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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.

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.

Sammy is a 1-year-old Terrier mix. This ultra-cute pup does well meeting new people and is quick to make friends. He has experience living with kids and would probably fit well into a family with respectful, gentle children. He's also friendly when meeting new dogs. Sammy is crate-trained and his foster mama is giving him a refresher course in house-training. She reports that he is a very smart boy and making good progress. Sammy also walks great on a leash and even knows some basic commands! He prefers to sleep with his people at night.

Sammy's guardian is terminally ill. She wanted to make sure he found a loving home, as she loves him very much, and he made his way into POMDR's care. He is now in search of his forever family.

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

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

Clarabelle is a 7-year-old, 14-pound Terrier/Schnauzer mix. She came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services and the shelter staff had nothing but good things to say about her. They described her as being very friendly with everyone she meets and she has gotten along well with the dogs she has encountered. She is a sweet girl in need of a second chance.

We will post more information and photos as we get to know Clarabelle better and she gets settled into a foster home.

Bosley is an 11-year-old, 14-pound Havanese/Poodle mix. Bosley is a loyal dog who really falls in love with his person. He's house-trained, walks great on the leash and gets along with the dogs and people he meets along the way. He is a little more selective about the dogs he lives with and thrives with the company of passive, large dogs and smaller dogs.

Bosley knows some basic commands. He is little wary of loud children and would probably do better in a home without kids. He is respectful with cats and gives them their distance, so we anticipate he would be fine with a cat in his household as long as they were properly introduced.

Bosley is a good, sweet boy whose guardian recently passed away. Her family members can no longer care for Bosley and he is now in search of his forever home.

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

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

Grace is a 10 pound, 10-year-old poodle mix who is about as cute as can be. She has a gentle, mellow personality, but also loves to play with toys, fetch a ball, and run on the beach. She walks nicely on a leash. She greets the dogs she meets in a gentle doggy fashion and then goes on her way.

Grace is a tad shy at first when meeting new people, but is good with everyone quickly. She has been fine with a 2-year-old at her foster home. She doesn't mind being left home; she just sleeps, preferably in a warm, sunny spot.

Grace's foster mom says "She is really sweet and has such love and appreciation for life."

Grace was found on the side of a highway, thrown away like a bag of garbage. She had a broken pelvis and was horribly matted and dirty. The vet estimated she had been living on the streets fending for herself for a couple of years. A rescuer drove to Los Angeles to save her and kept her for a year. But she had to surrender her to POMDR when her mother became ill.


Sponsored By: Cindy Hutcherson, Judy LeRoy, Ken Pappas

Midnight, also nicknamed "Noche," is an 11-year-old, 67-pound Black Labrador. This happy boy gets along well with other dogs - especially the ladies - and currently lives with another Lab in his foster home. He's also great with new people, young and old, and is an all-around friendly guy who greets everyone with a wagging tail in hopes of getting a little love and affection.

He enjoys going for walks and is always on the hunt for things to sniff and a female to greet. Like most Labs he's food motivated, so teaching him new tricks should be easy with the help of a tasty treat. His foster family has already conquered "sit" and "stay," but there's plenty more to teach. It's likely Noche spent most of his life as an outside dog, so his inside manners could use a little attention. Since he's so eager to please, progress should come quickly.

Noche adores being near his person and would love to be your new best bud. He's content to gnaw on bones or a tennis ball while you do your thing. It's obvious he was a good family dog in his past life, and he still has a lot of love to give. He'll happily ride in the car with you or lay near your feet. He's crate-trained and peacefully naps in his crate with the door open. His foster mama describes him as a mellow love bug. He's an all around good family dog.

Noche has met a few kitties and would probably do best in a cat-free home, as he thinks they're pretty fun to chase.

Noche came to POMDR from a Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

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

Widget is a 5-year-old, 12 pound Schnauzer/Poodle mix. Widget went to the shelter after being picked up as a stray in Chualar. Understandably so, Widget was intimidated by the kennel environment and was shy and timid under the circumstances.

Now that we've met Widget, we know that he is a charismatic, loving little guy. He is happy to lean on your knee to solicit a pet and loves chasing a tennis ball (he is working on the part where you return the ball). He doesn't mind being picked up and can be playful with the right pup. So far he has got along nicely with every dog we've seen him meet.

Widget has a tendency to chase kitties and bark at them, so he'll need to go to a home without cats. He can also be vocal when he sees people walking down the street in front of his house, but when he actually meets them he's friendly. He just needs to let you know when things are happening outside!

Widget was badly in need of grooming when he arrived to the shelter. Now that he has been cleaned up, he is looking super handsome and is ready to find his forever family!

Widget came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services.

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

Mandy is a 10-year-old, 35-pound Border Collie mix. Before entering our program, she spent her entire life living outside and sleeping in a garage. Because she did not leave her property, she has limited experience with the outside world and can be shy in new situations. She'll thrive with a gentle guardian who makes her feel safe, protected and loved and takes things slowly.

Mandy is in excellent health and is spry and active. Her days of living outside are long gone. She goes outside to potty but other than that she rarely goes outside on her own. What she really wants is to be where her person is. If that's outside, then she's happy to be outside. She's learning to walk well on a leash and loves the new scents she finds when out and about.

Mandy is fine with meeting and living with other dogs but does not interact with them much. Although she is a bit shy with strangers, she warms up to new people quickly. When other critters like raccoons, skunks and squirrels come around, Mandy's instincts kick in and she gives chase. She has also been known to chase cats when they are outside too. Otherwise, she's happy to quietly relax right next to you.

Now that Mandy is in a foster home, she's delighted at the wonders of a warm bed that's inside the house. No more garage for her! She's house-trained and can hold it for hours, so no worries about leaving her home alone. Even though this girl was very much on her own in her former life, Mandy has closely bonded to her foster parents. Her soulful eyes express how happy she is to be stroked and loved on and how grateful she is to be taken care of as an important member of the family. Now it's time to find her a permanent place where she can catch up on all the love she's missed.

