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Welcome to NorCal Aussie Rescue, a California State nonprofit public benefit corporation. Our Federal Tax ID number: # 26-0076953. We rescue, evaluate and then place wonderful Australian Shepherds in just the right new home. This takes time! We do not adopt out of state.

Aussies can be moderately active to extremely active, needy or independent, child-friendly or child-intolerant. Aussies are not always good with children. Most of our Aussies are strays and we cannot be assured they are good with children. Read more about Aussies: Is An Aussie the Right Dog For You.

Please make sure you view our Shelter Listings as well as the Related Links because there are many nice dogs in shelters that have very limited time. Choosing the best possible home for each individual dog is a very time consuming task - please be patient! If you are interested in adopting one of our Aussies, please fill out an Adoption Application. If you've submitted an application, please be patient...we receive 20-30 applications per day. Thank you!

Celebrating 11 Years!
dogs adopted in 12 years of NorCal Aussie Rescue! We average an adoption every other day. Your support makes this possible. Thank You!

Please Sponsor an Aussie!
Each foster dog gets at least one trip to the vet for vaccinations, worming, tests, altering, and has any health concern addressed. In addition to vet bills which are 1/3 of our annual budget, we have on-going expenses for Solid Gold food (we get wholesale), treats, beds, collars and ID tags, as well as Sanctuary expenses like satellite, electricity, taxes, and gasoline for the van. Not including vet bills, our typical expenses are $450-$500 per month. Please consider an ongoing monthly donation to help us continue. Thank you! Donating is simple and quick with PayPal!

Dogs posted on this web site have been screened or temperament tested to the best of our ability.


We need FOSTER HOMES & VOLUNTEERS! We need to grow our volunteer base to better handle our success!  more info »
If you are interested, please fill out our online form or call Kim at (530) 268-1600 or email

Aussie Adventures
We think traveling with our Aussies is a lot of fun. Please email us a photo of you and/or your Aussie on a travel adventure, and we'll post it. Tell us where you went and what activities you enjoyed together!
View Aussie Adventures ›

We will not place our Aussies in homes with children under 12 years of age unless it's an Aussie that we know has lived with small children.

LOST AUSSIES: Check our Facebook page for updates on Lost Aussies.

Sweet Seniors
WWe feel it's really important to make room at the Sanctuary for seniors who end up in shelters. Many have passed through our doors and found wonderful, loving homes. Some of them spend the rest of their lives with us.

We offer a place for you to pay tribute to your beloved Aussie and invite you to email us a photo and tell us about your special Aussie so we might add them to our memorial page.

Rather than feeling sad, we hope that you feel encouraged that we gave them a wonderful life. They certainly enriched ours.

See our new memorial page.

We built a Memorial Garden at the Sanctuary
For a $1,000 donation, we will create a custom, 6" X 8" bronze plaque with your Aussie's photo & your sentiments.

Training plays a huge part in the relationship you have with your dog or dogs. We recommend and often require at least one obedience class with your dog. If we can't set you up with a trainer, go to and click on "How to Choose a Trainer" to learn about different training approaches. Then click on "Dog Trainer Search" to find one near your home. We think you should observe a class before signing up.

Read a Newsweek article about puppy mills Please share this article with anyone who is considering buying a puppy from a petstore or over the internet.

Save a Life, Foster a Dog


Meet Smoky

Smoky is looking for his forever home! Smoky lived outside, had never been groomed and was not altered. We were asked to rescue him because he tested positive for Lyme and for Heartworm. Smoky’s life has just started now that we've treated him. He's neutered and ready for his new home. Smoky is 71 pounds and about 4 years old. We’re asking you to please help us pay for his vet bill which is $4,400.
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A Message from Kim 11/22/15

We're inundated with requests to take Aussies, including several seniors like a 13.5 year old boy whose owner is moving to an upstairs condo. Yes, you read it right.

I'm looking for foster homes as we're too full at the Sanctuary. We get especially full over the holidays as folks dump their dogs at this time, and unfortunately, few people adopt from us during November and December.
If you're interested in short term fostering, please email me or submit a foster home application by clicking on VOLUNTEER from our home page. Thank you Molly and Sandra for fostering Joey and Molly!

We've been asked to take several North American Shepherds (also known as mini Aussies) from shelters and people who can no longer keep them. Mini Aussie Rescue usually can't take them because they don't have foster homes in CA.
We at NorCal Aussie Rescue can no longer take them because we are always full with Aussies, and I can't take care of more than 20 dogs every day. If you would like to help by fostering a mini Aussie, please contact Mini Aussie Rescue at - they have a facebook page as well.

SHOP AMAZON SMILE TO HELP NORCAL AUSSIE RESCUE! This program gives 5% of your purchases directly to us! Just go to and designate us as your charity of choice and go shopping! Thank you!

