Doggie Protective Services Rescue

Doggie Protective Services (DPS) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, animal rescue organization. Incorporated in 2001, they have helped rescue over 12,000 dogs and cats of all breeds, ages, and sizes. They do not have a facility, so all pets are fostered in homes located throughout California. Anywhere from 100-200 foster homes are actively helping DPS!

There are about 30 shelters throughout Southern and Northern California who contact them for help with overpopulation. DPS takes in dogs who do not thrive in a shelter environment or who need special attention. A partnership with a rescue group in Korea allows them to save dogs who are sold to the meat markets or who are in danger of ending up at the meat markets. A rescue in China also sends them dogs they would not be able to place in their country!

We have three cuties that DPS has who are looking for their forever homes! Available as of May, 2019. They are located in the Bay Area in California, but DPS does adoptions in Northern CA 3 times a month, Las Vegas 1-2 times a month, Arizona 4 times a year and in Southern CA on a regular basis.


“Mistletoe is a 2 year old Maltese mix, weighing 13 lbs, who we rescued from a shelter. He has a non-shedding coat that is an option for those who have allergies or simply want a dog who doesn’t shed. He will require regular grooming. He is a very sweet, loving boy.

He has proven to do well with a variety of people. He thrives in an environment where there are boundaries and someone who continues to work on basic obedience. Mistletoe gets along well with other dogs and makes new friends easily!”


“Mayflower is an 8 year old Dachshund mix who weighs 12lbs. This spunky, full of life girl is bound to make you laugh. She can also sit in her foster mom’s office for hours in her bed and not make a peep. The cat in her foster home wasn’t too impressed when Mayflower jumped over the cat when they first met. The cat yawned but wasn’t interested in moving so Mayflower just jumped over, ran around and in general couldn’t care less about the cat. Mayflower has made nonstop friends at her foster home, in the neighborhood, at the dog park and then recently at doggy daycare. Her favorite thing to do is cuddle up with her foster family and watch TV at the end of the day.”


“Merry is a 2 year old Rat Terrier-Chi mix who we rescued from a shelter. She is both sweet and spunky, with just enough spice in there to keep you on your toes! Merry would make a great walking buddy for someone who wants to get moving and keep up the pace. She’s petite, less than 10 lbs, but she can go-go-go when she’s ready to roll, and is good on a leash. At home, she’s ready to cuddle. She’s a burrower and loves to dig herself a den in a pile of blankets. Merry is a bit dog-picky. She gets along with most dogs but every once in a while there’s a pup she doesn’t like. Merry sleeps in a pen in her foster home, but we suspect she’d really love to sleep under the covers cuddled up with her new mom or dad.”

See all the adoptable pups on their website!

Thank you to FriendshipCollar Rep, Tracy (@smooshymooshy) for helping DPS and photographing their pups with their new FriendshipCollars!