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.
Our dogs are kept in foster homes. To meet an adoptable dog, we will need to set up a meet and greet with the dog's foster parent.
Here's why older dogs are particularly rewarding to adopt.
If you are interested in adopting any of the dogs on this page, please email us or call (831) 718-9122 or fill out our online adoption application for the dog you are interested in.
Some of these dogs need foster homes. Fostering is a wonderful way to help dogs left behind find their forever homes. You may also want to foster as a way of finding the perfect match for your home if you are looking to add a dog to your family. For a complete list of dogs that need fostering click here.
More information about our adoption policies and process, and info about other places to adopt, is at the bottom of this page.
Breed: Lhasa Apso/Poodle mix
Bear is a sweetheart and is incredibly loyal to his person. He is a good lap warmer and gets along well with other dogs. Sadly, Bear was recently hit by a car and is now recovering from surgery to repair a broken leg. He needs to find a foster or adoptive home that can get him through a period of crate rest before he can be your buddy for walks or hikes. He's expected to make a full recovery after healing up.
Bear is a sweetheart. He can be vocal in new situations or when new people arrive to the house. He rides very well in the car.
If you would like to meet Bear Lhasa, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Eskimo mix
This little wiggle-worm loves anyone and everyone he meets. Pudgy is very affectionate, super friendly and quick to offer kisses. He gets along with other dogs, too. Pudgy is even great with cats, whether they like him or not.
Pudgy is well-mannered and house-trained, and he behaves on car rides and at the dog park. Though he has bursts of energy during the day, he's mostly mellow and quiet all night. In early July, he had a bout with old dog vestibular syndrome, but now he's doing much better. He still has a little bit of a wobbly gait, but it doesn't slow him down too much.
His foster mom sums him up best, "This little fat fox has nothing but kisses and company to offer his new companion." Pudge is ready for you - are you ready for him? Pudgy came to POMDR because his guardian became ill and could no longer take care of him.
If you would like to meet Pudgy, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier mix
Chloe is a precious senior girl! Once upon a time, her best friend was a kitty and she lived in a family with kids. Since then, her family has sadly lost their home and can't keep Chloe. She has been a loyal, loving companion and can't wait to share her life with her new people.
Chloe is also good with other dogs, especially little ones. She does have a quiet personality and isn't overly energetic, but quietly approaches new people and is sweet with everyone. She would probably love a short walk, a warm place to cuddle and some TLC. She is crate-trained, walks well on leash and knows some basic commands.
If you would like to meet Chloe JRT, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Sheltie mix
Bella is known as the "greeter" in her house and warmly welcome everyone who visits. She is a good girl who has been a loyal companion to her person over the years. Sadly, her guardian suffers from advanced dementia and has moved into hospice care - Bella will need a new, loving home very soon.
Bella walks well on leash and enjoys a stroll around the neighborhood. We aren't sure how Bella would feel about children or kitties. She's on the shy side, so a home with a mellow dog or as the only pet would be ideal. At night, she cuddles with her person in bed. She likes playing with toys and will engage in gentle games of tug-o-war once she's comfy in her new environment.
If you would like to meet Bella Sheltie, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier/Poodle mix
Periwinkle has been a very loyal companion to his person. Sadly, she had to move into assisted living, and Periwinkle needs to find a new home. He gets along well with other dogs he meets and is currently being fostered with several other dogs. He is crate-trained, walks well on a leash and even knows some basic commands.
Periwinkle can be a little shy at first but he warms up quickly and is a sweetheart. He would prefer a quiet, peaceful place to spend his golden years and would love to keep your feet warm while you read. Kitties are fun to chase, so Periwinkle should probably go to a feline-free home.
Periwinkle would thrive in a home where his person is the center of his world. He would love to keep your lap warm!
If you would like to meet Periwinkle, fill out our online adoption application.
