when you buy a “mini Aussie” that they will stay small.

He's never been around cats and when he sees one, is quite interested in them. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 2/8***
Tara NCAR #705
Tara lives with Bob and Margie in Penryn. They were looking for a smart, mellow dog and Tara fit the bill perfectly! She is unfazed by their llama and cats and is happy either hanging out or playing ball.

I received many emails and calls about a really nice Border Collie or Aussie who was out of time at the Turlock shelter. Someone evaluated her for us and from her glowing review, I knew we had to save her.

Tara knows many commands, loves her Frisbee, ball or toy, will fetch nicely, and doesn’t bark. She’s way overweight so we’re limiting her fetching because we don’t want her to injure herself! We guess her to be 5-7 years old. She’s probably all or mostly Border Collie and will look more so once she loses 10 pounds. Fostered in Grass Valley.
Contact: Kim at

***ADOPTED 2/5***
Bonnie NCAR #697
Bonnie was a stray at the Placer County shelter in Auburn. She’s attached to my side, likes the van, and loves people. She’s not interested in playing with the other dogs, but certainly can hang out with them. This girl is3-4 years old, healthy, and larger than the average female Aussie at about 55 pounds. She’s tall and long and just gorgeous. She is housebroken and mellow - loves hanging in the van...sometimes too much! Fostered in Grass Valley.

Contact: Kim at


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