Mandy came to POMDR when her guardians moved and were unable to take her along.

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

Charlie is a 7-year-old, 35-pound American Eskimo Dog. This handsome, fluffy boy gets along with everyone. He enjoys the company of other dogs, playing and socializing with his canine buddies. He does great when meeting new people and will only bark to let you know that someone is at the door. Then he settles down and is happy to be your friend. He also does great around kids and is a generally agreeable fellow with a mellow energy level.

Charlie loves to be at your side and will gladly follow you around the house. His other favorite activity is going for a run on the beach, greeting everyone he meets along the way. He is house-trained, walks well on the leash and knows basic commands.

Charlie came to POMDR after his guardian went into assisted living.

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

Armand is a 10-year-old, 18-pound Poodle mix. He arrived at the shelter as a severely matted stray. After a grooming, this little guy is looking dapper and is ready for his second chance at life! Armand is a bit shy at first but then warms up and becomes a very affectionate boy. More than anything, Armand wants your attention - cuddling and scratches are his thing! He's a wonderful, mellow couch buddy if that's what you're in the mood for but is also a gentleman on the leash and delighted to accompany you for a saunter in the park.

Armand gets along well with other pets, although he loves your attention so much he can try to steal it from your other adoring companions! He would do just fine as an only dog (soaking up ALL of your love) but is currently peacefully living with another dog and two feline friends. He even tries to play with his Chihuahua house-mate.

Armand is house-trained and thrives on routine. If you're late for dinner, he'll be sure to gently remind you! He's gentle when taking treats. Because of his shy personality, his foster has focused on giving him lots of praise to help boost his confidence and he has made tons of progress. He's currently learning some basic commands with her and she says he will make someone a wonderful companion and be very bonded to his person. Can you give him the loving forever home he wants so badly?

Armand came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

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

Scooter is a 9-year-old, 15-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 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... 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 allergies that are still being determined and recently had two tumors removed during a dental procedure. Though we're waiting on the results, Scooter isn't worried. He just wants to know when you're coming to get him.

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

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


Sponsored By: The Wishbone Pet Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsored By: Forgiving Paws

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

Fluffy is a 12-year-old, 17-pound Bichon Frise mix. How can you resist that adorable face? This little guy is friendly with everybody - new dogs and new people alike. He has a medium energy level so he'd still be a good companion for a stroll around the neighborhood but he'll also settle down and be your couch buddy, too. He walks well on the leash. He has been exposed to a few cats and they didn't seem to illicit a reaction from him, so we anticipate that with a proper introduction he would be fine in a home with a kitty.

We will post more information about Fluffy as we get to know him better and he gets settled in a foster home.

Before coming to POMDR, Fluffy was surrendered to Hollister Animal Shelter when his guardian had to go into assisted living.

Pepper, also known as Piper, is a 5-year-old, 14-pound Manchester Terrier mix. Pepper is a sweet girl with a wonderfully animated face and expressive ears. Before coming to POMDR, she was a favorite of the volunteers at the shelter and quickly stole their hearts. The same can be said about her foster family today. She's a total sweetheart.

She is a little shy at first but quickly warms ups to people, especially when treats are involved. Pepper also gets along great with the other dogs and is friendly to those she meets on her walks. She walks very nicely on leash, is house trained, and knows a few basic commands. Piper likes to ride in the car and is always up for an adventure - her foster family takes her to the beach and on hikes. She doesn't seem to have the prey drive that some terriers have, and she has not reacted to the cats in the neighborhood.

Pepper was clearly a well-loved member of a family. Who knows why such a sweet pup ended up at the shelter. Piper is looking for someone to be her forever companion. Can you give this girl her second chance?

Pepper was left in the night drop box at Hollister Animal Services before coming to POMDR.

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

Jimmy James
Jimmy James

Sponsored By: Bruce and Kathryn Hermansen

Jimmy James, also known as "JJ," is a 10-year-old, 27-pound Poodle with great, goofy energy! Like many Poodles, JJ is playful and affectionate. He's currently living in a pack of pups at his foster home and getting along well with everybody. He loves going for walks with the group and would be a great companion for someone who likes the outdoors.

JJ is a cuddly boy so be prepared to get your snuggling in with this pup. He's also good with new people and rides well in the car.

Jimmy James came to POMDR when his guardian had to move to a small apartment that was not pet-friendly. He had been with his family since puppyhood and has been a very loved companion. He's now in search of a new forever family who will give him lots of affection and cuddling.

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

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

Ziggy is a 12-year-old, 12-pound Chinese Crested mix. This loving boy has a mild, easy temperament and gets along well with everybody. In the past, he's particularly relished the company of the household cat and her kittens. He's also good with other dogs and enjoys playing and napping with them. On walks, Ziggy is well-mannered on the leash and keeps an eye out for new people to meet.

At home, when someone comes to the door he'll let you know with a few barks, but he's friendly once the person greets him. Ziggy is house-trained and crate-trained and goes into his crate on his own. Car rides aren't his favorite thing - he'd rather be snuggled next to you on the couch under a blanket or playing fetch or tug-of-war with a stuffed animal. Now that he's in his golden years, he spends plenty of his time snoozing and particularly enjoys sleeping on the bed right next to you. He's an affectionate, mellow little guy who appreciates your company.

Ziggy has been a very loyal companion in his lifetime. His guardian developed a seizure disorder in the past year, and Ziggy learned how to alert the family when the seizures occur. He's not only loving, he's also smart and sensitive to his family's needs. He wants to take care of you as much as you want to take care of him.

He has severe allergy dermatitis that was untreated for quite some time. He's receiving treatment at the vet, and the condition of his skin and coat are improving.

Ziggy's guardian has to move into housing where pets aren't allowed and is unable to take him along. Can you give this faithful dog a warm spot to land?

