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. 



Cover photo courtesy of Andrea Altman. 

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

ADOPTION PROCESS: We require an interview, reference check and home safety check. We also require that all potential adopters, as well as all family members (including canine), meet the dog prior to adoption. We do not have a kennel or boarding facility; all dogs are with foster families.

Pretty 5-year old Cindy  was an owner surrender who was separated from her bonded brother. The castiac shelter volunteers reported that she was a sweetheart: mellow and calm, obedient and good on a leash. She did well on her evaluation, showing no reactivity to other dogs and the shelter had even used her to evaluate other dogs.




Our RidgeFriend DAVEY is an absolute SWEETHEART. He’s a happy, goofy 2 Y.O. neutered pittie mix with a very loving nature. Wherever he goes, strangers are drawn to him because he looks a bit like a cartoon - he has a big dog head and a little body. Davey is smart and eager to learn. He has had some training but needs continued socialization. He would do well in a home with an active single owner or couple, without kids or other animals. He needs an experienced owner who can set boundaries and provide the physical exercise and mental stimulation he needs. In return, he will be the most loyal and goofy buddy a person could ever want. He’s happiest if he’s allowed to cuddle on the couch  with his human(s). Davey weighs 40-45 lbs and is currently in the Irvine CA area.  

Davey was recently featured on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles - see his video here (scroll to the second video).

WOOFER is a loving, 99-lb lap dog looking for his forever lap.  He is a sweet oaf who loves people.  Woofer is available for adoption in Southern California.  He is a “Ridge friend” - a retriever mix who looks like the embodiment of Clifford the Big Red Dog.   He’s 10 years old and pretty mellow - but has lots of energy and loves to play. He is fully housebroken and has no destructive tendencies.  He likes long walks but is just as happy on the couch or by your feet.  He’s very obedient and will “go lay down” upon direction. He loves people but does well with other large dogs.  He would also be happy to be a solo dog. He had a high prey instinct so would not do well with cats or small dogs.  He is gentle on a leash but his walker has to stay vigilant for the errant squirrel, car or dog that comes in his path.  Do you have the perfect forever lap for Woofer?

JEFF Jeff is 44 lbs, 3 years old, neutered, chipped and up to date on shots. He's been living with an 11 year old Ridgeback and a 5 year old lab mix.   He is crate trained, housebroken, good with all dogs EXCEPT SMALL ONES (and no cats).  He's fine on leash once you get going and a great yard protector from those dastardly squirrels, gardeners and pool men.  Jeff can be an anxious dog so we're looking for a home  that is quiet yet active.  He thrives on consistency.  He is super smart but also super sensitive.  His trainer has called him 'a genius' and she never says that about any of our dogs.  Many a time she has said (about other dogs) 'you're screwed.'  Jeff loves to work hard and please so he's easy to train..  His ideal home would be with another nice dog to play with, a great backyard with 6' walls, no young kids (or adults for that matter) that are still in the squealing or screaming phase, and someone to do agility with.  He's fostered in Studio City, L.A.  

AMADEO - Amadeo is a 7 year old Pit/ridgeback mix.  His ideal home would have people who spend time with him and maybe another well-adjusted dog to mentor and teach him. Amadeo was emaciated and neglected, so he  does have some lingering resource guarding and insecurity that we are working with him on.  He is sweet and chill around the house and can be left alone without any issues.  He does not want a home with cats.