Patricia J. Bauer Center:
615 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
11am - 4pm, Monday - Saturday
or by appointment

Adoptable dogs available by appointment only.

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.

All of our dogs are in foster homes. To meet an adoptable dog, we will need to set up a meet and greet with the dog's foster parent.

Here's why older dogs are particularly rewarding to adopt.

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.


Archie Lab
 
Archie Lab

Sponsored By: Marjorie Bullock

Archie is a 5-year-old, 70 pound Labrador. This big, energetic, lovable guy can't wait to find his forever home! He was picked up as a stray and sadly, no one came to get this handsome boy. Archie is thriving at his foster home where he has room to run and will likely make someone a perfect hiking or jogging buddy! He also adores chasing his tennis ball and would like to find someone who lets him put his retrieving skills to good use. An active adopter who can get him the exercise he needs is a must. He does well with other dogs of all sizes.

Archie is a fabulous dog who would love to show you that he's obedient and even knows a few commands! He's going to make someone a fun companion.

Archie came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

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

Miss Jet
 
Miss Jet

Sponsored By: Pam Bonsper

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.

Miss Jet is a 6-year-old, 50-pound German Shepherd. The first thing you should know about her is she loves people. The second thing you should know about her is she really, really loves people. This dog never met a stranger. Within moments of greeting her, you have a new best friend who's happy to go wherever you do - on rides in the car, out for a walk, or just relaxing at home.

Before coming to POMDR, Miss Jet spent many of her years as an outdoor-only dog. But that doesn't mean she's totally lacking in manners. She's house-trained and sleeps in a crate at night. She's currently getting some extra schooling on how to be social with other animals. Her herding instinct is intact, and she can come on a little strong at times, so she would likely do best in a home where she can be the only pet in the home.

Miss Jet has really taken to being an inside dog at her foster home. She snuggles happily in her dog bed with a big smile on her face, glad to finally be part of the family. She can get a little nervous when left outside, most likely because she fears she'll be left out there all night like she used to be. When you open that door, she bounds through it with joy in her heart and is happy to have just a little bit of your attention.

She is getting over a skin infection that left her with a few bald patches that are slowly healing. We expect full recovery and anticipate Jet will need to be on flea meds going forward.

Jet came to us when her guardian could no longer care for her. She still has plenty of love to give to a forever family who's looking for a playful, energetic, beautiful girl.

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

Charley
 
Charley

Sponsored By: Gabriela Borrego

Charley is 12-year-old, 20-pound Chow/Pomeranian mix. This sweet senior was surrendered to an overcrowded shelter in Southern California by his guardian, and a good samaritan chose to rescue him and sponsor his care when she saw a video of him terrified and confused in his kennel. We're so glad she did - Charley is a delightful little guy and will make some lucky person a fun companion.

When you're out and about with Charley, be ready for some attention. His big smile, unique looks and sassy trot draw a crowd. His foster mom says people who pass him on walks often get big smiles on their faces, and many ask what kind of dog he is. He loves the attention, which may be why he enjoys going on walks each day.

Charley is friendly and gentle with everyone - other dogs and people of all ages. He is currently living in his foster home, with three dogs of various sizes and three cats. He is part of the pack and gets along splendidly with all members of his family. He loves going on trips in the car with the other dogs. He has no problem waiting while his foster parent does errands. Charley is house trained, walks well on a leash, and sleeps quietly though the night on his bed near his person. He is a very well balanced, confident, sweet dog with an adorable underbite that you're sure to love. In other words, he is the total package!

Charley is such a good, kind, well-behaved boy, we think he must have been well-loved in the first chapter of his life. We're hoping his next chapter includes the same.

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

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Eli is a 2.5-year-old, 70 pound Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix. He's a wonderful, energetic boy who would love to find an active family to be part of. He'll be the perfect hiking or beach buddy and he gets along well with other dogs.

Eli is very intelligent and he already knows many commands (he has an extensive vocabulary!). He is house-trained and walks well on a leash but he's also a strong dog. He's playful with gentle children and currently shares his home with a senior kitty.

Eli's senior guardian adores him but is undergoing two knee surgeries and knows she won't be able to give him the exercise he needs moving forward. He has been a loved dog since puppyhood.

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.

Luka is a 9-year-old, 62-pound Terrier mix. He's bursting with character and energy and literally jumps for joy and "talks" when it's time to go for a walk, his favorite activity in the whole world. His enthusiasm for his daily walk means he tends to pull a bit on leash and is overly eager to play with every dog he sees, but he's being trained to do better. We know he'll catch on because he's one smart cookie.

Luka is both house-trained and crate-trained, and he knows basic commands. You can even use hand signals (sit, stay, down, come) to get him to behave. He knows how to shake hands, too. Luka is a happy-go-lucky boy who would love to sit in your lap if you'd let him. Since he's a little big for that, belly rubs and head scratches will do just fine. Luka adores other dogs and would love to have one or two in his future family. We aren't sure what he thinks of cats.

He's being treated for thyroid issues that require one inexpensive pill a day, but otherwise he's very healthy for his age. The vet recently reduced his thyroid dosage, which we think will calm him down quite a bit.

Luka has been a loved dog his whole life. His original guardian passed away, and he was rehomed with another person who loves him dearly. Sadly, she is now ill and cannot continue to care for him. We hope to find him a third and final loving home to live out his golden years.

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

Mocha

Sponsored By: Droopy Dawg in Palo Alto

Mocha is an 8-year-old, 64-pound Labrador/Pitbull/Aussie mix. Don't you love her big smile, red coat, adorable ears, and white-spotted socks? What you can't see is the way she prances when she walks and how sweet and mellow she is to be around.

She is a bit shy in new situations but has really blossomed under the care of her foster family. With a touch of patience and some TLC, she'll warm right up to you too. Mocha thrives in a laid-back environment where she can relax in her doggie bed - or maybe on yours.

Mocha is getting better and better on the leash. She's much happier when taking short jaunts down a quiet street or on a trail, away from the city noises that make her nervous. If she's around a lot of commotion, she tries to pull you back home to her comfort zone.

When meeting other dogs and strangers, she's a mix of friendly, polite and bashful.

The way to really get Mocha's attention is to tempt her with a treat. She knows basic commands and will sit, lie down or stay in exchange for a tasty morsel. Overall, she's really easy to communicate with and could probably expand her list of commands with a little bit of work.

Before coming to POMDR, Mocha was a loyal and loved family member, but her people moved to housing that doesn't allow pets. She's ready for a new, soft place to land.

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

Matisse, nicknamed "Mattie," is a 15-year-old, 16 pound Eskimo dog who is mostly blind and totally sweet. She is a little shy being in the kennel environment at the shelter, but perks up once she's outside. She is alert and curious. She is very easy to handle and has a beautiful, soft coat. She politely sniffs other dogs but doesn't have much interest in them past that. She is house-trained and she rides well in the car.

Mattie's guardians are both senior citizens who have recently become ill. They had to move into assisted living and made the difficult decision to surrender her to the shelter. Mattie is coming to us from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

If you would like to meet Matisse aka Mattie, fill out our online adoption application.

Coco Chanel is an 8-year-old, 6 pound Toy Poodle whose guardian recently passed away.

Coco Chanel is so friendly with new people and strongly prefers to be in your lap. Yes, we know she's insanely adorable in her tiny pink pajamas! She has a shy but gentle personality. Coco Chanel is quite content spending her days snuggling in a warm spot and has a mellow activity level. She will make a great companion for someone who is home a lot and wants a cuddle buddy. She is fine with other dogs of all sizes. Coco is working on her house-training at her foster home and making progress.

Coco Chanel would be an easy fit in a quiet household where she gets lots of TLC.

If you would like to meet Coco Chanel II, 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.

Dasher is a 10-year-old, 16 pound Poodle who needs a soft place to land and some TLC. He came into the shelter in dire need of a grooming and with a sinus infection - we're happy to report he's already improving quickly. He's been groomed and is looking dapper! This senior boy is vision-impaired and has some age-related hearing loss (so he might jump if you sneak up on him) but once he knows it's you he just wants to be scratched and cuddled. He's very gentle and does well with other dogs.

The ophthalmologist assessed Dasher's eyes and believes they are painful. He is scheduled to have a bi-lateral eye removal very soon. He already had diminished vision so we're hoping this will allow him to have the most comfortable life possible.

Dasher came to us from the Hollister Animal Shelter.

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

Maeby

Sponsored By: The Wishbone Pet Company

Maeby is a 7 pound, 7-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 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, and they play together nicely. Maeby enjoys just hanging out, too, preferably with a "knee cap" to chew on!. Maeby overcame some initial nervousness with the household cats to the point where she now ignores them unless they are too persistent about pestering her.

