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Our Featured Corona del Mar, CA Partner:

Sanctuary By The Sea


Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Sanctuary by the Sea Rescue serves all of Southern California, focusing mostly on Los Angeles and Orange County. We are not taking dogs at this time, and usually choose to save dogs off of death row at the shelters or harmful situations. We do not take dogs from private owners, but will assist in rehoming their dogs.

About Our Rescue Group:

Sanctuary by the Sea is a very small but dedicated non-profit rescue, focusing solely on the homeless Bully Breeds (Pitbulls, AmStaffs, Staffies) and their mixes at risk of euthanasia, or those who are in situations of abuse and neglect.

Our dogs are brought up in a home environment, made possible by our limited number of dogs, where they learn manners both in the house and in public, are socialized, trained and integrated into loving family pets.

We focus on bully breeds due to their great personalities and character, and also because about 70% of all the dogs in the LA Shelters(which kill over 500 dogs a week) are pitbulls or pibull mixes. They make awesome familiy companions- despite what all of the media leads you to believe.

"Pitbulls are famous in circles of knowlegable dog people for the love and loyalty they bestow upon anyone who shows them a smidgen of kindness"

In a past study by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), out of the 122 different breeds of dogs tested in their likeliness to bite a person, the Pit Bull was fourth... from the bottom. The pitbull is the only dog to have human aggression physically bred out.

Come Meet our Pets:

After an application has been approved, potential adopters may set up an appointment to come meet our dogs at our house/resuce. We prefer that the adopters do this, for the dogs often get stressed out at adoptions and will act differently.

Our Adoption Process:

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, we ask that you first fill out an application. You may either go to PBRC to fill out an application there, or email us for one of ours. We do not adopt on a "first come, first serve" policy, but to those we feel are most compatible with the dog of interest and the most qualified home.

We require that our potential homes have researched or have had experience with Pit Bulls, and that all members of the family (including other dogs) come and meet the dog before adopting.

We require new homes to sign an adoption contract, and pay a donation fee. The donation fee varies per dog, and helps with the costs of vaccinations, spay/neuter, food, treats, toys, healthcare, flea preventative, etc.

After we have determined that the home is suitable for the dog, adopters are allowed to take the dog home for a "trial-run" to make sure that everything goes smoothly between the dog and the household. When the family feels comfortable and confident in their decisions about adopting the dog and making them a permanent member of the family, we come to your house for a home-check to make sure everything is in order and that it is a stable place for the dog.

After that, you are free to enjoy your new, life-long companion.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.