Since we entered the ring in 2011, the DogTrekker founders have dedicated revenue, editorial and promotional support to California shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare groups. It’s all part of our Leave No Dog Behind mission, which puts pets first—whether we’re helping our readers to plan unforgettable DogCations or building a better world for our furry friends and rescue partners.

New home for Family Dog Rescue

Photo by Family Dog Rescue
Family Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving homeless dogs a second chance, has just announced its relocation from San Francisco to Sonoma, California.  Read more.

Special events for you and your dog

Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering, and attendance at adoptathons and other special events during the year. Spring is here and it is time to start planning for event season 2023. Make plans to attend the following events; and to find even more events near you, click on the View Near Me button on DogTrekk  Read more.

Looking for a cute new pup?

Photo by Livermore Police Department.
In Northern California, more than four dozen abused Chihuahuas have been rescued from a hoarder’s home. 50 dogs were rescued from “dirty conditions” in December at a man’s home in … Continued  Read more.

Why adopt an older dog?

When most people think about adopting a dog, they automatically think of puppies. There’s good reason for that: puppies are adorable, and everyone loves them. But what if you don’t want to deal with the messes and chewing? What if you want a dog who is already house-trained and knows how to behave? That’s where older dogs come in.  Read more.

Join the DogTrekker Challenge!

Sara woofs her appreciation. Photo by Lily’s Legacy.
At DogTrekker, we’re guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. We support rescue and adoption animal welfare organizations – including Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco’s Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – to build a better world for all four-legged friends.  Read more.

Monterey Bay Labrador Retriever Rescue Vets Save Cali

From: Judy Kreger, Founder & CEO, Donate Here!   Monterey Bay Lab Rescue is continuing to take in Labs and Lab mixes that need rescue, virus or no virus. Our great fosters are always ready and willing to open their homes and their hearts to welcome in any Lab in need. And our vet continues to provide full vet care for all of our rescues including any surgeries they might require.   &  Read more.

Marin Humane Cancels Woofstock, Needs Support

From: Nancy McKenney, CEO/President, Donate Here!   Marin Humane has been hard at work for animals, and the people who love them, during this period. Our beloved foster families are taking good care of the shelter animals and adoptions are now resuming with modifications. We’ve moved many programs, like humane education and dog training classes, online where possible.   Marin Human  Read more.

Berkeley Humane is Here for You and Your Pets

“Walking through our shelter today was a bit emotional. It was quiet – a word probably never used before to describe our shelter,” says Jeffrey Zerwekh, Executive Director, Berkeley Humane.   “Except for the animals that were transported yesterday from a shelter an hour north of Sacramento, the kennels are empty. While this is something we would normally celebrate afte  Read more.

Muttville Set to Rescue Their 8,000th Dog!

“I had no idea how we were going to do this,” says Sherri Franklin, founder and CEO of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. “I just knew that we had to.”   Muttville finds homes for over 1,000 senior dogs a year, many in shelters across California slated for euthanasia. They have over 80 seniors available for adoption at any one time, many in foster homes. But there are always  Read more.

Meet Faraday, a hospice story from Lily’s Legacy

Meet Faraday. Rescued by two good samaritans from years wandering alone in the vineyards of central California, this lost soul with the gentle heart was taken to a local vet for treatment. The news was very sad. Faraday suffered from Dilated Cardio Myopathy and A-Fib. He was given six months to live. Knowing they couldn't support Faradays needs, his saviors reached out to Lily's Legacy Se  Read more.


These days, a lot of huskies, malamutes and other big furry snow-loving dogs find themselves in shelters, often after finding new and imaginative ways to get in trouble. People fall hard for those cute fuzzy puppies--and are often unprepared for big, high-energy, playful, demanding escape artists. As the Bay Area's go-to rescue for Nordic breeds, NorSled (Northern California Sled Dog Rescue) o  Read more.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

Finding homes for senior dogs and advocating for senior dogs and senior people on the Central Coast is the mission of this rescue that holds an annual “Oldies But Goodies” fundraising event each year.    Read more.

Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary

Photo by Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary.
Grand-Paws mission is to rescue primarily large-breed, senior dogs who’ve been abandoned and let them live out their lives in the Acton sanctuary or in a permanent foster home.  Read more.

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