Adoption Application 2019-07-22T14:30:23+00:00

Adoption Questionnaire

Our goal is to match you with the best dog to fit your lifestyle. To get started, please fill out this brief adoption questionnaire and we will get back to you to set up a meet and greet. After meeting our dog(s) and you are ready to forward with adoption, we will provide you with resources to help you get ready for your new dog and arrange a home delivery. Our suggested adoption donation is $250. This tax-deductible donation helps us continue our mission to help dogs in need.

Please note: Our dogs are available for adoption in the greater Los Angeles area. We do not adopt out of state. We occasionally have courtesy listings for dogs that belong to other rescue groups. Please read the pet’s bio and contact that group directly for more information.

Our Adoptable Pets on PetFinder.com

 . Bo .
 . Bo .  . Bo .  . Bo .  . Bo .  . Bo .
  • Boxer
  • Spayed/Neutered
SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://youtu.be/CvKUBE1P12k in your address bar up top! Meet Handsome Bo the boxer who is a "senior" dog with puppy energy. Bo is around 9 or 10 years young has that perfect blend of "let's play ball for a bit" and "now I'm ready for a nap" energy. Throw in walks and car rides and life couldn't be better for Bo! He came to us from the South LA shelter after his owners were forced to turn him in due to housing issues. He's currently in a foster home and is reported to be "perfect". He's crate-trained, house-trained, playful, and has met big and small dogs. Bo would love to find a forever home to spend the rest of his years with. He weighs 67lbs, neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on shots. If you are interested in the Los Angeles area and would like to meet Bo, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue information email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Senior, Male, Medium
 . Bruno- Forever Foster! .
 . Bruno- Forever Foster! .  . Bruno- Forever Foster! .  . Bruno- Forever Foster! .  . Bruno- Forever Foster! .  . Bruno- Forever Foster! .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link:https://youtu.be/Cqj121ql4FU in your address bar up top. Meet sweet Bruno! Bruno is a tan and white, handsome pit bull mix. He has a large white chest, perky ears and weighs about 57lbs; he's darling. Bruno is a mature senior dog at 11 years old with lots of spunk and energy. When Bruno was a young puppy he lived at Downtown Dog Rescue when it was just a parking lot and a couple volunteers. He was a very happy dog who was quickly adopted. Sadly, his owner passed away and he's been back at our kennel once again looking for a home. He needs a simple life with someone to love who will give him some snuggles, short walks and a super soft bed. He is a very sweet boy who will be easy to manage. He does not mind other dogs but prefers to have his human all to himself! He would do well in most homes with no small children or other pets. Bruno lived with a dog sibling most his life, but now that he is older he wants to relax and be the only dog. We cannot blame him! Bruno would love some visitors, come meet him at our kennel in South Gate and learn more about adopting Bruno and our Forever Foster program for senior dogs. If you are interested in Bruno, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue contact info: Email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Dulce .
 . Dulce .  . Dulce .  . Dulce .  . Dulce .  . Dulce .
  • English Bulldog, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs
SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://youtu.be/HrFRP_t_V1o in your address bar up top! Dulce means "sweet" and we think the name is perfect for 8yo Dulce who we brought into our rescue from the South LA Shelter where she'd gone under the radar for 10 months. Probably because she was also sleeping and keeping out of trouble and happy to go on nice easy walks with the volunteers who took her out. Now she's at our kennel and enjoying long naps, more easy walks, and even some running! Dulce is clean and quiet in her kennel and we think would do great in a low-medium energy household that likes to curl up with some Dulce de Leche. If you are interested in meeting Dulce and in the Los Angeles area, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue information email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Senior, Female, Large
 . Keanu .
 . Keanu .  . Keanu .  . Keanu .  . Keanu .  . Keanu .
  • Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
This is a courtesy listing for another rescue group. See proper contact information within the written Bio. PLEASE READ ENTIRE BIO BEFORE CONTACTING RESCUE. PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS AT THE END. I DO NOT CARE FOR EMAILS WITHIN THE PETFINDER FORUM; JUST SEND A REGULAR EMAIL AS IF YOU WERE EMAILING A FRIEND. ALSO, PROVIDE THE INFORMATION REQUESTED. THANK YOU. SEE VIDEO ALSO ON THIS PAGE! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9OlzfrqyaU&feature=youtu.be in your address bar on top. Thank you! Videos are made to show the best light of any dog. The bio attempts to give a more accurate description of the dog. The video and Bio can be combined to give a good idea of any dog: Keanu is a loving and affectionate one-and-a half-year-old Siberian Husky/Labrador Retriever mix (he was DNA tested) who was rescued from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter and weighs about 53 lbs. He is a strong dog with a stocky build. In his DNA test, he also has German Shepherd Dog and Dutch Shepherd in his line. Though there are ever-so-slight hints of the goofy found in Labs, and the sometimes mischievous and stubborn traits of Huskies, Keanu, as mix, is fairly even-keeled and mostly mellow, mostly obedient, non-destructive, and remains calm in the house. Actually, he is uncharacteristically mellow for such a young dog, in body and spirit, often wagging his tail only. Like most dogs, he loves to be near you and be involved in whatever is going on, but he also loves to position himself by the open doorway, keeping watch, and/or watching the world go by, or just chilling somewhere in the house while I get things done. Keanu gets along very well with my three female senior dogs, but they are well-socialized, balanced, non-reactive, and fearless so it has worked out. He is crate-trained and potty-trained (though potty reinforcement is needed in any new environment) and when it is time for me to crate him, he crates wonderfully (at the rescue, dogs are crated to eat, sleep, and when I have to leave the house for a bit. Keanu whines just a bit when I leave, but once I tell him a few times to settle down, I just leave and all is well.) Keanu also knows how to use the doggie door or will go towards a door when he wants to go out. Keanu has a playful side but it feels as if he is not quite sure what to do, and when he does play, it seems awkward, or results in overexcitement. Like many Huskies and German shepherd types, he does possess prey drive, so play should not encourage that, in my opinion. My sense with Keanu is that he is a loving dog who is inherently sweet, wants to love you and to be loved, but that someone mistreated him, nor was he exposed to some of the normal experiences (I suspect he was just thrown out in someone’s backyard). Therefore, Keanu is seeking a confident, intentional, and calm leader to continue showing him the ropes. At first, I simply led him with a more or less removed, but calm leadership style (using the leash when necessary) until he fully trusted me and knew the day in and day out routine. Now, he mostly does what I ask by the mere sound of my voice and instruction. Overall, Keanu has responded favorably to my leadership style and has does well, with occasional corrections. Keanu is protective. This is understandable to some people; others not. The truth is, many dogs in the working group can behave this way. Unrealistically, some people want a dog that instinctively knows if you are friend or foe. They want a dog that thinks “Hey friend!” when it is someone you love but is still a stranger to the dog, but then instinctively knows when it is someone coming to rob or kill you, and only then, will you relish in the dog’s protective qualities. Many dogs will not know the difference unless properly introduced, and this does not make them “bad dogs.” So, ultimately, Keanu is a dog that will have to be strategically introduced to people you want the dog to know, and be put away, for example, when the gardener, or gas man or pool man comes and there is no need to have a dog out. If one does not mind, or even relishes a dog that can and will be protective of his family, then we can discuss Keanu further for more details. Through working with him, there are reactions that I have helped Keanu to tone down, and I am happy to show anyone. Keanu loves to be brushed. He will allow me to brush him but I am careful not to hurt him. He is not food aggressive and rides fine in the car. He has been fine at the vet, and since this rescuer (meaning me, not the dog!) has a health condition, he is not officially walked, but seems good with being on leash when taken to the vet and such and I believe he would enjoy a home where he can go on structured walks for training and exercise, given the proper tools and leadership style. Keanu also loves to chill in his yard, positioning himself close to the open door where he can access the house at will. He feels it is his “role” to “keep watch” and he is mostly relaxed, unless he sees a coyote or something out of place. The best fit for Keanu is a home where the people have some solid experience with larger dog breeds and their training. He is easy 90 per cent of the time, with a small percentage whereby a more experienced handler is needed. Though Keanu has been fine with my own well-socialized pack of female dogs, the home I seek for Keanu is as an only dog in the home, and one that is not “grand central station,” where he can continue to meet people, yes, but without setting expectations too high. (I MAY also consider a home with an older, non-reactive, and easy-going female dog of similar size.) As far as other dogs go, Keanu is basically friendly and non-reactive, but I have seen him react when the OTHER dog acts aggressively (or acts with fear or defensively towards Keanu), or, when first meeting any new dog that comes to HIS territory (again, protective), so again, I still believe his best fit is as an only dog, and with people who just want their one dog. I would love to see him get a home where he can take walks or even hikes (no running please) and on leash, he will comport himself well. NOTE: I am getting many interests from people with young children, so let me clarify a few things. There are variables, above the Bio, where we are forced to answer “yes” or “no” to certain things like “Good with kids,” “Good with cats,” “Good with dogs.” The reason I do not discuss kids in my Bios is because with FEW EXCEPTIONS, in my 11 years of doing rescue, have I been able to test a dog with kids due to no access. So it is my best guess based on what I think based on each person’s situation. Typically, “Kids” does not mean infants and toddlers, and there are “young kids,” as well as “older kids.” If you have kids, this is something we can discuss on a case-by-case basis. I am also getting a lot of apartments and condo people - very understandable. While I believe that Keanu will do best with his own private, secured yard to enjoy, I do not delineate “no apartments or condos” because depending on the situation, it could still be the right owner, and also, I try to keep an open mind. But generally speaking, I think a home with a contained area would be best. For the most part, Keanu has been amazing and I have been able to work with him to teach him a few things and help socialize him. As I said, he is uncharacteristically calm for a dog his age. He is very loving towards his humans, sometimes seeking attention and connection from them; other times, just being content to chill and watch the world go by. Keanu is still an inherently sweet homeless dog that deserves a chance at a solid home in spite of hard beginnings. With the proper leadership, he has loads of love and loyalty to give you in return! NOTE: We only adopt dogs as primarily INDOOR dogs. Dogs can go outside to play, potty, to sun themselves at will, but should never be excluded to an outside area. You do not need to give a dog the run of the entire house, and an appropriate sized wire crate works very well during a transitional phase. Keanu is neutered, fully vaccinated, Front-lined, dewormed, micro-chipped, and has had a vet check. If you are interested in Keanu, email Angel’s Heart Dog Rescue at: adopt@angelsheartdogrescue.com. In the email, please provide some information about your home, family, other pets, and dog experience. Please also check your spam folder for an email reply from the rescue. If you wish, provide a phone number. Angel’s Heart Dog Rescue is a private, home-based rescue. We do have a process that involves some dialoging and an application (applications are not online); you can read about this process on my website: http://www.angelsheartdogrescue.com (go to the Adoption Tab). We seek stable homes that can provide a life-long environment for the dogs in our care. The phone number to the rescue is: 626-340-9316. There is no need to phone the rescue unless you do not receive a response from your email within 24 hours (evening to night emails may get a response the following morning).
Young, Male, Medium
 . Kobe Bryant .
 . Kobe Bryant .  . Kobe Bryant .  . Kobe Bryant .  . Kobe Bryant .  . Kobe Bryant .
  • Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Kobe! He is a 5 year old Mastiff/Staffordshire terrier mix. Kobe is cute! He has a stocky build and a gorgeous face. He is 75 pounds full grown. Kobe has a shiny black coat with white markings. Kobe is originally from the South LA Shelter and is now living at the Downtown Dog Rescue kennel. Kobe trains every Sunday with our dog trainer. If you adopt Kobe, he comes with 6 months of weekly training sessions at our kennel plus two weeks of boarding. He walks well on leash and does not pull unless he sees a cat or small dog. He knows his basic commands, sit, down, stay and come and orients to his handler well. Kobe is very strong, but very gentle and sweet as well. Due to his size and strength we believe he would do well with an experienced dog owner either as an only dog or with a large confident female dog. Here is what his trainer recently said about him: I've been working with Kobe for a few months now, and he is always happy to see me and always ready for some fun together. We have been working on leash manners and he does very nicely (unless there is a stray cat lurking about and we have been working on leaving those alone too.) Kobe enjoys going to the park and watching all of the kids, bikes, dogs and horses that go by with ease. He knows all of his commands like; sit, down, stay, focus, and is working on rollover! He's easy to get in and out of the car and is an excellent passenger. I really can't say enough great things about this big hunk, he has the looks and the personality and would be a great dog to snuggle with on the couch. Yesterday Kobe worked on walking nicely by distractions, ie bikes, remote cars, drones, horses, goats, dogs, kids playing soccer etc. We worked on down, stay, and learned rollover (which is more rub my belly ?). He was great getting in and out of my car and sat nicely outside Starbucks and had a puppachino with a lot of stuff going on around him. SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://youtu.be/Z6Nv5u1TYBU in your address bar up top! If you are interested in Kobe and live in the LA area, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue information email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Adult, Male, Large
 . Laila-Spunky Senior .
 . Laila-Spunky Senior .  . Laila-Spunky Senior .  . Laila-Spunky Senior .  . Laila-Spunky Senior .  . Laila-Spunky Senior .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Laila! She is an 11 year old Pit Bull mix that we rescued from the South LA Shelter. Laila is just under 50 lbs and is a fun spunky senior gal. Laila LOVES people and makes a great snuggler. She still has lots of energy and would enjoy hiking, taking long walks, or hangin out with her person in the backyard. Come meet her at our kennel in South Gate, she would LOVE to meet you. SEE HER VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://youtu.be/dVU3HR8bpkA Laila is already spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. If you are interested in Laila, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link):www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue contact info: Email:adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Senior, Female, Medium
 . Morty .