What's not to love about this little Puggle? Curry is a wiggly, kissy sweetheart. She's in good shape and would likely enjoy an active adopter who can take her along for trips to the beach or a walk in the woods. She also loves cuddling, so when you get home from a nice hike, she'll curl up with you on the couch to watch your favorite show.
Curry gets along well with dogs of all sizes and has been peacefully co-existing with the cats in her foster home. She waits patiently at home when you're out and about, but is also just as happy to join you in the car. She's an enthusiastic pup and an all-around good girl.
Curry came to us when her guardian became ill and could no longer care for her.
If you would like to meet Curry, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Sweetie is exactly what her name implies! She adores her people and would love to be your sidekick for all your adventures. She prefers being with you as opposed to being left out of the fun and waiting at home. She's a wonderful companion while you're out and about - if you need a friend to enjoy coffee on a patio with, this is your girl! Before coming to Peace of Mind, Sweetie spent her days riding the bus, going on car rides or walks, and accompanied her person to her medical treatments. She is a very good doggie nurse.
Sweetie is great with other dogs. She does enjoy chasing kitties and should go to a feline-free home.
Sweetie does take a medication to regulate her thyroid issues and is on a prescription diet to help control to development of kidney stones.
Sweetie is coming to us because her guardian has to move into assisted living and unfortunately cannot take her along.
If you would like to meet Sweetie Cocker, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier/Maltese mix
My name is Eliza! I suppose my friends would say I am mellow while a bit on the shy side and that I can keep a secret. If you want to share your thoughts with someone, I'm the girl you've been looking for. I'm a wonderful listener and you will have my undivided attention. I do have some vision impairment so you'll have to be my eyes for me sometimes. I take daily eye drops but I am a good girl when we have to do them. I also enjoy meeting both two legged and four legged friends!
I've reached the best years of my life. I'm smart enough to know you don't potty inside and you don't eat sofas or shoes. I'm not afraid to be at home alone and I appreciate the pleasure of lying close to my human while watching a little TV or listening to music. I'm always up for a stroll or a car ride. I'm not loud either - I don't bark unless there is a good reason to do so.
Are you looking for someone like me? Could I make you as happy as I know you can make me? Why not consider a greet and meet? I just know you will fall in love with me. I'm already in like with you because, well, you've taken the time to learn about me! I came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services.
If you would like to meet Eliza, fill out our online adoption application.
Don't even look at this guy unless you're ready to have your heart stolen! Shadow is everything you want in a Chi - he's handsome, loving, quiet and athletic. He has playful antics and will climb right in your lap but also knows how to just "hang out." He will make someone a fabulous bestie!
He is a good boy with dogs of all sizes and rides well in the car. He doesn't even chime in when the other dogs are barking, so we can consider him a generally quiet fellow. Shadow came to us from Salinas Animal Services after his guardian did not come get him when he was picked up as a stray.
If you would like to meet Shadow Chi, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Miniature Pinscher
Dusty is a gorgeous girl with an incredible story. After getting entangled in a cyclone fence, Dusty sustained fairly serious injuries to the left side of her body and ended up with Salinas Animal Services. Despite her condition, she had a totally gentle, loving demeanor with everyone who handled her. The shelter knew this dog deserved a second chance. We brought her into our care, treated her injuries, and now it's time to find her a home where she gets all the TLC she deserves!
Dusty is easy to fall in love with. She is as sweet as can be, often asking for cuddles and giving you gentle kisses. At night she snuggles under the blankets with you and sleeps soundly. She is alert, energetic and confident, so she will be a great companion for hikes or trips to the beach. She LOVES her walks!
Dusty gets along well with the dogs in her foster home. We are not sure how she feels about cats, but she does have a prey drive when she sees squirrels out on the trail! Dusty is going to make someone an amazing, fun companion.
If you would like to meet Dusty Min Pin, fill out our online adoption application.