Maeby is fine 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 somewhere that looks safe. Her foster family is working on this.

When you have to go out without Maeby, she does fine with free roam inside the house and access to a doggie door so that she may go outside into the yard whenever she wishes. Being confined seems to stress her a bit. Maeby rarely barks, and usually will bark only once if she does feel the need.

Maeby's foster mom reports: "Maeby's best trait is how affectionate she is. She constantly dotes on her people. She is also the best cuddle buddy anyone could ask for. She loves bed time and will fall asleep in your arms, right next to your head (she has her own pillow), or under the covers if you'll let her!"

Maeby originally came to us from the Watsonville Shelter. She was adopted by a loving family several months ago, but one of their dogs is afraid of Maeby so we are looking for a new home for her.

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

ADOPTION PENDING - These dogs are on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in these dogs, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dogs becomes available again.

Peggy Sue and Susie Q are 4-year-old Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mixes and they're sisters. They are described as "cute cute CUTE" and they're really friendly with new people. They enjoy being handled and playful girls. They enjoy chasing a tennis ball or a toy (they're still working on the part where they bring it back). They're curious and interested in their environment. They do well with other dogs and walk well on leash. Peggy Sue and Susie Q enjoy a good belly rub and snuggling with you. Their foster mama says "they are very easy keepers."

Peggy Sue and Susie Q's guardian passed away and their groomer has been taking care of them. She can no longer continue to do so and they are coming to POMDR to find their new forever family.

Gus Doxie
 
Gus Doxie

Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds

Gus is a 14-year-old, 20 pound Dachshund who came to us when his guardian moved into assisted living. He was very loved but overfed and he's currently in the process of shedding some pounds - an adopter committed to his healthy diet and some exercise would be best.

Gus is a little coy at first but warms up very quickly with new people. He is house-trained, walks well on a leash and even knows a few basic commands. He gets along well with other dogs but isn't a big fan of kitties and needs to go a feline-free home.

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

As you can see, this little Mama is adorable! Mama is an 8-year-old, 13 pound Pug mix and she is CUTE! Mama attaches quickly to new friends and will be asking to get in your lap within a few minutes of sweet talking. She's great with dogs of all sizes and would probably prefer to live with another pup in her home. She is a spunky girl who will enjoy going for hikes or trips to the beach. She is energetic, fun and she walks well on leash.

Mama's specialized skills include lap warming, giving tiny kisses and keeping a smile on your face. She's good with gentle children. It's possible she would be fine with a dog-savvy cat in her family. She is also crate-trained.

Like many little dogs she has a luxating patella. It does not seem to slow her down or cause her any discomfort and the veterinarian didn't recommend treatment at this time. She is able to keep up with the big dogs on steep, muddy hikes and loves her long morning walks.

Mama was surrendered to POMDR with Sadie (also available for adoption) when their guardian became suddenly very ill and could no longer care for them. They are more focused on their people than each other so we think they will be fine going to separate, loving homes.

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

Dixie Chick
 
Dixie Chick

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Dixie is a 13-year-old, 17-pound Shih Tzu. She is as mellow and loving as they come. And boy does she love food! She may generally have the lower energy level you'd expect from an older dog, but when food is involved she'll practically do back flips to charm it out of your hands. Even when it's something healthy like carrots (her favorite snack). Her new family will probably need to take her on regular walks to help her lose a few pounds.

Dixie Chick still has some pep in her step and enjoys her walks. She's not setting any speed records, but she does walk nicely on a leash. She's polite to the dogs she encounters and never barks. Dixie isn't big on playing. She's just happy to coexist with other dogs and people. She fits in beautifully with everybody in her foster-family pack, which includes several dogs and kitties. She's self-sufficient and reliably house-trained. She also knows how to use puppy pads, if needed, and appreciates easy access to the outside.

Dixie isn't demanding, aggressive or vocal. She takes lots of naps throughout the day, lounging on a blanket or in her dog bed. At night, she's happy to cuddle next to you. When it's mealtime, it's a good idea to keep Dixie separated from other dogs' bowls. If you don't, this hungry little gal is likely to eat their food as well as hers.

Like most senior dogs, Dixie has some age-related hearing and vision loss. This doesn't slow her down one bit - she keeps up with the rest of the dogs, jumps on the furniture (if invited) and is fine navigating stairs. She needs eye drops each day and is very good about letting you put them in. She's also on a daily allergy medication.

Dixie came to us when her guardian was going into assisted living and felt she couldn't offer Dixie the life she deserved.

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

Angel is a darling 14-year-old, 47 pound Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. She is a sweet, senior gal who deserves a loving home for the rest of her golden years. She is curious and gentle with other dogs and friendly with strangers. In her day, she enjoyed playing with children so we know she's fine with gentle kids in her family, even though her "rough housing" days have come to an end. She tolerates kitties in her family and is just a really good dog who needs somewhere soft to land. She still enjoys being out in the sunshine, so someone with a warm patio and lots of time to give her TLC would be perfect.

Angel is house-trained but she does take a daily medication for incontinence, which works well for controlling accidents. She knows basic commands and walks well on the leash. She has some age-related hearing and vision loss. Angel has a tough time on slippery floors but loves to wander around a yard or carpeted house.

Angel has been a loved member of a family for the last 16 years but they are struggling to care for her and know that she deserves better in her senior years.

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

Sadie is a 5-year-old, 12 pound Terrier mix who is a total love bug and lap warmer. She can be shy when you first meet her but warms up within minutes and is then happy to be up in your lap. She's a little on the heavy side and would likely benefit from a good walking routine! She has plenty of pep in her step so this should be fun for her adopter to do with her. She's really sweet and does well with other dogs of all sizes. Sadie is crate-trained and does well with gentle children.

Sadie was surrendered to POMDR with Mama (also available for adoption) when their guardian became suddenly very ill and could no longer care for them. They are more focused on their people than each other so we think they will be fine going to separate, loving homes.

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

Arthur Terrier
 
Arthur Terrier

Sponsored By: Susan Johnson Willey

Arthur is a 12-year-old, 12 pound Terrier mix. He's a great little guy who gets along well with other dogs and is so happy when meeting new people. He's currently living with another dog and they get along fine. Based on his temperament, it's likely he would be okay with gentle children in his future family - he's just a low-key guy. Arthur is house-trained, crate-trained and walks well on a leash, although it won't take a long walk to tucker him out.

Arthur ignores kitties unless they run away from him, so it's possible he would be fine with a dog-savvy cat in his home. At night he sleeps quietly in a dog bed on the floor near you. He's an easy-keeper who just wants to keep you company.

Arthur was picked up as a stray and taken to a shelter but couldn't go up for adoption because of his age-related health issues. The good samaritan who rescued him offered to foster him for POMDR until he finds a forever home.

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

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Tanik is such a lovable guy! He is a 10-year-old, 95 pound Husky mix who adores everyone he meets, including kids. He's is really gentle and cruises around the room meeting-and-greeting with anyone that will give him some affection. He's great with dogs of all sizes and really prefers to have a dog-buddy in his family. He's also good with cats (even if the cat doesn't care for him). Tanik has a sweet demeanor you're sure to fall in love with.

This big boy won't need super long walks to wear him out, he seems pretty content to go for a short stroll and then lounge by your side. He's pretty low-maintenance in that regard. He is house-trained and walks well on a leash.

Tanik came to POMDR when his family could no longer care for him.

Gwennie and Coco Girl
 
Gwennie and Coco Girl

Sponsored By: Suzanne and Jim Salata

ADOPTION PENDING - These dogs are on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in these dogs, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dogs becomes available again.

Gwennie and Coco Girl are truly precious! When you pick one of them up to cuddle in your lap, the other politely puts her tiny feet on your knee and asks to be included in the party. They are sure to keep their adopter smiling and giggling with their darling antics and little kisses. Gwennie is 6-years-old and Coco Girl is around 10-years-old. They are toy Poodles and weigh less than 10 pounds each. They are very bonded and we'd like to keep them together.

These girls are attentive and intelligent and above all else, affectionate. They fall in love quickly and so will you. They're great with all new people and get along with dogs of all sizes.

Coco Girl has limited vision and may have some eye issues that will be looked at by our vet. She gets around great for a dog with sight issues and both dogs are explorative and curious about their surroundings. They walk well on leash.

Gwennie and Coco Girl were found in a box with a note and some supplies before ending up at the SPCA for Monterey County.

