Transferring a dog to rescue care

Due to our commitment to rescuing dogs who are at true risk of losing their lives in the overcrowded and strained shelter system, Never Forgotten Ranch no longer accepts owner surrenders. 

If you are the owner of a dog of a livestock guardian breed and find yourself in need of rehoming your dog, we are happy to provide a list of resources to help you rehome your dog effectively and safely, without placing further strain on the struggling shelter and rescue communities.

If you have found a stray, abandoned, sick or injured dog in need, please contact your local municipal shelter for assistance immediately.  Rescue organizations work directly with shelters and animal welfare departments to assist animals in these situations.  


If you are a representative of a shelter or other rescue organization, seeking rescue assistance with a dog of livestock guardian breed, please contact us directly to discuss options and services we may be able to provide.  Thank you! 

*Note:  As of 11/29/2021, Never Forgotten Ranch is at full capacity and unable to accept further intakes for the foreseeable future.  This page will be updated promptly once intake reopens.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.


And finally, due to our strong focus on livestock guardian breed rescue as the core of our organization's mission, we are no longer able to accept dogs of non-livestock guardian breeds.  Mixed breeds are welcome, as long as they are a majority livestock guardian breed mix.  If you are unsure if the dog you are assisting is a livestock guardian breed, please feel free to ask.  

For reference purposes, following is a list of many (but not all)

traditional livestock guardian dog breeds:


Anatolian Shepherd

Armenian Gampr

Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

Bukovina Sheepdog
Bulgarian Shepherd
Cao de Castro Laboreiro
Cao da Serra da Estrela
Cao da Serra de Aires
Carpathian Sheepdog
Caucasian Ovtcharka
Caucasian Shepherd
Central Asian Ovtcharka
Chien de L'Atlas
Estrela Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees
Hellenikos Poimenikos

Karst Sheepdog
Mandai Sheephound
Maremma Sheepdog
Mioritic Sheepdog
Owczarek Podhalanski
Perro de Pastor Mallorquin
Persian Sarabi
Pyrenean Mastiff
Rafeiro do Alentejo
Slovensky Cuvac
South Russian Owtcharka
Spanish Mastiff

and more....

Note:  Livestock guardian dog breeds are often confused with herding / cattle dog breeds, as they are two of the most common dogs used on farms and ranches.  However, these two canine categories could not be more different.  Livestock guardian breeds by nature have very low prey drives, allowing them to bond with and instinctively protect their herds and flocks.  Alternatively, herding breeds have very high prey drives, which guide their instincts to do their job of herding stock.  Never Forgotten Ranch does not work with herding / cattle dog breeds, but can refer you to other rescue organizations that do, if you are in need of assistance with your herding breed dog.