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.

Some of these dogs need foster homes. Fostering is a wonderful way to help dogs left behind find their forever homes. You may also want to foster as a way of finding the perfect match for your home if you are looking to add a dog to your family. For a complete list of dogs that need fostering click here.

More information about our adoption policies and process, and info about other places to adopt, is at the bottom of this page.

FOSTER NEEDED - This dog needs a foster home. Fostering is a wonderful way to help dogs left behind find their forever homes. You may also want to foster as a way of finding the perfect match for your home if you are looking to add a dog to your family. For a complete list of dogs that need fostering click here.

Trixie is a 7-year-old, 20 pound Boston Terrier mix. She loves everyone and is great with other dogs. She likes kids, but will get very playful and jump on them. She chases kitties for fun, not to harm them. She could probably be trained to be OK with kitties, but it would take some work.

Trixie loves to take walks, but hasn't gotten to take many lately since her guardian hasn't been able to get out with her. She does pull on leash and will need a little training in that area too. She's house trained and is great on car trips. She's never been crated. Some of her favorite things to do at home are look out the windows to keep track of what's going on in the neighborhood, and play with her stuffed toy that also serves as her pacifier.

Trixie has lived with the same lady since she was a puppy, but now her guardian is in her 90's and is going to have hip replacement surgery in a couple of weeks. Her recovery period may be long and she knows she won't be able to take care of Trixie well enough to keep her. She is very sad to surrender her, but is truly being self-less and thinking of what is best for Trixie.

If you would like to meet Trixie Boston Terrier, fill out our online adoption application.

Cush is a 16 pound, 8-year-old Norwich Terrier mix with soft, long wiry fur. Cush was the faithful sidekick to a man who passed away in an accident last year. He used to go to work with him every day, had a lot of freedom, and would sometimes make his way back home on his own, only to start the adventure over the next day.

After his guardian's passing, he became a bit of a restless soul and kept getting loose and taking himself for walks along dangerous roads. His family picked him up from the shelter several times, but the last time he ended up in the shelter, they decided it was in his best interest to come to POMDR to find a new home.

We find Cush to be a mellow dude, who loves to go for walks, is fine with dogs, but likes his peace and quiet. He is still a little depressed about the changes in his life and needs a new person to bond with and give his life meaning and excitement.

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

Poogi is a 5 year old, 9 pound, Terrier/Chihuahua mix. He's a happy little sweetie who likes attention and is easy to handle. He's very friendly with everyone he meets, be they human or canine. He is a pretty active guy who loves to play with other dogs, and with various toys.

Poogi has been around children as young as 12 years old and was fine. He tries to play with cats, but if the cats don't run, he gives up. Poogi is eager to please, and although he never had training, he's learning commands at his foster's home.

Poogi is house trained and crate trained and rides well in the car. He might whine a little if he's in a different room from his people, but otherwise isn't a vocal dog.

His foster mom says "He is sweet, affectionate, loves to be petted, and loves to be with his person. He is very attentive, playful, and fun. He is a great pet and would be good for a child's pet."

His previous guardians took him in two years ago when he was abandoned, but now they've moved to a place where they can't have a dog. He had been an outside-only dog, chained to a tree, but has now learned to enjoy the comforts of being indoors with lots of love and attention.

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

Albert is a 48 pound, 9-year-old, Border Collie. He is cautiously friendly around new people, and he continues to improve in this area. He ignores small dogs but is fearful of dogs his size or larger. He enjoys going on walks and sniffing while he's doing so, though he is worried about new places, so he needs to go slowly.

Albert's foster home is also occupied by a feisty Min Pin/Chihuahua mix, and Albert gets along well with him. They don't play, but they don't cause each other any trouble either. So far he has shown only very rare and short-lived interest in any toys. He has been fine when left in the house, with backyard access; he generally just rests beneath a desk.

