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Puppies and dogs in South San Francisco, California

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Adopt a dog in South San Francisco, California

These adorable dogs are available for adoption in South San Francisco, California. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
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Indie

Rat Terrier German Shorthaired Pointer

Female, Young
San Bruno, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Indie is a female dog born on March 4, 2023. She is my first ever pet that my colleague gave to me when I worked in Indiana, hence the name "Indie." She is a very sweet dog, gives lots of kisses, and likes cuddling. I did not have any experience training a dog, but she gets my routine. My dog is potty-trained. She can be left in the house while I am at work without messing up, unless there are some medical issues like diarrhea from, let's say, new diet. She is kennel-trained. She comes in to kennel and sees it as a comfort area. She can also be left in the kennel while I am at work. Other good behavior my dog shows includes being able to understand not to bother me when I am in bed reading or using my phone. She also does not come in the room when doors are closed or half-way closed unless she is invited. We live on the second floor, and another interesting behavior she has is being able to go down the stairs, pee and come back upstair with supervision. I don't have to accompany my...
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Butter

Golden Retriever

Male, Young
Millbrae, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Butter is a 3-year-old pure-breed Golden Retriever. Our family is unable to keep him because of relocation. We would like to find him a loving and caring home. Butter is playful, energetic, and enthusiastic. He loves being around people. Please consider adopting him!
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Ziggy

Parson Russell Terrier

Male, Adult
Pacifica, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
And they call it Puppy Love. That's the feeling you'll get when you see this little sweetheart, Ziggy. He is a one-year old pup who is just a bundle of fun and playfulness. He would love to go out walking and hiking with you and then come home and snuggle on the couch. Ziggy is a sweet and affectionate pup who loves to play with his humans, other dogs, and even kitties! Most of all, he is so excited to have a family and a forever home of his own. If you would like to bring some Puppy Love into your life, darling Ziggy is the pup for you.
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Blanka