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

Fred Astaire is a 7-year-old, 12-pound Pomeranian mix. This guy is just as handsome and charming as his namesake. He happily greets all new people and within minutes has decided you're his best pal, hopping eagerly on his hind feet wanting you to cuddle him. We thought he was going to be a shy-guy from his personality at the shelter, but as it turns out he's quite friendly and out-going! This dude is all wags and wiggles - the moment you invite him into your lap, he's there.

Fred Astaire is happy to follow you around the house and comes in a hurry when you crouch down and call him with open arms. He's also fantastic with every new dog we've seen him meet. Fred walks great on the leash and is appropriately curious about his surroundings, sniffing as you walk along. We don't know if he has experience with cats.

We will post more information about Fred as we get to know him better and he gets settled. He's a great little dog.

Fred Astaire is coming to POMDR from San Jose Animal Services.

Timmy Spaniel Mix
Timmy Spaniel Mix

Sponsored By: LeRoy Brown

Timmy is a lovely 10 year old, 15 pound Spaniel/Maltese mix. Timmy was adopted from POMDR in 2012 but sadly his guardian passed away this year and he is back in search of a forever home. He loves nothing more than to be with his person, following them around the house, hanging out to watch TV together and take small walks. One of his favorite things in life is to take a ride in the car. Just grab your keys and he'll race you to the door! Although he is not super playful he does love his stuffed "squirrels in a tree."

He does well meeting other dogs, but would prefer not to deal with puppy energy. Has greeted cats politely and even a horse! Although he is not a dog to hang out outside, he is use to using a doggy door to go in and out of the house to take care of business.

Timmy is fine around small polite children, but probably would not want to live with them. Stopping by for a visit would be just fine! He was very happy living with his older female guardian and would probably do best in a home that did not have a lot of commotion and high energy. If he comes to live with you don't forget the daily morning belly rubs!

If you would like to meet Timmy Spaniel Mix, fill out our online adoption application.

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

Foxy is an 8-year-old, 35-pound Pomeranian/Chow mix. He gets along great with other dogs and has been living with several other pups. In his former life, his best friend was a Chihuahua. He's friendly when meeting new people and also good with gentle children, having lived with a 10-year-old boy. He likes to chase cats out of his territory, so he'll need to go to a feline-free home.

Foxy enjoys going for walks and meeting other doggies along the way. That being said, he's mellow at home without being walked, so his exercise routine is really up to your preference. When you do take him out for a stroll, he's great on the leash.

He adores being petted and told what a handsome boy he is. He's house-trained and an all-around wonderful dog. If you're looking for a big, cuddly teddy bear, this redhead is your guy! He's super soft and happy to accept your love and affection.

Foxy came to POMDR after his guardian had a stroke and was no longer able to care for her three dogs. The other two dogs he was surrendered with have made their way to a forever home, now it's Foxy's turn!


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 as a stray and has 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, in spite of having weakness in one of her legs (see below). She reacts well to newcomers, eager to greet both people and dogs. She will check them out, then moves 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 the get too rambunctious. Olivia has a medium energy level and does not bark much, except the usual when we get home or the doorbell rings. 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. She stills needs some help with her bathroom habits, occasionally having accidents. With a little work and attention, she should do well since she is both treat-motivated and crate-trained.

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. 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. She has been diagnosed with a unique bone condition common in humans, called osteopenia, which is the result of years of poor nutrition combined with bearing several litters of puppies. In order to support her puppies, Olivia's little body leached the minerals from her bones. We are happy to be able to offer Olivia the healthy diet she needs and deserves now, and is going to undergo treatment that should be able to improve her condition.

Olivia came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Shelter.

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


Sponsored By: Little Pup Lodge

Jade is a 6-pound, 11-year-old Papillon/Terrier mix. She's a sweet, explorative little girl who loves your attention and being handled. Baby-talking to her really gets her tail-a-waggin' but she's also happy to cruise around the yard and sniff her surroundings. She's fine with being picked up and seems at home sitting in someone's lap. She's fine with other dogs and has a calm, confident demeanor.

Jade came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services where she was picked up as a stray. Despite spending a few weeks at the shelter, she still has an outgoing and warm personality that we are certain will blossom even more once she feels loved again.

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

Lil Red Dog is a 13-year-old, 16-pound Chihuahua mix. This sweet natured and friendly boy is great at making new friends. He's super cute and will gladly hop in your lap for a cuddle. He adores his people so much that he would probably be fine as the only dog in the house if he got a lot of attention, although he gets along great with all the dogs we've seen him meet. He has also lived with a cat and they got along fine.

Lil Red just wants to be your best buddy. He follows you wherever you go - you'll always have the sound of his happy little feet trotting behind you. When you head off to work, however, he is just fine and waits patiently for his people to come home.

Lil Red is crate-trained. He's been living as an outdoor-only dog and sleeping in his crate at night - he'd love an opportunity to come back inside and join your family. When people come by the house, he'll bark to let you know they're at the gate but settles down after that and is a generally quiet dog.

Lil Red loves people and gets along with gentle kids. He doesn't like when you take his food away from him, however, so his new guardian will have to be willing to work with him on that issue.

We will post more information about Lil Red when he gets settled into a foster home and we get to know him better.

Lil Red is coming to POMDR after his guardian passed away suddenly. Can you give him his second chance?

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

Pinky is a sweet 7-year-old, 15-pound Chihuahua mix. Above all else, this girl is FRIENDLY! Her favorite pastime is giving you little kisses and hopping in your lap to remind you that she loves you. She's quite skilled at winning new hearts and gets along with all people, including kids. She also gets along great with other dogs too, with the exception of pups who want to play rough with her. She'll just let them know that she's the boss. Pinky has spent most of her days as an outdoor-only dog who is used to sleeping in the garage and is ready for her chance to come inside and join your family!

Pinky did just fine with the cat in her previous household. She is acclimated to being home alone and will be just fine while you're away at work. She is house trained.

