Dogs Available for Adoption

Welcome to our most popular page.

Although the bulk of our work is centered around education and advocacy, we would be lost without our rescue focus to keep us tied to the souls of the dogs. Our foster dogs remind us every day why it's important to keep pushing this project into the future. The faces in this gallery all came from crisis situations but are eager to show you why dogs live in the present instead of dwelling on the past. A small team of dedicated volunteers stay busy shining up their halos while they wait for new homes.

Interested in adopting? Great! Visit our Adoption Process page to find out what's next. 

Want inside scoop? Our Facebook Page is worth watching for up to date photos, videos and news.

Lil Duzi


Duzi is in the process of kicking a case of heart worms. She'll be thrilled to meet new families in a few weeks. Until she's ready for prime time, please enjoy her PHOTOS.

Talk to Donna Reynolds about Lil Duzi


She's got a cheerful, bouncy bull-in-a-china-shop personality. More info and photos soon!

Talk to Donna about Lolo

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING. Cooper is getting settled into his new foster/adopt home. We expect to go full adoption soon.

What a Softie! Cooper is a warm and affectionate boy who came to us with what we call 'low self esteem.' He didn't seem to know what to do in this new world ('What's a toy? What's a leash?), and can be tentative. Although the more life experience he gets, the faster his confidence perks up. He seems especially amazed that so many nice people and dogs want to be his friends. 

This sweet, simple guy thinks the Rescue Barn is the best thing since canned hot dogs, but soon enough he'll be ready to graduate to life with a real live family. Approx three years old. He appears to be house trained, he's been doing well with his dog friends and he just adores people. 



Talk to Tim about Cooper


Miss Personality! She's as awesome in person as she is in her photos. This girl is smart, connected, patient and eager.


Talk to Donna about Zilla!

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING! This lovely girl is having a great time at the Rescue Barn with all her new friends. About 3-5 years old, full of fun and good vibes. 

Talk to Donna about Babe

Adoption pending:
Toby Elf

ADOPTION PENDING. With delicate features and melting eyes, he's simply remarkable, isn't he? He's also very connected, responsive and affectionate. 

Born the first week of May, Of course he'd love to live with other pets and/or dog-friendly children.



Talk to Tim about Toby Elf

Adoption pending:
Big Elf

ADOPTION PENDING. Born the first week of May, Big Elf and his brothers are clearly mixed breed pups although it's anybody's guess what they might be. With delicate features and melting eyes, they're simply remarkable, aren't they? They're also very connected, responsive and affectionate. 

We're currently looking for three separate homes (honestly, it's better for everyone!). Of course they'd love to live with other pets and/or dog-friendly children.



Talk to Donna about Big Elf

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING. What a doll! Snorkles is a lovely little ball of muscle and sweetness. She's sensitive, social, affectionate and thrilled to be enjoying her new friends at the Rescue Barn. Round about 2 years old, very neat and clean (house-trained) and patient in her kennel. We just adore her.

Yes, that's quite the overbite she has. It's part of what makes her so special and does not affect her ability to chew. 



Talk to Tim about Snorkles

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING. Born the first week of June or thereabouts, this young pup appears to be predominantly pit bull right now. She's healthy, connected, feisty and of course adorable. She's getting all the good socialization that young dogs deserve and will be a lovely dog for someone who is ready for the work of a puppy and the joy of a lifetime companion.

Talk to Tim about Lily

Adoption pending:


Born the first week of May, Freckles and his brothers are clearly mixed breed pups although it's anybody's guess what they might be. With delicate features and melting eyes, they're simply remarkable, aren't they? They're also very connected, responsive and affectionate. 



Talk to Donna about Freckles

Chessa / Puppy

ADOPTED! Born the first of May, Chessa is raring to get life started so she can enjoy what's in store. Her dad is a Malamute and her mom is a husky-mix. A great combo of fluff and fiesty! Raised with kids and other dogs. She's confident and daring - No doubt she's looking forward to all the trouble she'll get into as she matures. 

Look at those eyes! Are you ready for this? Send a note and we'll reply with an application. 



Talk to Donna about Chessa / Puppy

Adoption pending:


This little pup scored adopters the first week she was here. She's home now under a 'Foster/Adopt' contract, meaning, her new people are loving her up and helping her learn big girl manners. Once she's spayed, they'll be signing adoption papers.

