Patricia J. Bauer Center:
615 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51554
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 718-9122
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Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
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Adoptable Dogs

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog! All of our dogs are altered, microchipped, and vaccinated unless our veterinarian advises against sterilization surgery or vaccines due to age or other health concerns. Adoption fees range from $100-$300 depending upon the age and health of the dog and expected future medical expenses that will be taken on by the adopter.

If you are interested in adopting any of the dogs on this page, please email us or call (831) 718-9122 or fill out our online adoption application for the dog you are interested in.

For more information about our adoption policies and process and info about other places to adopt, see bottom of page.


Maeby is a 7 pound, 6-year-old Chihuahua mix. She's a wonderful little dog who is good with dogs of all types/sizes and tends to ignore them after she has met them. She's fine with being picked up and petted by strangers. Maeby is a little unsure around cats but is learning to cohabitate with them.

She does not bark or whine, is house trained, and enjoys taking a lot of naps. She loves going on walks and walks well on leash. She is also a fabulous lap dog. This sweet little girl will make a wonderful companion.

One of our volunteers saw a couple trying to sell her in front of a store, so she inquired and found out they had found her. She was taken to the Watsonville shelter but no one reclaimed her so she is now with POMDR.

If you would like to meet Maeby, fill out our online adoption application.

George is a 10 pound, 8-year-old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix. He is great with dogs, cat, and children. He is house trained, enjoys two 20-30 minute walks daily, and sleeps through the night. He walks nicely on leash and knows basic commands. He minds well and is very smart. He is all around well-adjusted, awesome little dog.

George is used to being with people most of the time, but can be left for a few hours and will be okay. He does not like being crated.

George came to POMDR after his guardian passed away.

If you would like to meet George, fill out our online adoption application.

Puppup is a 12-year-old Black Lab and Lulu is a 6-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. They are both super sweet and house trained. They both walk well on leash, get along well with other dogs, and love to meet new people. These two dogs are bonded, and we'd love for them to stay together.

Lulu and Puppup came to POMDR after being surrendered to Santa Cruz County Animal Services.

If you would like to meet Puppup and Lulu, fill out our online adoption application.

Moritz is a 31 pound, 11-year-old Wire-haired Dachshund. He has been well cared for and is in good health, but at his age he should not have to negotiate too many stairs in order to prevent back injury. He enjoys playtime, laying in the sun, and resting on the couch.

He is house trained, walks well on leash, and knows basic commands. He's friendly with other dogs, although sometimes cautious with larger dogs. He gets along well with adults and children, including babies, and is respectful of cats. Moritz is used to car trips around town. He can be left home alone for 4-6 hours, but prefers not to be alone. He enjoy several short walks daily.

His guardian says "Moritz has the greatest personality, character and wisdom. I have great hope that he'll find the perfect loving home."

Moritz's senior guardian surrendered him to POMDR as she can no longer care for him. He has been with her since he was a puppy.

If you would like to meet Moritz, fill out our online adoption application.

Sadie is an 18 pound, 7-year-old black Pomeranian. She is very friendly with people and has been great with children 5 years and older. She is friendly with other dogs, but will chase kitties.

Sophie is her daughter. She is a 16 pound, 4-year-old blonde Pomeranian/Spaniel mix. She is also very friendly with people and has been great with children 5 years and older. She is friendly with other dogs. Like mother, like daughter, she might get excited and chase kitties.

They are both house trained and sleep through the night. Sadie is a kisser and a lap dog. Sophie reserves her kisses for special occasions, but is also very cuddly. .

They came to POMDR after their guardian passed away. Ideally, they will be adopted together. They are bonded, sleep together, and have been together since Sophie was born.

If you would like to meet Sadie and Sophie, fill out our online adoption application.

Rudy is a 15 year old, 15 pound Chihuahua mix. He is an easy going, well behaved mellow senior fellow. He is great with other dogs and with cats.

Rudy can't see or hear very well, which is common for many senior dogs. He has trouble going down steps on his own. Rudy is house trained, walks well on leash, and knows basic commands. He's fine with strangers and children.

Rudy was surrendered to POMDR when his elderly guardian became ill and could no longer care for him.

If you would like to meet Rudy, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Marcia and Robert Berchett

Zoey, also affectionately called Zo-zo, is a 7 pound, 5-year-old Pug/Chihuahua mix. She's a very sweet and affectionate dog who likes to cuddle. She loves to be held like a baby while someone is singing "rocky baby" to her - she'll fall asleep. She's very good with other dogs. She hasn't been around cats, but has such a mellow, easy going personality, she would probably do just fine with cats. She loves people and children.

Zoey walks fine on leash, without pulling. She knows basic commands and is house trained.

She was surrendered, along with her half-brother Tucker who is also on our website, after one of her guardians passed away. Zoey and Tucker would love to be adopted together, but are also accepting applications separately.

If you would like to meet Zoey, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Marcia and Robert Burchett

Tucker, also affectionately called Tuna, is a 13 pound, 5-year-old Pug/Chihuahua mix. He's a very friendly and affectionate dog who likes to give kisses. He's good with other dogs. He hasn't been around cats. He loves people and children.

Tucker walks well on leash. He knows basic commands and is house trained. He's a very sweet, energetic and super happy guy who loves being around people.

He was surrendered, along with his half-sister Zoey (also on our website), after one of his guardians passed away. Tucker and Zoey would love to be adopted together, but are also accepting applications for separate homes.

If you would like to meet Tucker, fill out our online adoption application.

Linus is a 29 pound, 7-year-old Cocker Spaniel. He is a love bug of a dog; he adores affection and leans into it big time. He is a snuggly guy who sleeps contentedly at your feet. He especially loves to have his belly rubbed and it's easy to rub his belly because he often lays around with his paws in the air, just inviting a scritch on his belly. He is reliably housetrained. He is visually-impaired from cataracts and glaucoma (he gets eye drops multiple times a day and will be having his right eye removed, as it is nonvisual and has glaucoma). He can see shadows and light from his left eye. Even with his vision loss, he adapts quickly to new surroundings and is confident about getting around.

Linus loves to ride in the car and go for walks but he does pull and he does need close supervision, as he will run into things and stumble into holes/off of curbs, etc He does not seem to have had any basic obedience skills instilled but he learns things very quickly and will be a great student.

Linus has been living with six small dogs and has done beautifully with them, even when he gets "corrected" by them because he often runs into (or over) them due to his vision problems.