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

Pinky is a precious little girl who will even dance for treats! She is totally adorable and will happily follow you around the house - where you go, she goes! She hops right into the car and rides great (she's quite excited to be going somewhere with you). She likes toys and playing fetch - she returns the ball most of the time but when she doesn't, she rolls on top of it in her dog bed. Check out her video! She is just so cute.

Pinky came to POMDR after her guardian passed away suddenly.

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


Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds, Meredith den Daas

Anela is a 9-year-old, 42 pound Whippet/Terrier mix. She is a loving and playful girl who really adores people and will make a very loyal companion for someone. She is always happy to let you give her a good belly scratch and goes belly-up for just about anybody. Anela is a family dog at heart and does well with children. She also has experience living with a dog-savvy cat, with whom she she able to peacefully coexist.

Anela is house-trained and doesn't mind being left home alone while you're at work. She walks well on the leash and still has a good level of energy to be your companion for walks. She loves hiking and has been a great trail buddy for her foster mom. While she gets along with other dogs, she is working on an appropriate greeting when she bumps into another dog - she tends to bark too much for some dog's liking. More than anything, Anela wants to be the center of attention and would thrive in a household without any other animals, if possible. She rides well in the car and her favorite thing to play with is her rope toy! She likes to fetch and keep you entertained.

Whippets are naturally gentle, sensitive creatures and make absolutely devoted companions. Because of their physique, they love having a warm place to cuddle up - can you give this girl a soft spot to lay and loving home? She'll be forever grateful.

Anela's guardians have to change their living situation and unable to take her along.

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


Sponsored By: Sandra Waszaj

Trooper is a 13-year-old, 19-pound Cattle Dog/Terrier mix. He's basically the perfect older dog- sweet, mellow and charming. He has that classic grey muzzle we all adore and big round eyes that make you want to love on him.

In a room full of dogs, Trooper is the laid-back elder statesman relaxing in the corner. He's not playful, but he calmly meets any size dog and is happy to wander around the yard at their side. He enjoys meeting new people, too, and will let anyone come up to give him a good scratch and a kiss. He also gets along with cats. Although his vision and hearing are impaired due to his age, he gets around just fine and has no problem being your little shadow as you walk around the house.

He walks fine on the leash, if not a bit slowly due to stiffness in his hindquarters, and would love to go for walks around the neighborhood with you. He rides fine in the car, minus a little nervous pacing. He'd probably do best with a doggie-seatbelt, since he can teeter around a bit during the ride.

You can teach an old dog new tricks as Trooper is currently being house-trained. He's not 100% yet, but he's getting there. When he's left home alone, he's happy to go in his crate or stay outside. In the evening, he puts himself to bed. This is an old fellow who's used to having to take care of himself. How wonderful it would be if he had someone to tuck him in at night and make him feel like part of the family.

Trooper came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray in Prunedale.

If you would like to meet Trooper, 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.

Levi is a handsome 13-year-old, 80-pound Shepherd/Catahoula mix. This dog has lots of character - his absolute favorite activity is going for walks and his eyes light up when he sees you grab his leash. He's recently been losing weight and his walks are the highlight of his day. He thrives on routine, letting you know with a whimper and a whine that it's exactly his dinner time (his internal clock is spot on!). He'll also kindly let you know if you've taken his spot on the couch and stare at you until you show him to a place of equal or better comfort.

Levi gets along with everybody. He's great with other dogs, cats and people. He's not terribly playful with other dogs, preferring human attention and treats over socializing with other pups. He barks appropriately at people approaching the house or when the other dogs in his pack start the barking. He's great when meeting strangers, however, so once the person comes inside he's just fine.

Levi is house-trained and knows basic commands. He enjoys little treats (within his diet plan) and is a friendly boy who rides well in the car. He can have a nervous expression in new situations and would do best with the company of other calm canines.

If you'd like to see even more photos of Levi, check out his Tumblr page by clicking here.

Levi came to POMDR after his guardian passed away.

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


Sponsored By: Esther Bourne, Jamilynn Willaman, Susan Kurtz

Sara is a beautiful 15 pound, 10-year-old Rat Terrier. This delightful little girl is a super "easy keeper." She is very affectionate in the cutest, gentlest way. She loves hanging out with her people whether that's snuggling up on the couch with you or lying near you. Sara is full of personality. If you don't like being entertained or having a good laugh, this pup ain't for you!

She walks well on leash and loves going on walks. She adores playing with toys, chewing bones and playing fetch. She is house trained and does fine when left at home but she'd prefer to go with you :-). She is not a barker. Sara also enjoys going for rides in the car with you.

She enjoys children, and has lived harmoniously with both dogs and cats. Her favorite pastime is going outside to sun-bathe, then coming in to cool off for a bit, then returning to the sun to warm up again.

She has chronic bronchitis which is being managed easily with medication.

Sara came to POMDR from Santa Cruz Animal Services after her guardian had a stroke and could no longer care for her. She was adopted to a great family in 2014, but because a family emergency she is now in search of a new home.

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


Sponsored By: Little Pup Lodge

Luna is an 8-year-old, 6-pound Yorkshire Terrier mix. As soon as she sees your face, she starts wiggling her tiny tail in excitement. She loves being petted and talked to and is happiest right in your lap where you can love on each other. When meeting strangers of all ages, Luna is bashful and charming, as if she's auditioning for her forever home. This little lady wants nothing more than a safe, loving place to land.

She gets along great with other dogs, small to large, and is fine with cats, too. No one taught her how to play with toys, but she does like to run around a bit to entertain you. Luna's excellent riding in the car, happy to snuggle up in a blanket until you reach your destination. She's so pleased to be with you, she goes from the car to your front door without a leash and with no thoughts of running off.

Luna is petite and adorable, and she has great manners. She knows basic commands and is house-trained. She quickly learned to use the doggie door in her foster home, so she's one smart cookie. Though she's missing many of her front teeth, she eats small kibble well. And she loves getting a bath! All in all, she's a gracious, sweet little dog looking for someone to love.

Luna has early onset kidney disease. She is on a special diet and daily medication to help improve her kidney function. The kidney issues don't seem to slow her down. She is still a happy, playful old gal.

