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Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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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.


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.

Cutie is an 11-year-old, 13 pound Poodle mix. He is a shy but sweet dog who is well-behaved. Cutie is both house-trained and crate-trained. He even knows some basic commands and walks nicely on leash!

Cutie is good with other dogs, but can get overwhelmed if there are too many other pups around. He's the kind of dog who enjoys his peace and quiet. He likes being close to his person (he loves you the most!) and will make someone a very loyal companion. Cutie is fine with gentle, calm children, but young, loud kiddos aren't his cup of tea. He also gets along well with cats and would be fine having a kitty in his future home. At night, he'll keep your toes warm and is very happy sleeping at the foot of your bed.

Cutie's guardians no longer have enough time for Cutie. Their children used to help with his care, and now that they've moved out, they know he isn't getting the attention he deserves. He strongly dislikes being boarded in a kennel, and they feel finding him a new forever family would be the best option for him.

If you would like to meet Cutie, 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.

Peanut Cookie is a 9-year-old, 16 pound Terrier mix. This little nugget is so sweet and outgoing that when our volunteer met her at the vet clinic, Peanut jumped straight into her arms and showered her with kisses! She is smiley, all wags and very eager to please. She gets along fine with other dogs and we know she is going to make someone very lucky! She still has plenty of energy to go for walks and she walks well on a leash.

Peanut Cookie rides quietly in the car, either in a crate or without one. Her favorite activities are chasing her tennis ball around the room, playing with toys and giving you TONS of kisses! She would likely do well with gentle, respectful children in her household.

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

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.

Big Ben is a 6-year-old, 75 pound Belgian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix. Big Ben gets along fine with other dogs, and is delightful when meeting new people. He walks well on a leash and enjoys a good hike down the trail by your side. He's an energetic dog who would love a companion who likes to be active! He also loves to chase his tennis ball. Big Ben is okay with being left home alone. At night, Big Ben prefers to sleep in his dog bed somewhere near you (since you're his favorite person). He's very people-oriented and thrives on your affection.

Big Ben is house-trained, walks well on a leash and knows some basic commands! He would do best in a home without kitties, as he thinks they are fun to chase! He's fine with small dogs, though, and has lived with them before. He is fine with children, but he can get rambunctious and play nip if he gets excited, so it's best if he was not with children under the age of 11 years old.

Big Ben's guardian passed away and family members have been taking turns looking after him, but no one can keep him permanently. They've reached out to us to find him a loving forever home.

If you would like to meet Big Ben, 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.

Deija is a 10-year-old, 15 pound Shih Tzu mix. She's over-the-top adorable - just look at that face! Deija does well with new dogs and is a gentle little girl. Her previous home included cats, dogs and children, so we know she does well with all of them. She was very calm with the kitty. Deija is a cuddler and likes to sleep on your bed or on the sofa. She is fine being left home alone for a few hours while you're out and about.

Deija has been a very loved dog her whole life, but her family is losing their home and can no longer keep her.

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

Paddy is an 8-year-old, 25 pound Boston Terrier. Paddy has a cute personality and he loves to play. He'll happily wrestle with other dogs his size and is sweet with new people. While he's more of the independent type, he is still very adorable and fun. He has plenty of pep in his step for walks and does great on the leash.

At night, he likes to snuggle under the covers with you or he'll quietly sleep in his dog bed nearby. He is content while left home alone. He would love a future home with a secure yard where he can play. He prefers to chase kitties, so he would do best in a home without cats.

Paddy's guardian had to move, and her new home is not ideal for his well-being. She surrendered him to us because she felt he deserves a better situation. He is a good boy.

If you would like to meet Paddy, 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.

Kiko is a 7-year-old, 49 pound Border Collie/Labrador mix. Kiko loves everybody - she is super social with other dogs and people. She particularly adores the company of small dogs, but she's great with big ones too! When she meets a new person, she lays down and wants her belly rubbed, tail wagging the whole time.

Kiko has been a loved family dog and done great with gentle children of all ages. She is house-trained, walks great on a leash and even knows basic commands. She was crate-trained many years ago but because she's so well-behaved, her family hasn't used the crate recently.

At night this sweetheart has been sleeping quietly in the garage but she really prefers to sleep next to you in your room. She's even willing to cuddle on your bed, if you'll let her!

Kiko is such a fabulous dog and her family loves her but they just had their fourth child and she is simply not getting the time and attention she deserves.

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.

Harper is an 8-year-old, 103-pound German Shepherd. Harper is an energetic, loving dog who would thrive with someone active! He has a great disposition with all new people and really enjoys getting your attention (getting your love is even more important to him than treats). He's an overall happy dog who would make a great companion for a nice long walk or hike!

Harper has proven to do well with kids and chickens in his foster home. He also does great with other dogs. He walks well on a leash and seems to know several commands. He still has moments where he is sad about losing his previous guardian and appreciates someone sitting with him and giving him some TLC.

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

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

Charley
 
Charley

Sponsored By: Gabriela Borrego

Charley is 12-year-old, 20 pound 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.

Charley is a mellow fellow who loves other dogs and is friendly with everybody. He rides really well in the car, behaves while getting baths and even walks well on a leash! He has proven to be house-trained and sleeps quietly through the night on his bed near his person. We are not sure how he would feel about a cat in his pack. He has an adorable underbite that you're sure to love!

Charley seems to have been a loved dog in the first chapter of his life. He's such a good boy. Charley has a great disposition and can't wait to find his new forever family.

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

Dudley is a 16-year-old, 30 pound Cocker Spaniel. Dudley has faithfully served his previous guardian as her service dog, going with her to doctor appointments and being a loyal companion to her. Sadly, she is now too ill to continue caring for him and he is looking for a new family to give his love to.

Dudley is the most friendly little guy - he loves other dogs and will even play with his favorite buddies. He is fabulous with new people, making friends quickly, and does well with gentle children. Kitties are fun for chasing so he would do best in a home without any felines.

Dudley is both house-trained and crate-trained. He walks great on a leash and knows basic commands. He is blind in his left eye, which requires daily drops. Dudley deserves a loving home for his golden years after being such a loyal friend - can you be his forever family?