We have a litter of POMDR puppies! Wheeler, Dealer, Bowzer and Presley are 8-week-old Chihuahua/Poodles (our best guess!). Their mother, Nola, came into our program and we realized shortly thereafter that she was pregnant. These puppies were born into a loving foster home and all have very individual personalities.
There are three girls and one boy in this litter. All are available for adoption and so is their mama, Nola. Nola is gentle, friendly and good with dogs of all sizes. She weighs 11 pounds and is a Chihuahua mix.
If you are interested in meeting one of the puppies, please submit an adoption application. You can also meet Nola and her puppies at the POMDR Bauer Center (615 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove) on Saturday, April 29th from 11am-2pm.
If you would like to meet Wheeler Dealer Presley and Bowzer, fill out our online adoption application.
Shiya is a beautiful purebred Siberian Husky. She loves everyone she meets and is a well behaved dog. She has lots of energy and wants to walk and hike and be loved.
She can be playful with other dogs and gets along with most dogs she meets, although she can have space issues with dogs inside the home. She would do best as the only pet in the home.
Shiya came to POMDR after her guardian passed away.
If you would like to meet Shiya, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Australian Terrier mix, Australian Terrier mix
Samuel and Suzie Q are a dynamic duo hoping to find a forever home together. Fortunately, they'll be an easy fit into your pack because they get along well with other dogs and new people alike. At night, they both sleep happily in a crate and they wait patiently at home while you are away.
Samuel and Suzie Q's guardian is ill and can no longer care for them. We'd love for them to go to a home together, but we also feel they may do fine in separate homes where they have other canine companions.
If you would like to meet Samuel and Suzie Q, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Beagle/Terrier mix
Hamilton is a friendly, gentle guy. He loves to be by your side, cuddle and give tiny, gentle kisses. He has a goofy side and loves to roll over on his back for belly rubs. You'll even catch him doing the zoomies sometimes while tossing a toy up in the air. He is an easy keeper. Do you want to be Hamilton's new best friend?
Hamilton gets along nicely with dogs but can be a little nervous when first meeting a large rambunctious dog. He walks really well on leash and loves going for walks around the neighborhood or in the woods. He will be a great companion to get you moving! He loves to go in the car with you and rides nicely. He sleeps quietly through the night. Hamilton does not do well with kitties and must go to a feline-free home. Small children can make him uneasy, so an adult home or one with gentle, older children would be best.
Hamilton came to us when his senior guardian had to move into assisted living and could no longer keep him.
If you would like to meet Hamilton, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Poodle mix
Destiny is one tough (but friendly) cookie. When we first met her, she was a very matted stray with limited vision who obviously hadn't been taken care of for some time. After a trip to the groomers and a little bit of loving care, Destiny's true personality burst through. We've found her to be a sweet, even-tempered, mellow girl who gets along well with other dogs and children. We're betting she'd get along great with a cat, too.
As her foster mom says, this girl is no old lady - she is still very interested in life and has a great attitude. Her little tail wiggles when you talk to her, and she'll give you tiny kisses of appreciation when you scratch her ears. But she's not clingy. She's happy to sit next to you on the couch instead of in your lap, thank you very much, and she's fine being left home alone. Just leave her a pee pad, and she's set. If you want to take her with you, she rides great in the car.
Destiny loves going for 30-minute walks a couple of times a day - maybe even running a little bit - then is happy to relax at home.
Destiny needs eye drops and ongoing management of her eye disease. The ophthalmologist said her eyes are not painful, and she does have some vision. If the lights are on, she can get around fairly well. In darkness or unfamiliar places, she'd appreciate your help. We did discover that Destiny has a collapsing trachea which will need to be monitored by a vet.
We think Destiny would be an easy fit in most quiet homes. She came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.
If you would like to meet Destiny, fill out our online adoption application.
Gigi is a tiny bundle of love! She does a cute little shuffle when getting around and will eagerly approach to give you kisses. She is great with dogs of all sizes, makes friends with kitties and even gets along with gentle children. Her personality is dainty and extra-charming.