Luna came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Shelter.

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

Dahlia is a 10-year-old, 12-pound adorable Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix. Dahlia just wants to be everyone's best friend! She adores being around her person and is happy to curl up in a loving lap. In the most precious way possible, she greets new people by prancing around in shy little circles, wagging her tail but overcome with curiosity about you. Once she meets you, she can't stop giving you little kisses! This dog is all wags and smiles.

Dahlia walks beautifully on the leash and would be the perfect companion for someone who likes to walk (or even jog!). She doesn't pull or cross in front of you while you're walking, she tends to just stroll by your side, matching your pace. She is inquisitive and friendly when she meets new dogs and would probably love another dog to play with in her forever family.

Dahlia is both house-trained and crate-trained. When left home alone, she has free range of the house and is a very good girl. She'll get excited when you return, but if you tell her to go lie on her bed she will and wait for your signal that you're ready for her to come back to you. She has learned to "sit" at her foster home, is eager to please and responds well to the word "no." She is also a quiet dog - her foster mama has only heard her bark twice! She's a happy passenger for rides in the car and would love to be your little sidekick.

Dahlia is just a sweet girl who watches you all the time with an expression that says, "please love me." She will make an amazing addition to a family where she can give you all of her love. We even think she would do well in a household with gentle children.

Dahlia came to us from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

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

Trixie and Tucker
Trixie and Tucker

Sponsored By: Grady, Jem, Van & Buster

Trixie and Tucker are two sweet herding dogs looking for a new home! Trixie is a 40-pound, 8-year-old Border Collie mix and Tucker is a 45-pound, 9-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. These dogs are "easy-keepers" and are used to being left home alone while their guardian is at work. They are both friendly when meeting other dogs and strangers. Trixie in particular enjoys hanging out with kids but both dogs get along well with everyone.

Trixie and Tucker are house-trained, walk well on the leash and know basic commands. Before their guardian passed away, they were loved family dogs that were allowed indoors and outdoors during the day. They have been transitioned to outdoor-only dogs but are well-behaved and would love an opportunity to come back inside and join the family!

Neither Trixie nor Tucker have ever lived with cats, so we are unsure how they would respond to them.

Trixie and Tucker are coming to POMDR because their guardian has passed away and the family member who is caring for the dogs can't continue to do so. They are very bonded and we want to keep these two together.

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

Koolie is a 6-year-old, 120-pound Mastiff. This big, beautiful girl is well-mannered and loving. The volunteers at the shelter where she was surrendered call her a "gentle giant," and everyone who meets her adores her. Just one look into those soulful brown eyes, and you'll see why.

She's a strong girl, but she knows basic commands and is a real sweetheart. She's learning how to wear a Gentle Leader so she's easier to manage on walks. Koolie is calm when meeting other dogs and lets them drive the interaction. If they're ready to play, so is she. If not, she doesn't push it. And if she's barked or growled at, she ignores it. It's as if she is aware of her own size and strength and tries very hard not to be overwhelming. Well, unless you play tug-of-war with her. She'll make you work hard for your victory.

Koolie is great at making new friends of all ages and does well with strangers and other dogs. Cats aren't really her cup of tea. She's been living as an outdoor-only dog but would love an opportunity to come back inside and be a member of your family. She's house-trained, and when left home alone she's happy to curl up on her bed or the couch and get some rest. It takes lots of energy being a big girl! Other than needing to lose a few pounds and having mild arthritis, Koolie is a healthy dog who's ready to be your new best friend.

Koolie came to POMDR from Santa Cruz Animal Services.

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

Lulu is a 9-year-old Chihuahua/Corgi mix. She's about as sweet as they come! Lulu settles in quickly to new environments and bonds with anyone who will give her some love. This little lady likes going for walks and does great on the leash - she's the perfect buddy for strolls around your neighborhood. Her favorite activity, however, is sleeping on her back in her bed or on a pillow. Can you handle that much cuteness in your life?!

Lulu is well-behaved and doesn't beg for food or attention. She barks at appropriate noises outside but quiets down quickly and is not a yappy dog. She's about as low maintenance as they come while still being very interactive and alert. Lulu's gorgeous coat is super soft and she enjoys being brushed. Handling this dog is just very easy and we think she will fit beautifully in to any calm household.

Riding in the car can make Lulu a bit nervous and she would probably do best in a home where she isn't expected to be a daily companion for car rides. She can do it, but she gets shaky and it's just not very fun for her. She's much better at being cuddled than being a passenger.

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

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

Shorty and Patches
Shorty and Patches

Sponsored By: Linda, Twiggy and Zelda Lavoie

Shorty is a 12-year-old, 25-pound Basset 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 gets along well with other dogs and is a well-behaved boy. 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. She is happy to accept scratches behind the ears and will walk up to anyone to say "hi." She is mostly deaf and has mild arthritis in her hips but has a very gentle, loving soul. Patches treats Shorty like her puppy and takes care of him. They tend to stick together and are very bonded.

Shorty and Patches are house-trained and walk nicely on the leash, though they won't need long walks to tire them out. We do not know if they have lived with cats before but they are very calm dogs and would probably be fine with feline friends in the household. They are currently outdoor-only dogs and would love an opportunity to come back in the house and be a part of a family again.

Shorty and Patches came to POMDR after their guardian passed away and their guardian's family members were unable to care for him.

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

Scotty is an 8-month-old, 12-pound Yorkiepoo. This fun lovin', adorable pup is just looking for someone who wants to throw his toys for him and then cuddle up for a nap. He is great when meeting new people and is incredibly friendly and loving. He likes being held, but just for a short while, then he's parading around again. Scotty loves to play with stuffed toys! They're his favorite.

Scotty gets along beautifully with other dogs and would love the company of a dog who wants to play with him. He came from a family with lots of kids around and does great with children of all ages (but he particularly likes giving kisses to babies). He can be too playful with kitties, but he doesn't have poor intentions and generally won't chase them.

