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-kill 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.
1. All potential adopters must fill out an application on our website www.ridgebacksandfriends.org.
2. We will call you and do a brief interview, then we will put you in touch with the dog's foster family so you can ask questions about the dog that you may have.
3. We will send a volunteer over to your house to do a quick home safety check.
4. Finally, we ask that you come meet the dog and, ideally, bring your existing dogs (if any) to meet the dog. Our dogs are fostered in California (mostly southern california).
Yes, this seems like a lot of steps but we want to make sure that this is a forever love match. As part of the contract that you sign, you agree that if you can't keep the dog, regardless of how long you have had it, it MUST come back into Ridgebacks & Friends. It cannot be given away, sold or taken to a shelter. We will take the dog back under any circumstances. So, you see, we are also invested in making sure it is