Sadly, Gigi was hit by a car last month and her family could not afford the vet care she desperately needed. They surrendered her to the vet who reached out to us so we could help find her an adopter who can handle her cuteness! She has made tremendous progress recovering from her injuries but still has some healing to do.
If you would like to meet Gigi Doxie, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Pepe and Taz are brothers! And boy, do they love each other. No sibling rivalry here - they are quite content both being in your lap at the same time and falling soundly asleep. These two are quiet, easy keepers who get along well with dogs of all sizes.
Pepe and Taz are adorable. Taz is the slightly more "tan" colored dog, so yes, it's possible to tell them apart! They can often be found kissing or cuddling, or asking politely for you to pick them up.
Pepe and Taz lived with other dogs and three kitties in their previous family and they got along with everybody. Their favorite pastime (other than getting your attention) is lounging on a sunny patio and soaking up some rays.
We'd love to keep Pepe and Taz together. They have been together since puppyhood and came to us when their guardian passed away. Do you have room for twice the Chihuahua lovin' in your life?
If you would like to meet Pepe and Taz, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Staffordshire Terrier/Australian Kelpie/German Shepherd Dog mix
Diamond is interested in whatever you are doing and seeks to be involved. Diamond would love to have someone give her the love and attention she deserves! At home, Diamond is very mellow, and she likes to curl up for naps. She'll love to cuddle with you when you're having an evening at home watching a movie, too. Diamond also has a gentle playful side, and she'll flip around her toys or a ball. She does know basic commands and she responds well to treats.
Diamond does fine in the house and she will wait, quietly napping, when you are away. When she gets to "go with," Diamond rides nicely in the car, patiently looking out the window or lying down.
Diamond enjoys a nice long walk, and she loves to sniff all around. She is learning to be an excellent leash walker with the help of a front ring harness, and she will walk calmly by your side, occasionally showing some interest in other dogs, and quickly returning to heel if she is told to 'leave it'. She may occasionally bark at another dog when out on a walk, but it's more that she's overly eager to meet them and hasn't refined her manners just yet!
Diamond has shown gentleness around children at outreach events, and we do not know how she is around cats.
Diamond came to POMDR through the kindness of the Hollister Shelter staff where she was surrendered when her guardians were having a baby and felt they could not also take care of Diamond as their family grew.
If you would like to meet Diamond, fill out our online adoption application.
Ansel is a sweetie pie! He's adorably playful and gives lots of toothless little kisses. Ansel is one of those dogs with whom everyone just falls in love. He will play wrestle with stuffed toys and chase them down when you toss them! He's so precious, that we find ourselves giggling at his antics often.
Ansel greets you with his tail wagging, and he's also quite content curling up in your lap. He prefers to be picked up with two hands, and Ansel enjoys lots of gentle petting all over his little body. He is wary of too much intense contact from overly-enthusiastic little ones, so he would probably do best in a home without small children. Gentle, older kids would be just fine.
Ansel gets along well with his foster sibling, and he politely shares his bones with her! He does well with all dogs. Ansel has even tried to engage in play with gentle, big dogs, so he'd do well with dogs of any size in his pack. Ansel loves walks and he does great on a leash, even with one of his doggie buddies!
Ansel is a quiet fella who will just bark a bit when inspired to do so by a doggie pal. He does just fine with free run of the house, and he likes his crate, too, where he will put himself to bed at night when he is tired. He may also choose to sleep peacefully on the bed with you some nights! When Ansel goes out with you for a car ride, he would love to sit in your lap, but he is such a good boy that he will lay quietly in the passenger seat instead.
Ansel is such an easy dog; he is social, friendly, house-trained, quiet, playful, cuddly, and oh-so-eager to please! He's a bright ray of sunshine! Won't you give him his forever home, and let him make your days even brighter?
Ansel is came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.
If you would like to meet Ansel, fill out our online adoption application.