 . Morty .  . Morty .  . Morty .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bulldog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
SEE VIDEO ALSO ON THIS PAGE! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zukuNwY7TWs in your address bar on top. Thank you! Meet the stunning looking Morty, who we call Morty-Snorty as he snorts a lot. He walks perfectly on leash and is the type dog you can walk in any metropolitan areas and he is quiet and calm. Morty is 7 years old and weighs 52 pounds, is low to the ground, and is in great shape. He is the type that is not cuddly unless he knows his person very well. He can get very unsure if people push him to pet and hug so is best suited in a one person household that is a low stress environment as a companion dog. He is good with dogs but does not care that much about them, and would be just fine and content as the only dog. He loves to go for walks and tag along for car rides and is a dog that needs a laid back, easy-going lifestyle and hanging out with his person. Morty is already neutered, up-to-date with shots, micro-chipped and house-trained. If you are interested in Morty, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue contact info: Email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Princess Cutie Pie .
 . Princess Cutie Pie .  . Princess Cutie Pie .  . Princess Cutie Pie .  . Princess Cutie Pie .  . Princess Cutie Pie .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogs
SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnxanYoTXdo in your address bar up top! Meet Princess Cutie Pie! She is 7 years old, 60lbs, and a total love bug!! Princess Cutie Pie came to us via the Carson shelter where she surrendered by her family because of housing issues. She grew up around kids and loves getting attention. She is easy to walk, crate trained, and has a low energy. Princess Cutie Pie can be near other dogs but should be the only dog in the household and would enjoy getting 100% attention from her humans. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in meeting Princess Cutie Pie, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire and we will get back to you. Additional Downtown Dog Rescue information email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Princess Daisy .
 . Princess Daisy .  . Princess Daisy .  . Princess Daisy .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
SEE VIDEO ALSO ON THIS PAGE! Princess Daisy is a young adult Pit Bull who we rescued from South L.A. Shelter when she was 4 months of age. She would do best in a house with a yard as the only dog where she can exercise running around, lay in the sun and relaxing, and hang out with her owner and live an easy life! She must be a companion dog to the humans, both indoors and out. At seven years old she weighs 75 pounds and is fully grown. Princess Daisy is a beautiful dog with perfect eyeliner just like a Geisha! She is very calm and affectionate in the house and loves to lay by your feet and relax and is happy to greet every person that comes around, but will get anxious walking on leash on busy streets with people running/jogging, bicycles and skateboards coming towards her. Princess Daisy needs a confident and patient owner who will continue to work with her being out and about in the big world if that is desired, HOWEVER she would be very happy to be a “house dog” and live an easy life with you in and out of the house and go for car rides which is one of her favorite things to do, and most of all, being close to her person and getting tummy rubs! Are you a person that would enjoy giving this girl a chance to have a great life? She would love to be your one and only and she will be the most loyal and loving friend you will ever have! Princess Daisy is crate-trained, house-broken, spayed, microchipped and has had all shots including rabies and is a very healthy dog. If you are interested in Princess Daisy, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue contact info: Email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Ringo .
 . Ringo .  . Ringo .  . Ringo .  . Ringo .  . Ringo .
  • Shepherd, Collie
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://youtu.be/M7uLVEHcVzI in your address bar up top! Meet 10yo Ringo who we think is a total Starr! We rescued him from the South LA shelter and is now living at our kennel while he waits for a forever home. He loves being brushed, taking easy strolls and lounging around. Ringo has some stiffness in his back legs which our vet says is indicative of old age but otherwise has a clean bill of health. If you are in the Los Angeles area and interested in providing Ringo a place to call home, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue information email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Senior, Male, Large
 . Zen .
 . Zen .  . Zen .  . Zen .  . Zen .  . Zen .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
SEE VIDEO! To view video on Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet, click on the video icon within Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet. To view video otherwise, paste this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IFM2ht1HBE&authuser=1 in your address bar up top! Meet Zen! She is a 7 year old, 55lb. black Pit Bull mix. Zen is completely blind in both eyes. She is from the Downey shelter and is currently living in a foster home with a male dog and cat. She is a relaxed and easy going dog. She knows and enjoys her simple routine. She is crate trained and wears a harness to be easily guided around if needed. Zen understands the dog door and goes down two steps into an open barkyard where she likes to roam and enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood. She is non reactive to sounds and people. She loves the affection from humans and would do well with kids. Come meet her! Zen is already spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, crate trained and house trained. If you are interested in meeting Zen, and in the Los Angeles area, please fill out our brief online questionnaire (copy and paste link): www.downtowndogrescue.org/adoption-questionnaire Additional Downtown Dog Rescue information email: adopt@downtowndogrescue.org or call: 818-407-4145
Adult, Female, Medium
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