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

Bebe is a 5-year-old, 12 pound Pomeranian mix whose guardian is ill and can no longer care for her. She has been a dedicated companion to her person for the last five years and will thrive in a quiet family again. She is a talkative girl and barks when she's meeting a new dog, but calms down.

Bebe is house-trained and crate-trained. She does well with cats and generally ignores them. At night, she sleeps quietly on the couch but would probably be happy cuddling with you as well. She is fine being left home alone while you're out and about. Bebe's just a sweet girl looking for a loving person to befriend.

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

Lucy Mae is a 9 pound, 13-year-old Maltese. She's a gentle little dog who enjoys playing with friendly pups and is very sweet when meeting new people. She adores being held and will gladly put her feet up on your knee to ask to be picked up. Her favorite place to be is cuddled in your lap. Her perfect adopter can give her lots of time, attention and love.

Lucy Mae is mostly blind due to cataracts so she'll need someone that doesn't mind looking out for her. She's still quite brave and carefully explores her surroundings. She also has glaucoma and at some point may need to have her eyes or one eye removed, but at this point Lucy Mae can see light and shadows and her eyes are not painful to her. She does need daily eye drops and semi annual vet visits to recheck her eye.

She is house-trained and walks well on a leash. She is also trained to use a puppy pad if she needs to. At night, Lucy Mae sleeps on her little dog bed. She has never met a kitty before so we're not sure how she would feel about them.

Lucy Mae's guardian is very ill and the family is no longer able to care for her.

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

Monsieur Pierre
 
Monsieur Pierre

Sponsored By: Deborah Blue, Kelly Menehan

Monsieur Pierre is a such a charming gentleman. This 9-year-old, 45 pound Schnauzer/Shepherd mix is just so gentle. He is mostly deaf (we think he might hear certain sounds) and probably has some impaired vision - we know someone will be willing to love him anyway. He is wonderful with other dogs of all sizes, always wagging his tail.

Based on his loving personality, it's possible Pierre would do well with gentle children or kitties in his future family. He still has enough energy for short walks but might have some age-related arthritis in his hips. As long as you don't mind giving him a little boost, he is happy to go for a ride with you in the car and it's one of his favorite things to do! He is house-trained and sleeps quietly in his dog bed at night.

Pierre has a minor heart murmur and some level of valve disease but it doesn't affect his sweet personality! These issues do not currently require medication.

Pierre can get nervous in new surroundings and sometimes barks when he is alone. He would love to find an adopter who is home a lot and doesn't mind patiently working on his separation anxiety.

Monsieur Pierre came to us from Haven Humane Society in northern California. Despite being a wonderful pooch, senior dogs have a more difficult time getting adopted and he was being moved to the euthanasia list. One of our volunteers saw him on Facebook and offered to sponsor his care, and he is now a POMDR dog looking for his forever home!

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

Bubbles is a 10 pound, 13-year-old Peek-a-Poo mix! Yes, that's a Pekingese and Poodle mix. Bubbles is a sweet girl - she's friendly with other dogs, is crate-trained and walks well on a leash. Another dog in her home taught her to bark when people arrive, but she's very friendly once she actually meets them. She particularly enjoys the company of gentle children.

Bubbles can be vocal when she is under stress, and transition from life with her previous guardian hasn't been easy for her. She would love someone to give her TLC and make her feel comfortable again. She is house-trained but will need a refresher course when she gets to her new home. At night she prefers to sleep on your bed so her perfect adopter likes to snuggle!

Bubbles' previous guardian passed away and the family member who is caring for her can no longer continue to do so.

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

Walker is a 6-year-old, 10 pound Terrier mix who is very gentle and sweet, but quite lonely. He LOVES interacting with people and is happiest when he's sitting in your lap. He is great at socializing with other dogs of all sizes. He's just a sweet boy looking for a friend in this big world - he loves your companionship more than anything. He gives lots of sweet little kisses and wags his tiny tail when you talk to him. If he sounds totally precious, it's because he is!

Riding in the car is a new experience for Walker and he tends to be pretty vocal. We know that with some time and practice he'll get the hang of being a relaxed passenger. He's very responsive to sitting in a lap to help calm him down, and he will make a great snuggle buddy. He definitely has the energy to go for walks, although his enthusiasm still has him zig-zagging in front of you a bit. He would love to find someone who is as excited about life and becoming best friends as he is! Walker will need someone willing to give him a refresher course in house-training.

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

If you would like to meet Walker, 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. 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 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.

Tiny Jonathan
 
Tiny Jonathan

Sponsored By: Sharilyn Cabelera

Tiny Jonathan is a 6 pound, 7-year-old Chihuahua. He does great when meeting dogs, politely sniffing. He has been around both large and small dogs and been a perfect gentleman. He may try to chase a cat, but can also sit calmly next to a kitty so it's possible with a proper introduction to a dog-savvy cat he would be fine. He walks nicely on a leash and can walk for at least a half hour at a time. He is house-trained and very well-behaved.

He loves to be held, cuddled, and adores having 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 is adorable when he is playing gently with small plush dog toys. He likes to bask in the sunshine and watch what is going on around him. He also 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 medications.

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.

Munchie is a 16-year-old, 7-pound Shih Tzu. This sweet senior is a gem - though her eyesight and hearing are gone, her laid-back spirit remains intact. She can be nervous in new situations, but she gets a lot of comfort from your loving lap to sit in and a warm blanket to cuddle in. Once she's a little more confident, she's ready to slowly explore her surroundings, step by careful step.

She's content to spend her time relaxing at home with you nearby. You won't hear a peep from her until she needs to go out or is ready to eat. Munchie is learning to use a pad inside when her person has to be gone for a few hours. She isn't one for going on walks, but she does enjoy the occasional ride in the car and quietly sits in a doggie seat for the duration.

Munchie doesn't play with other dogs, but she happily coexists with them. She has experience being around kids and would probably be okay with very gentle, older children in her family. She can no longer navigate stairs, so a home without them would be best.

Due to her loss of vision and hearing, Munchie is dependent on her person to protect her from the world. She requires the application of eye ointment twice a day, and she makes it easy on you to do so. She's sweet and trusting, so it's a joy to watch over this diminutive little lady.