This adorable girl is oh-so-friendly with people and will quickly roll over to have her tummy rubbed by any willing hand. She's very easy to handle and rides quietly in the car. She has a moderate energy level and stays calm, even when there are rambunctious dogs around. She's very sweet and plays nicely with other pups.
If you would like to meet Little Bit (aka Lily), fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Chihuahua, Chihuahua/Dachshund/Miniature Pinscher mix (we think)
These two girls adore one another. They have been together since puppyhood and often sleep snuggled in the same bed, and they're looking for a special adopter who will protect their little family unit.
Sasha can be shy, but only for a moment. She quickly warms up to strangers, especially if she's put in a lap where she can curl up and feel safe. She listens attentively, tilting her head from side to side as you talk. And she lets you know she'd like you to hold her by putting her tiny paws on your leg. Her big, bright eyes give a hint to the smart, confident dog she is. While she gets along well with other dogs of all sizes, she'll let big dogs know when they're making her uncomfortable. Sasha loves to go on walks, especially if you carry her most of the way and then give her time to get out and explore, and she's great riding in the car.
Priscilla is the more bashful of the two, often looking to Sasha for guidance on how to behave. If Sasha warms up to another dog or person, Priscilla is sure to follow - she truly looks up to her big sister. Priscilla is great on the leash and loves to discover new things as you go on walks. She communicates via cute little grunts and sighs, and she's a bit of a quiet snorer at night. Priscilla loves a good belly rub or to be gently pet - she's not as much of a lap dweller as her sister. As long as you provide some reassurance, she's a good passenger in the car.
Both girls are housetrained and mellow, resting quietly while you work or watch TV. They also behave when left home alone. Basically, they're happy as long as they have each other, a warm, safe place to sleep, and a person or two (or many) who love them. They came to POMDR when their guardians moved into housing that didn't allow pets. We're happy to be able to keep them together.
If you would like to meet Sasha Fierce and Priscilla, fill out our online adoption application.
Looking for an adorable lap dog? Princess is your girl! She loves being held and warms up to new friends quickly once she's in their lap. She's fine with other dogs and is peacefully coexisting with big dogs, but is talkative about new things, whether it be people or pups. She rides quietly in her crate in the car. Princess is super lovable and adores tummy rubs.
Princess came to us from a good samaritan who rescued her and another dog, Jersey, when they were found as strays. Jersey is also available for adoption but they are fine going to separate homes.
If you would like to meet Princess Poodle, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Border Collie/Terrier mix
Jersey is a beautiful and different looking dog! She has the personality of a herding dog - sensitive, loyal and intelligent. She enjoys your affection and quietly approaches for some love. She is people-focused and loves staying by your side while you walk around the house. She's good with dogs and would do best with other mellow dogs in her future family.
Jersey has mild arthritis that will require inexpensive medication for life.
Jersey came to us from a good samaritan who rescued her and another dog, Princess, when they were found as strays. Princess is also available for adoption. They are fine going to separate homes.
If you would like to meet Jersey, fill out our online adoption application.
This bountiful girl is all love! When Bingo meets you, she'll come right over and snuggle up to you almost instantly. She certainly thrives on affection and kisses, happily reciprocating your love. She's the kind of dog who just presses her little face into you for ear scratches. Do you need a new BFF?
Bingo is very overweight, and an adopter who is committed to getting her to a healthier weight is a must. We know she is going to blossom once she has shed some pounds!
Bingo does well with other dogs during brief interactions but would probably thrive as the only dog in her future family. She LOVES to snuggle and you'll have no shortage of love from this girl. Her foster mom said she has already begun to master the doggie door.
Bingo came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.
If you would like to meet Bingo Beagle, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier mix
Smokey's guardian had to move and couldn't take her dogs along, so she surrendered them to the SPCA for Monterey County. Smokey has totally come out of his shell in his foster home and proven to be a VERY good boy!