Linus does not like being confined when left alone. He doesn't like being crated or being behind a baby gate, but if left unconfined he doesn't destroy things and will calmly wait for you to come home. He needs to be in a home with other dogs who do not mind him running into them accidentally, or he'd be fine as an only dog as well. His ideal home would be one with tolerant other dogs who are okay with him bumping into them a lot and one in which he could have free-roaming privileges and lots of love.

Linus came to us from Salinas Animal Services a few days before Christmas when the shelter was full and they needed to open up space to save dogs from being euthanized.

If you would like to meet Linus, fill out our online adoption application.

Gidget is a 19 pound, 10-year-old Cockapoo/Terrier mix. She is friendly and polite when meeting dogs; she wags her tail and is quite relaxed about being sniffed. She seems to prefer big dogs. She is a little cautious when meeting new people, but when spoken to she will approach and wait to be petted. She walks very well on a leash, not pulling or lagging behind. She would prefer to stop and sniff and explore, but she moves right along if directed.

Gidget is recovering from some medical issues and she temporarily is taking several medications. (She's a very cooperative patient, happy to take her pills if they are mixed with something yummy.) She has low energy now, but will probably have a little more when she's all better.

Gidget is a quiet girl who hasn't yet barked at her foster home. She's calm and relaxed in the car, and not anxious when left alone. If she knows you are nearby, she will try to come visit. She hasn't shown any interest in toys.

Gidget's foster mom says: "She is an absolute dear - with hints of impishness that we suspect will blossom once she feels well again. She's very curious and expressive. Great eye contact. Great appetite. I know this pup will be incredibly loyal and stick by the side of her person once that person is lucky enough to find little Gidget."

Gidget came to us after her guardian passed away.

If you would like to meet Gidget, fill out our online adoption application.

Dutch aka Butch
Dutch aka Butch

Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

Dutch aka Butch is a 14-year-old, 16 pound Standard Dachshund. He is a very sweet dog. His foster home has three other dogs, and he gets along wonderfully with them. He doesn't play, but he hangs out with them. He spends time with one of them on the sofa, where they groom each other.

Dutch is happy sleeping in a car or being left at home (where he will most often also be sleeping). He still shows the true temperament of a Dachshund. When he has finished eating or does not like his food, he flips the bowl over. He barks when he needs to go outside or if he feels that his foster mom is too slow delivering his food.

Dutch is bright eyed and alert for his age, but he is experiencing pain in one shoulder and is having trouble getting around. He is seeing a veterinary specialist about this, and we should know more about what's going on soon.

Butch came to POMDR when his guardian was ill and could no longer care for him.

If you would like to meet Dutch aka Butch, fill out our online adoption application.

Hannah Chihuahua
Hannah Chihuahua

Sponsored By: Sharilyn Cabelera

Hannah is a 4 pound, 9-year-old Chihuahua. She is a delicate little girl with bad knees so would do best in a home where she doesn't have to maneuver stairs. She is a total love with people she knows, but is shy with new people. She is being fostered with a 4 year old child and adores her. She loves to go on walks, as long as most of the time she is in your arms or in a shoulder bag. She will walk nicely (but very slowly) on a leash for a little while.

Hannah is not interested in other dogs, and will ignore them unless they are too nosy, in which case she will try to hide behind her person. She hasn't shown any interest in playing with other dogs, people, or toys, but she does cutely play with her food.

Hannah has no problem being left home. She is quiet, curls up in a bed, and goes to sleep. When her person comes home, she will let out a little crying noise or tiny bark to express her happiness. She doesn't bark at other times. She is a great car rider. She likes to be in the front passenger seat in her doggie car seat.

Hannah loves to cuddle on her person's lap, under a blanket, or in bed at night. She loves having her back scratched and her ears rubbed. She would do best in a quiet home with someone familiar with the special needs of tiny dogs.

Hannah was rescued from the Silicon Valley Animal Shelter, where she had been left by someone who had adopted her a year earlier from a shelter in Arizona. She is an amazing little girl who deserves a loving home for the rest of her life.

If you would like to meet Hannah Chihuahua, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Lawrence Rosenberg, Susan Franklin

Snickers is a 16 pound, 9-year-old Shih Tzu mix. He had glaucoma and detached retinas in both eyes and had to have both eyes removed. He recovered quickly and gets around amazingly well. He's adjusted to using the stairs at his foster's, as well as jumping up on furniture and into laps.

Snickers is a very sweet, mellow dog who is interested and friendly with people, including kids. Despite his blindness, he is OK on a leash. He likes other dogs, and he sniffs and wags his tail when he meets them. He rides quietly in a car as long as he hasn't just eaten right before the trip, but cannot get in or out by himself. He barks to announce visitors, and then is a friendly host. He is interested in cats as a novelty, but is not aggressive. Snickers knows some basic commands and is house trained once he knows his way around.

Snickers is a lovable dog who enjoys sitting on a lap or laying at your feet. His foster says "He's a very nice little guy and someone who wants a well-behaved cuddle bug is going to love him. He will fit right into a spoiled lifestyle!" He is very adoptable and will be a lovable and loyal friend to whoever he lives with.

Snickers was found abandoned after Hurricane Katrina and rescued by a loving guardian. His guardian, who has Parkinson's, can no longer care for Snickers.

If you would like to meet Snickers, fill out our online adoption application.

Toby is a 14 pound, 7-year-old Bichon mix. He is an all around wonderful dog who is affectionate with people, good with other dogs and respectful of cats.

He walks nicely on a leash, knows basic commands, loves to play with toys or play with other dogs, and is happy with long or short walks.

Toby is most interested in being with his person. He enjoys riding in the car and is a perfect gentleman out and about town. He is a great lap dog and a great nighttime snuggler.

He can be a marker if he gets excited or if other dogs are around, but his New Years resolution is to kick that bad habit.

Toby came to POMDR when his guardian moved to a nursing home due to Alzheimer's. Because he was with someone who was elderly and ill, he went backwards on his house training, but he is relearning with guidance from his foster mom, but will need some structure and patience in his new home.

If you would like to meet Toby, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Cathy Townsend, Debbie Marrs

ADOPTION PENDING - this dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. Please email us, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this dog if the adoption does not go through.

Tugboat is a 28 pound, 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She is a little overweight, but will get into shape in her foster home. Even at her ideal weight, she is a big girl for a JRT. She is a friendly dog who is good with people and other dogs. Has no interest in cats - ignores them. She has good energy for walking and hiking. We're still getting to know Tugboat and will update her bio with more information about her soon.

