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Welcome to K9BFF! Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in rescue and adoption. Through no fault of their own, many dogs find themselves in shelters or with guardians who can no longer care for them. We believe each dog is special and deserves to be cherished and protected. We are dedicated to helping find these loyal companions a loving and permanent home, and a second chance at life.

We hope you will find your new canine best friend here. If we don't have the dog you're looking for, there are other rescue groups with whom we work and recommend (Helpful Info). Please NEVER purchase a pet from the internet or a pet store, as these dogs are born and bred in puppy mills where they live in horrible and unsanitary conditions, and often pass on genetic problems from generation to generation (Why Rescue?).

We also hope you'll find some useful information and answers to many of your questions. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance (Contact Us).

To adopt one of our dogs, the first step is to submit an Adoption Application (Adopt).

Our adoption fee is $250 for most dogs, which covers vet check (and treatment if necessary), age appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm check, microchip, and grooming; all of our dogs are de-wormed, de-flea'd, and come with a collar, leash, and ID tag.

If at any time (even if years have passed), for ANY reason, you can no longer care for and keep any animal adopted from K9BFF, please contact us and we will take the animal back.

When you adopt a rescue dog, you help to save two lives: the one you bring home and the one who takes its place.

Spotlight on... JOEL!

Joel was a train wreck, what else can I say. It all started when we were contacted by a northern California shelter about a senior schnauzer. They said he was about 14 years old, his teeth were broken and his lips swollen, his hind legs seemed fairly immobile, and he was probably almost blind from cataracts. He was not neutered, but their vet said he was so crippled that he was not a reproductive risk and that anesthesia may be detrimental to him at this point. His hair was a stinky matted mess, his eyes goopy and he had diarrhea. Just about everything that could possibly be wrong, was wrong.

Linda did not have any fosters at that time and was taking a break from rescue. So when she was contacted about this dog she hesitated. She hesitated because of the expenses involved, both known and unknown, his advanced age, etc. But Linda decided to rescue him anyway, to treat him as a 'hospice case,' fix everything she could to make him feel better and then just care for him until his time was up; make his final days as happy and comfortable as possible. She named him Joel.

Linda took him to her vet for an exam and to get some understanding of what was going on with him. He would not let the vet near his mouth but we guessed he had some teeth issues. So the vet put him on antibiotics and pain meds to see if this would help, along with some arthritis meds to maybe help his hips and legs. His eyes were treated with antibiotic gel to clear up any infection. He got dewormed, deflea'd, and gently groomed.  

While Linda and Debbie pondered what to do next, with no money to do x-rays or anything extravagant, they were kind of in limbo. Debbie suggested listing him on our website. Linda said, "Who would want a dog that has so many problems?" Debbie said, "Look, we have placed two-legged, three-legged, blind, and deaf dogs; we've placed bald dogs, traumatized dogs, and difficult dogs we thought no one would want. There is a person for every dog in the world, we just have to have faith." Meanwhile, Linda continued to care for Joel and he started feeling better. He was walking with more enthusiasm and seemed to be happier.

Then the miracle happened... t
wo wonderful ladies applied to adopt Joel. The first one was in Arizona, and she told Linda about her schnauzers having the same type of spinal problems that caused a lack of fluid movement of the rear legs. hmmmm.... Then a second applicant called and said, "Oh my gosh, Joel has exactly what my little schnauzer had with her back legs." The lady explained how she gave her dog acupuncture and it helped. This kind lady was named Victoria, and she proceeded to tell her story... "My little schnauzer just passed away a day or so ago while I was here on vacation. No warning." Victoria had come to California for vacation, choosing to drive rather than fly so she could have her dog with her all the time. After her dog passed away so suddenly, she just happened to be on the internet and saw Joel. She immediately felt a connection to him, his problems, and his need for an adoptive home. She also felt that her little girl schnauzer had led her to Joel, and did so because she was meant to be the one to help Joel.

Here, in Victoria's words, is her experience with Joel...

Joel is now known as Keller - it is Irish for "little companion" and he was the perfect little companion on my ride home! He walks perfectly on a leash, rides beautifully in the car, loves all the other dogs he meets, has not had a single accident in the house or in any of the hotel rooms, and knew how to ride the elevators in the hotels!!! He must have come from a very good home, he is so well trained. I also think he may have been an urban dog - he would only pee and poop on the sidewalk and wasn't sure about walking on grass! Oh and he loves the cat - they get along just fine together!