Do you keep missing the dogs you like in our adoption program?

Consider coming to one of our Saturday training classes in Berkeley. We'll introduce you to several great dogs and even more, we'll have a chance to discuss what you're looking for. Let us know if we should look for you! Directions Here.

Adoption pending:
Mila - Ball dog!

Mila was a much-cherished family companion before her family lost their housing. She's a sporty, bouncy little party in a dog suit. She'd do back flips for a tennis ball - No really, try her! -- but she's also quite sensitive and shamelessly smitten with people. Kids .. Are you kidding me? Mila was raised by two boys and counts kids as some of best things ever invented.


She lived with a fiesty Boston Terrier in her former life and would enjoy another well matched dog friend. Come visit her in our Saturday Pit Ed classes or write for an application and chance to meet her at the Rescue Barn in Oakland, CA.

Talk to Tim about Mila - Ball dog!

Adoption pending:
Matzo Ball

ADOPTION PENDING - Once the cats in the house say it's okay, Matzo will be home for keepers. :-)

This sweetie is everybody's friend. About two years old and full of heart. His photos describe him best:


Talk to Donna about Matzo Ball

Dolly Pup

ADOPTED! Sweet, unassuming ... Dare we say 'simple?' This lil thing hops around like a rabbit when she plays and keeps us laughing. Easy to kennel up, and all around a very easy dog to live with. She's close to a year old and has been spayed, microchipped, vaxed and all the good stuff. She'd love to live with another dog buddy, kids and we're guessing she's not going to give a cat much trouble.


Talk to Donna about Dolly Pup

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING. Willis scored and so did his new family!

Breed fanciers will enjoy this burly dude named Willis. He's confident, sweetly connected and SILLY. Probably around three years old, he was already neutered when he showed up as a stray. Keep your eyes on this page for more photos and updates as he gets ready for his next incarnation as a beloved family clown.

Talk to Tim about Willis

ADOPTED. Husky lovers: Check out this handsome hunk! 1-2 years old, he's cheerful, confident and always ready for good times. He's clearly been well socialized to dogs and people, has a very soft mouth and came to us with a few obedience commands.  He thinks it would be great fun to live with another dog or two, and with a family who gets the sled dog mindset. Chet is young and active, so we're looking for a home that can match his love for adventure and has their containment strategy already mapped out. Please tell us a little bit about your home and lifestyle and we'll reply with an application. Thank you! 
VIDEO of Chet at Play

Talk to Donna about Chet



This gangly boy has all sorts of legs right now. He was born near the beginning of November 2015, so is just starting to grow into a teenager. He's SUCH a sweetie: Very affectionate with people and a pro at dive bombing laps. Enjoy the photos of him having fun with the gang at the Rescue Barn.


Talk to Donna about Brewster

Tiny, adorable, cheerful PING! She's a whole 35 lbs of spunky sweetness. She's calm during her down-time but busy, busy, busy when it's her time for fun. Ping bonds quickly with her humans and is always thrilled to learn new tricks so she can have even more ways to enjoy her time with you. Affectionate, funny and a little bit full of herself, too. We can't wait to see who's going to bring his little gem home with them.
See her at play with her boyfriends in the photo link. Ping's PHOTOS

VIDEO of Ping at Play




Talk to Tim about Ping

Little Mac

ADOPTION PENDING Sweet pup! He's been a joy to have in our program. A very smart little guy, he's nearly house trained, he loves to show you his obedience skills and he's as affectionate as they make'em. Love this pup. Please write for an application.


Talk to Donna about Little Mac



VIDEO of his very first play session with two new dog friends. And, PHOTOS

We heart thumped over Linus the bubble blower for several weeks while he attended our PitEd classes as a Berkeley shelter dog, and we finally broke down and brought him back to the Rescue Barn the first chance we could. What a LUBBER BOY. He bonds deep & heavy with every person he meets -- This one is going to adore having a real live family. He's likely an American Bulldog-x. Although Linus isn't as large as his photo suggests, he tries very hard to fit himself into available laps which takes some finesse. He came into the shelter very housetrained, suggesting that he once lived as a family member in a home. He's well behaved with dogs and has been calm and well mannered around cats. What a good guy he is.