Tugboat came to us from Santa Cruz Animal Services after being turned in because her family's landlord wouldn't allow dogs.

ADOPTION PENDING - this dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. Please email us, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this dog if the adoption does not go through.

Peyton is a 61 pound, 5-year-old McNab mix (similar breed to Border Collie). She does not have a tail. She is an absolutely fabulous, mellow, sweet-natured dog who gets along beautifully with all people she meets and is gentle and respectful with other dogs. She is very intelligent, and highly trainable. Loves to play with balls and will fetch. Rarely barks. Would enjoy having a large yard, or other large secure outdoor area to access.

Peyton was surrendered to POMDR by someone who wasn't able to take care of her. She had given birth to a litter of puppies, but wasn't very attentive to the pups, so they went to another rescue group and are being bottle fed.

Hank is a 17 pound, 9-year-old terrier mix. He enjoys meeting other dogs and people. He walks very nicely on a leash with a harness. He pulls a little in his enthusiasm, but is otherwise polite. He enjoys being gently petted and will ask for it, giving licks in return. We haven't seen him interact with young children yet.

Hank assumes that all other dogs want to meet and play. If a dog doesn't want to play with him and corrects him, he takes it very well, and goes to find someone else to play with. He likes to bounce and run around with other dogs or by himself. At his foster home, he initially did some dominance play with the other dogs (all aussies), which diminished over the first week. Now they are a family. He gently wrestles with them and they run together. He is not at all interested in playing with toys.

Hank has free run of his foster home, and is well-mannered. He marked a little bit at first, but now only goes outside. He is even learning to go on command.

His foster mom says: "Not a lap dog, but likes to cuddle next to me on the sofa. Gives kisses. Quiet. Enthusiasm for life. Does not seem like a 9 year old. Hank is a sweet, loving boy who wants to be with you. His big expressive eyes tells a world of stories."

Hank has a lower back injury that makes him sensitive to being picked up without properly supporting his hind end. He is managing this pain well with medication, and it does not slow down his activity. Because of this back issue, he would probably do best in a home without young children.

Hank came to us from Salinas Animal Services after coming in as a stray.

If you would like to meet Hank, fill out our online adoption application.

Sadie Collie
Sadie Collie

Sponsored By: Kira Steinberg, Anonymous, Wendy Steinberg, Monica Smith

Sadie is an 11 year old, 55 pound smooth coated Collie. She is an absolute doll. She is a loving, affectionate girl. She is very outgoing, LOVES people, and enjoys going on excursions and walks. She doesn't really play with toys but loves her special treats and she really loves water and the ocean. She's very easy, house trained, and knows commands.

Sadie has a little arthritis and uses steps or a ramp to get into her foster's SUV. At home she likes to hang out on her soft cushy bed, and sometimes the couch. She barks to come in if she is left in the yard too long. When at home, she prefers to be indoors.

She's good with smaller dogs, and gets along fine with most dogs her size if introduced properly. She barks at her foster mom's younger, playful dogs as they run circles around her and she sometimes tries to join in on the fun. She was introduced to a cat, and ignored the kitty.

Her foster mom says, "She's the best behaved dog at my home and has run of the house."

In December 2013, we found out Sadie had a lesion that turned out to be an aggressive cancer. We had it surgically removed, but within three months it came back. We were told she may need to be put down within six months if the cancer continued to grow. She had her six month recheck in October 2014, and so far the cancer has not grown at all. She is on a daily anti-inflammatory which can help keep the cancer from growing. Sadie is not bothered by the lesion at all, and is a happy girl.

We think she has some quality life ahead of her -- at least months, if not years -- and would love for her to find her forever family.

Sadie came to us from Los Angeles, where she was rescued the day she was set to be euthanized.

If you would like to meet Sadie Collie, fill out our online adoption application.

Bart and Biggie
Bart and Biggie

Sponsored By: Tina Corona, Judi Paap

Bart (gray) and Biggie (tan) are 10 pound, 8-year-old terrier mixes. They are a bonded brother and sister and we would love for them to be adopted together. They play with each other all the time, and hang out right next to each other or at least nearby. They are both sometimes a little shy when they first meet people, but then are very friendly and playful. They are fine with other dogs they meet. Biggie mostly ignores them, while Bart sometimes wants to make friends.

They walk well on leash, though Biggie pulls a little and needs a well-fitted harness. At home they like to play with stuffed dog toys. Bart also likes Kongs, while Biggie enjoys pulling a blanket off her bed and playing with that.

Biggie gets anxious when left alone, which will also set off Bart. Their foster mom has been working on increasing the amount of time they can be left alone without barking. They often come along in the car, where they aren't any trouble.

Bart and his sister Biggie are both sweet, loving dogs, who will be wonderful, entertaining companions for a lucky someone.

Bart and Biggie were surrendered to Santa Cruz Animal Services after their guardian passed away.

If you would like to meet Bart and Biggie, fill out our online adoption application.

Lenny aka Lennon
Lenny aka Lennon

Sponsored By: The Wahl Family

Lenny aka Lennon is a 14 pound, 6-year-old Tibetan Spaniel. He is super sweet with people he bonds to; he prefers being right by your side (if not actually lying on your feet) and wants to go wherever you go. Lenny is a bit of a lady's man. He loves women right away, but is scared of most (but not all) men at first. He will warm up to them eventually if given the chance to do so on his own terms.

Lenny walks okay on a leash, but tends to get tangled up if you're not careful. He is still getting used to noises and other dogs out in the world.

Lenny loves to chase down any toy you throw, though he's not so interested in bringing them back. He enjoys playing with other dogs as long as he gets to be in charge. Because of his somewhat pushy personality, he would do best in a home where he's the only dog or he's with a submissive dog. He likes to chase a pet bunny at his foster home, but if the bunny approaches him and doesn't run away, he's fine with her. We're not sure how he is with cats.

Lenny is more athletic than he might appear -- he's quite a jumper! His foster mom observed: "He also cleared the gate in the room jumping from the doggy crib, over the fence, and onto our bed in one jump. It was extremely impressive." He will jump up repeatedly to see what's cooking on the kitchen counter. He is not a barker.

Lenny has a cute little underbite that gives him lots of character. He has had food allergies and recently had a flare up and lost some fur. He will need to be on a restricted diet to keep his skin in the best condition. He had a condition called "cherry eye" which you'll see in his photos. POMDR has now had that surgically corrected, but we don't have new photos of Lenny yet.

