Awesome live music, local brews, great eats and great friends came together as Fairfield Fats Band and Wet performed at our Music and Brews Fundraiser held at Nate's Garden Grill.

"Here comes the pitbullsl!"  2013 Toyland Holiday Parade, North Park

Our Christmas Litter was dropped off at Pitbulls and Friends on Christmas Eve 2013, extremely sick with bloated bellies. Thank to the quick reaction of B Street Veterinary Hospital, we saved them and they have all grown to be exceptionally large and happy pitbulls!  From left is Thor, Rock, Kaya, Boo and Nigel.

Halo Pet Food Donates 10,000 Meals to Pitbulls and Friends! Each year Halo Pets Feed it Forward together with partner donates more than 1.5 million meals to shelter and rescue pets.

Welcome to Pitbulls and Friends Dog Rescue!

Pitbulls and Friends Dog Rescue is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to Adoption, Training and Education for dogs and their humans. We are based in San Diego and we adopt dogs throughout San Diego County, California.


All of our rescue dogs live in caring foster homes. Our volunteer foster network allows us to save dogs and take whatever time is necessary to stabilize the dog, train the dog, and find the right forever family for each dog.

Fosters are the backbone of our Rescue and fosters are always needed. Pitbulls and Friends provides all of the supplies you may need - crate, leash, collar, tags, food, toys, bedding and bowls - you provide the love! If you can help, please submit our Volunteer Application.


Every dog adopted opens up a space for another dog to be rescued.  Pitbulls and Friends holds Adoption Events every weekend so you can meet our dogs and puppies available for adoption.  Please check our Events Page for upcoming Adoption Events.

Pitbulls and Friends has connected hundreds of dogs with their forever families - please visit our Adopted Dogs page for happy fur-ever tails!


Training our dogs is at the center of our mission. We believe that training together will create a deeper bond between you and your dog and empower you both to be responsible, safe and smart. Your adoption includes free access to all of our dog training programs including Basic Training Classes, Brewery Buddy Classes and Pack Walks.  Learn more on our Dog Training Page.


We are an all-volunteer donation-based nonprofit and we depend on the generosity of caring donors like yourself. Your gift goes directly to work finding forever homes for lost and given up dogs. There are many ways to donate - ranging from sponsoring a dog monthly to shopping online and designating us as your charity when you shop online.  Please visit our Donate Page to learn more.

Our founding group plus Asher at Pitbulls and Friends first Organizational Meeting in August 2013

Dog Wash Fundraiser 2013 - Thanks to Urban Whiskers!

Our Mission

Basic Training Class - Father's Day 2014

This litter of nine eight-week old hungry and sick pitbull mix puppies arrived at our rescue after surviving the flea market and the internet.  Tony Stark, Ollie, Dino, Tucker, Elsa, Ladybird, Echo, Laika and Dakota are all in loving forever homes.

Pitbulls and Friends rescued this litter of ten Pitbull/Dutch Shepherds from a backyard in City Heights.  They were only ten days old when momma ran out of milk.  Our volunteers kept these babies healthy with bottle feeding and love three times a day.  Hazel, Zoey, Charger, Jackson, Sancho, Blue, Lola, Lucy and Gracie are all big beautiful proud representatives of our Rescue!

Kickoff Fundraiser, Silent Auction and BBQ at Last Real Gym - September 2013

The team at the Santee Car Show  - 2014 Adoption Event

Our first of many full litter rescues, Pitbulls and Friends saved these seven starving puppies from a backyard in City Heights  Here they are - Honu, Leo, Rocco, Tina, Abby, Coco and Curly - in our care sleeping contently after their first meal of solid food.

Adoption, Training and Education for dogs and their humans

Finding forever homes for lost and given up dogs

Improving our dogs quality of life and bond with their human through ongoing training and education

Pitbulls and Friends rescued this homeless Victorville Litter in 2015 - Momma Vikki and puppies Axel, Piper, Russty, Chase, Teddy and Kiara are all thriving in their forever homes.