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Annie Oakley is a 9-year-old, 80 pound Aussie/English Setter mix. She's such a doll. Annie has such a wonderful, gentle personality and has been a loved dog her whole life but her guardian is very ill and can no longer keep her. Annie's goal weight is about 60 pounds, so she will need an adopter who can help give her a healthy diet and enough exercise. She's already making progress in her foster home!

Annie is a quiet sweetheart who is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly (giving her little cookies doesn't hurt!). She's all wags when meeting new dogs and gets along with pups of all sizes, although she isn't very playful. She walks well on a leash and she is house-trained. She rides well in the car.

Annie Oakley is great with gentle children and spent some of her life helping out at a pre-school with her guardian. We know someone will be VERY lucky to have this girl in their family!

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

This beautiful babe is Stella! Stella is a wiggly, happy 9-year-old, 60 pound Pitbull who is a great ambassador for how wonderful and loving this breed can be. She does great with dogs of all sizes, wagging her tail excitedly when she meets new pups. When you stop to greet this big goofy girl, she will cover you in kisses and climb in your lap if you let her, or she'll sit by your knee with a big, wide smile. She's a real love bug and a passionate kisser (photographic evidence provided!).

Stella has a few pounds to lose; she'd be more than happy to accompany you for walks around the neighborhood. She rides well in the car. Someone is going to be very lucky to be Stella's new best friend! Beware, this little Pittie snores but also loves you so much she wants to sleep near you. We would love to find her an adopter who doesn't mind her snoring!

Stella has some minor medical issues that are being resolved (as best as possible) while in our care. She has gingival hyperplasia (an overgrowth of the gum tissue) that is going to be surgically corrected. She also has some small growths on her belly that are most likely hemangeomas or low grade hemangiosarcomas (this will be determined with a biopsy).

Stella also has moderate elbow dysplasia. She tends to limp sometimes, favoring her front right leg. This doesn't keep her from loving hikes and playing with her dog-siblings. It's possible medication could give her some relief from any stiffness that she's learned to live with. This has no effect on her happy-go-lucky personality.

Stella came to us from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

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.

Bobby Boy is an affectionate 6-year-old, 15 pound Terrier/Chihuahua mix. He's a lovey-dovey boy who will really fall head over heels for his person. With all of the recent changes in his life, Bobby Boy can sometimes be shy and unsure with new people and situations. He has done extremely well at the doggie daycare where he is being fostered, however, quickly bonding with the staff, and being handled by everyone.

Bobby Boy has a moderate energy level and really enjoys the outdoors. If you're looking for a trail buddy who can also relax at home with you, Bobby could be just perfect. He is good on the leash, especially if you let him take breaks so he can use his nose to take in all the good smells.

He likes to play and socialize in playgroup where there are many dogs. Bobby Boy is often cautious when he meets a new dog, and he prefers to play with dogs his own size. He can be a little intimidated by bigger dogs, though he might be fine with a big dog in his future family if the dog is mellow. Bobby Boy thinks cats are pretty fun to chase and would do better in a home without one.

Bobby Boy is house trained, and he is an easy-going guy with a heart of gold once he gets settled in somewhere. He's a little nervous when he goes for a car ride, but settles down - we think he just needs to go more happy places so he knows car rides are fun! Bobby Boy has a funny little "cauliflower ear" which adds to his character and doesn't cause him any discomfort. He will be the perfect little companion for some special person who is sensitive to his feelings!

Bobby Boy came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

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

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Elsa is a 4 year old, 6 pound Chihuahua mix. She can be a little shy at first, but once she knows you, she is is a real love bug. She gets along fine with other dogs and with cats. With dogs her size, she can be coy and playful in a really cute way. She is house trained and crate trained.

She loves to sit on your lap and sleep under the covers snuggled up close.

She is fearful of the outside world, so does not like going for walks. She doesn't mind riding in a snuggle pouch or stroller, but if expected to walk, she pretty much freezes up. This might improve with training and socialization. Or when the weather is warmer!

She does love playing in her are yard, she'll play fetch with soft toys in the cutest was and likes exploring her yard.

She is extremely smart and listens to what you ask her to do. She is an amazing little dog!

She does fine being home alone or with other dogs. She waits patiently for you to return. She does bark if someone comes to the door. But quiets down when asked to. When she meets someone new, if you place her in their arms, she'll be content being held.

She rides quietly and calmly in the car. She's been riding in her foster mom's car in a crate for safety and does well with that.

Elsa's guardian passed away suddenly in December. She is used to being with people most of the time, she is good with children, but would prefer a quiet household where she can blossom. She is used to be the center of someone's universe and is looking for a similar set up! She is a Countess after all.

Callie

Sponsored By: Couch Rescue Doggies, Mary Callagy in honor of Christine Derr

Callie (previously known as "Mancha") is an 11-year-old, 10-pound Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix. She is a little lover and is incredibly easy to handle. Her foster mom describes her as a "funny, sweet, playful little monkey." She most adores snuggling in a dog bed or under a blanket and darts around like a much younger dog. She is still fun and lively, don't let her age fool you!

Sweet Callie has a mild heart murmur that doesn't require any treatment. She came to us with a non-functional left eye, which had to be removed. She's good with other dogs of all sizes and would fit in easily to a low- to mid-activity level home. She rides nicely in the car. She walks surprisingly fast on the leash and finds comfort in having a loving person around.

Callie walks with a pronounced arch of her lower back. She has been seen by an orthopedic surgeon, and he said she has a chronic intervertebral protrusion. It is not causing her overt pain. She is going to physical therapy (laser and swim therapy) and it definitely helps her feel more spunky. She also takes joint supplements and an anti-inflammatory for pain control.

Callie was part of a family before ending up at the shelter. She was brought in as a stray but her previous guardian was unable to pay the necessary fees to get her back and surrendered her instead.

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

Teddy Maltese
 
Teddy Maltese

Sponsored By: Nina Harrison, Marjorie Bullock, Elaine Elkin, Jennifer Hirsh

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Teddy is an 8-year-old, 9 pound Maltese mix whose dream job is to keep your lap warm! He's a snuggly senior boy who was picked up as a stray and is destined to be a great companion for his lucky adopter. He is also good with other dogs. Teddy has some age-related hearing loss.

Teddy has some difficulty navigating stairs and would do best in a home without them. He's a gentle and so sweet.

Teddy came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

Meagan
 
Meagan

Sponsored By: Roxi Camp(Bell)

Meagan is a 10-year-old, 12-pound Chihuahua mix. This precious gal is unbelievably sweet and can't wait to find her new best friend. Meagan is mellow, polite, and totally easy-going. She'll happily trot from room to room following you around, and you'll make her day when you stop to pet her. She is a total love bug, happy to sit quietly in your lap and give you kisses.

She's great on walks and friendly, but not overly so, to strangers. She rarely barks and can be left to roam free at home, curling up for a nap while she waits for you to return. Meagan is house-trained as long as she has ready access to the outside, and she's comfortable using a doggie door. She likes to go out first thing in the morning and after waking up from a nap.

Meagan gets along with other dogs, though she does like to have her personal space (and personal attention from you). She gets along with cats, too, unless they're skittish. Timid kitties bring out the chase in little Miss Meagan, though she's not much of a threat. She only has two remaining teeth after having a dental done by our veterinarian. This doesn't impact anything other than her needing to have soft food.

Meagan was adopted from a shelter in 2007, but sadly found herself back at the Salinas Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray again. Her microchip was a dead end and now this darling dog is back in need of a forever home where she's truly appreciated. She is going to make someone very lucky. She's just a kind little soul looking for a new family.

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

Destiny
 
Destiny

Sponsored By: Debbie Blue

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Destiny is a 12-year-old, 10 pound Poodle mix who was picked up as a very matted stray. Despite her condition, she is oh-so-sweet with her handlers. Her little tail wiggles when you talk to her and she'll give you tiny kisses of appreciation when you scratch her ears. She rode quietly in the car on her journey from the shelter. She also gets along well with other dogs and because of her super mellow personality it's likely she would be fine with a kitty in her future home.

Unfortunately her eyes are mostly non-functional and are at severe risk of glaucoma, which is painful. The vet may determine that it's in Destiny's best interest to remove them so she can have a more comfortable life.

Destiny is going to need a loving place to recover and get some TLC. She would probably be an easy fit in most quiet homes. She came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

Nikky Aussie
 
Nikky Aussie

Sponsored By: Linda Kunnath

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Nikky is a 6-year-old, 48 pound Australian Shepherd/Sheltie mix. She loves people and passed her temperament evaluation with flying colors.

As we get to know Nikky we are finding that she is a high energy dog who would do best with a family her can give her plenty of exercise. She would thrive going running, hiking, or doing agility.