Smokey does well with other dogs of all sizes and has a wonderfully calm, friendly demeanor. He can be playful with the right canine buddies or he can just hang out. He does like to let you know when people are at the door or things are happening - he's a talkative guy!
Smokey has the most handsome grey face! Do you have room in your heart for this sweet Terrier?
If you would like to meet Smokey Terrier, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Dapple Dachshund
I am a black and tan dapple smooth coat (also known as a silver dapple) but most people just say "Hello Gorgeous" when they see me. I am a small standard with a huge personality! I am in the absolute prime of my life.
I am true to my breed's personality traits. I love nothing more than "gutting" a stuffed toy, and making you laugh with my antics. I love walks! There are so many new smells to sniff and people to meet. Did I mention that I can be trifle head strong and maybe a little alpha with other dogs? The true dachsie lover appreciates this trait and manages it in stride. I can be a little yappy at times if left to my own devices so it's best to keep me busy with a Kong toy if you will be gone for a stretch, or hey, a better idea --- take me along when you can! I love the car and I will love you.
You know, one can never have too many dachshunds. We're like potato chips; you can't stop at one. Wouldn't I look fabulous; lying on the sofa, head on your lap, tapping my little pedicured paw for some attention from you?
If you would like to meet Dimples, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier mix
Shyla is a lovely, dark-haired, Terrier lady with a tip of white on her toes. She is, indeed, just a bit shy after being in the shelter. It takes Shyla a little time to warm up to new people, especially men, and when she becomes comfortable, a bright, cheery personality comes out! She happily jumps into her person's lap and dances around when they come home.
Shyla is very easy to handle and she enjoys, no she LOVES, going for long walks! Currently, she is on limited activity, however, due to a temporary leg issue. Shyla walks very well on the leash, though she does get excited on the leash when she sees a big dog, bird or squirrel. Shyla is good with other small or medium dogs.
If Shyla is not sleeping, she is rarin' to go! When she is allowed, Shyla loves running in the yard and chasing birds! She also enjoys when you toss toys for her. Shyla loves to be outside, and now that she is comfortable in her foster home, she is quite talkative and likes to let you know when things are happening!
Shyla would do best in a house with an active woman, or maybe gentle, older kids who can take her on the long walks that she so enjoys. Shyla is so grateful for affection, and adores the attention that was sadly lacking in her former life. Won't you give this girl the happy forever home that she so deserves? Shyla came to us from Salinas Animal Services.
If you would like to meet Shyla, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Labrador/Chow mix
My name is Cammie and I am longing for a forever home. I have excellent house manners, am a wonderful conversationalist and a bit of a couch potato. I am a social butterfly who loves the dog park and meeting new friends, including gentle children.
I do have a little "hitch in my get along" hind leg, so although I enjoy a jaunt around the neighborhood, I won't be able to keep up with a serious hiker.
It would be a a delight to share the company of another dog in the home with me. Perhaps you have someone at home who is looking for a friend as well?
Cammie came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services.
If you would like to meet Cammie, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Husky mix
Tanik adores everyone he meets, including kids. He is very gentle and will cruise around the room meeting-and-greeting anyone who will give him some affection. He's great with dogs of all sizes and really prefers to have a dog-buddy in his family. He's also good with cats (even if the cat doesn't care for him). Tanik has a sweet demeanor you're sure to fall in love with.
Tanik is house-trained. This big boy won't need super long walks to wear him out. He seems pretty content to go for a short stroll and then lounge by your side.
Tanik has a torn ACL which we are treating with physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and joint supplements. This will need ongoing management for him to be as comfortable as possible. Part of this includes him not feeling comfortable on hardwood or slippery floors. He does well with rugs being laid out but would be happiest in a home where he doesn't encounter much slick flooring in too many places.
Tanik came to POMDR when his family could no longer care for him.