I took him for his baseline assessment a week ago Friday and Dr. Kelly did an acupuncture treatment for his back. It seems to have helped a bit - we will keep up the treatments every week and should see good results. She was very happy with his blood work - everything looked great! He had his dental last Tuesday and was neutered at the same time. Dr. Kelly removed 13 rotten teeth and found that the infection had gotten into his jawbone so that he has osteomyletis. The osteomylitis had weakened his jawbone so much that it had broken at some point, probably just from eating. Dr. Kelly cried when she told me how much pain he must have been in for months - no wonder he wouldn't let anyone near his mouth. She wired his lower jaw and thinks it will heal fine over the next 4-6 weeks, then she'll remove the wire. We kept him on morphine-based pain meds til Friday night to make sure he didn't have any pain.

Since Sunday he has just been getting better and better! He's feisty, curious, engaged - and now that his mouth feels better he loves exploring the neighborhood. He loves running errands with me and getting to ride in the car. He loves to snuggle on the sofa. And when he doesn't see me he yips til I come find him. He also went down the stairs today for the first time - I don't think he can go up the stairs, but with some more acupuncture I bet he will be able to at some point!

The bottom line is that he is a perfect dog and I love him to the moon and back. I am so blessed to have him and we are both so blessed that you found him and had room in your heart and your home for him. I think this little hospice dog has a long life ahead of him - and I will make it the best he could possibly ever have!

Thank you again so much for being such a good person and giving both Keller and me such a wonderful gift! Vicki

I have to say that, to this day, when I repeat Joel's story, it brings tears of happiness to my eyes. This is truly what rescue is all about and those dogs that really need help are the ones we should focus on. Unfortunately, it's so expensive and the adoption fees just can't cover all the expenses, so many times rescues cannot help some of the ones that need us the most.

Joel's new mommy gave us a generous donation which was used to help a poodle named Fifi who had a similar problem. Of course ladies like Victoria are rare and just don't come along very often, but when they do... wow, miracles happen. We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with Joel, and to meet the wonderful people who came to love him.
~~ Linda

Fluff your Fluff!

Bichons, poodles, and other little fluffies need to be groomed regularly. When not tended to, their hair grows long and becomes tangled and matted. The kindest thing we can do when we rescue a dog in this condition, is to shave it down. But in a matter of weeks, beautiful healthy hair grows back.

So, if you see a dog that's available and it's a little short on hair... know that it will be beautiful, soft and fluffy-haired soon, just like this little darling...

 


















 

Shelter vs Rescue Fees

Why are rescue adoption fees higher than shelters?

Shelters are government funded. This means that all expenses like vaccines, worming, flea prevention, and spay/neuter are paid for at a low cost by the government. When an animal at a shelter becomes ill, the only outcome is euthanasia. This is to prevent the spread of disease in the shelter. It's less costly to "get rid" of the animal than it is to treat it. The government simply does not allow the funding to treat all of the animals in need.

Rescues, on the other hand, take on the expense at full cost and don't euthanize just because a dog becomes ill. This is why most rescues go under within two years of opening. Rescues would never save an animal from euthanasia at the shelter simply to "put it down" because the cost of treatment was too high. Rescues endure very high medical bills in a very short amount of time. Adoption fees are the only source of income. That is why monetary donations are so very important (and tax-deductible).

Please continue to support your local rescue groups in the fight over abuse, neglect, and the euthanizing of adoptable animals.

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  • Galina P

    Galina P Alaska

    In 2008 we adopted my best friend Elton from Linda at K9BFF. Elton has been with us ever since. He is my walking partner, door greeter, on the couch snuggler, around the house follower, kitchen floor cleaning assistant, and not to forget - my therapist! Dear Linda and Debbie, thank you so much for all you do!! You give folks life- long friends, and it is priceless! Hugs from Alaska!
    In 2008 we adopted my best friend Elton from Linda at K9BFF. Elton has been with us ever since. He is my walking partner, door greeter, on the couch snuggler, around the house follower, kitchen floor cleaning assistant, and not to forget - my therapist! Dear Linda and Debbie, thank you so much for all you do!! You give folks life- long friends, and it is priceless! Hugs from Alaska!
  • Laurie Payne

