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. 

We are an all-volunteer organization. We need fans to help us by visiting dogs in shelters to assess them, transporting dogs, doing home checks, calling references, working fundraisers, and other coordination and fundraising efforts. 


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Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. By submitting this application, I confirm that all the above information is true and correct. I also acknowledge that I hold current automobile insurance. I fully understand and agree to assume all risks involved in any duties I may perform as a volunteer. I agree to hold Ridgebacks & Friends, Inc. harmless from any injury(s) which I, my family members and/or family pets may sustain during the course of my volunteer duties.

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