Leonberger rescue groups in California include GentleGiantRescue.com and Leonberger-Rescue.org. Gentle Giant Rescue is a nonprofit group based in Riverside County, California. It is owned and run by Burt Ward, who starred as Robin in the 1960’s television series Batman.
Ward and his wife rescue large breed dogs that include Leonbergers. GentleGiantRescue.com features a photo bank of available dogs with age, background information and videos.
Applicants must be 25 years old, live in southern California or southern Nevada and be willing to travel to Riverside County. Each dog is given a health check by a veterinarian. Adoption fees range from $490 to $990 as of 2015.
Leonberger-Rescue.org is a rescue group based in San Diego, California. Dogs come directly from owners who can no longer care for them and have a full health history and medical records. Each dog receives a health check, is treated for any existing condition and brought up to date on vaccinations. All dogs are spayed and neutered.
The dogs are placed in foster homes for a minimum of two weeks and stay with foster families until a permanent home is found. Adoption fees vary and are based on the age of the dog.