    Laurie Payne El Dorado Hills, CA

    I adopted Maurice from your rescue, and he has brought so much joy into our lives. He is a sweet, smart, loyal and loving friend, I feel blessed to have the good fortune to share our family's adventures with him. As a matter of fact he was so special and brought so much goodness to our lives we adopted 2 more little dogs. Together they play all day and all 3 have created a very special bond together. Our two new ones came from a very bad rescue and both ended up in the hospital. They both made it through parvo and distemper - yes both diseases; it was around the clock care. I should have known better than to go through such a horrible place but when we walked in, we simply couldn’t leave them there. We had such a great experience through K9BFF, we were unprepared for what we witnessed at this other place. My son and I prayed over them, and then took them home. Even though it was such a difficult time our family is very grateful for these new family members. I think they all know what they have been through and they are grateful for their new home as well. I will be praying (as well as donating) for Tori as I know how deserving they truly are. Good luck, and thank you K9BFF for what you do for these precious animals.
    I adopted Maurice from your rescue, and he has brought so much joy into our lives. He is a sweet, smart, loyal and loving friend, I feel blessed to have the good fortune to share our family's adventures with him. As a matter of fact he was so special and brought so much goodness to our lives we adopted 2 more little dogs. Together they play all day and all 3 have created a very special bond together. Our two new ones came from a very bad rescue and both ended up in the hospital. They both made it through parvo and distemper - yes both diseases; it was around the clock care. I should have known better than to go through such a horrible place but when we walked in, we simply couldn’t leave them there. We had such a great experience through K9BFF, we were unprepared for what we witnessed at this other place. My son and I prayed over them, and then took them home. Even though it was such a difficult time our family is very grateful for these new family members. I think they all know what they have been through and they are grateful for their new home as well. I will be praying (as well as donating) for Tori as I know how deserving they truly are. Good luck, and thank you K9BFF for what you do for these precious animals.
  • Barbara Murtos

    Barbara Murtos Los Banos

    I can't thank Debbie enough for bringing Bailey (formerly Zack ) into my life. My days would be so very lonely without this precious soul, I am on oxygen 24/7 don't get out very much, people phone me to keep in touch, but that is not the same as human contact. I knew before I had the oxygen that he was special, he is almost human, it is so hard to explain his attitude, it's almost like he knows what I am thinking, he was certainly sent from heaven. Thank you Debbie and all the foster Mum's for all the wonderful work you do. Dog are one of Gods greatest gifts to humanity.
    I can't thank Debbie enough for bringing Bailey (formerly Zack ) into my life. My days would be so very lonely without this precious soul, I am on oxygen 24/7 don't get out very much, people phone me to keep in touch, but that is not the same as human contact. I knew before I had the oxygen that he was special, he is almost human, it is so hard to explain his attitude, it's almost like he knows what I am thinking, he was certainly sent from heaven. Thank you Debbie and all the foster Mum's for all the wonderful work you do. Dog are one of Gods greatest gifts to humanity.
  • Meir Horvitz

    Meir Horvitz Fairfield, CA

    One of the best trips I have ever made in my lifetime was my drive from Fairfield to Fresno in May to adopt Sophie a Shih Tzu mix who was blind in one eye. Sophie is probably the calmest dog I have ever had and she is going to make an EXTREMELY good Therapy dog. She had been trained very well by her previous humans. After only having her for not quite 3 months she will heal with me on our twice daily walks, many times when I let the leash go. She has fit into this family like she was born into it. Thank you K9BFF having her available at the time we needed an adoption.
    One of the best trips I have ever made in my lifetime was my drive from Fairfield to Fresno in May to adopt Sophie a Shih Tzu mix who was blind in one eye. Sophie is probably the calmest dog I have ever had and she is going to make an EXTREMELY good Therapy dog. She had been trained very well by her previous humans. After only having her for not quite 3 months she will heal with me on our twice daily walks, many times when I let the leash go. She has fit into this family like she was born into it. Thank you K9BFF having her available at the time we needed an adoption.
  • Lisa Curtis

    Lisa Curtis Mercer Island, WA (formerly Carson City, NV)

    It's been nearly two years since I adopted Sophie (formerly Meagan) and am now living in Washington state. I don't know what I would have done without this precious dog the past few years! She has been my ROCK as well as my BFF! Thank you again for all you do for these precious animals. Not only I am her "world".. she is MINE! Everyone loves her! Her groomer is always so happy to see her saying she is such a "happy little girl".. and she is! Thank you for your wonderful work! Hugs always!:love:
    It's been nearly two years since I adopted Sophie (formerly Meagan) and am now living in Washington state. I don't know what I would have done without this precious dog the past few years! She has been my ROCK as well as my BFF! Thank you again for all you do for these precious animals. Not only I am her "world".. she is MINE! Everyone loves her! Her groomer is always so happy to see her saying she is such a "happy little girl".. and she is! Thank you for your wonderful work! Hugs always!love
  • Anne Whitehurst