Munchie's previous guardian was living in her car and decided Munchie deserved a better life than she could provide. We're so pleased to be able to offer Munchie this second chance in her twilight years.

If you would like to meet Munchie, 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.

Sprout is an 8-year-old, 6 pound Yorkie mix who is ready to steal your heart! She may be small in size but she is BIG in personality. She's both lively and inquisitive - her foster family describes her as both physically and mentally quick! She loves dashing around to check out her surroundings. Sprout also knows how to settle down and be a good cuddle buddy.

Like most Yorkies, Sprout barely sheds and she may be a good dog for someone with minor allergies. She rides very well in the car and would be a great companion for your adventures around town. She'll let out little "yips" to let you know that people are outside, but quietly welcomes them if they come inside. She even politely greets the mailman! She is working on her house-training skills and making progress every day.

Sprout has a minor heart murmur but it doesn't seem to affect her great personality. She won't need lots of exercise for this reason. Sprout came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.

If you would like to meet Sprout, 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.

If you've been dreaming of a sweet, little white fluffy dog, Maksim could be it! Maksim (also known as Maks), is a 7-year-old, 14 pound Maltese. Maks gets along with virtually all other dogs and really loves everybody. Nobody is a stranger to this guy because he makes friends so quickly! He even gets along with gentle children and kitties.

Maks is house-trained and fine with being left home alone while you're out and about. He'd love to find a new best friend where he can be with you a lot, simply because he's a great buddy. If you enjoy strolling through your neighborhood, Maks walks great on a leash and would be happy to accompany you! He even knows a few basic commands.

Maksim's guardian is moving and cannot take him along. He does require a special diet because he has a sensitive tummy and he also has a collapsing trachea. He's spent his whole life being a loved family dog and can't wait to find his forever home.

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.

Mango, previously known as "Smooches," is a 9-year-old, 22 pound Terrier mix who came to us when her homeless guardians were no longer able to care for her. Mango is so easy to love - she is a sensitive, gentle creature who just wants to be your little shadow.

Mango lights up when the leash comes out and adores her daily walks. She's still in good shape and is happy going for a long daily stroll to the woods or beach with her foster pack. She's good with dogs of all sizes and can even be playful! That being said, she adores being the center of your world and would be fine as an only dog. She rides well in the car and sleeps quietly through the night.

Mango was always with her previous guardians and is still learning how to be left home alone. She will need a loving, patient adopter who can continue to help her adjust to being left alone. A forever home where she gets to spend a lot of time with you would be ideal - she just wants to find her new best friend.

Felix is a 9-year-old, 120-pound Malamute/Newfoundland/Labrador mix. The first thing you should know about this gentle, goofy giant is he absolutely, unequivocally loves every single person he meets. He loves other dogs, too, from the biggest to the smallest, and is always ready to play. Cats, on the other hand, inspire him to give chase. It's nothing personal, they just look like fun, fluffy toys.

He's a big, jolly, happy-go-lucky guy who has been living and sleeping outdoors on a big piece of property the past few years. But, boy, he'd sure like to come inside to hang out with you. He used to be an indoor dog and was housetrained, so it should be a smooth transition coming in from the cold. Just be careful when opening the front door - Felix might make a break for it, only coming back once you've waved a treat in the air.

Felix is a big, loveable teddy bear with soft, sweet eyes that melt your heart. He loves going for car rides and sticking his head out the window. Adventures are high on his list, and he would make someone a great hiking companion. In fact, some good, regular exercise or plenty of playtime with a doggie companion or two would be great for this big boy. The more exercise he gets, the more relaxed he becomes.

Felix was surrendered to us when his senior guardian could no longer take care of him. He can't wait to meet his new family, and he'll reward you with lots of love and laughs. Plus, due to his size and sheer awesomeness, he'll probably be the talk of the town.

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

Charity
 
Charity

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Charity is an 8-year old, 4-pound Chihuahua. She's a lot of love in a tiny package. Charity does well on the leash and is shy but friendly to the people she meets. She loves to be held by anyone but isn't needy about it. In fact, she's pretty independent for such a small dog. She's happy to go potty outside on her own, and if another animal gets too close to her food dish, she'll let them know to back off with a little growl. Don't let that bit of noise fool you, though. Charity gets along great with her pack.

She's currently living with a number of other small dogs and she's happy to spend the night sleeping in a dog bed next to them. She has a cat in her household and they are not the best of friends - it would be best if her future home were feline-free! You won't hear a peep out of her from bedtime until morning as long as she has a puppy pad at her disposal - her tiny bladder can't make it all night. Oh, and like many dogs she would appreciate sleeping with you if there's a storm raging outside.

Charity is well-behaved while you're gone and offers full-body wiggles and big smiles when you get home. She has a playful streak that tends to come out shortly before bedtime. The rest of the day, she's happy to cuddle up on your lap or relax in her doggie bed. She's just a sweet, loving dog with a wonderful disposition and delicate presence.

When Charity first came to us, she was malnourished and suffering from hair loss. Thanks to the loving care of her vet and foster family, Charity has almost doubled in size and is doing great!

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

Frannie is a 12-year-old, 7-pound Shih Tzu mix. Though small, she isn't your typical lap dog. This independent lady likes to be on her feet, exploring her space and doing her own thing. Scratches are always welcome, of course. So are treats. Although she's missing some of the lower portion of her jaw due to an old fracture and years of neglected dental issues, it doesn't affect her appetite or ability to eat. It does result in her little tongue hanging out, but that's pretty endearing.

It takes her extra time to eat her meals, so she appreciates being apart from other dogs who might want to help her finish her food. The rest of the time, she loves having doggie company. Frannie goes from laid-back and quiet to full of energy, depending on the environment. When around a younger dog, she's quick to play. When left home alone, she spends her time napping. At night, she's comfortable using a doggie door or pad on the floor to do her business.

Frannie loves walks and waits patiently while you put her harness on. She rides well in the car, happy to curl up or watch the scenery out the window. She readily greets all new people and, if she really likes you, flops on her back asking for belly rubs. She's charismatic, funny, friendly, and a fast learner. At the recent Good Old Days event, Frannie was the star of the show. She pranced around for three hours straight and posed for many selfies. She even walked well in the crowd and let babies in strollers pet her.

