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California Shar-Pei Rescue is a registered non-profit Chinese Shar-Pei dog and puppy rescue, serving California and surrounding states. Our mission is to rescue Shar-Pei from high-kill shelters, and give them the time and care they need to find a forever home.

Since 1988, we have placed hundreds of dogs from our privately-owned and operated 6-acre kennel facility in Northern California. At any give time, we have as many as 25 dogs available for adoption. We welcome you to meet our available dogs.

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Greetings from Redding - Adoptions are now pending for both puppies!

Hello from those of us here in Redding. We are two of the newest and some would say cutest additions to this extended family. We came into the rescue with our mom, Luna. We’re sure you will see a picture of her very soon. She will need a home too, and we really want that for her since she has been such a good mom to us. She was bred before she was a year old, and does have some medical needs that will be taken care of for her. She will need eye surgery on both eyes, and her fur needs some time to grow back. We’re told giving birth can be a very stressful situation for the mother and especially for a first time mom. We already know she is beautiful inside, and before you know it she will be just as beautiful on the outside. She will be spayed before she goes into her new home so we are her one and only litter. There were other puppies, but we were the only ones the previous owners were willing to give up, and we are thankful for that.




We are both little girls, and everyone who meets us thinks we are just about cutest things they’ve seen. The vet thinks we are around eight weeks old, and we are almost ready to go into our new homes. One thing we are certain of is that we are 100% half Shar Pei! As for the other half, it’s anyone’s guess. Many have tried, but it is still a mystery and probably will remain so. Since we look so much alike, we probably had the same father. It doesn’t really matter to us, and we hope it won’t matter to you. We will make a great addition to the right family, and we know we will probably not go to the same home. That is ok with us as long as we get lots of attention and play time. We are puppies so we will need some training to know what is expected of us, but we are quick learners, and think of all the together time we could have while we train each other! By the way, our names are Lyra and Rana in keeping with the constellation theme that started with our mom’s name, Luna.




Please get in touch if you think you are a good match for us.

Goodbye Our Beloved Boy - Bibby

November 20, 2016




It is with great sadness that I let you know we said “goodbye” to Bibby today. Bibby had been with us for almost nine years which made him about 14 years old if the previous owners records were correct. He had originally been surrendered to the Sacramento Shelter by his owners when they lost their home. We were so lucky to have shared Bibby’s life with him for the last nine years. He was a special and precious boy who is already deeply missed. To know him was to love him.




Bibby had some close calls in terms of health concerns during his time with us, but he fooled us all more than once and bounced back from some serious diagnosis. He was strong and had a great will to live. Unfortunately, this time was not going to be a close call, but the final call. Bibby’s appetite was declining and physically he was slowing down. At the vet, it was determined that there were two very large aggressive masses on his liver that were causing his multiple problems. With very heavy hearts, Rich and I decided to end Bibby’s suffering and let him go to the Rainbow Bridge. We are sad now, not for him, but for us and our loss. He took a piece of our hearts with him.




Bibby was a gentle soul with a big heart that he so generously shared with us-asking very little in return. We’re going to miss those great big ears and his presence here at the rescue. Bibby’s favorite treat was duck jerky, that I bought just for him. This afternoon, in his memory, all the “kids” got a piece of duck jerky. I’m sure Bibby would have wanted it that way.




RIP sweet Bibby.




Anna and Rich

Please Meet Liberty!!!

It’s Liberty here, and my foster parents wanted me to let you know that I am still here. They tell me they just don’t understand why no one has wanted to adopt me. It’s obvious from my photos that I am about the cutest thing since sliced bread. I want to be friends with all the people I meet. I am loyal, devoted, and my previous owners said I was quite the comedian. According to them I kept them constantly entertained with all my antics. I’m not sure what that means, but I do know how to have a good time, and I don’t act my age! I am not destructive, and I am even perfectly housebroken. What more could anyone ask for in a new companion? I would, however, like to have all your attention, and that means I would be happiest as an only dog. I’m just a needy girl in terms of attention. I think there are a lot of you out there who are the same in wanting the be the “one and only” so you can relate.

They keep telling me that it was not my fault that I came back to the rescue, but I still keep trying to figure out what I did wrong. First, my “dad” just did not come home one day, and my “mom” was never the same after that. I miss them both, but I know I could make a new family very happy. Please give me the chance to show you what a happy and charming girl I am.

Greetings from Redding

Greetings everyone. Before I tell you my story, my foster mom here in Redding wanted me to let you all know that she is sorry for not being in touch for so long. She and my foster dad had some matters that needed attention. Those matters have now been taken care of, and things are getting back to normal.