His foster mom reports: "Lenny LOVES TO BE LOVED AND GIVE LOVE. He's a cuddler and is always happy to be with you. He's got a happy personality and is just sweet. As an only dog, he's amazing and very protective, so he'd be an excellent guard and companion dog for a special lady. "

Lenny came to us after his senior guardian had neck surgery and could no longer care for him.

If you would like to meet Lenny aka Lennon, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Babette Sears, Blinky Sedgwick

Penny is a 35 pound, 6-year-old purebred Sharpei. She can be a little worried (sometimes barks) when meeting new people, but is very nice to them once introduced. She loves to be around the people she knows well and would prefer a home where she isn't left alone too much of the time. She loves interaction and cutely groans and moans when she is happy or wants more attention.

Penny just loves her walks and hikes. She needs regular long walks, preferably every day. If she gets a long walk, then she'll be calm for hours. If not, she has a lot of spare energy and she'll find a way to use it. When she meets other dogs, she often ignores them because she is so busy walking, but sometimes wants to give them a sniff.

Penny was treated for a condition called entropion eyes. She recovered well but has some vision impairment and needs daily eyedrops, which aren't a problem because she likes the attention she gets when they are applied.

Her foster mom says "Penny is sweet and thrives on companionship. She is shy at first though, and maybe was mistreated in the past, but she really wants to be loved. I find her groaning when she is being pet and her enthusiasm for walks really cute."

Penny came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being found as a stray.

If you would like to meet Penny, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

Hollis is a 12 pound, 10-year-old Dachshund mix. He is an easy- going, happy, friendly dog. He is calm and gentle and wants to please. Nothing makes him happier than to cuddle up in your arms. He makes friends wherever he goes because of his exceptional demeanor.

Hollis has gotten along well with all the people and dogs he has met in his foster home, and he enjoys going for walks.

Hollis is 95% house trained. He doesn't need to be crated at night as long as he goes before he settles in for the night. He also doesn't need to be crated during the day if he's left alone for no more than 4 hours or so. He is fine being crated in a large crate. There is a good chance he lived most of his life outdoors, but much prefers to be indoors in a warm bed. Whoever adopted Hollis will be rewarded with a close bond to a gentle, loving soul.

Hollis came to POMDR from the Hollister Animal Shelter after being left in their night drop box. We don't know why he was given up.

If you would like to meet Hollis, fill out our online adoption application.

Chloe Poodle
Chloe Poodle

Sponsored By: Susan Creveling

ADOPTION PENDING - this dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. Please email us, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this dog if the adoption does not go through.

Chloe is a 15 pound, 13-year-old poodle. She is an adorable, loving dog, who will happily kiss strangers and loves to sit on anyone's lap. She schmoozes with everyone she meets, wanting them to tell her that she's super-cute, and is adored everywhere she goes. She's friendly with other dogs, and enjoys romping with them at the beach. She keeps her distance from loud, rambunctious children.

Chloe loves her walks and loves to go to the beach, but when it's time for mom to work Chloe curls up in her basket and sleeps and is happy to wait until the next play time.

Chloe is house trained, knows basic commands, and walks well on a leash. She is quiet most of the time, though she will bark appropriately at odd noises. She was barking a lot at the foster home cat, but she's getting better at that. She doesn't like to be away from her people, so would do best in a home where she doesn't get left alone often.

Chloe's foster mom says "I wasn't fond of small dogs until I met Chloe. She is calm and sits happily in a basket while I'm working, then she's excited and energetic when it's time to play. She is affectionate and cuddly but not whiny and fearful or yappy."

Chloe came to us when her guardian couldn't afford to keep her and give her the care a senior dog deserves.


Sponsored By: Emily Lazzerini, in memory of Dan Clark,

Parky is a 60 pound, 11-year-old Border Collie mix. He is extremely well-mannered, and is very good with strangers, including kids. He walks easily on a leash and calmly greets other dogs. His foster home has two small dogs, and they all enjoy each other's company, though Parky isn't interested in playing with them. He does enjoy some playing with his person, though. He lives harmoniously with cats and chickens.

Like many older dogs, Parky is somewhat hard of hearing. He is still plenty active for a senior and likes to go on walks and run around in a dog park. He is a quiet guy who only barks when he needs to be taken out to do his business. He rides quietly in a car.

Parky came to us when his family could no longer care for him. He was adopted earlier this year, but the family he is with can't spend enough time with him so he is looking for a new home again.

If you would like to meet Parky, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Carlito and Cota, Robin and George Currie, in memory of Wally

Cowboy is a 15 pound, 16-year-old Dachshund. He's a mature, easygoing dog, with an almost cat-like personality, approaching you when he wants attention and to be petted. He enjoys napping and calm, gentle interactions with people.

Cowboy typically ignores dogs he meets outside on his leisurely walks. At his foster home, he gets along well with three other Dachshunds, a Corgi, and a pair of Malteses. He sometimes chases them around playfully, but usually supervises the other dogs with tail-wagging and barking as they chase each other. He would probably get along with any smallish dogs. He has even slept with a bunny that thinks it's a dog.

Cowboy was kept outside his entire life, and bossed around by two large dogs. Even with this rough start, he has a wonderful, sweet personality. He has learned to appreciate a comfortable, indoor life with a cozy bed and he is certainly grateful for it.

Toys don't seem to interest Cowboy. But once he has gotten to know you well enough to show his funnier side, he will bark as he plays puppy-chase with you. When he's not playing, he is super quiet. He is amazingly well behaved in the car; he sits on the seat or lies down quietly.

Cowboy's foster mom says: "I love how happy he is to stretch on the carpet, enjoy the sun, and how EVERY human interaction he gets now is an happy experience. He's innocent and everything about how a dog should be treated is new for him and seeing his reaction is PRICELESS. I love watching him jump on his bed, push around his blanket and settle in, knowing no one is going to toss him outside in the cold yard, alone. Watching his smile at times like these are what makes him so easy to love."

Cowboy came to POMDR after his guardian lost her home and she could no longer care for him.

If you would like to meet Cowboy, fill out our online adoption application.

Stewart is a 10 pound, 11-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. He's a mellow old gentleman who enjoys the company of other dogs and people. He can be a little shy when first meeting someone, but is curious and soon wants attention. He walks very well on a leash, politely sniffing dogs that he meets. He's happy to be carried, also. Stewart rarely if ever barks or whines.

