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In Need of Adoption


Salsa is a 5-7 year old female shar pei.   She was recently rescued from a Las Vegas area shelter and is scheduled for entropion (eyelid) surgery and removing a broken tooth.   She seems very friendly, is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.   She is now in the southern California area.  We will post more photos soon.


*adoption pending*

Willow is a 2 year old female blue brushcoat shar pei.  She is on the smaller side and was recently rescued from a Las Vegas area shelter.   She is very sweet and friendly.   Willow is spayed, up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.



Paco is a 2-3 year old brindle shar pei mix.  He is very playful and loving.   He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.  He gets along with other dogs well.  



Wolfie is a male apricot shar pei.   He is neutered, up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.  He is a short horsecoat with beautiful eyes and bone mouth.

Wolfie was raised with kids and is very friendly with dogs and people.   His owners moved and left him behind.   It's time for an upgrade on his owners...could that be your house?  He is currently in California fostering.



Sunshine is an approximately 3 year old female shar pei.  She is a fawn masked brushcoat.   Sunshine was rescued from a Southern California shelter and will be spayed prior to adoption.  She is up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.

She is a happy wiggly girl, probably 50 pounds.  She loves people!  We are testing her with other dogs.   She growls at other dogs, but doesn't seem to want to bite or lunge at this point - more testing needed.



Oreo is a 2-3 year old male shar pei mix with wonderful partially flowered coloring (and a purple tongue!).   He is currently in Arizona, looking for a foster or forever home.  He's very polite, appears to be very good with other dogs, rides well in a car and is very grateful and gives kisses to prove it.    Oreo will be neutered shortly, is up to date on vaccines and microchipped.
He is only about 35 pounds! 



Sadie is a 3 year old fawn brushcoat female shar pei.  She is maybe 40 pounds and is good with dogs and people.  She has already had entropion (eyelid) surgery, is spayed, up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.   Sadie is fostering in the Phoenix area.


*special needs - epilepsy*
*adoption pending*

Lola is a 30 pound female black shar pei.  She has a soft short brush coat and is 8 months old.  She is great with other dogs and is houstrained, quiet and polite.  Lola has epilepsy and was turned in for seizures.  We've had a full work up and put her on anti-seizure meds.  She'll need one pill a day and will fit into any home and lead a totally normal life.  She is recently spayed and has had entropion (eyelid) surgery.  Lola does favor one back leg - she had a broken leg that has healed but that leg will always be a little shorter - it doesn't bother her!  Here is a short video

Lola is microchipped and up to date on vaccines.  Lola's personality is amazing - friendly happy and calm.

email: to learn more about Lola or we'd be happy to explain more about dogs with epilepsy.


Nemo is a 7 year old male horsecoat shar pei.  He is very sweet, good around other dogs.  He walks well on a leash and is a happy boy.  He would love a new home for the holidays!  Nemo is up to date on vaccines, microchipped and neutered.  He is only about 35 pounds. He boarded at a local vet for two weeks and he was a vet tech favorite!



Barney is a 4 year old male lilac shar pei.  He is only about 38 pounds (small!).     We believe he is good with other dogs - seems good with big ones, not sure about smaller dogs. Barney needs a strong owner that will be the alpha and give Barney security (otherwise Barney will take charge and wants to protect his person). Barney is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.  He is currently in Southern California and looking for a new home!



Taro is an approximately 3 year old male black brushcoat shar pei.  He is in the southern California area and is a good boy.  We are treating him for an ear infection (he's not fond of people messing with his ears as they hurt) and he is ready to start interviewing his prospective new parents.  His tail is down in this shelter photo (we'll post new photos soon), but it does go up and wag!

Taro is about 50 pounds, is microchipped, neutered and up to date on vaccines.

Percy Jackson

Percy is an 18 month old male black shar pei.  He is timid and scared at first (note tail down in photo taken just after coming out of shelter), but warms up quickly and is a happy playful boy (see video below). 