Albert is an intelligent dog who is very friendly with his foster dad. As a people-oriented dog who has been through a lot of trauma, he needs a sheltered, nurturing, and consistent lifestyle, at least for now, in order to continue along the healing path that he's now on.

Albert came to POMDR from a local shelter after being held for several months in protective custody due to a neglect case

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

Barney is a 55 pound, 7-year-old Labrador/Shepherd/Chow mix with thick, long fur. He is an absolute joy. He is happy and friendly and has loves to go for walks, but does pull on the leash. He is fine with other dogs of all sizes. He needs to be in a home without kitties though.

Barney came to us from Sammie's Friends Rescue in Grass Valley. He had been there for nine months. He was well cared for and loved there, but the volunteers felt bad that he was living out his life in a kennel environment and wanted a better quality of life for him. He was passed up for adoption over and over because of his age.

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


Sponsored By: Catherine Burns, Manutech

Gizmo is a 12 year old Terrier/Poodle mix weighing 13 pounds. He was picked up as a skinny stray with skin issues and a cough. Although there were two phone numbers on his collar, neither party claimed him when contacted. He's now in a loving foster home and getting good health care so he's on his way to a happier life.

Gizmo is crate trained, nearly house trained, and will play with toys. He walks nicely on leash, gets along with other dogs, and is a calm guy. He's currently living with a large dog. Gizmo is hearing impaired but does have great vision.

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


Sponsored By: The Wishbone Pet Company

Maeby is a 7 pound, 6-year-old Chihuahua mix. She's a bit shy with new people but warms up quickly. She will walk up very slowly to a new person, but then allows them to pet her, and in turn she gives them kisses. She does the same with children.

Maeby is fine with meeting new dogs unless they are too rambunctious, in which case she worries. She walks very well on a leash in familiar places. In new or very busy places she can get spooked and try to pull to somewhere that looks safe. Her foster family is working on this.

Maeby can walk happily for miles, but at home she's very mellow, spending much of her time napping or sitting in laps. She gets along very well with the other dogs in her foster home. They don't play often but they hang out together. She overcame some initial nervousness with the household cats to the point where she now ignores them unless they are too persistent about pestering her.

She does some whining when left alone in an ex-pen or crate, but will settle down in about 15 minutes. She rarely barks, and usually will bark only one time if she does feel the need.

Maeby's foster mom reports: "Maeby's best trait is how affectionate she is. She is constantly doting on both my husband and I. She is also the best cuddle buddy anyone could ask for. She loves bed time and will fall asleep in your arms or right next to your head (she has her own pillow)."

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.


Sponsored By: Manutech

Jonah is a 13 pound, 6-year-old Miniature Poodle. He enjoys meeting new people, and will come closer for attention. He likes to be petted gently. Once he has established trust with you, he likes to be picked up and held.

Jonah walks nicely on the leash, though he sometimes pulls and barks at other dogs along the way. When he gets back home he is ready to rest. He is living with three other dogs and gets along fine with them. He likes to follow his foster brothers around, and sometimes wants to play with them. More often he plays with squeaky toys and rolls around on his back.

At his foster home, he is left behind a baby gate in the kitchen. He gets a treat when left, and that's just fine with him. He rides quietly in the car. He is working on his crate training and is also working on his house training.

His foster mom says: "Jonah is an affectionate and loving little guy. He has a joyful personality. He is eager to learn. Jonah is a happy little guy who loves to snuggle."

Jonah was found in Greenfield, a matted mess. He was taken to a local shelter, but no one came looking for him. He is eager to start a new, better chapter in his life.

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


Sponsored By: Big Dog Rescue

Rocky is a 62 pound, 10-year-old Lab/Shepherd mix. He is a happy, bouncy, well-mannered guy, with a loving and boisterous spirit. He loves people, including kids, and will go up to any new person, tail a-wagging. He sometimes has a short attention span and will move on if a lot of things are going on. Then other times he will lean up against someone he has just met to be petted some more. At an adoption event, he sat or stood while a baby crawled around him and petted him. When he got tired of it, he slowly and gently backed away.