Scotty is house-trained and walks well on a leash if he's in a harness. When he sees other dogs and people along the way, he pulls a little in his excitement to make a new friend. Going for car rides is fun, too, especially if he can occasionally sit on the driver's lap. He will sleep on his dog bed, but isn't opposed to sneaking under your covers and cuddling with you.

Scotty suffers from severe skin allergies. He needs to be on prescription dog food and have medicated baths to alleviate his itchy skin. He is currently in the process of growing his hair back and we hope someday he will have a healthy, full coat.

Scotty was surrendered to POMDR by his guardian who felt she was unable to care for his special medical needs.

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


Sponsored By: Susan Littlefield Haines, R. Bethke

Layla is an 8-month-old, 30-pound Persian Sarabi/Shepherd mix. She's an absolute sweetheart who enjoys greeting every person and dog she sees. Layla is both curious and gentle, which is miraculous after the traveling and adapting she has done in her short life.

Layla is a special needs dog. She came to us from a rescue group in Iran after being found with a crushed spine. Layla gets around well considering she uses her front legs to pull herself forward; her two hind legs don't work due to her injury. Layla is currently in physical therapy where she's learning to use a wheeled harness as her back legs. She loves her wheels and races around the dog park when she's wearing them. She gets a lot of attention from everyone, people and dogs alike, and she loves it! Then, when it's time to go, she comes when you call her name.

Layla would do best in a home with another dog. She spent her first few months in a pack of dogs at the shelter in Iran and appreciates having company, especially when you leave. If she's left without a doggie companion, she's vocal about it.

This sweet girl has a big heart and needs someone who has a heart just as big. Due to her injury, she doesn't always know when it's time to go outside. Frequent potty trips and an alert person seem to work best. Her new family will need to be able to lift her 30-pound frame in and out of the car for physical therapy appointments over the next few months and provide her with special food to help her digestion. In return, they'll get the undying love of a very special girl.

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


Sponsored By: Karen and Andrew Shepphard

Cappy is a 15-year-old, 20-pound Terrier/Hound mix. He's a confident older gent who's still happy to make new friends. He adores people, even strangers, and loves when you stop to give him a good cuddle. He'll often use his little paws and big brown eyes to give you a soft reminder that he wants you to pet him. He is very polite and gently takes treats from your hand.

He walks well on the leash and still has enough energy to enjoy exploring with you. He has a lot of pep for a 15-year-old and regularly goes on walks of up to a mile. When the harness comes out, his face lights up. He doesn't really care about toys and strongly prefers human attention. He also enjoys hanging out with other dogs and likes being in the thick of things. His foster family says Cappy gets "bouncy and animated" when playing with his canine friends.

Cappy has a zen-like approach to dinnertime, waiting patiently for you to ready his bowl even while other dogs are jumping around in fevered anticipation. He prefers to eat in his own little corner because it takes him a while to polish off his meal. He tolerates car rides, though he can be a bit fidgety en route. Really, as long as he feels like he's an important part of what's going on, he's a happy guy.

He seems to have some age-related hearing and vision loss, as he doesn't respond to all noises and has minor cataracts. But those small limitations don't seem to have any influence on his charming personality. Cappy is just a big love bug who will acclimate well to any environment.

Before coming to POMDR, Cappy was picked up as a stray and ended up in a local shelter.

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

Chloe Poodle
Chloe Poodle

Sponsored By: Susan Creveling

Chloe is a 23 pound, 13-year-old poodle. She is an adorable, loving dog, who will happily kiss strangers and loves to sit on anyone's lap. She schmoozes with everyone she meets, wanting them to tell her that she's super-cute, and is adored everywhere she goes. She's friendly with other dogs, and enjoys romping with them at the beach. She keeps her distance from loud, rambunctious children.

Chloe is overweight and needs to lose about 9 pounds. She walks well on the leash and enjoys being your company for walks, so this should not be too difficult with a restricted diet and exercise.

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

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

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

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

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

Princess is an 8-year-old, 10-pound Chihuahua mix. She can be a little shy when first meeting someone, but she warms up quickly and happily accepts petting and cuddles. Princess enjoys human company and is good with both adults and kids. She is friendly with other dogs and knows how to be polite when making new canine friends, although she's not very playful. She gets along well with cats and has lived with several in the past.

She loves her daily walks. When you get her harness out, she's ready to go-go-go. And she's got great endurance, regularly going for 45-minutes walks with plenty of pep in her step. Princess likes to entertain herself with a soft squeaky toy, and she'll entertain you when it's dinner time. She loves to eat and is vocal about it.

Princess is house-trained, and she behaves when left home alone. When you're together, she loves to cuddle right next to you. You can tell this girl was well loved by her guardian, who recently passed, and she's ready to find her new loving family.

Princess came to POMDR after she was taken in by a family member who already has several other pets and was unable to care for Princess permanently.

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


Sponsored By: Manutech Mfg., Duke Bartholomew

Dixie is a 23 pound, 11-year-old cuddly Cockapoo. She is a peppy little senior gal that loves attention and really thrives on human contact. She is on the timid side when meeting new people; she takes her time and then slowly warms up to them. Dixie's sight is impaired which may explain her timidity.

Dixie 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. She whines a little when separated from her foster, but quiets down eventually.

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

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

She also has low thyroid and is on a thyroid 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.


Sponsored By: Michelle and Gary Moore

Anthony, fondly nicknamed "Bean," is a 5-year-old, 6-pound Chihuahua. He's an introverted fellow who just needs a little love and security to gain some self-confidence. Initially shy with people, he quickly grows to adore them with all his heart. His foster family is already seeing a big surge in his confidence level as he becomes accustomed to being taken care of. In fact, they see in him great potential for training - he's agile and eager to please, so with the promise of a treat or two he could be trained to jump through hoops, high-five, and even run an agility course.