She is extremely intelligent, but definitely needs an experienced guardian who can help her reach her full potential with training and positive reinforcement.

She has some strong herding dog instincts - she is reactive when on leash to fast moving objects (skateboards, bikes, cars), people, and other dogs. Because of this we also think she would do better in a home without cats. She would do best being walked with a gentle leader or other similar training tool.

She does bond quickly with her person. She's going to be a "velcro" dog when she finds her person!

Nikky definitely lived with someone before, as she already knows how to sit and follow basic commands. She has lots of energy and is incredibly clever, so she'll be perfect for someone who wants to invest time in her training.

She is good with dogs of all sizes when she is off leash. She would probably do best with a single person or an active couple. Because of her energy level and sensitive personality, she would likely do best in a home without children.

Nikky came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

Nyla

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Nyla is a 10-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix who is sweet as honey. Perhaps a smidgen shy, but it takes about two seconds to convince her that you're actually her best friend, and then she is more than happy to be handled and cuddled. She totally loves treats! Cookies are the way to her heart. She already knows "sit" and some other basic commands.

Nyla's favorite activities include going for walks, playing fetch with her toys and snuggling with you. She is house-trained and rides well in the car. Nyla gets along fine with other dogs while she's out and about. She even likes to play with one other dog, but can feel jealous at times and would be just as content being an only-dog in her future home.

Nyla came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County. She was surrendered there with Reilly (also available for adoption) when her family was moving out of the country. After getting to know them, we realized they would okay being adopted out to separate homes.

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

Sparky is a 9-year-old, 19 pound Terrier mix who is just adorable. He's eager to meet new dogs and likes making new friends. He's curious and explorative, happily cruising around his new surroundings to sniff everything. He is gentle with new people, especially when they go slow and feed him little cookies. He loves that.

Sparky seems to have a good energy level and would likely enjoy going for a good, long walk with by your side. We do know that he's not good with kitties (or other small animals) and will need to go to a feline-free home. He would also likely do best in an adult-only home without the energy level of small children, which might make him nervous.

Sparky came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

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

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Charlie is a 5-year-old, 25 pound adorable Poodle mix. Charlie has spent most of his life as an outdoor dog and it's obvious he's really enjoying being in the house with people. He loves lounging in his doggie bed and keeping you nearby. Charlie is a shy guy at first, but once you show him that you have cookies and TLC to give out, he's stuck to your side! He's a quiet boy who doesn't make much noise. Charlie is quickly learning about house-training and his foster said he is making good progress.

Charlie does well with other dogs and, although he is not overly playful, he enjoys the company of the other dogs in his foster home. He's great with gentle children. He's already learned "sit" and we know someone will enjoy teaching him other commands.

Charlie came to us from a guardian who could no longer care for him.

Bella is an 8-year-old, 75 pound Shepherd/Labrador mix. This gorgeous girl knows that size doesn't matter, and she loves to cuddle with her family! She is always ready to play with her little Dachshund foster sibling, too. Bella is a totally wonderful dog, who, along with her guardians who are getting divorced, was heartbroken when neither was able to keep her.

While Bella politely sniffs or ignores new dog friends, she is very friendly when she meets new people, because they can pet her and give her treats. She'll show you her appreciation with a big, happy smile.

Bella is overly interested in cats in her house, so it's probably best if she is in a feline-free home. She is a fabulous beach dog, or she'll do nicely on a leash for a long walk. A car ride suits Bella just fine, too. She'll ride in the backseat with her head out the window or propped between the two front seats so she doesn't miss a thing. She is house-trained and even knows basic commands. She's incredibly intelligent and learns quickly.

At night, Bella sleeps quietly in her bed. She is very loyal and she might feel a little sad when you have to leave her at home and go out. She'll settle down quickly, though, when she learns to trust that you will be coming home to her soon. Bella's great smile has a big, loving heart to match, and she will bring tons of joy to her new forever family!

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

Bunny

Sponsored By: Little Pup Lodge

Bunny is an 8-year-old, 10-pound Toy Fox Terrier mix. This gal is full of character, from her adorable underbite to her cow-like coloring. She was named "Bunny" for her impressive ears, but the name also fits her ability to bounce. Though she's a mostly mellow dog, this little lady will spring up and down when she wants to get your attention. And it works - you just can't deny that cute little face.

She is a good passenger in the car, walks well on a leash, and is a patient shopper when you're out running errands. Bunny is friendly to other dogs and currently sleeps in a big pile of dogs at her foster home. She is still working on her doggie social skills and can be a bit awkward at times because she doesn't always understand when another dog doesn't want to play with her. Isn't that what life's about?

Bunny is very people-focused, and we get the sense she's a little starved for affection. She's got a few lonely years to catch up on in the cuddling department, so be ready for a love bug when you take her home. If you happen to have a green thumb, Bunny loves lying in the grass and watching you do your thing. Though she's not quite 100% house-trained yet, she will use pee pads and go outside if you can coax her out of her warm bed.

She arrived Monterey County Animal Services after being rescued by a good Samaritan. Now we're hoping she can be rescued once more and find the loving home her gentle soul deserves.

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

Maddison
 
Maddison

Sponsored By: Little Pup Lodge

Maddison is a loving 10-year-old, 13 pound Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix. She's totally precious! She has a mostly mellow, laid-back demeanor. She adores basking in the sun or curling up in a warm blanket but don't let that fool you! She perks right up when she sees the leash or wants to go investigate the neighborhood on a walk. She's quite spry for her age and will jump for joy when she feels like it. Although she's mostly quiet and easy-going, she's happy to join the chorus of pups in her house to let you know someone is at the door or if a cat is intruding on her territory. She's great with new people though, so she'll befriend your guest as soon as they enter!

Maddison was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in August 2016. She is responding well to medication and could live several more years as long as she continues with her heart medication. It doesn't seem to effect her great personality and she still matches her energy to yours - lounging when it's time to lounge and perking up when it's time for a walk or something fun!

Maddison came to us from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

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

Max Pin
 
Max Pin

Sponsored By: Dyana Klein

Max is a 10-year-old, 13 pound Miniature Pinscher. This handsome, super social guy is your best friend already, you just don't know it yet! He's never met a "stranger" and is so sweet to all new people. He was surrendered to a local shelter but only because his family could no longer afford to care for him - he was obviously a loved dog in his life. He's such a good boy and is already house-trained, rides well in the car and sleeps soundly in a crate at night.

Max enjoys eating cookies and wiggles his little nub tail when he gets your affection. If you sit down next to him, expect to have a cuddle buddy in your lap! He's great with dogs of all sizes.

Max came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County where he was surrendered by his previous family.

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

Riley

Sponsored By: Karl and Helen Leek

Riley is a 6-year-old, 22 pound Terrier/Mini-Labrador mix. He's a totally sweet boy who is house-trained and even knows some basic commands. He's very respectful and will go back to his bed if you ask him to, but he'd much rather spend time getting your TLC and going for long walks by your side. He'd likely be a great little hiking buddy once he gets comfy in your home. At night, he's content sleeping in his bed on the floor somewhere near you. He rides well in the car and he does fine with other dogs.

Riley can have some separation anxiety, especially when he first moves to a new place. He's shy and will do best in a quiet environment with patient guardians so he can adjust and relax. Once he gets to know you, he's a very loyal buddy! Because of his timid personality, he would likely do best in a home without young children.

Riley's family can't keep him any longer, even though they love him very much. They want him to find a great forever home where he can live life to the fullest.

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

Marshmallow
 
Marshmallow

Sponsored By: Khelifi Pacheco-Litt in memory of Annika

Marshmallow is a soft sweetie, just as her name implies, and she SO deserves a second chance at a happy life. She's an 8-year-old, 50 pound Boxer with an incredibly gentle spirit. Although it is unknown how Marshmallow behaves with cats, she slowly and politely approaches new dogs. She does the same with new people, before showering them with affection. Marshmallow adores the three neighbor boys and is great with kids.

Marshmallow loves to be loved. Though she's okay to be home alone, Marshmallow wants to be where her people are, and prefers them to hanging outside in the yard by herself. She gives lots of kisses, and she would be a lap dog if she could! Marshmallow sleeps peacefully in her dog bed on the floor next to her foster's bed at night. She doesn't play much with toys, but she likes to hide her cookies under her bed, too!