Stewart does very well in the car. His preferred position is in a passenger's lap. He enjoys looking out the windows too. At home he is calm and quiet and will follow you around both inside and outside when he's not enjoying a nap. He doesn't seem to be interested in toys. He would do great living with other dogs.

Stewart is house trained and very easy to deal with. He is very healthy overall, but he does have a chronic skin condition and needs medicated baths every week or two for the time being.

Stewart came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services after coming in as a stray.

If you would like to meet Stewart, fill out our online adoption application.

Hearty is a 71 pound, 12-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. She gets along fine with other dogs and people, including kids. She is curious about strangers and wants to sniff them, and is always happy to let them pet her. She does okay with dog-savvy cats.

Hearty's energy level varies. It's strong at the beginning of a walk, when she's eager to go, but she soon settles down and is a calm girl on the way back home. At home she is quite mellow. She gets along well with the other dog at her foster home but neither of them is interested in playing.

Hearty is happy to join in if another dog is barking, and sometimes starts the conversation herself. When she knows she's being left at home, she'll usually bark for a bit before settling down somewhere. She also barks when excited for food or a walk, and even joins in with cheering sports fans when appropriate.

Hearty is house trained, crate trained, knows basic commands, and walks well on leash. Due to some age-related weakness in her hind end, she needs assistance getting in/out of vehicles and needs a home that has few stairs to negotiate. Area rugs help her on hard surface floors. She does need to get outside to do her business fairly often, so she'd do best in a house with a dog door or some other easy access to her potty area.

Her foster mom says: "Hearty is a very endearing dog--She has these big ol' hound dog sad eyes & big floppy ears. She does EVERYTHING with great heart — eating, drinking, peeing, panting, vocalizing & sleeping (she's an ideal dog for me, because she likes to sleep in!!)"

Hearty has been with the same family since she was a puppy, but they work long hours and have many stairs in their home that she can't negotiate on her own, so she was being left outside for long hours. Her guardian surrendered her to POMDR hoping that Hearty will find a home with someone who has fewer steps and more time to spend with her.

If you would like to meet Hearty, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Annie is a 7 pound, 10-year-old Chihuahua mix. She is a true velcro dog who follows her foster mom all around the house, and is happiest curled up in her person's lap. She is a bit wary of strangers at first, though never aggressive. Then she is friendly and affectionate once she gets to know someone. Annie is house trained, crate trained and lives peacefully with other dogs in her foster home. She doesn't play with them, but she does like to check out what they're doing.

Annie's gait is a bit stiff and bowlegged, but it doesn't slow her down! She loves taking walks around the neighborhood and will walk a mile at a moderate pace and even longer at a slower pace. Annie would be fine with non-rowdy companion dogs, but would also be happy as an only dog where she could be the center of attention.

Annie would love to find a family that will spend lots of quality time with her. She would be the ideal companion for a senior citizen or someone who works from home. Because of her delicate size, an adults-only home or a home with older children is preferred.

Her foster mom says: "Annie is super sweet and loving! You can't be in a bad mood when she's around. Her tail is always wagging and she's always right next to you with her happy smile and sweet, loving eyes."

Annie came to POMDR underweight, dirty and in need of dental care after being found as a stray.

If you would like to meet Annie, fill out our online adoption application.

Mr. Wilson
Mr. Wilson

Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

Mr. Wilson is an 18 pound, 10-year-old Dachshund. He is a well-behaved gentle soul who is very sweet and eager to please. He is friendly with people of all ages, and politely waits to be petted while wagging his tail. He will occasionally run around for a little while if encouraged to play, but he's equally happy snuggling on the nearest lap. Mr.Wilson doesn't bark much and even ignored fireworks on New Year's Eve.

Mr. Wilson is friendly but never pushy with the dogs he meets. At his foster home he hangs out with the other dogs, and sometimes curls up with them. They don't play together but the other dogs are older and not interested in playing. Maybe he'd play with the right dog.

Mr. Wilson has only two teeth left but that does not faze him one bit, and it gives him a funny, endearing smile. He eats soaked kibble and is darn good at it, too. He walks very nicely on a leash and loves riding in the car. He is crate trained and house trained; he knows how to use a doggy door and he knows how to use potty pads. Also, he is proud of his ability to shake paws.

Mr. Wilson came from the Sacramento Animal Shelter after coming in as a stray.

If you would like to meet Mr. Wilson, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Duke Bartholomew, Lynn Topete

Tiki is an adorable 5 pound, 10-year-old Pomeranian. She's a cuddly ball of fluffy cuteness!. She's the best little lap dog you will ever meet, and is always available for a snuggle. It's tough to keep your tongue in your mouth when you have no teeth, but that just adds to Tiki's charm.

Tiki walks on a leash just fine. She starts out strong but her battery winds down before she goes too far on her walks, but she is so lightweight that that she does tend to be carried a lot, and she does not object. When she is actually walking, she meets other dogs and people nicely. At her foster home she's got some gumption and will boss the big dogs around. She has gotten along fine with cats. Tiki cannot negotiate multiple steps/stairs; she can only handle a curb or one step. So a single story house would best accommodate her.

Tiki doesn't bark much for a Pomeranian and she knows the "quiet" command. She knows how to use a doggie door but does sometimes need to be reminded. She is probably too fragile to live with small children, but older kids should be fine. She's on a special diet to control some allergies, and takes daily medications for her eyes and to regulate her thyroid levels.

Tiki came to POMDR from the San Jose shelter. She was in pretty rough shape at first, but is feeling much better now.

If you would like to meet Tiki, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Rasent Solutions, Katie Scott, Dorothy Houston

Moreno is a 5 pound, 10-year-old Chihuahua. He loves people and is gentle in his interactions with them. He enjoys exploring the yard and is house trained. He currently lives in a multi-dog household, and has had no problems with the others.

Moreno is recovering from some medical problems and so his energy is generally low. He is now interested in food, and sometimes spins and jumps when it's feeding time. He should liven up some more as he continues to get more healthy.

Moreno most enjoys being with people, but he does fine when left alone. He's also good in a car, where he just lies down and sleeps. He's a cute boy who wants nothing more than to be in your arms.

A foster for Santa Cruz County Animal Services and CAPE was volunteering to help a shelter get their photo studio up and running and took photos of this at-risk senior guy. He really touched her heart so she contacted POMDR to see if we could take him under our program. She transported him and is now fostering him.

