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Our Featured Elk Grove, CA Partner:

Northern California Beagle Rescue

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:

Our mission is to help beagles find loving homes throughout the Northern California region and provide education to current and potential beagle owners about this marvelous, challenging breed.

We work hard to find homes for unwanted beagles. We also strive to help members of the Bay Area community find access to spay and neuter programs for their pets.

About Our Rescue Group:

NorCal Animal Rescue Friends is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping beagles and educating the community about this wonderful breed.

Our mission is to help beagles find loving homes throughout the Northern California region and provide education to current and potential beagle owners about this marvelous, challenging breed.

We work hard to find homes for unwanted beagles. We also strive to help members of the Bay Area community find access to spay and neuter programs for their pets.

If you decide that you'd rather purchase a puppy, we can assist you in contacting a reputable, responsible breeder. This is to help ensure that the puppy you purchase is from a healthy, well-
tempered background. If possible, you want to see BOTH parents and spend time with them, making sure that they are healthy and well cared for. Also ask for a kennel tour. A breeder who neglects his breeding dogs probably also neglects the puppies. Good breeders require a spay/neuter contract and will take the pup/dog back at anytime during its life if you can longer continue to care for it.

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Come Meet our Pets:


Looking to add a fun-loving Beagle to your household? NorCal Beagle Rescue is having Beagle Adoption days at PetsMart. We are now at three locations. Please see the following locations and dates:

Petsmart located at 185 Curtner Avenue, San Jose 95125 (The Plant Shopping Center)
From 10am - 2pm

• October 10th - New Event

Petsmart located at 15555 E. 14th Street, San Leandro 94578
From 10am - 1pm

• September 19th
• October 17th
• November 7th
• December 5th

Petsmart located at near Sacramento, CA - Please visit again for updates on a possible new location in the Sacramento area.

Petsmart located at 175 Ranch Dr., Milpitas, CA
From 10am - 1pm

• September 12th - "Second Chance For Love - Fall National Adoption Weekend"
• November 14th
• December 12th

Petsmart located at 3520 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA
From 10am - 1pm

• August 22nd
• September 26th
• October 24th
• November 21th
• December 19th

Please stop by if you are in the area to meet some of the volunteers, see some of the available beagles, to have you questions answered and to also be prescreened to adopt a beagle. If you have any questions about the adoption event, would like to volunteer, or know the beagles that will be joining us please contact:

Pearl (San Leandro location)
Miguel (Milpitas, San Jose location) email:
Hsu-Lien (San Mateo location) email:

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption Process:
Visit the available dogs section of the website. Read about the different beagles available. The location at the top of each posting tells what city the beagle is being fostered in. Once you choose a beagle that sounds like a good fit for your family, call or email the person listed as the contact for that particular dog. The contact person will ask you questions regarding your particular situation and about pet ownership in general. They will ask you to fill out an adoption application ( and email it through the form's Submit by Email button (form can also be sent via fax). If it seems like your family is a good fit, the contact person will then set you up with the beagle's foster parents. They will arrange a visit to their home or nearby park for you and your family and any other dog(s) you currently own. While you're there, you can see how both dogs interact and get more information from the foster parents about the beagle. If you decide this is the beagle for you, you will then take it him/her on a sleepover. At this time, a check for the adoption fee will be collected. The sleepover is a two-week trial period. If for some reason the dog does not work out then you can return it to the foster parents and get your donation check back. If this is the dog for you, then congratulations! You have successfully rescued a beagle.

The Sleepover Program
Before a beagle is adopted, he/she is placed in a potential adoptive home for a trial period, or sleepover, of one to two weeks. If the sleepover trial period works out, the beagle is officially adopted out and paperwork is signed. When a beagle is listed as being on a sleepover, they are no longer available for adoption, but other interested families may inquire about them and request to be notified if the sleepover does not work out. If the sleepover does not work, the dog is returned to the original owner/foster and is then available for adoption once again.

Please note: Frequently, we may receive many inquiries on the same beagle. Interested persons will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is no guarantee that all candidates will be approved to adopt.

Things To Keep In Mind...
Please understand that we are all volunteers. We appreciate every call we get and make every effort to return them promptly, but please be patient if we take longer than you'd like to get back to you.

If you are interested in adopting a beagle, the best thing to do is to meet with your family before calling us to make sure that every family member is ready to welcome your new beagle and provide for it's care. We do not adopt to children as, all too often, the child loses interest and the responsibility falls to the parents. If you'd like to give a beagle as a gift, we suggest that you give a beagle rescue gift certificate instead, so the person adopting the dog can choose the right beagle for them (contact us for more information).

Our rescue dogs are in shelters throughout Northern California or in foster homes. We do not have adoption centers. You can arrange to meet a beagle at the foster home or the shelter's convenience, or at one of our PetSmart Events in San Mateo, San Leandro, Milpitas, San Jose & Folsom, only after a brief, but thorough, screening process.

Please expect your call with a beagle rescue volunteer to take about 20 - 30 minutes. We'll ask questions about your family, your yard, if anyone is home during the day, the ages of your children, the hours you work, if your other pets are spayed and neutered (we generally do not adopt to families with unaltered dogs), what made you interested in a beagle, what you know about the breed and most importantly, and what questions you have for us about beagles.

Our goal is to unite beagles into loving homes, where they can live out the rest of their lives happily. We take extra time in talking with you to make that happen. Our adoption fees are an average of $250 - $300, depending on how much medical attention the dog needed before it was ready for adoption. Also, for young dogs, a refundable training deposit may be required.

Note: ALL dogs placed by NCBR are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, per state law and our commitment to controlling the pet population.

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.