It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Nearly 40 purebred dogs were abandoned in an orchard in rural Merced County.

Predominately female and young (6 months to 3 years), the dogs included Poodles, Doodles, Afghans, Schnoodles, and Cocker Spaniels. None of the animals are microchipped. They appear well-fed but are filthy and matted.

We are at a loss as to how these dogs ended up in that orchard.

After some creative corralling, KFR has the dogs in foster. We’re keeping an eye out for any stragglers still hiding in the orchard.

On To Clean-Up and Check-ups

The next step is to groom the dogs and get them into our vet for medical evaluations. With dozens of pups, this is going to be a huge job.

If you are a dog groomer, especially a mobile groomer, we could really use your help bathing and removing mattes. Please contact us if you are available.

Support the Rehoming Effort

Getting dozens of dogs ready for adoption and fostering them until they are adopted is going to be costly. If you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. You can make cash donations (Paypal or Venmo) or purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist.

Now Accepting Adoption Applications

Interested in making one of these pups a member of your family? Fill out an adoption application to get the process started.

Check back for updates on efforts to rehome our orchard pups.

By |Published On: June 19th, 2023|Categories: News|

About the Author: Chad A. Johnson

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  1. Elaine Spellman June 20, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Wow you guys. Bless you in all your efforts.

  2. […] CA – Dozens of purebred dogs who were abandoned in a Merced orchard are safe. According to Kate’s Furreka Rescue, the discovery is nothing like they have ever seen […]

    • Leslie Cruz June 21, 2023 at 10:31 am

      How can adopt one of this dogs?

  3. Gail June 20, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Wow thank God they were found ❤️

  4. Belinda June 20, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Are you working with law enforcement? Dog dumping is a crime.

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      Chad A. Johnson June 20, 2023 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, a report was immediately filed with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. Hopefully, the authorities can find out what happened and who is behind this. Right now, our focus is on the care of these dogs.

    • Sherry F Grey June 20, 2023 at 6:46 pm

      God Bless you all ???
      I don’t understand how anyone could do this ?

      • Cindy Dupuis June 22, 2023 at 10:12 pm

        Info on the affgan

  5. Phyllis Uranga June 20, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    How do fill out an adoption application?

  6. Glenda Azevedo June 20, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    How can people be so cruel ?

    • Pam June 21, 2023 at 9:46 pm

      Possibility these pets could’ve belong to people and someone stole them. That’s what I believe happens and they’re still on when they’re babies and they breed them to death and then dump them on the side of the road. It’s a Cruel ac that needs the person responsible to be held 100% accountable for his or her actions. It’s sad because I have a Cockapoo and a cocker spaniel that I love dearly and I take Carrie good care of them and it hurts me seeing this.

      • Suzie Wirth June 23, 2023 at 5:37 pm

        Probably the best thing that could’ve happened to them. Thanks to Kate’s Rescue they are on their way to living a much better life.

  7. Willow Dill June 20, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    People are so cruel. Applied for the Afghan Hound. I have Pharoh Hound who I hope they will get along with. Thank you for helping them. If there’s anything else we can do please let us know.

    • Caroline June 21, 2023 at 6:13 am

      I saw that affie!!!!! I hope your able to adopt! That is just horrific how it was there! I had a rescued affie the best boy ever for 13 yrs

    • T Nishihama June 21, 2023 at 5:23 pm

      Looks like someone wanted to make some $$$ ….. then when the $$$$ for the vet , food, and maintenance came up , realized THEN they could not afford …….?

  8. Melissa June 20, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I will do my best to share on all socials to raise funds. Glad a police report was filed, praying all dogs find homes and the horrible people behind this are held accountable! ?♥️

  9. Marla Hart June 20, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    I have helped rescue Afghan Hounds for more than 15 years in California, where there are MANY reputable rescuers. Please reach out to me regarding rehoming

  10. Helen Stein June 20, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    Please take Marla Hart’s offer seriously. She is very active (and well known) in Afghan Hound rescue and will know exactly how to evaluate and care for the Afghan Hound(s). Thank you.