He LOVES to ride in the car (will jump right in), he appears good with other dogs and is not a barker. Percy has gorgeous long legs and is right at 60 pounds.  Happy, funny and playful, Percy is looking for a new home!



Carmela is a 3-5 year old fawn horsecoat female shar pei.   She is a LOVE!  Loves to give kisses and loves people.  She has been very selective with other dogs - shelter video showed her in yard with other dogs, but she prefers to be only dog in her foster home.   She loves toys.

 Carmela is fostering in an apartment and would do well in apartment or house.  



Shannon is a 4 year old fawn female shar pei.  She was rescued from a central California shelter with several (treatable) medical conditions and we are getting her healthy and ready for adoption.   She has had entropion (eyelid correction) surgery and had one eye removed (it was too damanaged).  She is wonderful and loves people and appears good with other dogs.

If you are interested in Shannon, email us at


Winnie is an approximately 4 year old female cream brushcoat shar pei.  She came in from a Phoenix area shelter in need of entropion (eyelid surgery) and what appears to be a broken tail.  Don't tell her she's broken - she's sweet and great with people (we will test with dogs shortly, but all signs are good). 

Winnie is small - only 32 pounds - but tall.  She will be spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines prior to adoption.



Sophie is approximately 1 year old.  She is a shar pei mix (maybe german shepherd?).  She is a real doll and lover.  She is just over 50 pounds and is great with people.   Sophie was left in a local Phoenix shelter and is not a Pei People girl, looking for a foster or forever home in Arizona (or beyond)!.   Sophie is not consistently good with other dogs (she was with other dogs in the shelter, but has been dog selective with us).

Sophie is spayed, up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.



Roxy is a new (approximately 4 year old) female shar pei.  She is very sweet and appears great with kids and dogs.  She will be spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines, prior to adoption.



Buster is an approximately 5 year old, 60 pound, fawn, male shar pei. He lost his home when his owners were evicted and he ended up at a shelter. He was previously neutered and is currently microchipped and up to date on vaccines. Buster is a mellow, laid back, happy, well behaved boy. He knows sit, paw, down and up. He loves belly rubs, rides nicely in a car and walks great on a leash. He loves going on adventures to public places: Petsmart, the park, and outdoor restaurants.

Buster can be a little shy on meeting new people but comes around quickly-in a matter of a few minutes. When he is unsure about something, he looks to the person he trusts for guidance/reassurance. He seems to do well with calm dogs (he just isn't that interested in other dogs) but doesn't seem to like hyper, overeager, in your face dogs.  He'd prefer a home without small kids (or at least calm ones).  Buster gets compliments everywhere he goes on his behavior, attitude and gorgeous looks. He radiates awesomeness!



Mimi is a 4 year old female chocolate shar pei.  She was left at a vet's office after being treated for wounds (looked like maybe harness cut into her sides) and now she's a Pei People girl!  Mimi is high energy when she wakes up and then settles down....she LOVES people and wants to be around them.  

She is good around neutral dogs and has even been to doggy day care.  But if growled at, will aggress and growl back.   She is crate trained and prefers a little canned food on top of her kibble at meals.  She is around 40 pounds.

Mimi is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.  She is a happy girl and would like a forever home!



Sparkles is a new female just in from a southern California shelter.  She is a stunner.  Her eyelids need entropion surgery - which we will schedule.  She is not great with other dogs. (seems pretty young - best guess 2-3 years).

She will be spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines prior to adoption.



Penny is a young female fawn shar pei.  She has some skin issues and was severely underweight when we got her out of shelter. She is up to 27 pounds (she will always be small).  She is such as sweet and goofy girl as reported by her foster family.  She has a very puppy-like personality - very playful and happy.  She is crate trained and housebroken.  We are continuing to put weight on her. We believe she needs entropion (eyelid) surgery.

Here is video of Penny (on couch) trying to get others to play!

Penny is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.


Petey is a cream male shar pei.  He was pulled out of the shelter severely underweight and malnourished.  We have fattened him up and have him stabilized.   He is a happy guy, ready to play - great with other dogs and great with people. Petey is about 2 years old.  He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines and ready for adoption.