Frannie came to us from the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray.

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

Everybody meet this cute little ham, Pork Chop! He's an 8-year-old, 14 pound Dachshund/Terrier/Chihuahua mix. He's sweet and gentle when meeting new people. When meeting new dogs, he gives them a polite sniff and particularly enjoys the company of dogs his size. He's pretty easy to fall in love with!

Pork Chop is a loving and playful dog who is house-trained, crate-trained and walks well on a leash. He's intelligent and listens well to his person - he even knows a few commands already! He does just fine being left home alone while his guardian is out and about. He would prefer to live in a home without kitties (they are fun to chase!). His favorite activity is going for a nice walk by your side.

Pork Chop came to us when his guardian became ill and could no longer care for him.

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

Miss Molly
 
Miss Molly

Sponsored By: Dianne and Linda

Meet Miss Molly! She's a sweet little 9-year-old, 10 pound Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. Molly is just wonderful - she's proven to be great with other dogs and is fitting in well with the pack of dog-siblings in her foster home. She's even good with kitties and kids! She's just an easy-going gal. Miss Molly is house-trained and prefers to sleep near her person at night. Since you're Molly's favorite person, she likes to come when you call her, eager to get either treats or attention!

Miss Molly was surrendered to us after her guardian passed away. She came to us with Miss Janie (available for adoption) and as much as we'd love to adopt them out together, we know they would still thrive in separate loving homes.

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

Emmet

Sponsored By: Sharilyn and Ava Cabelera

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. If you encounter a stranger or an unknown dog or cat, he may pull on the leash a bit. If this happens in front of your home, he may also be a little vocal, just because he thinks you need some protection.

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 (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.

Callie
 
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 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.

Pepper Terrier
 
Pepper Terrier

Sponsored By: Mary Bock

Pepper, also known as Piper, is a 6-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 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. Pepper 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. Pepper 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.

Lena Jo is a 1.5-year-old, 25 pound Queensland Heeler/Corgi mix. This little cutie is shy but very sweet. She gets along well with most other dogs. Occasionally she meets a dog who intimidates her, so a dog-savvy person to help with pup introductions would be best. Based on her personality, it's possible she would be okay with a kitty in the house, but she's never met one.

Lena Jo is deaf, which doesn't seem to affect her fun personality. It does mean that she can't hear herself, and when she is vocal she can be louder than she realizes. Lena Jo is very smart and has learned some basic commands through hand signals - she could definitely continue to expand her "vocabulary" with her future family.

Lena Jo is house-trained. At night, she loves cuddling with her person and she is currently both an indoor/outdoor dog who is fine being left home alone for a few hours. She is very cute about fetching toys, and it's definitely her favorite little game to play with you.

Lena spent the first year of her life being very sheltered. Because of this, she's working with her foster family on some socialization that she missed out on. She's smart and sweet and she's made progress already.

Due to a death in the immediate family, Lena Jo's guardian lost her housing and could no longer care for her.

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

Miss Janie
 
Miss Janie

Sponsored By: Dianne and Linda, Valerie Walker and Clover Grace

This is one of the tiniest little sweethearts we've ever met! Miss Janie is a 2.75 pound, 7-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. You won't be able to resist scooping her up when you meet her - and she likes being cuddled so that's just fine! She is good with new dogs, all new people and kitties. Because of her incredibly small size, a household without small children would probably be best for her.

Miss Janie is has some spinal and hip issues that somewhat limit her mobility, so she's the ideal dog for someone who wants a cuddle buddy or purse Pom! She gets around fine, she's just not running any sprints any time soon. Janie lost the hair on her tiny little ears from untreated chronic allergies. We know someone will fall in love with her just as she is.

Miss Janie came to us after her guardian passed away. She came to us with Miss Molly (available for adoption) and as much as we'd love to adopt them out together, we know they would still thrive in separate loving homes.

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

Diesel, also known as "Max", is a 10-year-old, 59 pound German Shepherd. Diesel's friendliness will undoubtedly charm you. He gives gentle kisses to new people he meets. He would do great with a dog who doesn't mind his playful energy. He can sometimes be reactive to other dogs when on leash, but he is getting better.

He doesn't know he's a "senior" dog and would surely be a great companion for long walks and playtime. He has plenty of enthusiasm and could use some work on his leash skills. He is going to thrive in a home with an active, loving person! Because of his excitability, he would do best in a home without very small children.

Diesel is super smart and takes treats gently from your hand, so teaching him new things will be fun! He'll "shake" if you ask for his paw and will "sit" if you have a tasty treat. Diesel is eagerly looking for his new best friend. He loves affection and will go "belly up" for scratches, lovingly laying his head in your lap. Diesel's foster home includes a dog-savvy cat and they are total buddies!

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

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

Dahlia is an 8-year-old, 9-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 go for hikes. 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 can be shy when she meets new dogs, so her adopter should take that process slowly. Once introductions have been made and Dahlia feels comfortable, she can be a playful companion.

Dahlia is both house-trained and crate-trained. She's also a polite hostess when people visit your home! When left home alone, she has free range of the house and is a very good girl. 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 for adventures. If you want a buddy for road trips, this is your girl!

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 is now 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. Check out her video from her time spent in the program!

Dahlia came to us from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

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

Anela

Sponsored By: The Henney Hounds, Meredith den Daas, The Wertheimer Family

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.

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 is able to peacefully coexist.

Anela is house-trained and is ok being left alone for a few hours at a time, but she is a vocal gal. 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 dogs' 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 lie in and a loving home? She'll be forever grateful.

Anela's guardians had to change their living situation and they were unable to keep her.

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

Betsy Border Collie
 
Betsy Border Collie

Sponsored By: Sheila Williams

Betsy is a 7-year-old, 24 pound Border Collie. We just know this timid girl has the potential to blossom once she has consistent TLC in her life. She is incredibly shy but has easily let the vet staff handle her and doesn't have any aggressive tendencies at all - she's just very nervous and under-socialized. She wants to find someone patient and loving to move very slowly and let her adjust to her new life where humans love her and treat her well. A calm, quieter environment would probably be ideal for her. If you're looking for a dog who is ready to go out in the world with you meeting new people and dogs, Betsy isn't quite there yet.

