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. 

Koda is a 2-year-old purebred Ridgeback whose owners surrendered him to us because they were having a very difficult time diagnosing his intestinal issues. In addition to his health challenges, Koda has some separation anxiety when left alone and because their work schedules were about to change in December, leaving Koda home alone even more, they made the painful yet selfless decision to surrender him to rescue. Our vet scoured the dossier of medical records and it was decided to try him on a course of Prednisone. If his issues improve, it will confirm that he has IBD which is manageable with diet and immunosuppressives. As for his separation anxiety – his foster mom reports that as long as he’s with another dog he’s shown zero signs of separation anxiety. Koda is a huge boy and when we get him to his ideal weight will be over a 100 pounds. He is a complete sweetheart. His previous owners did an amazing job of socializing him so he can go anywhere with anyone and do anything. His temperament is one of the best we’ve ever seen. For Koda, we are looking for a home that has at least one other dog he can play with or hang with and a doggy door so he can have access to the backyard. We don’t require the adopter to have experience with IBD but we’d love someone willing to become an expert on it. He is currently fostered in Los Angeles CA.

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 has 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/RANGER - Amadeo is a sweet 7 year old Pit/ridgeback mix full of love and a willingness to please. He loves people and appreciates you taking the lead role in the relationship. He is happy hanging in the sun all day while you are at work or snoring on his bed while you are watching tv. He doesn't sleep in your bed, but if you are not feeling well he likes to sleep next to the bed on the floor in case you need him. He is the kind of guy who will follow you around the house and will also hop and get excited when he knows it's time to eat. He loves to chew on empty water bottles, the crunch of the plastic makes him very happy. If you show him love he will look at you with adoring eyes and snuggles. Sometimes he will test you like if you leave food within his reach or if you drop something on the floor. He will scoop it up faster than you can imagine and maybe growl to keep it but if you distract him from it, say with a water bottle, he will drop it. On walks you need to take the lead, he feels confident with you if you are confident and focused. You can't be on the phone or distracted. He is fine if he passes other dogs either behind the fence or on the sidewalk but if a dog lunge at you, not him, from behind a fence he will defend you.  Overall he wants to protect and love his humans. He wants to take care of you and love you. He is loyal, smart and wants to please. He is an amazing companion and will be such a great addition to any family. He is fostered in Los Angeles, CA.