Hound (Unknown Type) German Shepherd Dog

Female, 3 yrs 6 mos
Pacifica, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Blanka is from Kyiv, Ukraine. During the invasion of Kyiv, our organization evacuated her shelter because we were afraid it could become occupied like other shelters where hundreds of dogs died during the Russian occupation. Blanka is one of the lucky ones. She was brought to the USA this past Spring and has been fostered by a dog trainer. Please see his notes and see if Blanka is the right dog for you! Blanka is an interesting dog. The first word that comes to my mind is introvert. She's not into playing, with other dogs or people. She's timid and jumpy. Always alert and always scanning. In a biological sense, she's the perfect dog. Vigilant, non-confrontational, avoiding instead of seeking. Athletic, graceful, springy, fast, slim, confident and self-reliant when left to her own devices. She is a survivor. She is weary of people and it takes some time for her to warm up to folks she doesn't know. In the same token, she is extremely passive. I have not seen her show any signs of aggressive behavior (towards people), despite being in some stressful situations. For example, she was just subjected to two younger kids (8&10) this past weekend and while it was obvious she would much rather be elsewhere, she tolerated them reaching out their hands to her for sniffs and brief pets (I was overseeing all of the interaction and the kids were being coached through the process and familiar with dogs in general). The same family has a two-year-old female Pitbull mix. Maya is like every other pit I know, full of energy and very "spirited". Blanka escalated to using her teeth when her other signals didn't work. I say used her teeth because she did leave a scratch on Maya's muzzle, albeit very minimal. But like most pit's are, that's the message Maya needed to understand that Blanka didn't want to play and Maya left her alone for the rest of their time together. I share that story so that everyone is aware of who Blanka is and what to expect. She's been introduced to no less than 10ish different dogs and has shown no interest in interacting with any of them and all of them (except Maya) got the message very quickly and gave her space. That's not to say she can't be around other dogs, as she has been regularly. It just needs to be understood that if the other dog doesn't get Blanka's message (turns head away, low growls, air snaps - in that order), things might escalate. As a volunteer at a shelter helping to run play groups and being exposed to many, many dogs, I never saw any behavior from Blanka that I would consider alarming or dangerous. She's just simply saying "I'm not interested in playing with you. Please leave me alone." And as long as that is accepted, all is well. I had a board & train Great Dane (Lulu) stay with me for about a month while Blanka has been in my care. Lulu and my dog Titan played exuberantly which made Blanka very nervous initially. After about 10 days or so, Blanka started bouncing around behind them, seemingly interested but reluctant to engage. Even though she never interacted with them, it was a positive experience and I can tell she's more comfortable around that kind of energy. I doggie sat my neighbor's dog over a weekend, a Shepard mix, same thing. Blanka didn't want to engage, but she wanted to be around the action. I feel like she's just never played before and doesn't know how to or that it's ok to play. I'm hopeful that she will let her guard down around the right dog one day soon and actually start to play. My favorite and go-to training method is through play. Blanka has set a new bench mark for me. Ironically, it was another TASD dog (Najya) that had set my previous record of days it took to play, at 13. I'm significantly past that number, coming in at around 90?, and Blanka still has no interest in playing with me. She's the first dog I've personally come across that I haven't been able to connect with through play. And that's ok because we have connected through food. Which is my go-to method when working with clients. She is finally conditioned to a clicker and the word Yes. We have been working on Sit, Stand, Place and name recognition. The first time I clicked? she ran for her life. It took about three weeks to condition her to the clicker. Starting with the quietest one I have and muffling it with a towel. Now she comes running when it's meal time and is eager to earn her food by doing various behaviors. All of which I hope to pass along to whoever might "adopt" her. Before we bonded enough to start obedience, we were tackling obstacles in my backyard. She is most agile and has no problem going over, under, across or around things. She is a pretty confident dog, when nothing scary is around. When something scary is around, she is definitely a flight risk. She scurried under my shed when fireworks went off. I had a heck of a time getting her out from under there. I've since boarded it off but if someone didn't know or wasn't paying attention, she will bolt. And in a city environment, that could be disastrous. So be warned. She has a very strong prey drive (survivor instincts). I've been working with her about that. Lately, she's been making very good choices when squirrels make an appearance, but it's a work in progress and another thing I would like to pass along techniques to her adopter. That being said, and considering what I'm used to - she's a dream on walks. She's very sensitive to leash pressure and responds very well to minimal feedback. "The leash is a communication device - not a restraint tool" Another thing we've been working on is potty training. She's had a few 'accidents' in the house. I don't trust her completely and give her minimal time alone while unsupervised. This is a difficult behavior to change with adult dogs. Heck, it's a pita with puppies too. It requires 100% supervision when outside of the crate. And when I can't give 100% attention, she's either tethered by the backdoor, where I can see her from the kitchen or she's in her crate. My goal is to give her NO opportunity to make a mistake inside the house and to give her over the top praise and reinforcement when she goes outside. I'm pretty sure she's house trained, but I still don't trust her to be alone for more than a minute or so. I feel like she would do best in an older persons, quieter house. As opposed to a household like my younger brother, who has five kids and it's very chaotic. She is a very affectionate dog, that can't get close enough to whoever her person is. She is constantly under my feet and I have to be careful not to trip over her. She literally follows me around like a little puppy. Not the kind of dog I'm into, but I'm sure there's many folks out there that would absolutely love her attention/affection. She wants nothing more than to be curled in a ball on your lap when inside the house. That being said, she isn't a needy dog. She doesn't require a lot of exercise (which is surprising). She isn't super into food and hardly drinks any water. Again, she just wants to be in your lap and her life is full. Which actually could lead to unhealthy separation anxiety if one isn't careful and I would want to discuss this in depth with her adopter. Please let us know if you are interested in bringing Blanka into your family!
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Sophie