Like most herding dogs, she is sensitive and intelligent. We think she'll respond well to positive interactions and hopefully learn that life isn't so scary.

Betsy was living with several other dogs in her previous home so it's possible she would be fine with other calm dogs around. She was part of a group of dogs who were seized by King City Animal Control after being left for three days without access to food or water. Fortunately they survived, and we have the opportunity to find them the loving homes they deserve.

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

Marabella
 
Marabella

Sponsored By: Sheila Williams

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.

Marabella is a 7-year-old, 30 pound Border Collie. We just know this timid girl has the potential to blossom once she has consistent TLC in her life. She is incredibly shy but has easily let the vet staff handle her and doesn't have any aggressive tendencies at all - she's just very nervous. Even after just a few minutes with us, she was accepting enticing pieces of turkey by hand and letting us pet her, but it's going to take someone patient and loving to move slowly and let her adjust to her new life where humans love her and treat her well. A calm, quieter environment would probably be ideal for her.

Like most herding dogs, she is sensitive and intelligent. We think she'll respond well to positive interactions and hopefully learn that life isn't so scary!

Marabella was living with several other dogs in her previous home, so it's possible she would be fine with other calm dogs around. She was part of a group of dogs who were seized by King City Animal Control after being left for three days without access to food or water. Fortunately they survived, and we have the opportunity to find them the loving homes they deserve.

Perla

Sponsored By: Sheila Williams

Perla is a 12-year-old, 37 pound Border Collie. Perla is inquisitive but incredibly shy - we can't wait until she has some consistent TLC in her life and she has the opportunity to blossom. She is easy to handle and has allowed the vet staff to treat her without ever showing any signs of aggression - she's just nervous.

Like most herding dogs, she is sensitive and intelligent. With the right guardian we think she will likely become a "velcro" dog who adores and trusts her person. A calm, quieter environment would probably be ideal for her.

Perla was part of a group of dogs who were seized by King City Animal Control after being left for three days without access to food or water. Because she probably had to defend her resources from the other dogs she was confined with, she can sometimes be reactive with other dogs and will need an adopter committed to helping her manage this issue. We're incredibly grateful all of these dogs survived, and we look forward to them finding loving homes.

If you would like to meet Perla, 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.

Paquito is a 9-year-old, 20 pound Bichon Frise/Poodle mix. This great pup was sadly abandoned at someone's place of work. A good samaritan rescued him and has surrendered him to us so he can find the loving forever family he deserves. He responds great to new dogs, sniffing politely and then moving on his way. He's also incredibly friendly with new people and is mellow by nature. Because of his easy-going demeanor, he may be a good dog for a family who has gentle children.

Paquito walks well on a leash and is house-trained. He has been living in a home with a cat and done great with her. At night he likes to sleep with his person, but can also sleep on his doggie bed. He is able to be left home alone but does have some separation anxiety and would love to live with someone who has plenty of time to spend with him.

Beau is a 1.5-year-old, 10 pound Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix. He would love a home where he has another dog to play with - that's his favorite activity! He walks nicely on a leash and rides really well in the car, so he'd be the perfect buddy for someone who likes to walk or hike. He's very smart and has already learned "sit". He would be a great candidate to continue obedience training since he's such a quick learner. He's also very treat motivated. His perfect home is one where he gets lots of exercise and playtime.

At night, Beau sleeps quietly in his crate. He is working on his house-training skills and we know with some consistency and patience he will be successful.

Beau came to us from a senior guardian who adopted him from a shelter a few months ago, but he is too playful and energetic for her to handle, and her senior dog wasn't happy with him either. She surrendered him to us so he can find a home where he fits in better.

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

Bologna
 
Bologna

Sponsored By: Jon and Julie Hammersmith

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.

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

Tanner is an 8-year-old, 82-pound Labrador mix. This big guy is a total love bug. He gets along great with other dogs and is incredibly friendly with people. Anyone lucky enough to meet him should be prepared for lots of dog kisses. At home, Tanner tends to reflect your energy and is happy to relax quietly or run around the backyard. He loves to go to the beach and will explore for as long as you let him. On walks, he's learning not to pull on the leash and is good about stopping when you do.

Though he's a big boy, he's a lap dog at heart. He loves to be close, sitting next to - or even on - you. With a bit of basic obedience training, Tanner could make a great therapy dog for hospital patients and children - that's how much love he has to give. He's a very special dog who just needs a little support to become an exceptional companion.

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

Tanner has a unique story. He was picked up as a stray when he was a puppy and rescued by an all-volunteer group near Fresno. He spent the last eight years living at their outdoor facility, but the group recently realized what Tanner really wants and deserves is a family to love him and a home to call his own. His resilient, happy personality has allowed him to transition fairly easily to his new life with a foster family, and privileges like sleeping in a bed next to his person and going on hikes in the woods have certainly helped.

Love and affection are what most motivate Tanner (even more than dog treats), and he'll return both to you in abundance.

Unfortunately, we found out that Tanner has an anal sac mass that is most likely anal sac carcinoma. We did xrays of his lungs and the cancer has not spread to his lungs. Unfortunately it may have spread to a lymph node. Tanner is under the care of an oncologist and is currently on medications to help slow the spread and growth of the cancer - the latest update is that he is in partial remission and the size of the mass has shrunk. He is still a very happy, active dog. Our hope is that he has several more years of life left to live.

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

Freddie is a 7-year-old, 15 pound Poodle/Terrier mix. Freddie is well-adjusted 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 is house-trained and is used to being both indoors and outdoors during the day.

Freddie walks well on a leash and adores time spent outdoors. This smart little guy even knows a few basic commands! He hasn't met any kitties, so we aren't sure how he would feel about them, but we do know that the energy of small children can make him a bit nervous.

Freddie's guardian is ill and is no longer able to 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.

Rodney

Sponsored By: Kelly Luker, Kalman Weinfeld, Manutech

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.

