Stray dogs

Found a lost or stray dog? Please have them scanned for a microchip at a local veterinarian or shelter before you contact us. We also have a scanner if neither of the above are available.  You never know, this dog probably has an owner feverishly looking for them. Even if they look skinny or dirty they may have been lost or stolen some time ago. 

While many people hesitate to bring a found dog to a shelter, it is the right thing to do, because that’s where people go to look for their lost pets! It is also the law.  Shelters have protocols with regard to lost dogs, they will hold them for a minimum amount of time (that varies depending on whether or not the dog is chipped or wearing a collar, etc), and then make them available to adopt and rescue.  You can often leave your information as a “first rights” adopter, who will be the first person they call to adopt the dog once the hold period is up.

Make sure to take some photos of the dog, and then get the impound number, plus shelter name and address, so you can post on social media, as well as sites like NextDoor to let people know that you found a dog, what it looks like, and where they can go collect their lost friend. 

If there is no microchip and you choose to keep the dog in your home and look for its owner, you should post flyers in the area where the dogs was found with a picture and minimal information (do not include specific details so you can screen potential calls for identifying factors  – color of collar, is the dog altered, any unusual markings, name of the dog to see if it is recognized, proof of ownership, photos of the dog, etc. )


Legally, a reasonable effort must be made to find the owner for 10 days prior to rescue accepting the dog. If all efforts fail to find the owners, please contact us and we will do our best to help you re-home.

Adoption Events

We do not have a public viewing facility; however, we hold bi-monthly adoption events in Santa Monica. Please check our calendar for changes and cancellations due to holidays or weather.

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 11am – 2:30pm

2116 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 [Map]

Metered street parking.

Please bring pictures or video of your home/yard if we have not yet done a home visit (preferred).

And…don’t forget to bring your dog(s), if you have any. They make the final decision!