Dog Gone Tired Sanctuary and Rescue is a  Non Profit - 501 c(3)

© 2014 Dog Gone Tired Sanctuary and Rescue

9342 Sierra Highway, Aqua Dulce, California 91390
Created By WS By Design  

Boxer dogs and other dogs with special needs find a safe haven at Dog Gone Tired Sanctuary and Rescue. Dog Gone Tired Sanctuary and Rescue is located in Aqua Dulce, California.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

                                    - Gandhi


Our boxer, Maxwell, educated Stephen about the breed!  He came into our lives needing a home at two years old; full of energy, determination, stubbornness, playfulness and too much intelligence - easily opening any door in the house that was closed.  

Stephen engaged a trainer for this undisciplined playful boy and discovered that he knew all his commands perfectly.  Once that secret was out, he became the best behaved dog Stephen ever owned and his work dog - accompanying Stephen as he made his daily rounds as contractor on various residential construction sites. Not only did Stephen have the benefit of Maxwell’s company but his clients seemed to enjoy interacting with Maxwell too.

When Maxwell turned 13 years old, Stephen recognized a need to find him a younger dog to keep him company so he started to volunteer on the weekends at the local Boxer rescue.  This soon became a passion with him, as it does for most of the volunteers, and he realized he had discovered a worthwhile way to spend his weekends.  Every Saturday and Sunday, for the next four years Stephen faithfully worked with these highly intelligent Boxers and was drawn to those who really needed an understanding hand to become good canine citizens.  He found a common spirit in Toni Faragalli, and he helped her to select a site for the sanctuary they’d decided to build.  Having his knowledge, connections and expertise, were really going to be a boon in creating the safe haven for “unadoptable” Boxers.  

However, it wasn’t meant to be.  Late in January 2013, as Stephen was returning home from a full day working with the Boxers, the truck he was driving was hit head-on by a drunk driver.  He suffered a severe Traumatic Brain injury, and is still unable to move and seldom speaks a word.  Our hope is that as he is able to engage with his beloved Boxers at the sanctuary they will slowly help him to fully recover. After all, they’re waiting for him to take them for their “walks”!


Stephen Hidey, co-founder of Dog Gone Tired Sanctuary and Rescue, out for a walk with several rescue dogs.

Stephen Hidey