Our Mission & Philosphy

OCPoundHounds focus is to rescue Small, Toy-sized dogs (primarily Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Papillions, Chinese Crested and Japanese Chins) from local Southern California  “High Kill” shelters.  The dogs we select for rescue are primarily those whom have been placed on the euthanasia lists for minor medical issues (kennel cough, urinary and/or respiratory tract infections, skin allergies, demodex mange), are cruelty and/or neglect cases, or just because the shelter is over-crowded and has to make space for incoming dogs.

OCPoundhounds focuses on primarily rescuing Pomeranians (to include Spitz dogs such as Schipperke and American Eskimo), Papillions, Japanese Chins, Chinese Crested, Chihuahuas and mixes of those breeds, whose temperament we feel have the best opportunity for being rehabilitated and re-homed with “Homes-For-Life” by dog-parents committed to giving an OCPoundhound a forever home, which is usually a 10 to 15 year commitment.

Once we rescue a dog  we focus on socialization, positive reinforcement behaviour training and meeting all their medical needs while the dog is in our care.  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 rescue 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, shelter “pull” fees (we have to pay for the dogs, even if they are on the euthanasia list) and community spay/neuters.

A dog’s veterinary care can range from spay and/or neuter,  dentals, vaccinations, micro-chipping, shelter fees and other medical  needs to care for illnesses such as kennel cough, demodex mange,  parvo, distemper, and 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 worth of veterinary care to make them adoptable.  100% of the Adoption Donation requested is used for our rescue’s medical needs.  Some need less care and others are more medically-involved.

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, foster-based 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 for over 11 years.

Owner Surrendered dogs, are occassionally accepted, and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  We believe owning a dog is a life-long commitment, but there are always extenuating circumstances. Owner-surrendered dogs have to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated before being accepted by OCPoundHounds to assist with placement.  A surrender fee is asked in these cases.  Taking an Owner Surrendered dog means a Shelter Dog has to give his or her life.