    Anne Whitehurst Fresno

    This is an amazing rescue organization. We got Monty, then Landon, from K9bff more than two years ago. He's adorable. The adoption process is very protective of the animals. K9Bff has been so generous with advice and help. I can't say enough positive things about this group. This is the place to look if you want a sweet companion.
    This is an amazing rescue organization. We got Monty, then Landon, from K9bff more than two years ago. He's adorable. The adoption process is very protective of the animals. K9Bff has been so generous with advice and help. I can't say enough positive things about this group. This is the place to look if you want a sweet companion.
  • margaret-ann

    margaret-ann Mill Valley Ca

    Mazie (formerly Sunny) has been with me for exactly one year. She is, without a doubt, the sweetest most loving dog I have ever had. Everyone is in love with her. People tell me she actually 'smiles' Well, it does look like it! I bless the day I brought her in to my live and to Linda and Debbie who made it all possible. I need to send a donation to mark this anniversary. I hope you enjoyed the photo :)
    Mazie (formerly Sunny) has been with me for exactly one year. She is, without a doubt, the sweetest most loving dog I have ever had. Everyone is in love with her. People tell me she actually 'smiles' Well, it does look like it! I bless the day I brought her in to my live and to Linda and Debbie who made it all possible. I need to send a donation to mark this anniversary. I hope you enjoyed the photo smile
  • Jack and June

    Jack and June Childress, Texas

    We had just lost our Precious a year ago when we came to Ca. to visit 3 of our 4 children who wanted us to come for Christmas. We were still grieving for our sweet dog. We were getting ready to leave for home when our younger son found your web site. We saw Chrissy and fell in love. Linda made it all happen so fast so we could leave on time. Molly our beagle got along fine with her. We renamed her Sugar. She filled that void. We just love her. I love the work you all do and thank you so much for our girl.:mad::love:
    We had just lost our Precious a year ago when we came to Ca. to visit 3 of our 4 children who wanted us to come for Christmas. We were still grieving for our sweet dog. We were getting ready to leave for home when our younger son found your web site. We saw Chrissy and fell in love. Linda made it all happen so fast so we could leave on time. Molly our beagle got along fine with her. We renamed her Sugar. She filled that void. We just love her. I love the work you all do and thank you so much for our girl.madlove
  • Terry Perry

    Terry Perry Porterville

    I wanted to thank K9BFF for allowing me to foster an animal. Fostering and adopting is wonderful, just remember that it takes time for animals to warm up to your family and lifestyle, so give them a chance and I am sure you will be rewarded like I have been. I fell in love with my foster Elise. I fell in love with her as did my family, and especially my granddaughter. She has become a part of our family and I owe that to K9BFF. I hope to foster again in the future...Thank you so much Debbie. I hope to work with you again in the future.
    I wanted to thank K9BFF for allowing me to foster an animal. Fostering and adopting is wonderful, just remember that it takes time for animals to warm up to your family and lifestyle, so give them a chance and I am sure you will be rewarded like I have been. I fell in love with my foster Elise. I fell in love with her as did my family, and especially my granddaughter. She has become a part of our family and I owe that to K9BFF. I hope to foster again in the future...Thank you so much Debbie. I hope to work with you again in the future.
  • Bonnie and Bob Dale

    Bonnie and Bob Dale Lincoln (Sun City Lincoln Hills)

    It has been one year since Zoey and Ziggy came to live with us. What a year this has been! These cute little pups keep us laughing and loving on a daily basis. At first they would not go anywhere without each other and now we have to search for one or the other most of the time. Ziggy was our mischief maker, but he taught Zoey to follow in his footsteps. Now we often catch one or the other in the "act" of "stealing" socks, undies, or yarn. But, we don't mind. We just double up on their exercise and keep them busy. Thank you, Debbie, for placing these two cuties with us. We are one happy family now! :)
    It has been one year since Zoey and Ziggy came to live with us. What a year this has been! These cute little pups keep us laughing and loving on a daily basis. At first they would not go anywhere without each other and now we have to search for one or the other most of the time. Ziggy was our mischief maker, but he taught Zoey to follow in his footsteps. Now we often catch one or the other in the "act" of "stealing" socks, undies, or yarn. But, we don't mind. We just double up on their exercise and keep them busy. Thank you, Debbie, for placing these two cuties with us. We are one happy family now! smile

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