If you would like to meet Tanik, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier/Chihuahua mix
Lisa likes treats! This girl is bashful in new environments, but a little piece o' cheese will warm her right up to a new, friendly face and she's quickly your new BFF. Lisa has a gentle soul and a quiet demeanor. She's the perfect dog for someone looking for a grateful, low-key love bug and she would adore being the center of attention in her future family.
She can be an alpha dog in a pack, so a home with an easy going, mellow dog or as an only dog would suit her best. She may also do best in a home without cats.
Lisa is on medication for a heart arrhythmia. She will need to take the medication for life. The cost is $35 per month.
Lisa came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County where she was surrendered when her guardian moved and could not take her and Smokey (also available for adoption).
If you would like to meet Lisa, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Miniature Pinscher
This adorable fellow likes to experience the world through his nose. He sniffs everything in his path on walks, including other dogs and the people he meets. Whether he's around strangers or friends, Marlon lives for just a little bit of attention. He blisses out on head and butt scratches and loves to curl up in a friendly lap. Same goes for car rides - if your lap is available, he's happy to keep it warm.
Though Marlon is a wiggles-and-wags kind of guy, he was overlooked at the shelter for several months. After getting to know him and his gentle, loving disposition, we just can't understand why. But we definitely can see his potential to be an awesome new member of your family!
Marlon gets along great with other dogs and cats and anyone who'll give him love. He relaxes in his crate at night or when you're gone and loves being by your side during the day. Marlon is going to make someone a loving companion and fun partner for getting out and exploring the world.
Marlon came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.
If you would like to meet Marlon, fill out our online adoption application.
Bologna is a great companion, whether you're a senior who sticks close to home or a young family who's always on the go. He has a contagious love for life and an enviable carefree personality. He is loyal and affectionate and still has a lot of puppy-like enthusiasm for adventure!
In his current forest home, he gets along great with both dogs and cats. He is also a star among the neighborhood kids who love to pet him and help walk him. They can't get enough of him, and he is always quite the gentleman.
He loves going on adventures, particularly long walks and hikes. Whether it's up trails at a park or around the various pet-friendly shopping centers in the area, he loves going out and seeing the world. He also loves the car rides that get you there!
At home, he is adorable because he likes to be in the same room as you. If you move to another room, and he senses you're not coming right back, he loyally follows. He also looks for any excuse to cuddle up and nap on or next to you.
He is 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.
Sadly, both of Bologna's guardians passed away. A family member gave him to a loving couple who offered to help him find his forever family, and they reached out to POMDR for help. He just can not wait to find a forever home that will love him as much as he loves them.
If you would like to meet Bologna, fill out our online adoption application.
Dixie is a cuddly and 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.
Andie needs a special, loving home. She is blind and takes medication to prevent seizures. She also happens to be incredibly sweet, and totally adores TLC! Andie is friendly with new people, especially when they give her love.
Andie gets along well with other mellow dogs and is generally trusting, despite not being able to see. She also has hypothyroidism so she will be on an inexpensive medication for life to control that.
She would thrive with a calm canine sibling or as the only pet. She has no interest in kitties and would likely do just fine having a cat in her family. When Andie has been around a toddler, she wasn't fazed by him at all.
Once a routine is established for Andie, she will do fine in the house. She also enjoys getting out of the house, and she will ride along in the car nicely, or go for walk on a leash with no problem. At night, Andie likes to snuggle up somewhere near her person on her dog bed.
Andie's senior guardian passed away recently and no one in her family can give Andie the quiet lifestyle she needs. She is so incredibly loving and trusting, Andie will be a wonderful, gentle companion for a mellow person who wants to adore and be adored!
If you would like to meet Andie, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Poodle, Chihuahua
Being surrendered at a shelter is likely a scary experience, but having your best friend by your side must be a huge reassurance. Toby and Marley are so attached to one another, we need a special adopter who will help us keep them together. They spend their time cuddling in the same bed or play-wrestling with one another. They're an odd couple and are sure to put a smile on your face!
