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 1 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).

BOSCOE is a 12-year-old mix.  He is in perfect heath and is a sweet, mellow guy.   His  foster mom says: "Boscoe is such a sweet heart - I honestly don't know why someone would have given him up. His hearing is lacking sometimes but if I make a noise a a different tone/frequency he'll answer. He sits and lays down and does his business outside. He walks really well on the leash and loves to smell all the things.  He sleeps a lot and deeply.  He is my shadow, going into every room with me - he loves to be with his humans. I recommend having a spot for him in every room - He is more relaxed when he knows where he can lay comfortably. If he isn't sleeping, he's wagging his tail, a lot.  He plays well with my neighbor's golden and plays almost too hard with my other neighbor's 2 y.o. boxer. He definitely has a lot of energy left in him... but is extra sleepy and lazy the day after an epic play session! He likes to play and run with other dogs but also tries to mount some. I never hear him bark. Everyone who meets him comments on how sweet and mellow he is. He is good at riding in the car."

Big beautiful REX, a ten-year-old 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 a calm, loving and gentle soul - 100 lbs of pure love.  He loves people and many dogs but should not be in a home with small dogs or cats .  Rex knows some commands and enjoys playing with other medium and bog dogs.  He walks really well on a leash and aside from not loving skateboarders whizzing by him, Rex 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.  When he left the shelter, many of the staff and volunteers came out to say goodbye. He was clearly a staff favorite!

Dexter is a sweet seven-year-old mix who loves people and other dogs.   He is house trained, not a barker, calm at the vet, and his former owners spoke Spanish to him.  He is still a little shy and scared out 'in the world' and prefers hanging out in the backyard to going for a walk.  His fosters are working on building his confidence.

VINCENT is a four-year old mastiff mix. He's underweight due to shelter stress and will be 100 lbs when he has gained the weight back (he's long and lanky).  He is non reactive to other dogs; cats unknown. Vincent's foster dad reports that he's a good boy and very loving, but he is developing a bit of separation anxiety that we are working on nipping in the bud. Stay tuned for details.