Rocky loves other dogs too. He gets along great with a cattle dog at his foster home. They greet each other with kisses, share dog beds, and play together. Every rare once in a while, he will get a little over exuberant and won't let up. The cattle dog will give a gentle warning growl, and Rocky will back off. When he meets new dogs, he usually politely sniffs, and sometimes wants to play, occasionally to the point of annoying the other dog. Rocky does not get along with cats and should be in a cat-free home.

Rocky has moderate energy. He loves to explore his surroundings and is interested in everything, though only mildly interested in toys. But he is also just as happy cuddling on the couch or at your feet.

Rocky has run of the house and back yard (via a dog door) at his foster home. He used to whine a little when left at home, but he has gotten over that. Usually he's asleep when his foster family returns. He is house trained.

He is on thyroid medication for hypothyroid and medication for a liver issue too. These are both lifelong medications.

Rocky likes riding in the car and looking out the window. When parked he will bark at passersby on foot or bicycle, though he's also willing to lie down in the back seat and sleep.

His foster mom reports: "Rocky is very mild mannered, and well behaved. His tail is wagging most of the time, He almost always has a smile on his face. He loves to give kisses, and loves to cuddle and be petted. He's just a sweet good ol' boy. His eyes will melt your heart."

Rocky came to POMDR from Big Dog Rescue. He had been rescued by them in 2011 after enduring a lifetime of neglect and mistreatment. Then he was adopted by a lovely woman and they had three wonderful years together until she passed away suddenly. It was a few days before anyone found the deceased and Rocky had been by her side the whole time.

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

Puppup and Lulu
Puppup and Lulu

Sponsored By: Jan Nelson, in loving memory of Mikey Rebollar -Dutton

Puppup is a 12-year-old Black Lab and Lulu is a 6-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. They are both sweet, fun, mellow dogs. They are devoted to each other, and we'd love for them to stay together.

Puppup loves her morning walks, pulling a little at first but then slowing to nice easy pace. If she meets another dog, she will politely sniff or just ignore it and keep going. Lulu loves her walks too, as long as she's with her best pal Puppup. She'll follow Puppup's lead in interacting with other dogs.

At home they both love to chew nylabones and they play with each other, which is very funny and sweet. They are fine being left home together, and they also both love car rides. Outdoors, Lulu is friendly with new people and Puppup is polite but not overly friendly. At home, Puppup will initially bark at a new person, but then will sniff politely and act a little shy. Lulu will bark protectively at the doorbell and then comically run away. The rest of the time Lulu rarely barks.

Puppup seems a little unsure about children, so the dogs would probably do best in a calm household without young children. Neither dog seems interested in cats.

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.


Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

Moritz is a 28 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 enjoys 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.

FOSTER NEEDED - These dogs need a foster home. Fostering is a wonderful way to help dogs left behind find their forever homes. You may also want to foster as a way of finding the perfect match for your home if you are looking to add a dog to your family. For a complete list of dogs that need fostering click here.

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 most other dogs (will growl at some), 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 most other dogs (will growl at some). 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 & likes to sleep with her person. Their foster says "They are very happy, devoted, well trained pups."

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 pound, 15-year-old Chihuahua mix. He is an easy going, well behaved mellow senior fellow. He doesn't pay attention to other dogs or cats.

Like many elderly dogs, Rudy is mostly blind and essentially deaf. He also has some arthritis, and can't navigate stairs without assistance. He walks slowly but well on a leash, and he enjoys a leisurely stroll with lots of sniffing.

Rudy is a gentle soul but due to his blindness, and possibly the pain of some infected teeth, he sometimes reacts if someone tries to touch him around his head. His dentistry has now been completed, and we hope that as he heals he will be less reactive.