Rodney is an 8-year-old, 10-pound Chihuahua mix. Even after spending more than a month at a shelter, Rodney was still a happy-go-lucky dog when we met him. This little guy is so charming, the shelter staff fell in love with him. He doesn't get stressed out easily and is a very adaptable, handsome doggie.

He's great with new people and will happily let anyone pick him up to cuddle. From toddlers on up, Rodney is full of kisses and tail wags. He politely takes treats from your hand and is always relaxed and content when being handled. And toys? Oh boy, this fellow loves anything with stuffing. He's even been known to chase a tennis ball or two.

Rodney's up for the occasional walk, but he's in no hurry to get anywhere. Maybe that's because he's already where he wants to be - with you. When he needs to go outside for a potty break, he does a little dance and gives you lots of kisses to let you know. He responds well to basic commands and knows not to beg for food. His outside-the-home manners are impeccable, too. Rodney has passed the time with his foster at coffee shops and antique stores, charming everyone they met along the way.

He gets along with other dogs once the alpha has been established (whether that's Rodney or the other dog). He loves sleeping near you at night, and he hopes you forgive him for a little light snoring. It's what he does when he feels safe and loved.

Rodney is enrolled in the UnChained Program, which matches at-risk youth with shelter dogs who can benefit from training to make them more adoptable. Check out his video!

It appears that Rodney has a minor heart murmur and cataracts, neither of which impact his perky personality. Rodney came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services where someone dropped him off after finding him as a stray.

Coco Jack Russell
 
Coco Jack Russell

Sponsored By: Debbie Marrs

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.

Coco is a 9-year-old, 14 pound Jack Russell Terrier who has been living with very little human interaction in her life recently. Despite this, she has an awesome, friendly personality! She gives tons of little kisses and appears to be an incredibly intelligent little lady - she would be perfect for agility or something where she can use her smarts! She's also house-trained and walks great on a leash. She also knows some basic commands.

Coco is great with dogs of all sizes and has already been on adventures with her new pack. She can't wait to find a forever home where she can be your new best friend!

Prior to her guardian developing extremely severe allergies to her, she was an indoor dog. Since then she has been living as an outdoor-only dog and sleeping in a kennel outside. Her guardian can no longer keep her and has made the difficult decision to find her a new home.

Smitty is a 10-year-old, 7 pound Poodle mix and he's just a sweet old guy. He was picked up as a stray by a good samaritan and was incredibly easy to handle. He does well with other dogs and was perfect for his temperament evaluation at the shelter. He's ready for his second chance at having a great life.

Smitty is great with other dogs of all sizes and has a totally charming personality. He greets everyone with a loving demeanor and will happily jump up on your knee to solicit some petting. Don't let that fluffy coat fool you - this little guy could use some good nutrition to gain a little weight!

After being examined by our vet, we discovered that sweet Smitty has a 5/6 grade heart murmur, but it doesn't seem to be bothering him at this time. He saw a cardiologist for an echocardiogram. He has moderate to advanced mitral valve disease but no signs of congestive heart failure. He should see a veterinarian every six months to listen to his heart, or sooner if he starts to cough or is intolerant of exercise.

He is on a medication for his heart called enalapril, and the cost is approximately $15 per month. Smitty can easily live several years with this heart condition.

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

Belle Terrier
 
Belle Terrier

Sponsored By: Elbina Rafizadeh

Belle is a 12-year-old, 16-pound Terrier mix. More than anything, she loves cuddling with her person. Since she's blind and can't see your face, she will lovingly lick the air until she makes contact with your chin (at which point you should expect copious kisses). Her personality is precious and incredibly endearing.

Since her vision is impaired, meeting new dogs can be a startling experience for her. If they bump into her, or vice versa, she can react in fear and start a scuffle. But sometimes she just sniffs and is on her way. 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 surroundings with caution but surprising ease and enthusiasm. She enjoys investigating the yard and loves going for walks, especially in wide open spaces where she doesn't bump into things. She has a surprising amount of energy for long walks! She's easy to handle and enjoys being picked up.

Belle is excited to go for car rides and just loves them. 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.

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.

Bear is a 4-year-old, 37 pound Poodle mix. He came to us when his homeless guardian, who was also suffering from medical issues, had to move out of state and could not take Bear along. He's incredibly overweight and in need of some TLC.

Bear has the potential to be such a great little dog, but because of his past experiences, he's a work in progress. He has some sensitivity to noises and can be skittish, but has the ability to settle down when the rest of his family is sitting down relaxing. Bear can be playful with the right pups and he's been friendly with some of the new people who have met him. He's a responsive dog who understands when you tell him to stop barking and will do well with a patient, confident leader who gives him lots of love and is willing to invest in training.

Bear is a loyal and protective dog. He is excellent at walking on leash and has already made progress in his foster home. He just needs to find someone committed to helping him become the best dog he can be! He wants to be a good boy, with your help.

Bear was able to peacefully co-exist with cats at some point in his life, but we think they might make him nervous. It's possible that he would be fine in a home with a dog-savvy kitty.

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

Sheldon
 
Sheldon

Sponsored By: Jen Paddock-Hyde, Emma, Ruby, Gwen and Paloma

Sheldon may be mostly blind and mostly deaf, but you'd never know it by the way this 9-year-old, 14 pound Chihuahua navigates the world! He uses his nose not only to smell his way around, but to test the depths of things. If it's unfamiliar territory, he will poke his nose over edges; if it doesn't touch bottom, he moves on. He is equally phenomenal on off-leash walks and will reliably follow his person by smell.

Sheldon is an incredibly "easy keeper." He is affectionate but not needy and will happily find a bed or a sunny spot to spend some quality solo time. That's not to say he doesn't need or want attention. He will occasionally have periods of celebratory barking, telling you how glad he is you're home, how excited he is that it's mealtime, that he's ready for a little snuggle, or simply that he's happy to be alive. They aren't frequent and don't last long - we find them comical and a good reminder to enjoy every minute.

Sheldon's foster home includes 3 other small dogs and a medium sized pittie, and he coexists perfectly with all of them. He has been just as accepting and diplomatic when meeting other dogs out in the world. He is curious but not obsessed and could live equally well in a home with or without canine companions. He has not been around cats that we know of, but our guess is that he will extend his easy going approach to all living things to them as well.