  11. Teri DeHoog June 20, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    How do I adopt one of the doodles? And get information when they are ready?

  12. kendra larsen June 20, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    Thank God they were rescued.poor babies, heartbreaking people are capable of this. Is there a gofund me?

  13. Jessica June 21, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Hi. I emailed you about helping with the grooming if you’re still needing people please let me know.

  14. Debra Garcia June 21, 2023 at 7:26 am

    I can help! I am a mobile groomer

  15. Patricia Fairchild June 21, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Where are these dogs located? My daughter is a mobile groomer and started learning how to groom at the age of 14. She is now in her early 50’s. I can ask her but she will need to know where they are located.

  16. I want to help June 21, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    There are people who are willing to help with these beautiful babies, I am so tired of people being so cruel and nothing being done about this issue being told no animals giving ticket and paying money and as soon as they court get another animal wow. !! But we can help physically nurse by trade on disability I have 24 yr daughter and we can help we have been saving animals thrown away like trash taken of them when no one wants them and have found loving caring homes and they want them

    • Susan Peterson June 23, 2023 at 9:49 am

      God Bless You….

  17. Michael Hughes June 21, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    I would be interested in adopting a doodle preferably female. Our 14 year old lab just passed a couple weeks ago. Let me know I would be willing to foster while the process is ongoing.

  18. Donny Ayala June 21, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    This is typical for doodle breeders. These are not ethical breeders. The doodle market is saturated and unethical breeders are dumping them everywhere now.
    Please don’t confuse these with ethical purebred dog breeders.

    • Cheryl Gomes June 23, 2023 at 11:05 pm

      These were Not ethical Doodle/Poodle breeders I know plenty of doodle breeders and they are all ethical and passionate about the breed!! ?

  19. Keely Paregian June 21, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    Shameful behavior whom ever did this. We have ranch property in the valley and pet dumping is common as is tossing furniture, tires, garbage, appliances and cars. I learned from my Grandmother who always took in the dogs that showed up at the ranch as her own. My first dog was a poodle and those that followed as well. All rescues. May God Bless you all for what your are doing for the dogs. I have also put in an application for one of the small poodles.

  20. Magda Glez June 21, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    Hi we’re lost our dog on 01/28/2023 we been looking everywhere for him is a cocker spaniel male his name is Oliver ! I see you have an a cocker spaniel, but any chance could be my dog??

  21. Melonie June 21, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    If you guys need groomers myself and my daughter are licensed groomers and will be happy to donate time. My number is +19258521316 my name is Melonie thank you for helping them. I have two shops in north at but we can come there and set up to groom them.

  22. Dorothy Young June 22, 2023 at 12:16 am

    I’m looking for a smell dog under 15 pounds,female around 3-4 years old. Would any be a fit for me. Retired live alone looking for a furry companion.

  23. Tai V Luna June 22, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    I sent in an application to adopt one of this beautiful doggies, how do I find out when this is considered? We are willing to incur the costs of what ever it takes to groom, vet check , etc so she/he can come to a loving home quickly and be loved right.

    • Molly Marie Martinez June 22, 2023 at 8:45 pm

      I’m interested in adopting, have filed out the application.

  24. Rosa Valentin June 22, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    I just sent an application for a poodle. I would take another one to foster if needed. That way they could play while I’m at work :)

  25. Marina June 22, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Not sure it would help,but I always read a site….the Asher House…Lee Asher has a rescue on tons of acres…may help if you get in a fix.Thanku and God Bless!

  26. Katie Baker June 22, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    I’m interested. How much to adopt?

  27. Lolly June 23, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    I have 12 acres fenced in … would be interested in fostering , have adopted from Patti Guin over the years.

  28. Kathy Tucker June 24, 2023 at 12:04 am

    I hope my application waa received. I would love updates on how you are doing with all the pups

  29. Linda Souza June 26, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I’m interested in getting info on the dogs rescued from the orchard. In particular I am interested in older, more mellow small/medium size. Thank you

  30. Sarah McDonald July 1, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Are any of these pups still available for adoption?

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