If you would like to meet Moreno, fill out our online adoption application.

Tiny Chi
Tiny Chi

Sponsored By: Sharilyn Cabelera

Tiny is a 6 pound, 6-year-old Chihuahua. He does great when meeting dogs, politely sniffing. He has been around both large and small dogs without a problem. He is learning quickly to walk nicely on a leash, without pulling or veering.

Tiny was very fearful after being picked up as a stray, but has come a long way and will no doubt continue to improve. He is still careful around new people and busy situations, but he quickly learned to trust his foster mom and he now loves to be held, cuddled, and have his belly rubbed.

Tiny really likes to go for walks and is reasonably active at home, but he certainly enjoys his naps on your lap or in a cozy dog bed. He likes playing gently with small plush dog toys. He shares his foster home with a female 8 year old Miniature Pinscher. They really connected and play very well together, gently rolling all over the living room and trading toys, even though the Min Pin has never wanted to play with any other dogs or toys.

Tiny does great in his foster house yard when left alone with the Min Pin. He likes to sit in the sunshine and watch what is going on around him. He behaves well in a car, but he does have a tendency to get car sick; hopefully this will pass as he has more passenger experience.

Tiny was not house trained when he first went to his foster home, but he is an amazingly quick learner and is now completely house trained. He has learned to push open a screen door to let himself out in the yard to do his business; he should have no problem learning a doggy door.

Tiny's foster mom says: "Tiny is such a cuddle bug. He loves to be held and petted. He is sweet, cute and just wants to be loved. He is mellow, yet has a fun streak in him. He is easy going, adaptable and just an all around great companion!!"

Tiny came to us from Salinas Animal Services after coming in as a stray.

If you would like to meet Tiny Chi, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Kristina Baer, Lois Hansen, Justin Widlund

Tudor is a 21 pound, 20-year-old Rat Terrier. He is a handsome and dignified senior dog who must have been quite the looker in his youth. He's timid when he first meets people, but eventually warms up and likes to be around them. His eyesight is failing so he appreciates it if strangers and small children approach him slowly.

Tudor had been living mostly outdoors, and is starting to get used to the comforts of a home. He has discovered the joys of comfortable indoor dog beds, and gentle skritches under the chin.

Tudor is a gentle dog who enjoys leisurely walks, where he gets to carefully sniff everything. He shows the most emotion when meeting dogs; his tail gives a happy wag and sometimes he'll even do a little play bow. He doesn't bother cats.

Tudor's guardian passed away and the family surrendered him to POMDR so he could have a caring home for his last years.

If you would like to meet Tudor, fill out our online adoption application.

Coco Poodle
Coco Poodle

Sponsored By: Duke Bartholomew

Coco is a 15 pound, 16-year-old Miniature Poodle. She is an extremely sweet girl, a total love bug lap dog who wants to be with you all the time. She walks well on a leash and loves a good long walk at a comfortable pace. She loves everyone she meets and wants to be loved and petted by them.

Coco does very well with the small dogs and cats at her foster home. She moved right in as if she had lived there forever. She doesn't pester them at all and lets them do whatever they want (one of the cats lovingly rubs his face on Coco's). When she's not following her foster mom around the house, she enjoys a nice nap.

Coco's main goal is to be by her human's side. She likes to go for rides. She has some separation anxiety; she whines and cries for 10 to 15 minutes when being left alone, but then settles. She loves to be spoiled and would do best with someone who can be with her most of the time and take her places.

Coco was rescued from a shelter in Los Angeles.

If you would like to meet Coco Poodle, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Susan Creveling

Bogie is an Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix weighing 11 pounds. The vet estimates him to be 4 years old even though his face "looks older". He's an active, friendly guy with a great smile. He is great with all people, including children.

Bogie is really into his toys: he will toss a toy for himself, and chew on squeaky toys, and wrestle with Kong toys. He loves to zoom around and play with his toys. He likes to curl up in a dog bed with all his toys around him.

Bogie has a good amount of energy and benefits from good long walks. He can walk nicely on the leash, but he does react to some dogs walking by. He can be calm and interested, or excited and barking. Not sure why yet what makes the difference. He could benefit from more training to help with his manners with other dogs. He would probably do best as an only dog or with a mellow female dog. And he would like to live in a home that has a yard for him to explore.

Bogie came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services where he came in as a stray

If you would like to meet Bogie, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Jasper, Grady & Jem

Dundee is a 15 pound, 14-year-old toy Australian Shepherd mix. He is a happy, friendly, mellow dog who gets along great with people and other dogs. He is a snuggler who loves affection from everyone. He spends much of his time sleeping, preferably on a comfy bed near you. He enjoys going for slow walks where he can sniff and sniff, but he doesn't need a long walk.

Dundee lost most of his vision due to glaucoma. He needs eye drops a few times a day and he is on an inexpensive thyroid medication. He has adjusted well to life with limited sight.

Dundee is great with other dogs, but of course needs to be with dogs who are tolerant if he accidentally bumps into them. He is a very clever dog and quickly learns to navigate in new surroundings. He's a beautiful, affectionate little dog who deserves a comfortable, loving home.

Dundee came to POMDR from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Due to his age and impaired vision he was not a candidate for adoption there.

If you would like to meet Dundee, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Teddy, Itsey & Minnie

Chester is an 8 pound, 10-year-old Chihuahua mix. He likes going for walks and gets very attached to his caretaker. He loves to sit on his person's lap or to cuddle up in a nearby dog bed. He can be overly protective around some people and some dogs, however, and needs a person who will provide leadership.

Chester takes an inexpensive thyroid medication which he will need lifelong. He would like a loving quiet home to feel safe and loved and experience the simple joys of being a senior citizen.

Chester came to us from the Hollister Animal Shelter after coming in as a stray.

If you would like to meet Chester, fill out our online adoption application.

Daisy Chihuahua
Daisy Chihuahua

Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

Daisy is as cute as her name. She's a 13 pound, 14-year-old Chihuahua who originally came to us because her elderly guardian had medical problems and could not care for her anymore. She was adopted to a new home 3 years ago, but sadly, her second guardian recently passed away so Daisy is back in our care. Daisy's disposition is gentle and inquisitive. She likes to cuddle in your lap and take quiet naps in her crate. Don't let her age fool you! She's quite spry and likes to go for walks around the neighborhood. She's lived with cats and other dogs with no problems. She is house-trained and very easy to have around.