Marshmallow is incredibly easy to handle. She is house-trained, uses a doggie door and she loves to ride calmly in the car. Marshmallow walks nicely on a leash, a quarter to a half mile, a couple of times a day. She does have some trouble walking on hardwood floors because of her bad leg, however, and she wears a bootie on one foot so her legs don't slip out from under her. On surface where she can't slip, Marshmallow does just fine getting around. She even likes to jog with her foster mama! This sweet girl is going to make someone an incredibly beautiful, loyal companion.

Marshmallow did have a mast cell tumor removed from her toe, and a sarcoma removed from her side, and then another mast cell tumor was found. At this point, our vet thinks she is just going to keep producing these tumors so we are treating her with an anti-inflammatory to hopefully slow the growth of these tumors.

She is also being treated for chronic skin allergies.

In addition, Marshmallow has a weak back end. With exercise and good nutrition, however, she has improved, but is definitely still weak. She did some physical therapy and may need more in the future.

A DNA test was done to see if Marshmallow is at risk of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). She does have the gene that predisposes her to this genetic disorder, and she has some of the symptoms, so it is very possible that this disease will continue to progress.

Marshmallow stole the hearts of the shelter staff at Monterey County Animal Services, so they reached out to us to see if we could help find her a forever family. We are looking for someone very special to take her on with all her health issues.

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

Reilly
 
Reilly

Sponsored By: Pam Dovala, JD and Suzanne Parker in memory of Hercules

Reilly is a spunky 11-year-old, 10 pound Chihuahua mix. He's outgoing and social - he plays well with other dogs and loves playing fetch. He's got lots of pep in his step for walks and adores cuddling. He's content relaxing in his dog bed while you work or watch TV but springs to life once you get up. Reilly has a precious little underbite that's sure to steal your heart!

Reilly has lived with kids in his previous home and done well with them. We're not sure how he'd feel about a kitty in his future family. He's inquisitive, smart and lovable. He is also house-trained. Do you have room in your pack for this little guy? He's such an easy keeper.

Reilly came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County with Nyla (also available for adoption). They were surrendered when their family was moving out of the country. After getting to know them, we've realized they would also be okay being adopted out to separate homes.

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

Daisy Maisy
 
Daisy Maisy

Sponsored By: Jessica Thomson, Courtney and Arthur

This precious little one-eyed lady is Daisy Maisy! She is an 11-year-old, 17 pound Terrier/Chihuahua mix and she'll steal your heart with a wink and a smile! She has a good, yet mellow, energy level, and she gets a little more excited at meal time. One of her favorite activities is going for short walks around the neighborhood with you, and Daisy will love to go for a car ride with you, too.

Daisy Maisy lived in a family with both cats and older children and did well with them. She is good with other dogs and falls in love with most people that she meets. Daisy Maisy quickly rolls over to ask her new friends for belly rubs!

Daisy Maisy's missing eye has no effect on her great personality - we don't know how long it has been missing, but she has adapted well. She has been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease and she is being treated for it. Though this is is a chronic disease, she is easily medicated, and as she adores being near you, Daisy will be easy to monitor throughout her life.

Daisy Maisy was mostly an outdoor dog who slept in a dog house at night in her previous life. She deserves to come inside and be part of a loving family. Other than reminding Daisy not to jump on the couch, she is doing well with 'run of the house' while her current foster family is away. She'll miss you a bit when you go out, and she'll be all happy tail wags and wiggles when you return! She came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County where she was surrendered when her family moved into housing that didn't allow pets.

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

Bubbles Peek
 
Bubbles Peek

Sponsored By: Pam Dovala

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Bubbles is a 13-year-old, 10-pound Peek-a-Poo. That's a Pekingese/Poodle mix, and boy is she a cutie. She's also very sweet. She loves being right in the middle of things and right next to you. Her foster takes her to restaurants and to visit friends, and Bubbles is a perfect little lady when she's with her person. She's so relaxed, in fact, she often falls asleep in her foster's lap.

Bubbles is friendly with other dogs and tends to ignore the cat she lives with in her foster home. She's crate-trained and walks well on a leash. Another dog in her home taught her to bark when people arrive, which she thinks is great fun, but she's very friendly once she's met your visitors. She particularly enjoys the company of gentle children and is an all-around mellow presence. At night she prefers to sleep on her human's bed, so her perfect adopter likes to snuggle. She will sleep on her dog bed, if you prefer it.

Bubbles can be vocal when she's under stress, and the transition from her previous life hasn't been easy for her. Her beloved senior guardian passed away, and family wasn't able to keep her. When she first came to us, she literally cried for her mama and was inconsolable. Then we watched her slowly settle in, and soon enough she was enjoying the sunshine on the deck and sitting happily in our laps. She would love someone to give her TLC and make her feel comfortable and part of the family again.

We think she'd be happiest and have the easiest transition with an adopter who's around much of the time and can help her be ok with being left alone occasionally. Bubbles is not destructive at all when left, she just cries, but she is getting better.

Wagon

Sponsored By: Joanna Miller

Wagon is a 6-year-old, 10 pound Wire Hair Dachshund/Terrier mix and he's a TOTAL love bug! He's happy, wiggly and always smiling. Wagon has a different kind of smile because he's missing a portion of his lower jaw. The infection that led to this is gone, but his charming personality and his zest for life are definitely not! As long as Wagon's food is soft, he's good to go.

Wagon does walk very nicely on a leash, and he even gets excited to see how fast he can run for short bursts if you want to. Mostly, he's a stop and smell the roses kind of walker, and he loves his walks so much, he'll plant his feet for a minute to let you know he wants more.

Wagon is great with other dogs! It is important to remember, however, that his lower jaw is very fragile, so intense play should be kept to a minimum. He'll roll over on his back submissively when it becomes too much for him. Wagon is also inclined to chase kitties, and he would do better in a home without one.

Wagon is house-trained. He'll miss you when you go out, but he will settle. He'll do fine in a crate when you are home, but he prefers not to be left in one when you are not there. Wagon rides well in the car, too, where he still likes to cuddle in your lap! He will ride in a crate, too, as long as his person is near.

Wagon smiles his crooked smile and kisses everyone he meets, giving tiny, dainty kisses. All he wants to do is curl up on their laps under a blanket while having his tummy rubbed. When his foster mom's friend babysat Wagon one night, he was in heaven amongst a bunch of little kids. He would be perfect for a mellow person who wants a lap dog.

Wagon enjoys peace and quiet. You will find him cuddling or sleeping when he is not out on a walk. Sometimes he'll take himself off to bed early, instead of hanging out with you, if he has had an exciting day. Everywhere he goes, people say he is the sweetest dog they've ever seen. If you love cuddles, you will love Wagon. It's pretty impossible to be sad when you look at his goofy face.

Wagon came to us from Salinas Animal Services.

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

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Rosie Posie is a 9-year-old, 14-pound Spaniel/Pomeranian mix. Like feeling appreciated? Rosie's your gal. She'll make you feel like the most important person in the world because, to Rosie, you are. Her whole body wags with excitement when you wake up in the morning and when you come home at the end of the day. She's just happy to be taken care of, which you can see from the constant smile on her little face.

This cutie has two speeds: playful and energetic or relaxed and mellow. Meal times and you walking through the door bring out her excited side, but the rest of the time she's happy to curl up on the couch next to you and snooze. Rosie looks like a little fox, and she acts like one too. If you leave delicious people food sitting out where she can grab it, consider it devoured.

Rosie is house-trained and walks well on the leash. She loves to stop and sniff on her walks, exploring every bit of her surroundings. She does great with other dogs and is sometimes playful with her doggie housemate. She also lets him know when she's had enough of his silliness, but she does so in a gentle way. She enjoys car rides and putting her head out the passenger window or sitting on your lap to check out the view.

Rosie is recovering from a skin issue that left parts of her tail a bit hairless. She takes an oral antifungal and a topical solution, and both are doing the job of healing. She'll be back to her full, glorious self soon.

Rosie Posie came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County.

Bologna
 
Bologna

Sponsored By: Jon and Julie Hammersmith, Deb, Cadi, Raisin & Ryder

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Bologna is a 6-year-old, 7-pound Chihuahua. He is super spunky, loves being petted, and does great with every person he meets. When a stranger approaches, he responds with a wagging tail and a big smile. He's basically a social butterfly who gets along with gentle children, other dogs of all sizes, and kitties too - even when said kitties don't like him. (Bologna once lived with a cat who wasn't fond of him, but he never let that get him down.)

He is house-trained, crate-trained, and walks great on a leash. He even behaves while you're gone, which means he's a breeze to take care of. When you get home, he's there at the door with a big smile on his little face. Bologna enjoys riding in the car as long as he can look out the window from his favorite perch (right on your lap).