Jindo

Female, 1 yr 3 mos
Pacifica, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
**NOTE: Currently, Sophie is in Korea, waiting for her forever family in San Francisco. If you are interested in adopting her, please check out our adoption process. >> https://www.freekoreandogs.org/adoption/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sophie is a dog born in May 2022, part of a litter of five. Her early days required special care, as she was hand-raised due to her mother's health issues. She has spent most of her life in a foster home, sharing space with her foster parent and four other rescue dogs. Sophie loves to be close to humans, even when sleeping, and greets her foster family with joyful jumps when they return home. Despite her love for company, Sophie has an independent streak and enjoys playing by herself. She has lived with up to eight dogs but seems to prefer being an only dog. Sophie is a bit territorial about her space, food, and toys, especially around other dogs. However, she's friendly and well-mannered with other dogs she meets outside, like at the dog park. Sophie enjoys walks but she pulls on her leash a bit when she's excited or chasing small animals. She's calm during baths and rides well in a car, even on long trips. Diet-wise, Sophie eats a single-protein duck formula (Go Go Feed Solution LID Duck) to avoid allergies, as she sometimes chews on her front legs. She does best-avoiding beef, pork, and chicken, sticking to duck-based foods and natural snacks. Sophie doesn't show signs of separation anxiety, especially if she has a good walk before being left alone. Sophie is a bright, affectionate dog who loves human companionship. She responds well when called by her name. Sophie would thrive in a loving home where she can be the center of attention and form a strong bond with her guardian. She will be most comfortable as the only dog. ----------------------------------- To learn more about Sophie or the adoption application, please follow the link below. https://www.freekoreandogs.org/dog/sophie-2/
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Leah

Spitz (Unknown Type, Small)

Female, 8 yrs 3 mos
Pacifica, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
**NOTE: Leah is currently in Korea. She will be flown to San Francisco to join her forever family once they are found. ----------------------------------------------- Leah was discovered on the streets in the summer of 2017. Following veterinary checkups, it was deduced that she had been in a car accident at some point, resulting in a pelvic fracture. Thankfully, over time, her fracture healed naturally. Although not a perfect healing, it was sufficient to avoid the need for surgery, and she currently faces no issues with walking or running. Leah previously lived in a private boarding house, but the business closed, so recently she came back to the shelter. This change hasn't dampened her spirits; instead, she continues to thrive, showcasing her adaptability and heartwarming resilience. Leah's personality is as endearing as it is inspiring. She radiates charm, bringing light and joy wherever she goes. Her sociable nature shines through as she interacts seamlessly with other dogs, regardless of their size. Leah's presence is a beautiful reminder of the power of a positive attitude. In terms of habits and health, Leah enjoys her walks and adventures, eagerly exploring yet content to follow your lead. She's an excellent companion for car rides, displaying a calm and comfortable demeanor. Leah has a stage 1 patellar luxation in her left leg, which doesn't necessitate surgery but requires monitoring. Leah is in search of a loving, understanding forever home that can provide her with the care and affection she deserves. She would thrive in an environment that values her loving nature and incredible resilience. For those who enjoy peaceful walks and cherish the joys of companionship, Leah is the perfect match. --------------------------------------------------------- For more info about the dog, or the adoption application, please follow the link below. https://www.freekoreandogs.org/dog/leah-2/

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Dog shelters and rescues in South San Francisco, California

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for dogs in South San Francisco, California. Browse these rescues and shelters below.

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TnT Small Animal Rescue

PO Box 5371, South San Francisco, CA 94083

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Mighty Mutts Rescue

South San Francisco, CA 94080

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Companion Animal Community Center

Pacifica, CA 94044

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Free Korean Dogs - San Francisco Transport

804 Montezuma Dr, Pacifica, CA 94044

Pet Types: dogs

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HELLA DAM BITCHES N QUEENS RESCUE

PACIFICA, CA 94044

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Transform a Street Dog - California

Pacifica, CA 94044

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Help the Hounds

San Francisco, CA 94134

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Animal Aware

San Francisco, CA 94112

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Unidos para los Animales

San Francisco, CA 94112

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