If you would like to meet Daisy Chihuahua, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Betty and Ariel

Hannah is an 88 pound, 12-year-old Boxer-Rhodesian Ridgeback (maybe) mix. She has a lovely temperament - very gentle and sweet with people. She will give one bark and respond excitedly once greeted. She loves kids and can easily be walked by one. And what a great old dog face!

Hannah is great at meeting other dogs. She will sniff politely and enjoy playing around, if the other dog is interested. If not, she will just keep on walking. She might prefer to live in a home where she's the only dog. She does chase cats.

Hannah is house broken and knows how to use a doggie door. She sleeps very well in her kennel all night long, with no fuss. She loves walks and she loves to play fetch for as long as you will throw the ball. She knows her name, comes when called, sits, and shakes.

Her foster mom says: "She has this loving, curious face that you are powerless to just walk by without petting. She listens extremely well ... sit, stay, lay down, come, and her name. She has put in her time and now deserves the best home possible. If she lives for two days or two years, you would be lucky to have had her in your life."

Hannah came to us from a local shelter after her guardian surrendered her when he could no longer care for her.

If you would like to meet Hannah, fill out our online adoption application.

Jasmine Chihuahua
Jasmine Chihuahua

Sponsored By: John Click, in honor of Joe Buck, Anonymous sponsor

Jasmine is a 10-year-old, 6-pound dainty Chihuahua. She has a happy personality. She loves to go for walks and car rides, and loves to sleep under the blankets. She gets along well with other dogs both big and small, and sometimes plays with her foster brother who is a puppy. Once she gets to know you, she likes to snuggle up on your lap. Jasmine is currently house trained to use an open door to access the back yard.

Jasmine came to us when her guardian was hospitalized and could no longer care for her.

If you would like to meet Jasmine Chihuahua, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Manutech Mfg., Duke Bartholomew

ADOPTION PENDING - this dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. Please email us, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this dog if the adoption does not go through.

Dixie is a 23 pound, 10-year-old cuddly Cockapoo. She is a peppy little senior gal that loves attention and really thrives on human contact. She is on the timid side when meeting new people; she takes her time and then slowly warms up to them. Dixie's sight is impaired which may explain her timidity.

Dixie ignored the cat at the shelter, but was curious about the cats she lived with for awhile. She wanted to play with them but they did not feel the same way. She has lived with dogs, too. She hasn't shown interest in toys.

When walking on a leash, she doesn't pull, but she wanders in all directions. She never runs unless encouraged to do so. When she gets excited in the house, she does have accidents. This can likely be corrected with training. She whines a little when separated from her foster, but quiets down eventually.

Her foster mom says "Dixie loves to take car trips. She doesn't act her age. Minus the cataracts, you wouldn't know she was about 12. She acts younger -- bouncy, and happy!"

Dixie came to us as a stray from Salinas Animal Services.


Sponsored By: Jan Neal

Lolly is a 14 pound, 12-year-old Chihuahua. She has a tolerant, friendly, mellow personality. She enjoys a nice slow walk where she has good smelling opportunities. She is happy to let gentle strangers pet her.

Lolly basically ignores other dogs that she meets while walking, and other dogs and cats at her foster home. She loves to hang out near her foster mom and get petted, preferably on her lap or next to her on the couch. She plays with her foster mom with rope toys and fabric toys. She is great about sleeping all night in her dog bed.

Lolly paces a bit in the car before settling down, but doesn't bark or whine. At home she can be vocal when she knows her foster people are near and can't get to them, but seems to be quiet if they are not nearby.

Lolly came to us from Santa Cruz Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

If you would like to meet Lolly, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Leigh Cambra, in memory of Issy, Candice Cambra, in memory of Issy, Sue & Jim Hanrahan, in memory of Issy, Meredith Gill

Suzi is a 28 pound, 15-year-old Jack Russell mix. She is vision and hearing impaired due to her age, but is otherwise a healthy senior dog. She enjoys a nice leisurely walk, where she politely sniffs with new dogs that she meets, and mostly ignores new people.

She's generally mellow around the house, though she will play once in a while. She's staying with two other dogs, and does fine with them, but she does not do well with cats. She prefers to be right next to her person, and follow them from room to room.

Her foster mom says "She is the sweetest dog with heart-melting brown eyes." She deserves a peaceful, loving home to enjoy her remaining years.

Suzi came to us when her 102-year-old guardian went into a nursing home.

If you would like to meet Suzi, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: John Click

Troy is a 10 pound, 8-year-old Chihuahua mix. He is a friendly, confident dog with a lively personality. He loves to meet and play with new dogs and he never met a stranger he didn't win over. If you'd like to have the happiest dog in the world in your life, Troy might be your buddy.

Troy walks nicely on a leash, with a little weaving back and forth to find the best smells. He is used to riding in a crate in the car, and he's fine with that. He likes having a blanket or sheet to chew on. He's happy to sleep in a crate, or in your bed.

Troy's foster mom says "He is a lovable, friendly, cute dog that just wants to cuddle up in someone's lap."

Troy lived at a dog sanctuary for several years until the 90-year-old founder of the sanctuary passed away.

If you would like to meet Troy, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Ann Rose

ADOPTION PENDING - this dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. Please email us, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this dog if the adoption does not go through.

Princess is an 11 pound, 10-year-old Chihuahua mix. She is a sweet girl who enjoys meeting new people, likes to have her tummy rubbed, and loves to snuggle. She enjoys moderately long walks, and is generally mellow at home, though she does partake in some rambunctious play with plush toys. She's happy to ride in the back of a car or on a passenger's lap.

Princess can be wary when meeting new dogs, but once she gets to know other dogs she likes to play and snuggle with them. She'd be happy as an only pooch or would fit into a pack of dogs. She ignores cats.

Princess has adorable white markings down her back and has white "socks" on with little tan speckles. She is a sweet little gal who will make someone a nice companion.

Princess was adopted in 2011 from POMDR, but one of her guardians passed away and the surviving spouse can no longer care for her.

Pepper Lhasa
Pepper Lhasa

Sponsored By: Jenna, Winston & Leelu Scanlon

Pepper is a 13 pound, 17-year-old pure bred Lhasa Apso. He is a gentle dog who gets along with people, other dogs, and cats.

He has a non-functional right eye that has been that way since he was a pup and doesn't cause him any trouble. He also has limited vision in his left eye. He is quiet and housebroken as long as he has a routine and access to the outdoors. He likes meeting people and dogs, though he doesn't always notice their presence. He wags his little tail constantly and loves to be with company. He enjoys being held and cuddled.