We are always tapping our medical fund these days. Whether it's heartworm treatment, heart surgery or teeth cleaning.......bills can add up! If you can help, please click below. Thanks!
Make a Donation with Pay Pal

Our Reunion is always wonderful! Thank you all for coming and showing off your wonderful kids! Thanks again to Sue Wilson for making a video of our time together in 2014!

Please consider fostering one of our dogs.
Fostering makes a huge difference in these dogs' lives because they get lots of one-on-one time with a the Sanctuary, they all share one person... me! Fostering also helps to "lighten my load" here so I have more time to write newsletters, research foundations, take dogs to the vet and, oh yes, rest!

Sometimes we're so crowded at the Sanctuary, that I need to board dogs elsewhere. We spend more than $4,000 annually for boarding. You can help by fostering, or by making a donation with PayPal. Thank you!


Archive of Kim's messages

Thanks to the support of so many, Boomer's Heart is Healthy! Boomer was barely 8 weeks old and 4.7 pounds when we rescued him. He was bred by someone who gave the puppies away at 6 weeks of age as "party favors" to the girls at her daughter's birthday party.
Terrible thing to do!

When Boomer was taken to the vet for shots, the vet determined that he had a loud heart murmur. I got the call that afternoon asking us to take this wee one.

After speaking with our vet at Sacramento Animal Hospital, I learned that Boomer has Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) which is a common birth defect in puppies. PDA is a failure of the connection between both sides of the heart to close at birth. If left open, Boomer can have serious problems or die.

Boomer had surgery on 5/19 and went to his new home on 6/12. Please "like" his fb page: FRIENDS OF BOOMER

If you'd like to donate towards his $6,000 vet bill or simply help replenish our Medical Fund so we can help the next one, please  
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Still News

NorCal Aussie Rescue is featured in BARK Magazine. Thank you Marcia!
BARK magazine

Go to Shelter Aussies to see the beauties who've lost their homes. Also look at Owner Listed Aussies...they are in trouble too. If you'd prefer a little dog, please look at Pocket Dogs

Donations may be made using your credit card with Paypal or by check made payable to NCAR, Inc and mail to our post office box::
NorCal Aussie Rescue, Inc.
10556 Combie Rd, PMB #6200
Auburn, CA 95602
PH 530-268-1600/FAX 530-268-9911

You can print this PDF for mailing your donation. THANK YOU!


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Gifts for Aussie Lovers
Check out the new page of Gifts for Aussie Lovers and help support NorCal Aussie Rescue.
New 2015 wines available! Sonata or Syrah for $25/bottle. 15% off per case.
New Wine Label

If you'd like to give a monthly gift using your credit card, simply click here to sign up with Paypal.
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Dinner Under the Stars
was a fun evening!

Thank you to our Benefactors, Sponsors and guests! Next year will be our 10th Anniversary - we're planning something extra special!

See this years photos:2015 photos

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Donations to NorCal Aussie Rescue
Donations may be made using your credit card with Paypal or by check made payable to NCAR, Inc and mail to our post office box:
NorCal Aussie Rescue, Inc.
10556 Combie Rd, PMB #6200
Auburn, CA 95602
PH 530-268-1600/FAX 530-268-9911

You can print this PDF for mailing your donation. THANK YOU!

If you are interested in fostering, please submit an Foster Home application by clicking on VOLUNTEER.

Champion Propwash RECKON won best in show at AKC Nationals. See videos of finals


View the great VIDEO of the reunion
NorCal Aussie Rescue Sanctuary
This is a great introduction to the work we do at the sanctuary!
Watch all the YouTube videos Sue has created for us on our multimedia page.

See the fun by watching Sue Wilson's video of our Reunion in June 2013 Video:

2012 Reunion at Pt. Isabel!

Special Needs Dogs are Just Special
If you think it's a disability, just check out the video of Bailey (now named Emma) running around with Ammo in her new home.

We often rescue dogs with special challenges or talents that require a certain living situation. Lily is a perfect example of a loving Aussie with 1 quirk!


Want to know more about what we do? Read about adoptions of some of the dogs that have come through our doors.

Read our Feature stories:
Red's New Life
We're building an Aussie sanctuary!
Nina, the little black tri that could
Whatever happened to Dollie?
The Resilient Aussie: Puppymill rescuee Cassie trusts again
Katie found her forever home
Read Past Features »
Would you like to help us? Become a sponsor or make a contribution online.
Meet our Available Dogs & view our Adoption Gallery!
Are you looking for a new family member? Fill out an Adoption Application and we'll contact you.
Interested in becoming a foster home? Fill out the Foster Home Application.
Are you looking to rehome your Aussie? Fill out a List a Dog Application.
Is an Australian Shepherd the right breed for you? Learn more about them.
Related links and other rescue sites.
Fun Stuff Send in your fun pics!
About Us
Information on Deaf Aussies

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