Sheldon started out marking in the house, most likely never having had the privilege of being an indoor dog. It didn't take long for him to learn the ropes in that department, another way in which he's wowed and impressed us. Given access to the outdoors, he will happily find his way to the yard to do his business. He easily navigates the few steps from deck to yard on his way back up but prefers a ramp on the way down, not because of physical issues, but because he's not quite sure how to gauge the height of each step from the top. At mealtime, he will occasionally take all the steps in one Superman leap out of sheer excitement.

It's not just propaganda when we say that Sheldon's adopters will be blessed to have this guy in their lives. Sheldon came to POMDR from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

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

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.

Buttercup is a 7-pound, 9-year-old Chihuahua mix. She can be shy at first but responds beautifully to patient, loving handling and quickly makes friends with people and other dogs. This little sweetie wants nothing more than to find someone to trust and love. Once she's comfortable with you, she's your loyal, quiet little shadow, happy to follow you around the house or go for a ride in the car. And snuggle! Buttercup lives for cuddling.

Sunbathing is another of Buttercup's favorite pastimes, and she would love to lie on your patio, soaking up the sunshine. She is great on walks and has a low-to-moderate energy level. Buttercup is good with other dogs but isn't much for playing, she's more keen on relaxing. Her foster family puts her in a kennel when they leave home just to make sure their big dog doesn't accidentally step on her. The crate isn't otherwise necessary because Buttercup is house-trained as long as she has the ability to go outside a few times a day.

Buttercup came to us with adorable snaggle teeth, but her mouth was in terrible shape. Our vet had to pull all of her teeth, but the only impact is she needs to eat soft food from now on. Buttercup was picked up as a stray by San Jose Animal Care.

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

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.

Our veterinarian discovered that BB King has a severe heart murmur and a cough that may be related to it. He has responded well to medication to manage these issues and is feeling much better. 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 how 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.

Samantha Schneagle
 
Samantha Schneagle

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck

Meet Samantha! She is a 10-year-old, 18-pound Schneagle. That's right... She's a Schnauzer/Beagle mix! Isn't she adorable? Samantha is incredibly sweet and has a wonderful, quiet personality. She is house-trained, crate-trained and even walks great on a leash. When she meets new dogs while she's out and about, she's fairly indifferent toward them. So while she may not be playful, she does fine with other dogs. We don't know how she would be with a kitty, but it's possible she'd be indifferent toward them as well.

Samantha was a family dog and has experience living with gentle children. She does fine when she is left home alone and sleeps quietly in her dog bed at night.

Samantha has a 2/6 hear murmur that isn't causing her any problems. She also has some kidney disease that is being treated and will need ongoing medication and monitoring.

Samantha was surrendered to POMDR because the infant in her family has pet allergies. She has been a loved dog, but her family had to make the difficult decision to re-home her.

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

Molly Pom
 
Molly Pom

Sponsored By: Shannon Bishop, The Willaman Family

Molly is a 12-year-old, 12 pound Pomeranian mix. She's quite the social butterfly and makes friends with all the dogs she meets. She can be a little shy with new people but will quickly relax, wag her tail and become your friend. Molly will bark at cats and even chase them if the cat runs away, so she would do best in a kitty-free home. Molly may be considered a senior in chronological age, but she has the zest and energy of a pup half her age.

Molly loves going for walks, riding in the car and hanging out on the couch to enjoy a good belly rub. She's 95% house-trained, but sometimes is not able to go all night without having to urinate. She's perfectly fine left in the house when you're gone and is thrilled to see you when you come home. What's not to love about her? She's pure Pom perfection (and she kinda looks like a little bear cub, don't you think?)

Molly is now 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. Check out her video from her time spent in the UnChained program!

Molly came to us from a shelter in San Luis Obispo and is excited to find a loving home through POMDR.

If you would like to meet Molly Pom, 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 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.

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.

Captain Blue
 
Captain Blue

Sponsored By: Marjorie Bullock and Nina Harrison

Captain Blue is a 10-pound, 9-year-old Chihuahua. He's lost an eye somewhere on his journey in life, but that doesn't slow him down a bit. Once Cappy is familiar with his surroundings and comfortable with his people, his true personality unfolds. Though this little guy has experienced his share of difficulties, he has the resilience of a lion. A super sweet, laid-back, tiny little lion. He is very aware and present, always making eye contact when you speak to him. And he's affectionate - one word from you, and he's in your lap giving kisses and waiting for scratches.

He likes to go on walks and does well on the leash. He warms up quickly to other dogs and adults - sometimes children make him a little nervous. If you'd like to get on his good side, Cappy loves floppy stuffed animals that are missing most of the stuffing. And socks! He's a quick learner and quite bright, and he comes when you call him. When left home alone, Cappy goes right into his crate and sleeps the day away. He's house-trained, too.

One of our volunteers who met Captain Blue said, "His little tail wagged happily as he trotted around sniffing things out with the most adorable snuffling, grunting sound ever. He kept wagging and smiling as he pushed in to have his little face stroked." Everyone who's met Cappy has nothing but good things to say about him, and we're excited to help this cutie find his forever home.

Captain Blue has a heart murmur, but it doesn't seem to affect his fabulous personality. The vet says he has an enlarged heart, which is making it slightly more difficult for him to breathe. He's on medication that's helping to manage this condition.

Captain Blue came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.

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

Bernie Shih Tzu
 
Bernie Shih Tzu

Sponsored By: Allison Galloway

Bernie is an 11-year-old, 14-pound Shih Tzu. He gets along well with other dogs and cats but is a bit on the shy side when he first meets new people. Once he knows you, though, he's a little love bug. He relishes going for walks and likes to go-go-go, sometimes pulling you along for the ride (as much as a little dog can pull a person, that is), and he enjoys playing with other dogs along the way.

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. In fact, he's just an all-around great little doggie who loves to play.

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 and Bernie is now looking for a forever home again.