Bologna would make a great companion, whether you're a senior who sticks close to home or a young family who's always on the go. He is loyal and affectionate and still has a lot of puppy-like enthusiasm for life.

Both of Bologna's guardians passed away recently. A family member gave him to a loving couple who offered to help him find his forever family, and that's how he made his way to POMDR and to you, his second chance.

Emmet

Sponsored By: Sharilyn and Ava Cabelera, Tracy Gordon

Emmet is a 6-year-old, 17-pound Cocker Spaniel mix. He's an easygoing fellow who walks well on a leash, takes baths without fussing, and enjoys going on car rides. Emmet is house-trained and prefers to do his business on walks rather than in the yard. He does have a tendency to lunge at passing bikes, runners, skateboarders, or other quick moving objects. He'll need some help overcoming that habit.

He has an amazing sense of balance, and you'll often find him perched on a chair, table, back of the couch, or rear dashboard of your car. When he's not impressing you with his high-wire act, he loves to bury himself in a fluffy blanket and take a nap or play a rousing game of tug of war with his person or a friendly dog. When being petted or scratched, Emmet makes the most delightful grunting noises to display his happiness at your loving attention.

When we met Emmet, he was suffering from untreated skin allergies. We believe he may have just been dealing with unaddressed food allergies, and he has been healing wonderfully with some TLC and special food from his foster home. He's not a needy dog or an attention hog, but he does appreciate being near you and will often plop down at your feet.

Sometimes Emmet has an issue with defensively guarding his person or his space (also known as "resource guarding") and will need an adopter who is willing to manage this behavior. For this reason, he would probably do best in a home without small children.

Emmet stole the hearts of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter staff after they picked him up as a stray. He's a wonderful dog, and we're grateful to be able to offer him a second chance.

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

Ella Girl
 
Ella Girl

Sponsored By: Pam Dovala, Ron Batchelder

Ella Girl is a 10-year-old, 13-pound Fox Terrier mix. You wouldn't know it from her polite manners and sweet disposition, but she has spent her life as an outdoor-only dog with a minimal level of care and almost no affection. After years of being on her own, she's a little love sponge, ready to soak up kindness and good vibes from the new people in her life.

From day one, Ella has been incredibly well-behaved. Her foster mom says "she's such a fantastic dog!" For a doggie with limited or no training, she's surprisingly great on the leash, in the car, and at home alone. She gets along well with other dogs and cats and is decidedly low maintenance. Now that she's feeling healthier, this little girl has lots more energy and finds joy in being wherever you are in the house. This girl never complains or whines and is a pretty easy-keeper with a wonderful energy level which always matches yours.

Ella sleeps soundly through the night and is house-trained, as long as you keep her on a good schedule and let her out first thing in the morning. She wasn't spayed for most of her life, so it's likely she's had several litters of puppies.

Ella does an adorable hoppity dance at dinner time where she prances on her two hind legs with her front paws together in the air. She's precious and she's a great snuggler, too!

Ella came to POMDR after a good samaritan stepped in, hoping to find her a new home where she didn't have to be an outdoor dog any more. She's ready to become a cherished member of a family, and we're so happy to help her find one. She's guaranteed to lavish you with kisses and adoration in gratitude.

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

Butterfly
 
Butterfly

Sponsored By: From the Heart Dog Training

Instead of telling you all about Butterfly, we think it would be better to try to explain what the world must be like from her perspective. Butterfly is dainty by nature, weighing in at only eight pounds. Her life prior to coming to us must have been intimidating... She certainly wasn't made for life on the streets and probably learned to defend herself so readily because being an eight pound stray dog is scary business. It was probably a method of survival that she relied upon for many years. But it's not who Butterfly is in her heart, we know that for sure. She wants to trust, she wants to cuddle and she wants desperately to be loved.

She will growl, put on her tough, defensive act to try and make sure she survives her next intimidating interaction. Whether this means she's stuck in a crate and needs to let everyone know that she's TOUGH and not to mess with her, or she is just meeting an unfamiliar person, her coping mechanism for her scary life has been to act mean. We think it's just a vocal warning - she's never actually nipped anyone!

Fast forward through two minutes of your patience, a handful of tasty treats and giving her the opportunity to meet you on her terms, and you're handling a different dog. She goes belly up, probably thanking her lucky stars that you didn't eat her. She rubs her little face into your hands, adores having her ears scratched and looks at you lovingly. She gives kisses, lays in your lap and trusts you to pick her up. THAT is the Butterfly we know and adore. It doesn't hurt that she's SO cute.

She's already made tremendous progress in her foster home. Her foster mama says "I can't possibly stress enough what an absolute sweetheart she is once someone takes the chance to look past her tough girl image." She loves you so much that she whines for a few minutes when you leave her behind, but then she settles down and waits patiently. She is perfect in the car and is a mostly quiet dog.

Meeting other dogs is easy peasy for Butterfly - she's currently living with several other dogs and cats and she loves to play with the household puppy. If you have room and a little bit of patience for a 9-year-old, 8 pound Papillon mix who will love you for the rest of her days, Butterfly could be your girl!

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

Freddie
 
Freddie

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Freddie is a 13-year-old, 15 pound Poodle/Terrier mix. Freddie is a well-adjusted gentleman in most social situations and gets along fine with other dogs, as long as he has an opportunity to have a proper greeting with the new pup. He currently has several other dogs in his foster family and he gets along with everybody. He is house-trained and is used to being both indoors and outdoors during the day. Although he hasn't mastered the doggie door just yet, he will let himself outside when he needs to go potty if the door is open.

Freddie walks well on a leash and adores time spent outdoors - he has tons of pep in his step (he doesn't know that he's a "senior" dog!). He would likely be an easy fit into many different families. His favorite thing is to jump into your lap for some cuddling.

This smart little guy even knows a few basic commands! Freddie is currently living with a cat in his foster family, and while he thinks it's a bit fun to chase her, she is very dog-savvy and they've worked out a functional relationship. do know that the energy of small children can make him a bit nervous.

Freddie came to us when his guardian became ill and could no longer care for him. He has settled in beautifully in his foster home and can't wait to meet his forever family.

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

Sally Poodle
 
Sally Poodle

Sponsored By: Leslie Buck

Sally is a 13-year-old, 16 pound Poodle mix who is just as precious as can be. This senior girl has a little age-related hearing and vision loss, but she knows you'll see past that to what a gem she is. Her gentle soul will melt your heart. She is content to toddle around your house until she finds somewhere to rest for a while. She is quiet and so polite when meeting other dogs and cats.

Sally is looking for a soft place to land where she can enjoy her golden years. We know someone will give her all the love she deserves. She may enjoy going for short walks at a mellow pace where she can really stop and smell the roses.

Sally came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her, although she loved her dearly.

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

Ginger Yorkie
 
Ginger Yorkie

Sponsored By: From the Heart Dog Training, Claire and Karl Mason

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Ginger is a 10-year-old, 7 pound Yorkshire Terrier who is oh-so-sweet! She has a darling, curious personality and she trusts people so much. She's friendly with both new people and dogs. She was originally picked up as a stray who was blind from corneal disease. After being examined by our vet, the decision was made to remove her eyes because they were likely painful and already non-functional. She's definitely more comfortable now and confidently zooms around her foster home!

This little girl is going to steal someone's heart. She's a social butterfly who loves everyone, including the cat in her foster family. She will quietly perch herself in a bed and curiously listen to the world go by, or is happy to be picked up and held. Ginger is house-trained.

Ginger came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

Bernie Shih Tzu
 
Bernie Shih Tzu

Sponsored By: Allison Galloway

Bernie is a 13-year-old, 14-pound Shih Tzu. He gets along well with other dogs and cats and enjoys meeting new people. He's a little love bug once he really gets to know you. He relishes going for short walks.

Bernie is housetrained, easy going and even-tempered. You can feel comfortable giving him free range of the house while you're gone, and when you return expect a few small, happy "hello" barks. Otherwise, he's not much of a talker. At night, Bernie is happy to curl up next to you. He's even been known to hop in bed with other dogs for a snuggle.

He has dry eye and will need eye drops for life. The good news is, he's a good boy when getting his drops. He also has environmental allergies so he is on Atopica daily to control itchy skin and must stay current on flea prevention. He also has chronic ear infections that need ongoing monitoring. He also has a slow growing anal mass that may cause him problems one day, but for now it is being monitored at his annual vet check up.

Bernie came to POMDR when his guardians could no longer care for him. He was adopted to a lovely active senior and was with her for a year. She passed away suddenly in February 2016 and Bernie has been looking for a forever home ever since. With his multiple health issues, we know Bernie may be in foster care for the rest of his life, but if a special adopter comes along for him, we would be willing to adopt him out. He'll make someone a devoted companion. Bernie makes his foster mom smile every day.

