My name is Rufus!

Maltese/Poodle (Miniature) Mix Dog for adoption in sylmar, California - Rufus
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Designer Dog Rescue

Facts about Rufus

  • Breed: Maltese/Poodle (Miniature) Mix
  • Color: White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10621408

Rufus is a very sweet 1.5 year old maltipoo who came to us after being listed as "rescue only" as east valley animal shelter. He was returned twice for being "too puppy" and the second time he supposedly "bit" the adopter. He is a young dog who has a lot of puppy energy and can be "mouthy", but is learning proper manners.

He would do best in a home with dog experience and with other submissive animals, as he tends to be dominant. He successfully is part of the dog pack in his foster, but does need proper introduction to new dogs when first meeting.

This sweetness enjoys getting groomed and his hair dyed purple :)

LOVES Food and Treats, and is an easy going sweet guy.

He is not quite ready for adoption, as he is having some health issues currently. Which we hope to get to the bottom of shortly.

Southern California adoption only.

To adopt one of our dogs, please fill out an adoption application on our website After filling out the adoption application, we will schedule a home check and meet and greet with you and your family. At the home check, you will have the option to adopt your new furry friend.

All dogs come microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and spayed/neutered vet checked prior to adoption. We vaccinate our dogs appropriately for their age and time spent in the rescue. You may need to provide your adopted dog with additional booster shots depending on the age of the animal. All adopter receive a copy of the adoption contract and all medical information.

We do not have a kennel. All dogs are in foster homes. If you would like to meet a dog, please fill out the adoption application.

Adoption fees range from $150 (for a senior) to $350 (for a puppy)

 If you would like to help us save more lives, please consider a life saving donation by following this link...   Like us on facebook!!!

About Designer Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a small scale dog rescue located in Los Angeles dedicated to saving “designer breed dogs”, also known as “mutts” from the Los Angeles shelter system. What’s funny about the term “designer” dog breeds is that these dogs are all just adorable (but trendy) mutts! Remember that shelters are full of adorable mutts desperately in need of homes. Adoption is the best option! And we are here to help these mutts transition from shelter life and into forever homes.

Mission statement ” To rescue unwanted dogs from the Los Angeles shelters and provide education for the misunderstood “mutt”, To bring awareness to the growing problem of backyard breeders producing “designer dog” breeds without a thought to the health of the animal or the same types of mixed breeds sitting in the shelter system”

Our rescue follows the no-kill policy and is operated solely by volunteers with an emphasis on foster homes, until we are able to have a physical rescue facility.

We are located in the San Fernando Valley and mostly rescue from the East valley animal shelter. We are just starting out and so we have only a few dogs available at one time. If you are interested in a certain breed, I can place you on a list for that breed and notify you when that breed becomes available.

We are 501(c)3! All Donations are Tax Deductible!

We run 100% on donations from our community, and could not do this without you!

We give back to our community through Trap, neuter, and release programs for the feral cats in our area and hope to expand our spay and neuter programs as well. Your donation will go directly to the care for animals. We greatly appreciate every donations, whether it is time or money.

We cannot function without community support. While most groups will forget about the most important volunteer, we are here to thank every one of you who helps spread our message. Tell your friends and family about us so that we can make Los Angeles No kill. Ask them to volunteer their time, or skip that morning coffee and donate to our great cause! Every little bit helps and we appreciate it all!

Thank you for your support!

If you would like to donate to our cause, please follow the link ( )

Come Meet Our Pets...

Adoption events will vary every month. Because we only have a couple dogs for adoption at a time, we often will join other rescues during their adoption events.

Check out our calendar for our next event.

If you would like to meet one of our dogs, please fill out an adoption application ( ) And we will set up an appointment for a home check and meet and greet.

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption fee: depends on the dog's age, breed, medical status, etc

Adoption process can be seem more in depth on our website.

All adopters will be required to sign a contract upon application approval. All applicants are not guaranteed a dog. All adopters are required to pass a home check.

Must be 18 years or older to adopt.