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

Cowboy Shih Tzu
 
Cowboy Shih Tzu

Sponsored By: Drew Spears in honor of Ming and Gizmo

Cowboy is a true lap dog! This 5-year-old, 14-pound Shih Tzu is sweet, cute and likes people. He doesn't mind sitting in a lap while at the park, enjoying both the company and the vantage point. When you call him, he comes straight over to you looking for some affection. He has a medium energy level and won't need long walks, but he does great on a leash and is a good friend to take along for a stroll.

At the dog park, he'll sniff the other pups and explore the surroundings, but doesn't join the races. He would do best with adopters who are willing to let him slowly acclimate to his new surroundings - if you move too quickly he can get nervous. He would do best without small children in his future home, as he has no hesitation to help himself to your food (even while you're holding it!). He would be fine as an only dog, since he enjoys not having to share your affection.

Cowboy has a soft bark, which he really only uses when he and the other dogs at his foster home are announcing that there are pedestrians outside. He would do best with a dog-savvy person who understands that his being vocal isn't a big deal - he just needs guidance and a calm, confident leader. He's an independent fellow who doesn't need you to entertain him - he's quite happy taking a nap or commandeering a nearby chair.

Cowboy came to us with bad skin and missing fur due to flea allergy dermatitis. With proper vet care and an improved diet, his coat has improved considerably and his luxurious fur is growing back!

Cowboy came to us from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter where he was surrendered by his guardians when they could not afford to take care of him.

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

Scotty
 
Scotty

Sponsored By: Alex K. and Jessica R. in memory of their rescue dogs, Nani and David

Scotty is a 1-year-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 environmental and food allergies. He needs to be on prescription dog food and have medicated baths to alleviate his itchy skin. He also gets weekly allergy injections. With the proper food and care, Scotty's coat now looks much healthier than when he originally came to us! He needs an adopter who is able to continue his medical treatment and management of his allergies.

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.

Kringle
 
Kringle

Sponsored By: Charlie Wertheimer

Kringle, also known as "Jack", is a 7-year-old, 10-pound Pomeranian mix. Kringle is such a lovely little dog. He gets along well with dogs of all sizes and has good canine social skills. He's even a little playful at times. With people, he's even more lovable! He adores your affection and will politely ask to come up into your lap with his furry little paws up on your knee. As I type this new bit information about him, Kringle is snoozing in my lap (quietly snoring, I might add) and he's just a lover.

Kringle has been diagnosed with a 4/6 grade heart murmur. While this isn't changing his personality now (he's still such a wonderful dog), he's looking for an adopter who can help him manage this with some daily medications and doesn't mind that Kringle can't do stairs or long walks. Short walks are actually good for him and he enjoys them.

Kringle is going to make a fabulous addition to a family wanting a quiet cuddle bug. Riding in the car is one of his favorite activities - he prefers to be outside of the crate during the ride so he can enjoy the view. He came to POMDR from San Jose Animal Services after being picked up as a stray and was adopted by a loving person. Sadly, she passed away unexpectedly a few months after adopting him and he's now back in search of his forever home.

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

Mickey
 
Mickey

Sponsored By: Prisila and Richard Johnson

Mickey is an 11-year-old, 7-pound Chihuahua/Terrier mix. A precious little gal, she'll steal your heart with her quiet charm and sweet eyes that ask you to love her. Mickey is a bit shy when meeting new people, but she's always happy to be picked up and cuddled. She enjoys walks and is good on the leash. But be prepared to amble - Miss Mickey's tiny legs keep her from setting any speed records. If walks aren't your thing, no problem. Mickey is just fine going outside to go potty and coming right back in the house to be with you again.

She's both house-trained and potty pad-trained, so you don't have to worry about accidents. When she needs to go out, she walks to the door and makes a little noise to let you know she's ready. Mickey also knows some basic commands and is a good girl when you leave her alone, usually hopping into bed for a nap to patiently wait for your return. She's a lot of love packed into a tiny, well-behaved package.

Mickey gets along with other dogs her size, although she's not interested in playing. Cats are a little overwhelming for her, as is a loud household. In general, Mickey is very mellow with a low energy level, and she appreciates a similar environment.

Mickey's guardian became severely allergic to her and had to make the difficult decision to re-home her. She has been a loved companion her whole life and will be grateful to find another family to call her own.

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

Lolly

Sponsored By: Jan Neal

Lolly is an 11-pound, 16-year-old Chihuahua. She is a confident, independent girl who seldom barks. At home she can be vocal when she knows her foster people are near and can't get to them, but is quiet if they are not nearby. She also lets out cute happy barks when playing. Don't underestimate this little girl, she has no problem keeping up with her foster family on 2.5-mile morning hikes!

Lolly basically ignores other dogs that she meets while walking, and other dogs and cats at her foster home, though she loves to cuddle up close on a bed with them. 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 has a thin coat and gets cold, so a home with heat is important to her. She loves to burrow under the sheets and has trained her foster family to let her sleep with them (she's warm!).

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.

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.

Scooter Chi
 
Scooter Chi

Sponsored By: Jimmy "Alpha Dog" Riordan

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 is on daily medication for allergies.

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.

Maeby

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 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.

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 once 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 me. 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 discovered they had found her. Maeby was taken to the Watsonville shelter but no one claimed her, so she is now with POMDR.

If you would like to meet Maeby, 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, 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 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. 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 - 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. 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.

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.

Yoda Chi/Greyhound
 
Yoda Chi/Greyhound

Sponsored By: John Click in honor of Joe Buck, Mary Greely

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.

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.

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.

Bogie

Sponsored By: Susan Creveling

Bogie is a 6-year-old, 11 pound Italian Greyhound/Terrier/Chihuahua. 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 have leash reactivity that still needs work. He can be calm and interested, or excited and barking. He would do best with an adopter who is willing to continue his training to help with his manners with other dogs. He would probably do best in a home as an only dog or with a mellow female dog. He would also do best in a home that has a yard for him to explore, since walks can be challenging for him and the guardian.

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.

Dundee
 
Dundee

Sponsored By: Jasper, Grady & Jem

Dundee is a 15 pound, 16-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.

Chester
 
Chester

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 where he can 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.

Princess
 
Princess

Sponsored By: Ann Rose

Princess is a 12 pound, 12-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 went to assisted living. Princess has been back with POMDR looking for her forever home since 2013.

If you would like to meet Princess, 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.