Our Mission & Philosphy

OCPoundHounds focus is to rescue primarily Pomeranians, Papillons, and Toy Hairless breeds such as Chinese Crested, Xolo’s (Mexican hairless) and PIO’s from local Southern California  “High Kill” shelters, or from commercial breeding operations.  The dogs we rescue from the shelters are those who have primarily been placed on the euthanasia lists for medical issues, cruelty and/or neglect cases, seniors, or just because the shelter is over-crowded and has to make space for incoming dogs.  The commerical breeding operation dogs we rescue are those being auctioned for a variety of issues, or are being retired from breeding, usually at around the 8 year old age range.

Once we commit to rescuing a dog  we evaluate and focus on socialization, positive reinforcement behaviour training  (NOT compulsion Cesar Milan / military (prong and/or choke collars) but  training as advocated by Kikopet.com, Victoria Stillwell, Patricia McConnell and Ian Dunbar.  We meet all the veterinary needs of the rescued dog while in our care.  We strongly advocate blood titering, versus arbitrarily vaccinating, and in core vaccination only,  after titering shows any need for re-vaccination.  If the potential Adopter believes in vaccinating annually and in such vaccines a Bordetella, Lyme Disease etc., and does not do due diligence to research as to why a Veterinarian would recommend such vaccines, then we are NOT the right rescue for you from which to consider adopting.   We also support raw and home cooked diets versus kibble and veterinary-prescribed diets.  The Veterinarians we believe are advocating for the health of the dog are Dr. Jean Dodds and Dr. Karen Becker.  We keep a dog in our rescue organization for as long as it takes for us to make the right placement match between the dog and the adoptive pet parents.  We do not place a dog on a first come, first served basis, but on who can provide the best home for our rescued dogs.

The adoption fee which is asked for a rescued OCPoundHound, any cash and gift donations are 100% tax deductible.  This is  used 100% for veterinary care, community spay / neuters and if any more left over, shelter “pull” or auction fees (we have to pay for the dogs, even if they are on the euthanasia list).

A dog’s veterinary care can range from a simple spay and/or neuter to more involved surgeries (single or bi-lateral cryptorchid, pyometria and hernia repairs),  dentals, titering, micro-chipping, shelter fees as well as other veterinary needs such as kennel cough, demodex or sarcoptic mange, to more costly illnesses such as  parvovirus, distemper, pancreatitis and bone or soft-tissue injuries which need extensive and  multiple veterinary visits.  Some of our rescued dogs coming out of the shelter system need hundreds, even thousands, of dollars of veterinary care to make them adoptable, or to join our small sanctuary without any continuing pain.  100% of the Adoption Donation requested for our dogs available for adoption  is used for our rescue’s  veterinary needs.  Some need less care and others are more veterinary-involved, but every penny goes to the dogs’ care.

OCPoundHounds Small Breed Dog Rescue is a licensed, non-profit charitable organization, that has been recognized as both a California and Federal  501(c)3 .  We are proudly listed on GuideStar.org.

We are an all-Volunteer run,  completely foster-home based rescue organization, with no paid Members, and no centralized facility.  We rely 100% on foster homes offered by caring dog lovers within their private homes .  We have been rescuing small breed dogs in Southern California since 2005, and have been in rescue, both dog and cat, since 1986.

Owner Surrendered dogs, are occasionally accepted, and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and dependent on having a foster home available.  We believe owning a dog is a life-long commitment, but there are always extenuating circumstances.  Taking an Owner Surrendered dog means a Shelter Dog has to give his or her life.