He has a dynamic personality, shifting gears between mellow and active. He's happy at home, curled up next to you on the couch and relaxing. But he's also happy taking a slow walk around the neighborhood or riding in the car (in your lap). On a walk he enjoys stopping and sniffing but can get an energetic pace going when he wants to.

Anthony currently lives with two other small dogs and four cats. He has no problem getting along with his foster guardian's dog-savvy kitties. He's house-trained and free to roam the house without having any problems.

Anthony's foster mom says Anthony is "quite smart, quite cute and quite easy to fall in love with." He loves chewing bully sticks, sleeping on the bed and the great outdoors.

Anthony was found running through the streets of Salinas, and a family member of a POMDR volunteer was luckily able to rescue him. He's looking for his second chance in a loving household (that maybe also has a few treats to share).

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

Little Joe is a 2-year-old, 12-pound Terrier mix. He's a quiet and gentle dog who loves to go on walks and does incredibly well on the leash. In fact, as soon as he sees the leash come out, he's right at your heels in excitement, ready to go! He rarely barks, except occasionally at other dogs on the street and at strangers who approach the house. But after a brief check-out period, Little Joe warms up to new people, and appreciates their attention and affection. He gets very attached to "his" people, paying close attention to what you are doing in the house and snuggling close to you on the sofa and in bed at night.

Though Little Joe is small, he's also tough and resilient. He came to POMDR after being found as a stray in Gilroy with wounds in his neck area from an altercation with another animal. His wounds have now completely healed, and so has his spirit. Although (understandably) he may still be a bit wary around certain other dogs, he's much more interested in meeting other dogs and sharing sniffs than when he first came to us. But because of his history, if other pets are present in your home, it will be important to try a home visit for a couple of days to see how he does.

Little Joe's foster family reports that he has been a perfect little house guest. They say he has been very easy to love and care for and want nothing more than to find a forever home with a family that loves and appreciates him as much as they do.

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

Tiny Jonathan
Tiny Jonathan

Sponsored By: Sharilyn Cabelera

Tiny Jonathan is a 6 pound, 6-year-old Chihuahua. He does great when meeting dogs, politely sniffing. He has been around both large and small dogs without a problem. He may try to chase a cat, but can also sit calmly next to a kitty. He can definitely be trained to live with the right cat. He walks nicely on a leash and can walk for at least a half hour at a time. He is house-trained.

He loves to be held, cuddled, and have his belly rubbed. He also likes to go for walks and is reasonably active at home, but he certainly enjoys his naps on your lap or in a cozy dog bed. He likes playing gently with small plush dog toys. He likes to sit in the sunshine and watch what is going on around him. He enjoys riding in the car.

Tiny is on a bland diet and medication for a sensitive stomach, but does well with the right food and meds.

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

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

Yoda Chi/Greyhound
Yoda Chi/Greyhound

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Yoda is an 8-year-old, 11-pound Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix. He has a very sweet temperament and is easy to get along with. He'll go out of his way to get your attention and affection - cuddling on the couch is one of his favorite activities. He also enjoys going for walks, and, though he's no spring chicken, he still has a lot of pep in his step. Occasionally, he's even up for a short run if you are.

He's a very friendly, housetrained guy who gets along well with other dogs and cats, but he most enjoys just being with his person. When you leave, he might whine a bit but quickly settles down and patiently waits for your return. If you take him with you, he's a good traveling companion in your car. Ultimately, Yoda would make someone a great lap dog.

Yoda was found under a bridge in Salinas and went to the Salinas shelter as a stray before coming to POMDR.

If you would like to meet Yoda Chi/Greyhound, fill out our online adoption application.


Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

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.

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 doesn't have much experience walking on the leash but is making progress. 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 will sometimes approach his foster mama (a display of confidence that has taken time to achieve) and will even lick her hand. He just needs that special someone to be loyal to and trust.

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 well to medication. He is working on re-growing some hair that was lost due to his previous condition and will someday be 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.


Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Kelly is a 56 pound, 7-year-old German Shepherd Dog mix. His hearing and his vision are both somewhat compromised. Kelly is happy to just be around people. He will sit and offer you his paw, expecting you to hold it for him, or he will come over and nuzzle your hand until you pet him. Anytime you are around, he will stay mostly within sight, with some wandering about. He will periodically come over and ask for some attention and love. He is not a high-energy boy, but he still has some pep in his step.

Kelly enjoys being around other dogs, and meets them in a relaxed way. He wants to play with some dogs, whereas others he just greets and then he moves on. He will do best in a home without cats.

Kelly can be territorial and protective of his property if a guardian is not around to tell him who is a friend and who is suspicious. His territorial issue will need to be managed by any new adopter. If his guardian is home and lets him know a visitor is "ok", then he is his regular friendly self. Kelly loves chewing plush toys to bits very quickly, and has shown similar interest in at least one pillow. He'll chew real bones and nylabones too, which takes longer.

His foster dad says: "He doesn't care who you are, what you're doing, he says he loves you. What I see as the perfect fit is, someone who doesn't care too much about their stuff, probably has other dogs but not cats, and who is home a lot to go do hikes and other outdoors things. He really enjoys being outside, but not without his persons. In this way, I'd say he's a very American Pioneer dog, he's tough, compassionate, and likes to get dirty and go smell the roses."

Kelly's foster dad made him his very own Tumblr page.

Kelly came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services where he was picked up as a stray in Soledad.

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


Sponsored By: Manutech

Falcon is an 8-pound, 10-year-old Maltese mix. It is hard to believe that just a few months ago this roly-poly, fluffy, cuddly, healthy, happy doggie was sick and miserable, trembling with cold and dread, skinny, and nearly hairless! The cure came in the form of affection, stability, and thyroid pills.

Falcon (AKA Billy) is a mellow dog, not bothered by other dogs or people. He is gentle and accepting of whatever needs to happen. But he will chase and bark at cats, 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 likes to be near you but isn't pushy or clingy. He likes your lap, a place next to you, or a soft spot near your feet, and he is happy to share those spaces with another dog. In fact, he likes having the company of another friendly dog in the home. He rides well in the car and gets along fine at the dog park. He walks well on a leash. He is house trained and uses the doggie door to go in and out.