Rudy spends most of his time contentedly sleeping. At night he likes to snuggle up next to a person. He deserves to spend his remaining time with a loving, patient home.

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 enjoys 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.

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 enjoys 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.

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


Sponsored By: Pamela Dovala. The Wolf Pack

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 gentle when meeting new people. 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 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. As with many senior dogs, her hearing and eyesight aren't what they used to be.

Gidget's foster mom says: "She is an absolute dear - with hints of impishness that we suspect will blossom once she feels comfortable in a new setting. 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

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.

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. Hannah has some problems with depth perception and peripheral vision so sometimes will bump into things. 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.


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 loves to go for walks and will try to leave his yard and mosey around so his new home must have a secure fence.... especially "under" the fence.

He is great with other dogs, and sniffs and wags his tail when he meets them. He rides well in a car and has been on 8-hour trips. 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. To know Snickers is to love him, but you have to quietly appreciate him as he's never over the top about anything. He's an easy keeper with a droll personality.

Snickers is a lovable dog who enjoys sitting on a lap or laying at your feet. He loves being with his person/people pretty much more than anything. He is happy to hang out all day and quietly snuggle. Every once in a while he will reach up, crawl onto your chest and give kisses. His foster says "Someone who wants a well-behaved cuddle bug is going to love him. He will fit right into a spoiled lifestyle!" He 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, surrendered him to POMDR when she could no longer care for him.

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

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.

Toby is a 14 pound, 7-year-old Maltese mix. He is an all around wonderful dog who is great with meeting new people, and new dogs. When he meets a new dog, he will politely sniff and then move on. He is respectful of cats.

Toby walks nicely on a leash and knows basic commands. He's happy with long or short walks. He likes to play with squeaky toys and throw toys.

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 will sleep the night through and not get up until his person does.

Toby loves attention but is also willing to just lie by your side peacefully. At home, when he's not otherwise engaged.

Toby came to POMDR when his guardian moved to a nursing home due to Alzheimer's.

Peyton is a 61 pound, 5-year-old McNab mix (a breed similar to Border Collie). She does not have a tail. She is an athletic dog who needs to be with an active person or family; she would do great with someone who walked or hiked every day. She likes the beach and is not afraid of the water.

Even though Peyton has a lot of energy, she is calm and mellow in the house. She is polite, does not get on the furniture, and loves her bed. She loves to be with people. She's pretty quiet, barking at appropriate times to outside noises and people at the door, and sometimes if she wants to play or is excited about her meal. She is interested in the dog-savvy cat at her foster home but leaves her alone.

Peyton loves to play ball; she's very good at chasing and retrieving. She also likes her squeaky toys. When her foster people are done playing and put the toys away, Peyton understands that the game is over and doesn't pester. She is also happy to entertain herself with a chew toy.

Peyton gets along with other dogs and occasionally plays with them but isn't overly interested in them. She is more of a people-oriented dog. On leash, she pulls and occasionally raises her hair at other dogs. Off leash, she stays right with you, comes when called, and doesn't pay a lot of attention to other dogs after greeting them appropriately. She is not aggressive but she will try to be the alpha dog.

She is left free at her foster home, with a dog door to the yard. She has been great. She hasn't bothered anything, chewed anything up, dug any holes, etc. She is also crate trained but she's been so well-behaved that she hasn't had to use the crate after the first few days at her foster home.

Peyton's foster parent reports: "I love her sweet and gentle nature. She is wickedly smart, intuitive and fun! I can take her anywhere and in any situation and be confident in her good behavior. She is a spark plug with terrific energy. She fills our house with her energy and love. She is a herding breed with a big personality and is really focused on her person."

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.

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

FOSTER NEEDED - This dog needs a foster home. Fostering is a wonderful way to help dogs left behind find their forever homes. You may also want to foster as a way of finding the perfect match for your home if you are looking to add a dog to your family. For a complete list of dogs that need fostering click here.