If you would like to meet Bernie Shih Tzu, fill out our online adoption application.

Sampson and Goliath
 
Sampson and Goliath

Sponsored By: Mishell and Melanie Davis

Sampson and Goliath are 8-year-old, 15 pound Pomeranian brothers and we'd love to keep them together. These guys are friendly and playful with everybody they meet - people, kids and dogs alike! We've nicknamed them "Copy and Paste." They even approach kitties with a gentle curiosity and would be fine with them in their future family. They're very good dogs who are both house-trained and crate-trained.

Sampson is the "nurturer" of the two and is constantly taking care of his brother's hygiene by cleaning his face and ears. Goliath is the adventurous one who would prefer to be exploring your house and checking your floor for crumbs.

Can't you just see yourself walking these two cuties down your street as a happy little family? They are great on leash and enjoy going for short walks. They're precious, sweet and will keep you laughing.

They need a home where they don't need to navigate stairs - Goliath has a back condition that is exasperated by jumping and Sampson has a heart condition that will require daily medications.

Sampson and Goliath have been loved dogs their whole life, but their guardian's property is under new management and they are adamant that they can no longer have dogs. They've been the hard decision to re-home these sweet boys.

If you would like to meet Sampson and Goliath, fill out our online adoption application.

Belle Terrier
 
Belle Terrier

Sponsored By: Elbina Rafizadeh

Belle is a 12-year-old, 16-pound Silky Terrier mix. She is a sweet girl with lots of energy for her age. Since her vision is slightly impaired, she will lovingly lick the air until she makes contact with your chin (at which point you should expect copious kisses). She loves meeting new people, especially children. Her personality is precious and incredibly endearing.

Since her vision is impaired, meeting new dogs can be a startling experience for her. If she sees or smells them she can react in fear and start a scuffle. We think the happiest scenario for sweet Belle is one where she is the center of your attention and the only dog in your home.

Belle navigates her surrounding very well and loves going for longs walks and exploring new areas. She also gets excited for car rides. She's easy to handle and enjoys being picked up.

When it's time for her daily eye drops or to take a bath, she's a good little girl. Belle has low vision in one eye and light perception in the other, according to our ophthalmologist, but you wouldn't know it watching her run and play!

Belle loves being brushed and sits patiently for you, then she runs around the room to show off how pretty she looks. She has the most energy when she's fresh out of the bath! One thing to keep in mind: Ms. Belle is a fan of the culinary arts, so it's probably a good idea to keep food put away when it's not mealtime.

Belle spent her previous years as an outdoor dog, being passed around among family members. She was picked up as a stray, and the family made the difficult decision to surrender her to Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

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

Truman J Chi II
 
Truman J Chi II

Sponsored By: Pam Dovala

Truman J. Chi II is a 10-year-old, 8 pound Chihuahua mix. He is a calm and gentle dog but he also has the happiest happy-dance we've seen! The minute you start talking to Truman or offering him a treat, he's all wags. He starts to prance, and he's just SO excited to have your attention. Truman loves his walks and is a calm, quiet passenger in the car.

Truman is great with dogs of all sizes and approaches them with the same smiley, friendly demeanor he has with people. He's getting along really well with his pack in his foster home. He is also crate-trained, rarely barks, sleeps quietly through the night and is a generally "easy-keeper." He's happy being in your lap, by your side or snoozing in his dog bed. Truman loves to carry around stuffed toys, even when they are bigger than him. It seems likely that he'd get along with a dog-savvy kitty based on his personality.

Truman does have environmental allergies that can cause him to itch a lot, but if you wipe his feet after he goes for a walk, it cuts down on the itching quite a bit.

Truman came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

If you would like to meet Truman J Chi II, fill out our online adoption application.

Shorty and Patches
 
Shorty and Patches

Sponsored By: Linda, Twiggy and Zelda Lavoie, Cheri Hitchcock

Shorty is a 12-year-old, 25-pound Dachshund/Hound mix. Patches is his best friend and she is a 13-year-old, 33-pound Queensland Heeler. Shorty is a mellow guy who is very sweet with all people. He has a charming, calm personality. He really enjoys walking on a leash and loves stopping to smell the green grass. He's even going on short hikes! Shorty loves meeting new people and is a happy-go-lucky boy. He gets along well with other dogs and is well-behaved. He loves being petted and will give little kisses to tell you he's happy being around you.

Patches is also a wonderful dog and has a quiet, calm demeanor. Patches also does well on a leash. She tested positive for heart worm and thanks to the loving care of her foster mama, she has completed treatment and is doing well. On her walks, she loves stopping to sniff all the wonderful smells. The pleasure she gets from this is infectious! She likes all new people she meets but especially those folks who are extra nice to her.

It's possible that in her past life someone wasn't terribly kind to her but she is working on trusting everyone and believing that her new family will love her unconditionally. She is happy to accept scratches behind her ears and will walk up to anyone to say "hi." Patches is mostly deaf and has mild arthritis in her hips but has a very gentle loving soul. Patches and Shorty tend to stick together and are very bonded.

Their foster mom has four dogs, two cats AND two goats! Patches gets along fine with everyone but is not particularly playful. Shorty on the other hand has attempted to play with his canine housemate to no avail! Patches LOVES her food and would prefer to eat separately so she doesn't have to worry about extra pairs of eyes watching her eat.

Both dogs are free to roam the house and are not destructive. They know how to let themselves outside and Shorty is house-trained. Patches is working on a small incontinence issue and has infrequent accidents. She's working hard to become completely house-trained and with the right compassionate guardian, she will achieve this.

This duo does fine when left home alone, although they may whimper for a bit before quickly settling down and waiting for you to return. They are mostly quiet dogs who only get vocal when they are reminding you it's time for "grub!"

Shorty and Patches came to POMDR when their guardian passed away and no one in the family was able to care for the dogs.

If you would like to meet Shorty and Patches, fill out our online adoption application.

BB King
 
BB King

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

BB King is a 10-year-old, 14-pound Pomeranian mix. He's a real charmer with a gentle, loving soul and beautiful, kind eyes. There are three things you need to know about BB King: he does a happy dance when you pull out his leash to go on a walk, he loves a good brushing like it's a full-body massage, and feeling the wind in his face while riding in the car is about the best thing ever.

He happily greets every new person he meets, sometimes even flopping on his back for a belly rub. BB King has a mellow personality and gets along well with the dogs, cats, bunny, birds and fish at his foster home. Sometimes he wrestles with the dogs and one of the cats, who all seem to understand he's a little older and treat him gently. Otherwise, he's more into cuddling than running around.

BB King does have a severe heart murmur and is on several medications. The cost of the medications is about $100 per month. He will also need a veterinary exam and possible x-rays every 4-6 months. Because of the risk associated with putting him under anesthesia, we will not be altering BB King. He has a very gentle, easy-going personality, and we know someone will love him exactly as he is.

BB King came to us from the Hollister Animal Shelter. He's just the coolest old guy who's hoping for a wonderful companion for some quiet time, cuddles, brushing, and short walks. He's content to simply be part of your life and know he's loved.

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

Scooter Chi
 
Scooter Chi

Sponsored By: Jimmy "Alpha Dog" Riordan

ADOPTION PENDING - This dog is on a trial adoption that may take time to finalize. If you are interested in this dog, please keep an eye on our website in case the adoption doesn’t work out and the dog becomes available again.

Scooter is a 9-year-old, 10-pound Chihuahua mix. The first piece of feedback we received about him from one of our volunteers was, "Scooter should be called 'HAPPY'." He is exactly that! This adorable little dude has a great personality and loves to go for walks. You'll have a blast following his little wagging tail around your neighborhood as he sniffs everything and makes lots of friends - especially of the small dog variety.

He is a graduate of the UnChained program, which matches at risk youth with shelter dogs who can benefit from training to help make them more adoptable. Scooter learned a lot in this program - he knows sit, stay, down, come and can even do a bit of agility!

He matches his energy to yours. Since he will want to follow you from room to room, you'll set the pace for Scooter's day. When you leave, he might make a little noise to let you know he's ready for your return. So why not take him with you? He loves riding in the car and wants to be close to you. Even at night... In fact, he'd really like it if you let him not only sleep on the bed, but actually in it. Scooter is a burrower who prefers sleeping halfway down the bed with his head facing toward the foot. Maybe so he can be comforted that you're nearby and not leaving him.

Scooter has skin allergies which are alleviated by monthly injections.

