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.
The East Bay SPCA has completely revamped their training classes to accommodate the modern needs of the urban or suburban dog while using the most effective, cutting-edge, scientifically supported learning theory and teaching methods. "Skill Builders" is the entry level class designed to teach general good manners in the home and the foundation necessary for more advanced training. Read more.
Meet Goose, a pretty 2-year-old Siberian husky mix who's currently residing with Helen Woodward Animal Center. A nice medium size at 42 pounds, she's a smart, high-energy young girl. She'll do best with a husky-savvy person who can give her the exercise and guidance she needs. She'll be happy to accompany you on long walks, scenic hikes, morning jogs… you get the idea. If Go Read more.
For almost 30 years now, the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County has been providing a safe haven for the county's critters in distress, finding them new loving homes, and helping the surrounding community with spay/neuter and other support services. Currently hoping for a home of her own, with their assistance, is Ruby here, an 8-year-old yellow Lab who recently lost her owner an Read more.
Little Poco has had quite a lot to deal with lately. When this scruffy, sweet terrier mix was 6, his elderly owners surrendered him to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin because they could no longer care for him. The poor guy was emaciated and had quite a few deferred medical issues, including seriously dire teeth. Sad as all this was, though, Poco's luck was about to change, thanks to s Read more.
This just in from our friends at Santa Cruz SPCA -- they're building a new state-of-the-art facility, and construction's already under way. Meanwhile, Charlie Chaplin here is looking for HIS forever home. A 6-year-old mini-dachshund boy, he's especially interested in a career as a lap dog where he can show off his talents for snuggling. Read more.
Looking for a big dog? Meet Teeny, who's as sweet as she is big. At 2, this shepherd/Rottie girl landed at the Humane Society of Tuolumne County in Jamestown, where she's impressing all with her affectionate personality. She's an active girl and seeks a family that will give her plenty of opportunity to run and play. Read more.
Cinnamon here is the poster girl for graceful aging. At 14, she's not only kept her looks and sweet disposition, her joie de vivre is also just fine. She loves to explore, hang out with other dogs, hang out with people, and snuggle with them whenever possible. Technically, Treeing Walker Coonhounds are not lap dogs, but Cinnamon probably wouldn't mind your making an exception for her. She& Read more.
A young competitive athlete suffers a debilitating and unexpected stroke that leaves him helpless and facing a long road to recovery. A young dog, abandoned and abused, is navigating an uncertain future. Two individuals, both dealing with obstacles they never anticipated. Read more.
Piper's still practically a puppy at 9 months old, and now that she's safe and sound in a foster home with the good folks at Contra Costa Humane Society, she's feeling a good deal more secure about things and seeks a home of her own where she can really settle in. Read more.
Alvin, it appears, is a family dog. He loves people, adult and kid. He gets along with other dogs. He gets along with cats. But country life has been a problem for this little 15-pound terrier mix, because he chases the chickens, chases the ducks, and would probably chase bunnies and rodents if there were any. So he's now looking for a home where he can share his winning personality with Read more.
By Jeannine Berger DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, Vice President of Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA When rescuing a dog, you can take two different paths. The big question to ask yourself is whether you want “that” dog or “a” dog. Have you already fallen in love with a specific dog, or are you open to possibilities? Depending on your answer, there are different ways to ap Read more.
If you’re looking for a great read, order Mutual Rescue: How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too by Carol Novello. The first book about the transformational impact that adopting homeless animals has on us, it’s packed with stories about pets and people healing each other and the science behind the bond. It will touch you, inform you and confirm what every pet owner knows: the Read more.
"A dog can make a house a home," says SF's Family Dog Rescue, which has been helping families of all sorts and dogs of all sorts, regardless of barriers, find each other since 2010. Thousands of dogs, some strays from SF and around the Bay, and more recently, dogs rescued from the streets of Mexico, birthplace of Family Dog founder Angela Padilla. Read more.
Not long ago Phoebe (black) and Henry (blond) were tiny puppies, facing a bleak future in a rural California shelter with few resources and little foot traffic. Luckily for them, the shelter called on Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation in Huntington Beach, and things were quickly looking up. With volunteers around the state, Waggin' Trails came to the rescue fast. Read more.