He doesn't chew things or make a mess and rarely barks, except at cats. He's an all-around agreeable, undemanding dog, ready to become part of a family unit. He's 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. He was a defeated dog when we met. 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.


Sponsored By: Kalman Weinfeld, Lisa Maddalena in memory of Dylan

Jolene, is a 5 pound, 13-year-old Chihuahua. She is shy around people she doesn't know, but warms up quickly if they get down low rather than towering above her. If she knows you, she loves for you to handle her and carry her around. She loves to lay on her back for a tummy rub. She enjoys trotting around a garden and checking it out.

Jolene walks pretty well on a leash, though she needs to be reminded now and then that she can't just do whatever she wants. She mostly pays little attention to other dogs. She likes to tell cats that she is in charge. The rest of the time she is a quiet, mellow lady.

Jolene is happy napping on the couch when left home. She rides perfectly in a car, preferably sitting still on the driver's lap. She is house trained as long as you pick up her subtle clues about when she needs to go.

Her foster mom says: "Jolene has a spunky, affectionate side that she has learned to hide, probably because of past treatment. When the spunkiness is evident, she is the cutest thing."

Jolene came to POMDR from Santa Cruz County Animal Services where she was brought in as a stray.

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


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 a 7-year-old, 65-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 likes to run and play with other dogs his size. Barney gets along famously with his foster brother and sister, Mortis and Layla, and they have great fun hanging out together. Sometimes he gets overly excited around small dogs and cats, but he's generally a gentleman. 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. His oncologist believes he has at least one good year ahead of him, but Barney could also live out his full life span without the cancer returning.

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.


Sponsored By: Catherine Burns, Manutech

Gizmo is a 13 pounds, 11-year-old Terrier/Poodle mix. He is hearing impaired, but has excellent vision. He is an excellent little walker as long as you allow him ample time for thorough sniffing.

Other dogs don't interest Gizmo much; occasionally he'll wag his tail and sniff a little, but more often he just ignores them. He similarly isn't too interested in new people. He's in his own little world. However, he is always sweet when someone engages him. He is just a nice guy through and through.

He is very mellow with funny small spurts of enthusiasm. He will randomly saunter over to a toy (or sock), pick it up, throw it in the air, spin in a circle, and then look for it. He'll do this about three times, then it's back to sleep. He has been showing more energy as he gets good medical care and love in his foster home, so he will probably become more energetic than he currently is, but he will probably always be a mellow dog.

He is currently living with a large dog. When left home by himself, Gizmo will whine until his foster mom returns. But he doesn't seem to whine at all when left home with the other dog. So though he appears apathetic about other dogs, it seems that he can enjoy their company. Gizmo is crate trained and after some training has gotten to be house trained at his foster home. This training might need to be repeated for a new situation.

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

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


Sponsored By: John Click, in honor of Joe Buck

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

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

Stewart is house trained and very easy to deal with.

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

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


Sponsored By: Susan Creveling

Bogie is an Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix weighing 11 pounds. The vet estimates him to be 5 years old even though his face "looks older". He's an active, friendly guy with a great smile. He is great with all people, including children.

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

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

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

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


Sponsored By: Jasper, Grady & Jem

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsored By: Teddy, Itsey & Minnie

Chester is an 8 pound, 14-year-old Chihuahua mix. He likes going for walks and gets very attached to his caretaker. He loves to sit on his person's lap or to cuddle up in a nearby dog bed. He can be overly protective around some people and some dogs, however, and needs a person who will provide leadership.

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

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

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

Hannah Boxer
Hannah Boxer

Sponsored By: Betty and Ariel

Hannah is an 88 pound, 13-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. She has a lovely temperament - very gentle and sweet with people. She will give one bark and respond excitedly once greeted. She loves kids and can easily be walked by one. And what a great old dog face!

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

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

She is a little nervous about other dogs. She might prefer to live in a home where she's the only dog although she is being fostered in a home with two other dogs. She does chase cats.

Hannah has had several mast cell tumors removed and has several smaller ones that may need to be removed in the future. These tumors will most likely be an ongoing issue for her for the rest of her life.

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

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


Sponsored By: Jan Neal

Lolly is a 14 pound, 16-year-old Chihuahua. She has a tolerant, friendly, mellow personality. She enjoys a nice slow walk where she has good smelling opportunities. She is happy to let gentle strangers pet her.

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

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

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

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


Sponsored By: John Click

Troy is a 10 pound, 8-year-old Chihuahua mix. He is friendly and confident with people that he knows. He has a lively personality, but also sleeps a lot when by himself, so he's not "always on". He is a little leery of some men, but not all. After perhaps some initial barking, he is often disinterested in new people, though sometimes stays around them for a while looking for attention.

Troy bonds really closely to his person and is happiest when he is with them. He would probably be happiest in a home where he was the only dog so he could get as much attention as possible. He is very dependent and adoring. He loves his walks and he loves curling up on his person's lap.

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

Troy walks nicely on a leash, with a little weaving back and forth to find the best smells. He is used to riding in a crate in the car, and he's fine with that. He's also happy to stand watch or nap in the car, though he occasionally gets car sick. He likes having a blanket or sheet to chew on, and might choose a human clothing item should he find one lying around. He is happy to sleep in a crate, or in your bed. He sleeps the night through until his foster mom wakes up, no matter the hour or the previous day's activity.

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

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


Sponsored By: Ann Rose

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsored By: Lawrence Rosenberg

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

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

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

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

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

Behaviorally Challenged Dogs

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

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


Sponsored By: Max Pin, Betty Roberts, John Click

Mayla is a 10 pound, 9-year-old Min Pin/Chihuahua mix. She came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. Not having been socialized, she was very shy and frightened at first, but has since blossomed into a playful and fun little girl in her foster home.

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

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

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

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

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

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.