Scooter came to POMDR after being surrendered to a local shelter when his guardian could no longer care for him.

Dudley
 
Dudley

Sponsored By: Elizabeth Ward

Dudley is a 16-year-old, 30-pound Cocker Spaniel. He faithfully served his previous guardian as her service dog, going with her to doctor appointments and being her loyal companion. Sadly, she is now too ill to continue caring for him, and he's looking for a new family to love. Well into his golden years, it's Dudley's turn to be taken care of, and we hope to find him a new, loving companion as soon as possible.

He's not much trouble at all. Dudley spends most of his day (and night) sleeping. Though he's very mellow, he still has enough energy to give you lots of love and affection. Sometimes you'll even get a glimpse of the puppy in him, which is a joy to behold. He gets along great with other dogs and makes human friends very quickly. He does well with gentle children, too. Cats are a little lower on his list, though.

Dudley is both house-trained and crate-trained. Due to his age, he does have the occasional accident inside. He doesn't mean to, it's just hard to get outside quickly enough. He knows basic commands and walks great on a leash, but due to his arthritis it's slow going. He is blind in his left eye, which requires daily drops.

Dudley is a sweet and gentle soul who deserves a loving home after being such a loyal friend. We hope someone comes to his rescue soon.

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

Barney

Sponsored By: Alice Catania, Linda Wallace, Renate Griffin, Kelsey Peckinpah, Thomas Ponleithner, Kim Summers, Cheri Whipp, Patsy Volpe & Mel Beechman, Beverly Sanford, Valerie Fern, Alexandra Benjamin, in memory of Oakley, Jan Albin, Leslie McGee, Debbie Marrs, Jamilynn Willaman, FW Coleman IV, Janet Greely, Lois Hansen, Cheri Hitchcock, Janice Christian, Leslie Simon-Plumlee, Carol George, in memory of beloved Zeno,Sheila Keith, Lawrence Rosenberg, Judy LeRoy, Kathleen Henney and her hounds, Eva Matthews, Virginia Lange, Cindy Hutcherson, Nancy Stacey, Ken Pappas, Kim Barber, Christine Kondo-Lister, Mary Bock, Barbara Weigel, Cynthia Wilson, Betty for Barney, Janet Greeley

Barney is an 8-year-old, 71-pound Labrador/Shepherd/Chow mix. This boy has a simple mission in life: to love and be loved. He's a joyful dog who adores getting attention - and then giving it right back. He has a big smile on his face for everyone he meets.

He walks well on a leash and gets along famously with his foster brother and sister, Mortis and Layla, and they have great fun hanging out together. He can be picky about which other dogs he likes when out in the world though. He can be reactive to both big and small dogs when on leash, whereas other dogs he is perfectly fine with. He hasn't shown interest in toys, but he does very much like bones.

Barney is overjoyed to ride in the car. When he goes outside, he immediately runs to the car hoping you're off on an adventure. He loves to stick his nose out the window and smell the air. At home, he likes to stay in the house and keep you company. When you come home from work or running an errand, Barney greets you with little yelps of "you're back! you're back!" joy.

Barney had surgery in March 2015 to remove an anal sac tumor and a lymph node. The cancer is now gone, but there's a chance it may return. Barney has been cancer free for over a year and is happy and healthy so far.

Barney is a proud graduate of the UnChained Program, which matches at risk youth with shelter dogs who can benefit from training to help make them more adoptable. Check out his video!

Barney came to us from Sammie's Friends Rescue in Grass Valley, where he'd been for nine months. He was passed up for adoption over and over because of his age, but he's still a vital presence with a lot of love to give.

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

Stewart

Sponsored By: John Click, in honor of Joe Buck

Stewart is a 10 pound, 12-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. Stewart enjoys a short, slow walk, 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 an overall "easy-keeper." He is a graduate of the UnChained program, which matches at risk youth with shelter dogs who can benefit from training to help make them more adoptable.

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.

Falcon
 
Falcon

Sponsored By: Manutech

Falcon is a 9-pound, 11-year-old Maltese mix. He is fluffy and cuddly and will love you faithfully.

Falcon (AKA Billy) came to us sick, traumatized and bald. As he got his health back, he blossomed into a more confident companion dog. He is mellow, gentle and good, loving a place beside you in your chair or even on your lap, or just near you in a patch of sun. He uses the doggie door to go in and out, but when it's wet or cold outside, he prefers to use a pee pad. He doesn't chew things or make a mess. He is good with other dogs (but not cats!), but he would also be all right as an only dog. Mainly, he needs a person who will be around a lot, but he is not pushy or clingy; he just wants the reassurance that you are there. And he has a decided preference for male company. He likes to hang out with the daddy of the family - though he loves mommies too!

Falcon rides well in the car and walks well on a leash. He is peppy for his age, but he also loves his naps. At night he sleeps on the bed with his person, although he would also be fine in a dog bed in the same room. Falcon does have some separation anxiety, so he wouldn't want to be put in a separate room from his person, and when you go out, he will cry for a while (he is a bit loud) but then go take a nap.

Falcon is on supplemental thyroid medication and a special diet to prevent bladder stones.

Falcon came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. Since then, he's grown into a much more secure little guy who is now the fluffy Maltese he was meant to be. (And, yes, feel free to make Maltese Falcon jokes.)

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

Jerry

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Jerry is an 8-year-old, 10 pound Norfolk Terrier mix. He is a quiet, gentle dog and gets along fine with other dogs. He calmly tolerates being groomed and treated by the vet staff and is learning to understand that humans are also petting him to show him love.

Jerry is looking for the perfect person to show him some kindness and affection and make him part of their "pack." He would love someone patient enough to teach him that the world is a safe place to be! This sweet soul really needs someone who understands that because of his turbulent past, he will never be a terribly outgoing boy and will have to become your friend over time, making gradual progress. He just needs that special someone to be loyal to and trust.

More than anything, Jerry LOVES walks! He's come a long way since coming into our care and now that he's blossomed a bit, his favorite activity is going for a walk and exploring your neighborhood! He sees that leash come out and really lights up.

Jerry arrived as a stray that was really in need of medical attention and grooming. He is being treated for skin issues that are responding very well to medication. He has re-grown a considerable amount of his coat and is now looking very handsome!

Jerry came to POMDR from San Jose Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

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

Olivia
 
Olivia

Sponsored By: Gina Wolf, Susanna Furlone, Sharilyn Cabelera

We would like to introduce you to Olivia, an 8-year-old, 7-pound Chihuahua mix. This super-sweet girl was picked up as a stray and has had a hard life, but her award-winning personality immediately charmed the shelter staff. She is looking for a home that can provide her with the love and care she deserves. Could this be you?

Olivia loves to be the center of attention, is very easy to handle and is great on walks. She reacts well to newcomers, eager to greet both people and dogs. She will check them out, then move along. She has a tendency to want to be the pack leader with her foster siblings, moving to the front of the pack on walks and also by helping them settle down around the house when they get too rambunctious. Olivia has a medium energy level and does not bark much, except the usual when someone comes to the door. We don't know yet about her reaction to children or cats.

Being very motivated by tasty treats, Olivia should be very easy to teach new things. Olivia loves her crate, and often relaxes there during the day.

Besides going for walks, Olivia loves to ride along in the car. Her foster parent says she is most happy as a constant companion, following her around or just settling down together and relaxing - for this reason we think it would be best for Olivia to go to a home where her person would be around most of the day. She loves to "be with" and will happily be your little shadow. She is especially fond of belly rubs! She doesn't appear to be very interested in toys. Olivia is an overall wonderful companion for that special someone.

Olivia came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Shelter.

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

Dixie

Sponsored By: Manutech Mfg., Duke Bartholomew

Dixie is a 23 pound, 13-year-old cuddly Cockapoo. She is a peppy little senior gal who 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 by cataracts, which may explain her timidity.

Dixie is intrigued by cats and would love to have a cat friend in her life if possible. She has lived with dogs, too, and would be fine as an only dog or part of a pack. 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.

Her foster mom says, "Dixie loves to take car trips. She doesn't act her age. She acts younger than she is -- bouncy and happy!"

Dixie has multiple health issues that need ongoing attention. She is on daily eye medication, but only visits the ophthalmologist every six months. She has chronic ear and skin issues and is under the care of a dermatologist. She has environmental allergies, takes daily medication to help keep her skin and ears healthy, and needs weekly medicated baths.

She also has low thyroid for which she is on medication, and needs to have her thyroid levels checked every 4-6 months. She is looking for a devoted adopter who isn't bothered by her special needs. Dixie came to us as a stray from Salinas Animal Services.

If you would like to meet Dixie, 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.