Maggie is a 5 year old black horsecoat female shar pei.  She was turned into the shelter because her owner moved.  Maggie is very mellow. She rides really well in the car and walks well on leash. She is house trained and doesn't bark at house guests, the mailman or things outside the house. 

 She is friendly with other dogs and people and will stop to says hello to both while on her walks. She is timid at first but once she feels comfortable and she comes out of her shell, she will give gentle little kisses and will interact with you and want to be pet. She will even come when called.   She can be possessive of her food bowl around other dogs.

Maggie is spayed prior, up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.

Soozie Q

Soozie Q was surrendered by a shar pei breeder after being over their city dog limit.  Soozie is small - only about 40 pounds - and is very timid.  She'd do best in a family without really small kids (not because she'd hurt them, she would be scared of the fast movements).   Soozie is chocolate brushcoat and is about 2-3 years old.  She is very sweet and submissive.  She is good with other dogs (and would likely do best with another dog that could take the lead).    She prefers women to men (just avoids men).

If you are looking for sweet and shy, Soozie is your girl!


Tater is an approx 1-2 year old male horsecoat shar pei. He was found as a stray and loves loves loves "his person".    He is crate trained (and loves his crate).   He is very energetic and would be a good running partner.  He give licks and kisses and paws in your lap - loves attention.

   We believe he will do best in a home with an experienced shar pei owner and a home without kids. He is good with other dogs, and wants to play play play (he has been to doggie day care even).  He is not good with cats.
He is super quiet in his crate.  He does do some protective barking in yard (if he hears garbage men, neighbors, etc)

He is not fond of being man-handled (picked up to be put into a car for example) by strangers and can show aggression with strangers if "his person" isn't around.

*special needs - blind*

Sprinkles is a 3 year old female black shar pei.  She is very friendly and is looking for a foster or for her forever home.  The vet has determined she has no vision at all, so she needs a home that works well (blind dogs do just fine including stairs, doggie doors and other pets).   She i up to date on vaccines spayed, up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.

We need to do some testing with other dogs, but no reason now to think she isn't good with other dogs.


Bevo is a 6 year old cream horsecoat male shar pei.   He was surrendered by his owners who could no longer keep him due to a move.  When we got him he was severely underweight and had suffered since a young age from bowel issues and keeping weight on.  Our vet discovered a B12 vitamin deficiency which made it hard for his body to absorb food/nutrients.  We started supplementing his diet with B12 and put him on easily digestable Rx food and he's gained 9 pounds!  He's now 44 pounds and looking for a good home that will continue his careful diet. 

Bevo is good with other dogs, has lots of energy and is playful.  He needs some improvement on a leash (he pulls and zig zags with enthusiasm).  He is not a barker, is crate trained and is totally potty trained.   He loves food and learns quickly  He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.

Notes from his foster mom:
If you are looking for an easy to own, loving, 110% house trained, bundle of joy, Bevo is your guy.  Bevo has blended into my household with 3 other dogs without a hitch.  He loves walks and we are working on his heeling skills.  He is a quick learner.  Bevo gets along with my other Shar Pei and plays endlessly with my male, Bevo's favorite.  I can leave him in the house without a worry of him doing any harm.  He is just the sweetest boy.  Bevo would do great with another dog or by himself and a human companion.  

Ginger & Roger

Ginger (left) is an 10 year old female shar pei/lab mix.  Roger (right) is a 8 year old male shar pei/lab mix.  They are mother and son and were turned in by their owners to the shelter.

They are SUPER RELAXED and calm.  Both are large and happy and would love to spend their day hanging out in a yard.  They like being around people and other dogs.  They don't need a high fence, cause they are happy at home with you!
See their You Tube video by clicking here
These two need to be adopted together.   They have lived the last 8 years together and should enjoy the rest of their years together.   

Both are super gentle and sweet.  Both are crate trained, ride well in the car,  are housetrained, and take treaks gently.  They are both well mannered and get along with other dogs and kids.   Both are quiet (not barkers at all) and love to give kisses and curl up with you.

