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.

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).

Big beautiful REX, a ten-year-old Lab/Ridgeback mix (likely with Great Dane), is a sweet boy who was surrendered to South LA shelter when his owners moved and the new landlord said he couldn't come.  Do not his age deter you - he full of life!  He is also 100 lbs of calm, loving and gentle soul.  He loves people and many dogs but should not be in a home with small dogs or cats due to prey drive.  Rex knows some commands and enjoys playing with other medium and bog dogs.  He walks really well on a leash and  is pretty non-reactive - his new foster sister ridgeback gave him a frosty welcome, complete with growling and lunging, and he did not bat an eye. He soon won her over and within a hour, they were playing together. 

ADOPTION PENDING - VINCENT is a four or five-year old, 100 lb mastiff mix. Through many interactions at daycare, we have discovered that Vincent is a playing rockstar, gentle with other dogs of all sizes. We have learned that he loves men, takes correction very well, just wants to love and please. We think Vincent would love the company of at least another dog and a family that’s around the house some since he craves contact and affection. He is currently fostered in Los Angeles,

JEFF Due to a job that has taken one owner out of state, a husband overwhelmed being left with three dogs, two dogs that do not do well with an overwhelmed husband, and a house that now has a lot of comings and goings... Jeff needs to find a new home. 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.  If someone wanted to do agility with him we would pay YOU the adoption fee (jk).  He absolutely 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/work with but you have to love doing that as much as he does.  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 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.