Hank is a 17 pound, 9 year old chi-weenie with a dash of terrier mix. He was found as a stray on the streets of Salinas. His big, expressive eyes say there is a story here. Don't you just wish he could tell us?

Always ready for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, along the beach, or a nice car ride followed by a cuddle and kisses on the sofa after a long day of exploring. Hank's tail never stops wagging. He is a happy, sweet boy looking for his forever home.

Hank gets along with other dogs, big or small, but enjoys the company of humans the most, also big or small. Gentle hands please, though, due to a sore back he had when he first came in to our care. Better now, Hank takes a little doggie NSAID for this. No problem, he even likes the taste! Otherwise, Hank is a healthy boy with the energy and attitude of a younger dog.

This handsome boy is house-trained once he understands where he needs to go for his business, likes to sleep in his dog bed set close to your bed. Or in your bed, if you allow - he'd be thrilled! Always the gentleman, Hank is easy on leash and well-mannered around the house. He knows some very basic commands and barks only as appropriate. Willing to learn, he is food-motivated and aims to please for the adopter who enjoys the challenge.

So, if you are looking for a dog in turn-key condition, who will bring some joy in to your life and wants to always be by your side, Hank is your guy!

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.

They are currently enrolled in the UnChained program, which matches at risk youth with shelter dogs who can benefit from training to help make them more adoptable.

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.


Sponsored By: John Click, in honor of Joe Buck

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.


Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

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. But she is also all dog, a tiny alpha doggie, charmingly bossy.

Tiki's cuteness is enhanced by her tongue's hanging out, because she has no teeth to hold it in. This is very common in tiny dogs whose teeth are very shallowly rooted. She eats just fine.

Tiki loves to go for a ride or a walk, but what with her old-doggie kneecaps, she doesn't get far on her own and tends to be carried most of the time. (Yet when she wants to, she runs like the wind.) When she is actually walking, she meets other dogs and people nicely. At the dog park, she bosses 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.

Tiki is on a special diet to control some allergies and takes daily medications for her eyes and to regulate her thyroid levels. She has had some glaucoma problems, but her eye pressure is very low now (Yea!), and her eyes do not hurt. However she does need monthly pressure checks to make sure they are staying healthy.

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 is fine with kids who interact with him gently. 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. He also does well with cats. Moreno is learning to walk on leash, is fine when you carry him, and will stay close when he's off leash.

Moreno is a hardy boy, but mellow. Although he has only a few teeth, he still likes to chew on a bone and will sometimes spin and jump when it's meal time. Moreno most enjoys being with people, and likes to be in your lap. He does fine when left alone. He's also a good traveler who does well in the car. He's a cute boy who wants nothing more than to be in your arms.

He is a natural therapy dog and recently brightened the lives of some seniors in assisted living when he paid them a visit.

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 and Margaret 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.


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.


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

FOSTER NEEDED - This dog needs a foster home. Fostering is a wonderful way to help dogs left behind find their forever homes. You may also want to foster as a way of finding the perfect match for your home if you are looking to add a dog to your family. For a complete list of dogs that need fostering click here.

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 friendly and confident with people that he knows. He has a lively personality, but also sleeps a lot when by himself, so he's not "always on". He is a little leery of some men, but not all. After perhaps some initial barking, he is often disinterested in new people, though sometimes stays around them for a while looking for attention.

Troy tends to bark at new dogs, particularly large ones, and stay away from them. However, his fellow foster dog is a polite sniffer, and Troy is starting to follow his lead. At home he doesn't play with his fellow dog, but he does like to goof around with his foster mom. He doesn't seem interested in toys. He has chased cats.

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.

Troy is happy to sleep in a crate, or in your bed. He sleeps the night through until his foster mom wakes up, no matter the hour or the previous day's activity. He is very dependent and adoring. He'd love to spend all his time at his person's side.

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.