Ridgebacks & Friends

Dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Ridgeback mixes in California. Potential adopters must meet the dog(s) prior to adoption.

The purpose of Ridgeback & Friends is to save Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Ridgeback mixes in California and place them in suitable homes. While the focus remains on saving dogs from California's high-intake shelters, some of the dogs come into rescue as owner surrenders or homeless strays. All dogs are carefully screened for good behavior and receive proper veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations, before being matched with appropriate adopters. The group provides sanctuary to a limited number of sick and/or under socialized dogs.  

We are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. 



To inquire about adopting one of our dogs, please fill out this form.

BENTLEY is almost 3 years old. Young. Healthy. Handsome. Heart of gold. And trained by The Zen Dog in downtown Los Angeles. He is a stunningly gorgeous mix (Catahoula hound? pit?), with a gleaming multicolored brindle coat and piercing yellow eyes. Bentley is a great adventure partner - he’s fast, agile, and would thrive on the interaction, stimulation, and exercise of lure coursing or agility.  Bentley is phenomenal with other dogs and has yet to meet a dog he doesn't want to play with. He is easily shares food and toys. He is great on off leash hikes, going camping or at the beach.  Bentley's still working on his leash reactivity and meeting new people when they come to the house. But given what a hard worker he is, we don't expect this to be a forever issue.  In a perfect world Bentley would go to a quiet home with lots of land and several dogs who will run and play with him. Come meet beautiful, playful Bentley.

Our RidgeFriend DAVEY is an absolute SWEETHEART. He’s a happy 1 Y.O. pitty mix with a very loving nature. Wherever he goes, strangers are drawn to him and he loves to meet new people and other dogs. He looks a bit like a cartoon in person, because he has a big dog head and a little body. Davey has not chewed anything in the house. He’s crate trained and housetrained for the most part. If he has a rare accident, it’s always on a pee-pee pad. Davey doesn’t whine and responds well to “no”. He’s still learning commands like “sit” but is eager to learn and he just wants to please his human. He would benefit from a basic obedience class, especially if he will live with small kids. He would also do well living with other dogs that are his size or larger. He likes small dogs, but doesn’t realize his strength and wants to play a little rough. Davey loves belly rubs and cuddles and would do well in a home with one or many people. He’s happiest if he’s allowed to cuddle on the couch and bed with his human(s). He was recently neutered and weighs 40-45 lbs. Anyone would be incredibly lucky to add this sweet angel to their family. Davey is currently in the Riverside CA area.  Testimony from the Zen Dog: I just had him out meeting a couple of dogs in the yard and he did great. He's got so much enthusiasm, and he's a lively character. He did particularly well with another really social white pit mix named Toby. 

Bronson. 5 years old. Sensitive and affectionate - Bronson loves to love. He is 95 lbs, very very handsome, beautiful eyes, part Rhodesian and Mastif. Bronson was found as a stray, sick and nursed back to health and is now ready to bring love and joy to his new forever family. He loves attention, bellyrubs, and kisses. He is house trained, understands “sit” and “paw"; and he will come up on the bed when invited.  He makes a great companion whether you are cleaning the house or watching TV. He does ok left alone as well. Bronson sleeps right next to me and very quickly we became friends. He likes to go on walks, however he does need to learn his leash manners, he is chaotic outside on the leash & pulls a lot. Gets on well with most dogs, but will turn on an insecure or timid one. With a little outdoor training, Bronson will make a perfect addition to your family. He is located in the Los Angeles CA area.

The minute we saw Brutus' picture and video at the Camarillo Shelter, we knew we had to help him. He and his beagle pal, Archie, were surrendered by their owner who could no longer take care of them.  Archie, the beagle was quickly adopted but Brutus had some real health issues, namely he couldn't stop itching and a lot of his hair had fallen out. He also had huge scars from scratching himself and his teeth were worn down from him trying to stop the itching as best he could. This had clearly been going on for years. We decided he would be the perfect dog to launch Soraya's Seniors, an arm of R&F named in honor of our beloved Board Member who unexpectedly and tragically passed away this year.  When we contacted the shelter, the staff almost wept with joy. He had become a favorite of theirs because he is so incredibly sweet and they were doing EVERYTHING they could for him to bring him some relief. We got him to several vets and a specialist and with their help, and the dedication of his amazing foster mom, Diane, Brutus has stopped scratching and his hair has begun to grow back. When he started to feel better, we brought him to our favorite place on earth, THE ZEN DOG, for a little socializing. They reported that he is a sweetheart but that he was absolutely clueless how to be a dog. He was SO clueless that they had to teach him how to properly greet another dog - i.e., sniff their butt and let them sniff him. He made great progress but could definitely use some more socializing time but we don't want that getting in the way of him finding his forever home.

So it is with great pleasure that we announce that Brutus is officially ready to be adopted. He is a big boy and 7.5 years old. He is PHENOMENAL around all people and even kids. He CAN be left alone uncrated - he is not at all destructive. He is just happy to be loved, safe AND NOT SCRATCHING. Brutus' medical care will continue to be supported by our "Soraya's Seniors" fund.