Talk to Donna about Linus



Hey! ADOPTED! How cute is she? Cha Cha is a soft mouthed sweetie who has been comfortable with dogs of all sizes. Cats, too. She loves her creature comforts, including her leather chair in the Rescue Barn. She's chill in her kennel, but she's no wall flower! When she's in the mood, she runs in big, fast circles to celebrate her day, and she tries her best to get other dogs to join in her party vibe.

A real ball dog - Cha Cha hopes to have many tennis balls in her life. Her enthusiasm bubbles over at meal time; she can barely contain her joy when the food bowl comes out. She's learning patience, although it's clearly an effort for her. There's a reason we call her Cha Cha!


Talk to Tim about Cha~Cha

Jack Black



Born late summer 2015, Jack is just a youngster. He's such a good pup - Adored by all. He's a leggy guy with warm button eyes. Full of affection, good energy and fun.

UPDATE: Jack's future home just lucked out. He's moved into a smart foster home where he's getting one-on-one training practice, so when he gets adopted, his new home will score by getting a pup with great house skills. Lucky you, whoever you are!

See his PHOTOS!


Talk to Donna about Jack Black


ADOPTION PENDING! Dayo is a young, leggy teenager with a lust for life. He's sporty, connected and always ready to say 'Yes' to urban adventures. Such a handsome fellow. He loves to play with rowdy dog friends and can go all day. Now learning great house manners in a foster home.


Talk to Tim about Dayo!



YUM! This delicious nugget stands below your knee cap; all of her pretty little body is spread out into a chunka hunk of low rider love. Yes, she's an American Bully style dog and we're loving having her as part of our program. The sweet and gentle Babette with the smiling eyes is absolutely smitten with people and has enjoyed every dog we've intro-d her to. About five years old. Spayed, microchipped and all the good stuff.


Talk to Donna about Babette

Dogs in the Wings

At any given time, we have a small handful of dogs who are not listed on the website. These may be dogs with medical issues or basic behavior challenges that are getting sorted out, dogs who are part of custody holds or compassion hold cases, OR dogs who are waiting for a foster home or barn space before they can come in our program.

Please let us know if you'd like to discuss...

Finding a dog of a specific age, size or personality style that you don't see here

Being a foster parent to a shelter dog

Providing a safe, temporary space for a dog that needs a gentle end (compassion hold)

Talk to BADRAP about Dogs in the Wings


The adorable senior Kizzy is off to a new phase in life. A tragic turn sent her down a new path when her young owner died. BAD RAP adopted Kizzy out back in July of 2005, so she’s now approaching 12 years old. Though still has a lot of spunk, she doesn’t need much more than a walk or two per day and she’s good to go. Kizzy is a typical lap dog who loves the heck out of people of all ages, but she should probably be an only dog as she can be picky about her dog friends. She is house trained and loves her dog crate, but a sofa would be her personal preference!

Talk to Tim about Kizzy

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING. This pretty girl is about three years old. She's warm and personable, gentle and connected. Right now she's living in our Rescue Barn and enjoys play sessions with several of the dogs. She is a strong candidate for homes with cats, too.

She's a refuge from the Valley Fire. Somebody clearly loved her; she has some obedience skills, is nicely socialized and expects the best out of everyone. Whimsy is a sporty girl with longs legs and an athlete's body. Please write for an application and to arrange a meeting. Thank you!


Talk to Donna about Whimsy


ADOPTED! This teenager is brand new to our program and he's having a ball being a kid. Silly, fun, connected - he's going to have a fantastic life with whoever adopts him. He was born in the beginning of 2015, which means he's got a bit of growing to do. Skeeter loves bouncing around with his dog friends and trying to figure out how to earn a cookie from his caretakers.


Talk to Donna about Skeeter

Adoption pending:

ADOPTION PENDING. Hoodoo is such a gem. He's about ten months old, sugar sweet and easy to be with. With that underbite and markings, we have to believe that he's got Boxer in his family tree. He's 'lap sized,' has great play manners and he's showing us that someone taught him a few basic manners.

Adorable boy! He'll be very popular - but first things first: He needs to decompress from shelter life, shine up his manners and get neutered. He's already helping to exercise some of the dogs in our program. Thank you Hoodoo! 



Talk to Donna about Hoodoo

Securing the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion.