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About Better by the Pound

We are a group of dedicated, caring, and experienced volunteers who provide a much needed service to our canine friends from local shelters, rescues, and humane societies.  Better by the Pound was formed in 2008 with the goal of assisting problem dogs whose chances of adoption were compromised due to behavioral issues.


We assist fellow canine rescue and shelter organizations with their special needs dogs-- dogs whose chances for adoption may be at risk due to age, medical issues, stress-related behaviors, or lack of social skills.  Rehabilitation is achieved through a combination of arranged short-term foster care, individualized attention, and re-socialization efforts.  Adoption to a permanent home is the ultimate goal for all dogs.


We offer affiliate rescues and shelters:


1) Education and Training for volunteers & foster families.  Topics include:


A) Basic Dog Handling skills

B) Basic Behavior Modification training

C) Strategies for the Prevention of Behavioral Issues

D) Deference-based Puppy Training


2) Direct Training and Rehabilitation of Problem Dog Behaviors.  We specialize in difficult dogs.



Below is a partial list of Rescue Organizations and Shelters that we have assisted or worked with:

              It's the Pits Rescue

              Wagging Dog Rescue


               Second Chance Dog Rescue

                                             Animal Rescuers Without Borders

                           THIRVE Animal Rescue

                                 KIRA Rescue

                        Boston Buddies Rescue

                                          Last Chance at Life Rescue

                                              The Barking Lot


Animal Synergy Rescue

Ark of San Juan

Passion for Pitties

Mutt Scouts

ARRF Animal Rescue Resource Foundation

Lionel's Legacy Rescue


Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals

Labrador Rescue of San Diego

Pitbull Rescue San Diego

PAWS of Coronado

Southland Collie Rescue

Pet Project Foundation

San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter

Saving Shelter Pets of California

Sunny Saints Rescue


The Dog Squad



Support through Donations!


We're always in need of certain items for our dogs that come to stay with us.  If you have any of the items below, and you'd like to make a donation of physical goods, please contact us directly and we'll make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.  Thank you!!

Wish List

* Dog blankets/sheets

* Dog beds, large or small

* Canine Life Jackets

* Gnawables in good shape (Kongs, Nylabones, etc.)

* Kibble (Poultry and Gluten-free)

Support through Shopping!


You can also support rescue dogs through shopping!  We're now connected with Amazon Smile!  All you have to do when shopping on is to go their Smile page at and select a charity to sponsor.  Type in "Better by the Pound" and that's it!  Every time you go to to shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the rescue.  It doesn't cost anymore to shop on their Smile page, but it does mean you can help out every time you shop at Amazon!!  You can sign up today-- it's easy!

Support through Paypal!


You can also make direct contributions through Paypal if you prefer.  Just click the Paypal button below, and you can select an amount to donate using your Paypal account or credit card.   


Thank you,

The Better by the Pound Team


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