Pepper has a heart condition and is at risk of sudden death from a rupture. He needs a peaceful place to curl up in a comfortable bed and feel secure and loved in his golden years no matter how much longer he has.

Pepper came to POMDR when his guardian passed away. He had been in the same loving home for 17 years.

If you would like to meet Pepper Lhasa, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Lawrence Rosenberg

Rusty is an 18 pound, 10-year-old, wire-haired Terrier mix. He is somewhat interested in other dogs, but will ignore them if they are not very close and greets them briefly otherwise. He loves his walks, but doesn't require a very long walk. He's friendly or indifferent to strangers, though never turns down being petted.

Being a terrier, he is very interested in small mammals and would like to burrow through shrubbery, etc. in pursuit of them. But he's pretty easy to control. We don't know yet whether he behaves the same way with cats.

At home, he is sweet and mellow. He doesn't play with squeaky toys or chew toys or balls; he just wants to hang around his favorite people. He would probably be happiest in a home where he is not left alone for long periods of time, since he really wants to be where his people are. He is vision impaired due to retinal atrophy, but at his last vet visit the disease had not progressed and he still has sight.

Rusty came to us from Salinas Animal Services after coming in as a stray. He had a microchip, but all attempts to contact his previous guardians were met with no response.

If you would like to meet Rusty, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: Barbara & Anza Reitz, Sharilyn Cabelera, Miss P in memory of Skoshi, Lifeline 4 Paws, Susan Charkin

Gracie is a 25 pound, 13-year-old Cocker Spaniel. She bonds strongly to a person and wants to be near you as much as possible, looking at you with her big dark eyes and melting your heart. She loves nothing more than to be held and reassured. She is friendly in a quiet environment, but can get a little overwhelmed and vocal when there is lots of activity. Gracie gets along well with the dogs and cats in the house where she's staying, but she sometimes gets nervous when meeting new dogs. She would probably do best as an only dog, where she could get all the attention she desires.

Gracie rides well in a crate and walks well on a leash. When left at home, she sleeps peacefully. She is learning to be housetrained.

Gracie came to us from a home where she suffered severe neglect that led to ear infections and skin problems. She's doing great now and is looking for a family who likes to sit by the fire and cuddle.

If you would like to meet Gracie, fill out our online adoption application.

Behaviorally Challenged Dogs

From time to time, dogs come into our care that end up having behavior issues. This makes it very difficult to adopt these dogs out. POMDR will care for these dogs only in foster homes with volunteers who are able to manage these issues.

We will only adopt out these dogs to experienced individuals who are knowledgable and confident when working with dogs who need rehabilitation. Adoption into an appropriate home is taken very seriously and adopters are screened carefully to ensure each dog will not be a danger to anyone in the home, visiting the home, or coming into contact with the dog.


Sponsored By: Max Pin, Betty Roberts, John Click

Mayla is a 10 pound, 7-year-old Min Pin/Chihuahua mix. She came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. Not having been socialized, she was very shy and frightened at first, but has since blossomed into a playful and fun little girl in her foster home.

Mayla needs to gain the trust of new people before showing her true personality so she needs a patient adopter, who can take it slowly with her and let her blossom once again in their care.

Once she has her confidence, Mayla enjoys meeting new people and has a waggy tail for friends she has made. She puts her front paws up on their legs as if to say "pet me" and then often dances in a circle. Her guardian taught her some cute things; she fetches and plays with toys, she "high fives", moonwalks when she's particularly happy, and even can find the remote control under the bed covers.

Mayla is always excited about going for walks -- she can hardly contain herself when the harness and leash appear! She can be a bit nippy when her harness is snapped on, but we're working on that. Although she loves children, because of the chance of this nippy behavior, it is best for her to be in an adult-only home.

She is not comfortable with large dogs, but gets along well with other small dogs and cats; she would also do fine as the only pet as long as she would be played and interacted with.

If you would like to meet Mayla, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds, Don and Bette Spagel

Buster is a 10 pound, 11-year-old Maltese. He has lots of positive qualities - is housebroken, is easy to walk on leash and enjoys short walks, is good with other dogs and with cats, and is very smart and quick to learn.

Buster does have a couple of quirks which put him in our Behaviorally Challenged category. He is nervous about being touched and can snap if you startle him. He is fine being petted. But simple things that we take for granted with typical dogs are difficult for him - like bathing, cleaning his eyes, pulling a burr from his fur. If he thinks you are going to try to "do" something to him, he will snap.

He is very difficult to groom, although a few groomers have been able to do it. And he is now on a regular grooming schedule.

He's not a big cuddler, but he does like being near you or sleeping on the foot of the bed. He needs someone who can be patient with him and deal with his quirkiness, and sensitivity issues when it come to touch.

Buster was originally surrendered to Monterey County Animal Services after his person passed away, then he cam to POMDR and was adopted out. He lived with someone for two years and then she got ill and he came back into our program. He has been in his current foster home since October 2011. He needs an experienced dog handler who will respect his stress signals, go slowly with him, and let him be touched on his own terms and muzzle him when necessary for exams, etc.

If you would like to meet Buster, fill out our online adoption application.

All of our adoptable dogs are cared for in quality loving foster homes. Each of our foster homes must meet exceptional standards of care for the dogs they foster and the highest levels of professionalism in all aspects of their volunteer work. Each dog in our program receives a thorough veterinary exam upon intake. The senior dogs also get a senior blood panel and in many cases a dental cleaning and any necessary extractions.

All adopters must agree to a home visit and annual visits throughout the life of the dog in order to adopt one of the dogs entrusted to our care. We do appreciate your willingness to open your heart and your home to a dog in need of a permanent family. We take our role of placing dogs in a new home very seriously and do everything we can to ensure the dogs we place are well cared for throughout their lives.

Often senior dogs make the most grateful companions. They are typically already house broken, know basic commands, need only minimal to moderate exercise, and are content to be safe in a loving home taking a much deserved nap in a peaceful environment. Whether you adopt a senior dog or a younger dog we thank you for helping to save a life!

You may also want to check out animals available for adoption at Animal Friends Rescue Project, Salinas Animal Services, Monterey County Animal Services, the Santa Cruz SPCA, Santa Cruz Animal Services, the SPCA of Monterey County, the Senior Dogs Project, Muttville, Old Dog Haven, and NORCAL Golden Retriever Rescue. Click here for a list of national adoption websites.