Both are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines and full of love!!! 

Miss P (also known as Josie)

Josie is a 7 year old female pointer? / shar pei mix.  She was adopted 4 years ago as Miss P.  Her owner had a stroke and is no longer able to care for her, so we are looking for a new home for her.  She is a great happy girl.  She prefers to be an only dog, but is a great loyal companion.    She's gained a little weight from this photo, but we are getting her back in slim shape!

Josie is spayed, up to date on vaccines and microchipped.  

Sing Sing

Sing Sing is just under 2.5 years old.  She is a black female shar pei and weighs about 50 pounds.  

Sing Sing was surrendered by her original owner due to failing health. She was raised with a small dog and has fostered with multiple dogs with Pei People.  She has been hit and miss with new dogs and needs slow introductions.

Sing is very loving, can pull on a leash (some training would be a great item for her) and loves her toys and car rides.   She was living with a cat also, but admittedly they didn't have a lot of interaction.

Sing is spayed, up to date on vaccines and microchipped.


Jesse is a 1-2 year old male shar pei.  He is good with other dogs and people.   He is neutered, is up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.

Jesse is currently fostering with multiple dogs (male and female) with no issues.  He loves toys.  He does need a tall secure fence (swear he can jump a 4 foot fence without a thought).

Stella is an approximately 3 year old fawn horsecoat female shar pei.  She was recently rescued from a southern California shelter.   She is about 44 pounds, but needs to gain weight.  We are going to get her spayed and have entropion (eyelid) surgery done prior to adoption (that will stop the goopy eyes in this photo).   She knows how to "sit" on command, is crate trained and has a sweet personality.  

She is very timid right now, but definitely wants to trust - will jump in your lap once she knows you and give kisses.  Walking on a leash is definitely a new thing for her - she is scared and freezes up.  (We will obviously keep working with her and once she gets used to it)   She is up to date on vaccines and is microchipped.


Dolly is a lilac female shar pei, age 6-8.  She was already spayed before being found stray.  She is microchipped and up to date on vaccines.  She was found with another dog (already adopted) and is good with other dogs.  She is healthy and ready for a new home!

Very happy and active, not a barker, and loves attention.



Noelle is a 2-3 year old isabella horsecoat female spayed shar pei.  She was found as a stray and is super sweet and nice - loves to give kisses.   She is microchipped, up to date on vaccines and ready for adoption.  Most of the time, she is good with other dogs and great with people, but she has shown some signs of frustration in the kennel. We'd recommend a family without small children.  We'd love to find this girl a nice foster or permanent home!



Sally is a bonemouth female shar pei.   She is recently spayed and ready for a new home.  She was a shelter favorite and volunteers brought her to our attention because they thought she was so great!

Sally is 4-5 years old and is around 48 pounds. She is up to date on vaccines and is microshipped.

Sally is hit and miss with other dogs (sometimes growls at them on walks, other times not).  She would do best as an only dog or with a submissive dog in the household.  Sally is super sweet and loves to give kisses and take walks (she does need to learn some leash manners!).


This handsome boy is Charlie and he is a 70 pound bundle of joy.  He is good with other dogs.  He arrived at the shelter with his brother, who was quickly adopted (not a shar pei) and he was very sad.  So we decided to make him a Pei People dog where he'd have lots of other friends.  Now he needs a new home.  He is approx 9 years young.  He is tentative around everything at first and clearly was used to having another dog "lead" and he followed.  On his own he can be fearful around new things, but does adjust and warm up to new people.   He walks well on a leash. 

He is very comfortable around a swimming pool.   He is neutered, up to date on vaccines and ready for adoption.


Mister is a fawn male horsecoat shar pei.  He is recently neutered and is 4-5 years old (best guess).   He is very sweet and was rescued from a central California shelter.   He is a bit alpha and would like a strong owner with rules.  He is great on leash - doesn't pull and doesn't care about other dogs.