I will tell you about myself to see if you might be a good fit for me. I am about seven years old now and very healthy. I guess I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I do love my food! I love humans, but I would prefer to be an only dog. I am good natured and loving, and I really like to play with my toys. I know I can make you laugh, and with the world as it is, we can all use a good laugh. If you have room in your heart and home for me, please get in touch with my foster parents here in Redding. Nothing would make me happier than to let my “mom” know that I am once again being spoiled in a loving home. I am sure it would help put her mind as ease as I am her only “family”.

Now for my story. I have been in this rescue once already. I was placed in a home about six years ago with a wonderful couple who loved me dearly. They spent all of their time with me, and I was very spoiled by them. They had Shar Pei before, but they said I was the funniest one they had ever had, and I kept them laughing. About two years ago my “dad” was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and all of our lives changed forever. There were many new people in and out of our house, and my “mom” had to spend a lot of time with Smitty at his medical appointments. Unfortunately, Smitty died last year, and our lives were turned upside down again. The house we had lived in had to be sold, and we moved into an apartment. I really didn’t mind as long as I could be with my mom. That went well for a time, and then we had to find a place that was not quite so expensive. Throughout these moves, my mom always found a place where I could go with her-I loved her even more for that because she loved me so much.




Throughout all these changes, I was always a good girl and grateful for the home I had. I tried to let my mom know how much I loved her, but I guess it just wasn’t enough, and she seems to have given up the will to live without her Smitty. She is now in an assisted living facility, and although I could live there with her, she is not physically able to care for me. The only photo she keeps by her bed is of me, so I know how hard it was for her to call my foster parents to see if they would take me back and try to find me a new home where I could once again be loved and cared for. Sometimes bad things really do happen to good people and good dogs.

Please Help - Remember us in your holiday giving

Happy holidays to all you Shar Pei lovers!

It’s hard to believe we have been rescuing Shar Pei here in Redding for the past 16 years, but we now have quite a few Pei who are not adoptable for one reason or another. They either have medical issues that are beyond what most people are willing to take on or their temperaments do not allow us to be comfortable placing them in a new home. Some have been here a very long time and will remain here until they cross the Rainbow Bridge. They may not be adoptable, but their home is here with us, and they still deserve the very best care we can give them including all their veterinary care. As with us, sometimes as we get older we require more medical care, so do some of our dogs require additional vet care as they age.

It is the time of year we ask you for donations to help us care for our “kids”. Those who have been here for a while and those who will find their way here when there is nowhere else for them to go all need your help. We are grateful to all of you who donate to help us keep this rescue going. You can donate with a check or through Paypal. Or below is another way to help through your holiday shopping. Shop Amazon and support us with every purchase! Just by starting at our charity page, we earn a percent of every dollar spent. Same products, same prices, same service. Let’s go shopping: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2938414.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your support. It means a great deal to us and our four legged friends.

Anna and Rich

A Letter from Bobby

Hi, it's me, Bobby.

I just wanted to let you all know how I am doing here in Redding. I have been to see Dr. Larry who thinks I’m probably closer to 6-7 years old than 12 years old judging from my teeth. That’s good news for me and anyone who might want to make me part of their family. My foster dad says I don’t act like a 12 year old Pei. I’m out there doing “play bows” and running around the yard trying to engage him in some kind of play, but maybe HE’s the one who is too old for that!

I have had my eyes done, I was neutered, and they even cleaned my teeth for me. Unfortunately, now I have tested positive for heartworm disease. I will start the treatment as soon as I heal from my surgeries. I hear it’s not an easy treatment for me, but I am confident that I will be fine and ready for a new home when it is complete. It will be about two months before I will get a “clean bill of health”, but you know good things are worth waiting for!




I hope my story has touched your heart. I also hope for those of you who have not tested your four legged companions for heartworm disease and put them on preventative, that you will make an effort to do that. The treatment may be difficult and somewhat painful, but left untreated the disease is a death sentence. I am lucky that my foster parents test every dog who is accepted into their program. Yes, there have been dogs that have come from Southern CA who were positive, although there are people in that area who do not think their dogs are at risk. The area I came from is not considered high risk, but that mosquito who bit me and gave me this disease sure didn’t know any boundaries. It’s an easy blood test and a once a month preventative that can prevent heartworm disease, and I can tell you that I sure wish my previous owners had done that for me so I would not be having to go through the upcoming treatment. I am just glad it was discovered, and I will have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Once the treatment is complete, I will have no lasting effects.

Well, I will get off my soap box now. I just wanted all of you to be aware of heartworm disease and what you can do to prevent it.

I wish I had new photo of my handsome self to share with you, but my foster parents have had a lot going on. I will be touch after my treatment with an update and new picture.

Thanks for caring.

Bobby

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