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About Us

Rescuing Cujo…the name could raise eyebrows, make the mind wonder, or just be confusing.  I wanted to name the dog rescue, Rescuing Cujo, to not only honor my first dog, Cujo, but also to help people learn that even dogs who might have a look or reputation of a “Cujo” can be rescued and adopted into loving homes.  My Cujo was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles at four months old by a friend of mine.  Since I was a fan of Stephen King novels, I decided to name him Cujo, despite knowing the name would raise some eyebrows.  Cujo was a lab/pit mix, and as he grew into adulthood, he became a big boy, topping out at 85 pounds.  His size, look and deep bark scared some people, mostly those who feared pit bulls.  I put him through several levels of obedience training because I wanted him to disprove the stereotypes that surround a dog with his size, color and mixed breed.  Cujo grew up to be such a friendly, fun dog, who loved people and playing with other dogs.  He showed me how dogs are a great source of love, happiness and companionship.  It was because of Cujo that I decided I wanted to start my own dog rescue…he showed me just how wonderful dogs can be, even those who cause fear because of their size, look or breed.

Rob Harris - Founder

Rescuing Cujo


Our Mission

The mission of Rescuing Cujo is to help abused, neglected, abandoned dogs by providing them with shelter, care and affection until a loving home is found where they can live in comfort and safety.  We do this by working with other shelters and rescues, and temporarily housing dogs through our foster program or at our facility in Jamul, California.  We believe all dogs can be saved and provided with a loving home, no matter what size or breed.

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