About Us

BARK Rescue CA is a volunteer-run, foster-based 501c3 animal rescue organization based in Fremont, CA. Our mission is to help reduce the overpopulation of homeless companion pets in the United States by rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding forever homes for abandoned/abused dogs.

We also raise the public’s awareness about various breeds to debunk negative breed stereotypes that have become barriers to the adoptions of those breeds.

We were incorporated in August 2021 and currently rescue dogs from San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley of California and Central Coast of California, but our goal is to expand to Southern California and across the nation.

We started actively rescuing dogs in March 2022. In our first 3 months of actively rescuing dogs, we rescued 16 dogs, almost all of them we rescued from euthanasia due to overcrowding, and adopted out 11 dogs.

What does it mean to be “foster-based”?

We do not have our own facility to house the dogs. The dogs that we have rescued are placed in foster homes that we have carefully vetted. Our foster parents are individuals or families who have volunteered to and have been approved (by us) to foster one or more dogs that we have rescued. Read about our Fostering Process. To respect our foster families’ personal schedule, dog visitations are by-appointment only and are allowed only for adopters who have gone through our application process and have been approved. Read about our Adoption Process.

What does it mean to be “volunteer-run”?

We are 100% run by volunteers who have full-time jobs elsewhere. Without our volunteers, we cannot save dogs. To volunteer with us, click the button below!

What does it mean to be a “501c3” organization?

A 501c3 organization is a non-profit organization that has received a federal tax-exempt status. Your donations to us are tax-deductible.

What We Believe

  • Passion & Commitment- We are driven by our passion to ensure the welfare of the dogs and cats. We commit to doing what is best for the animals.
  • Inclusion - We believe all dog breeds should have equal chance of being loved and taken care of.
  • Continuous Improvement- We constantly think about how to improve ourselves as an organization.
  • Collaboration & Communication- We see each other as partners, see other rescue organizations as partners not competition. Collaboration requires communication. In order to better help the animals, our volunteers make processes efficient by communicating with each other and keeping each other in the loop

How We Fulfill Our Mission

We help reduce the overpopulation of homeless pets by partnering with shelters, other rescue groups, and foster individuals/families, across California to give homeless pets a loving forever home.

Foster Program

We partner closely with our foster network to provide abandoned/neglected/abused dogs rehabilitation and temporary loving homes until they get adopted.

We also partner with veterinarians and organizations to provide the fosters everything they need to take good care of the dogs they are fostering. All the fosters need to do is provide the dogs their home and love.

Spay/Neuter & Vaccinate

We partner with local veterinarians to spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinate our rescued dogs before they are ready for adoption. Failure to spay/neuter is the #1 cause of overpopulation of homeless companion pets.

Raise Awareness

We raise awareness about the following topics:, among others:
- overpopulation of homeless companion pets
- the benefits of spaying/neutering pets
- potential health issues of certain brreds to ensure dog owners take preventive health care of their dogs
- humane treatments of dogs

We also debunk negative stereotypes about certain breeds to ensure all breeds get a chance for a loving home

Lower Barriers to Adoptions

We aim to strategically lower as many barriers to adoptions (such as a lengthy application) while still making sure that our rescues find a loving forever home. We do this based on research and with the intent of saving more pets from the stressful shelter environment and, worse, euthanasia.

Check Out Our Blog Posts!

Overpopulation of Homeless pets

There are an estimated of 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S., and an estimated of...

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Spaying or neutering your pet means removing their reproductive organs to eliminate their...

Dog Reactivity

Written by Leon Chow

Going for a walk with your dog should be a fun, calm, and...


Number of Months We Have Been Actively Rescuing Dogs


Number of Dogs We Have Saved


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Dogs Returned After Adoption