Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$6,567 raised by 36 donors

100% complete

$0 Goal

The creation of Rotts of Friends is the long term dream of Renee Lancaster.  As an experienced breeder of German Shepherds and Rottweilers for police, personal protection, and working companions, she has seen firsthand the growth of abuse and neglect of dogs of all breeds.

The heart of Rotts of Friends started with the deep love and appreciation of the Rottweiler breed.  For more than three decades, Renee has watched as this breed has gone from relative obscurity to public persecution.  In 1981, Rottweiler's were an unknown breed.  By 1990, the misplaced popularity with these dogs caused shelters to swell with increased numbers of Rottweilers and other "bad-boy" dogs.

It was the love of the breed which pushed Renee to do more to save the Rottweiler from irresponsible breeding and ownership.  With increased space being allocated to taking in these discarded animals, the message became clear that the willingness to help must extend to other breeds going through the same dilemma of abuse, neglect, over-population, and irresponsible ownership.  Rottweilers were soon joined with German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, and other large breed dogs that became popularized and promptly persecuted.

Rotts of Friends strives to educate the public about these breeds and the understanding of what breed, if any, is best for them, preventing pet overpopulation through spay and neuter, and offering programs to properly integrate dogs as a proper part of the family, including those with children and extended families.

Rotts of Friends expertise and contributions are now recognized throughout the state as a viable option for these otherwise "non-adoptable" or to-be-euthanized animals and has rescued dogs from Border to Border and dogs displaced due to national disasters.

To date Rotts of Friends has rescued, rehabilitated and found living homes for over 4,500 dogs, cats and other animals.


The mission of Rotts of Friends is to educate and prevent irresponsible breeding and ownership of animals through the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of discarded and abused animals into forever homes.

We are first and foremost an advocate for the dogs. It is our duty to match the rescue to the person or family best suited for the dog. All of our available dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and come with free lifetime obedience training classes at our location.



Many dogs come to Rotts of Friends in need of veterinary care. We have saved many dogs with injuries such as broken bones - some severe enough to require amputation, rampant infections, ruptured tendons, shotgun wounds, corneal abrasions and more. We are asked to take in dogs suffering from medical conditions such as severe starvation, prolapses, demodectic mange, entropion, diabetes, arthritis and allergies. This fund enables Rotts of Friends to rescue these dogs knowing we have the funding to pay for their medical care and therefore, save them from a guaranteed fate of euthanasia.


With the growing need to provide sanctuary to abandoned and abused animals, Rotts of Friends has outgrown its limited resources and space to provide for these needy animals. Rotts of Friends Animal Sanctuary will be the permanent safe haven and care facility for desperate animals. It will provide a full-service facility to evaluate, board, exercise, train, and heal these broken dogs.

When completed the Sanctuary will encompass approximately 5 acres in Woodland, California and will include a 26,000SF building for boarding, treatment, indoor training, housing for our permanent canine residents, and grounds for exercise yards, a dog park, walking paths, and swimming hole. The Sanctuary will provide rescue and rehabilitation for 50-75 dogs on their journey to a Forever Home.


Help our rescue wishes come true. We welcome vendors and contractors for any additional time or materials that can be donated. You can make a difference.


• Gravel (to winterize access to the new sanctuary)

• Shavings

• Blankets

• Towels

• Dog Beds

• Bowls

• Buckets

• Food

• Portable Lights

• Fencing


• Fencing Materials

• Kennels

• Portable Crates/Kennels

• Tools

• Landscaping materials

• Plants and Trees

• Hoses

• Cleaning Supplies

• Grooming Supplies (razor, shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers)

• Medical/First Aid Supplies

• Food

• Treats

• Toys

Your funds will fulfill the mission and message of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue and provide a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals for the future.

We love our volunteers and since we are a 100% volunteer organization, we are always in need of volunteers to fill many roles from basic dog care such as dog walking, bathing, poop scooping, etc. to technology assistance, grant writing, computer input, helping with offsite events, errand running, helping with our yearly fundraiser - Mutts and Martinis and much more. Please let us know if you can volunteer regularly, occasionally or somewhere in between. We'd love to have you as part of our team!

Recent storms which have knocked out our electricity for days at a time have highlighted the need for a GENERATOR for lighting as well as to power our well supplying water to our many animals.

Equity Statement

At Rotts of Friends all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion have equal opportunity to participate justly, fairly, and fully as a volunteer or a potential adopter.

Organization Data


Organization name

Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue

other names


Year Established


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Mission Category

Animal Related

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program, In-Kind Donations, Volunteers, Funding: Other

Demographics Served

Animals, General population

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


34505 County Rd 29
Woodland, CA 95695

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