They are both friendly and cheerful dogs. They adore your attention, although Marley has a more animated personality and will do all kinds of cute antics to get some love. Toby is right there waiting for a few scratches, too. They get along well with dogs of all sizes. They are good on leash, ride really well in the car and fall asleep together while you work or watch TV. They would likely be an easy fit in most dog-loving households.
Toby and Marley came to us from Santa Cruz County Animal Services after being surrendered by their guardian.
If you would like to meet Toby and Marley, fill out our online adoption application.
ADOPTION PENDING - 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.
Bella is a smart dog who easily learns new things. Just since she's been with her foster family she's learned how to navigate a little obstacle stairway to get on the bed, use the doggie door to go outside and do her business and sit for treats. Though Maltese are often known for being vocal, Bella is very quiet - except when she sees another dog or a cat. Then she likes to say hello. She's currently living with a cat and quickly learned how to ignore it, though those first couple of weeks involved a little chasing.
She walks great on a leash and doesn't pull at all. She's also good riding in the car, where she prefers to curl up in your lap. When meeting strangers, Bella is a charmer. She puts her little paws on you to get your attention or rolls over for a scratch. So far she's been to the movies and dinner, and she's always quiet and well-behaved. You can pretty much take her anywhere.
Bella came to us when her guardians became homeless and could no longer care for her. She has been a very loved dog, and she's also been used to having her people around all the time. So she would do really well with an adopter who wants to dote on her a bit. She can get a little jumpy with loud or unexpected noises, so she'd likely do best with older kids who understand how to be careful with a delicate dog.
After having all but three teeth pulled, sometimes Bella's tongue escapes her mouth. This only adds to her quirky charm. You'll quickly have her undying affection, and we're pretty sure she'll quickly have yours.
Breed: Dachshund/Chihuahua mix
Phoebe is a special needs sweetheart looking for the perfect adopter. She suffered a spinal injury before arriving at San Jose Animal Services, and a good samaritan knew she deserved a second chance. Phoebe is recovering nicely from spinal surgery, and is starting to walk with about 25% mobility. The vet says that she is making excellent progress and has hopes that with time, she will continue to strengthen and will increase her mobility each week.
Phoebe has a darling, silly personality and is NOT shy! She loves toys and giving kisses. She is outgoing with people and nonchalant about meeting other dogs. She is good at riding in the car. Her foster mama says she is an "overall great dog" who just needs extra TLC because of her back injury. Do you have room in your heart for this babe?
If you would like to meet Phoebe, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier/Chihuahua mix
Bailey is a loving senior guy. He has some age-related vision loss but he gets around just fine, although long flights of stairs would be tough for him. He is good with other dogs and friendly when meeting new people. It's possible he'd be okay living with a cat in his future family. Bailey walks well on leash and is a very good boy!
Bailey's guardian is ill and moving back to his home country to get support from his family. Bailey's vet felt he might not survive the long, multi-day trip, so he was surrendered to us to find him a new, loving family in his golden years. He has been a well-loved dog.
If you would like to meet Bailey Terrier, fill out our online adoption application.
ADOPTION PENDING - 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.
Breed: Norfolk Terrier mix
Rosie is extra-sweet and scruffy! She is super friendly, loves to be pet, and she'll quickly flip over on her back so you can rub her belly! She has a cute smile and is obviously grateful that you're giving her lovin'. She will happily climb up in your lap for some kisses and snuggles.
Rosie walks well on a leash as she enjoys an outing in the woods. She doesn't give much attention to other dogs, and prefers to be with her own people or pack. This little girl may growl at a female dog in the pack as she wants to be "alpha" and set the order of the pack! While Rosie does well with other pups, she wouldn't mind being the sole pup in a loving home. We do not know how she feels about cats.
When you have to go out and leave Rosie at home, she can be left to roam in the house. Initially, she may a bit nervous when you leave her alone, but she will adapt when she realizes you will be coming back soon! When Rosie gets to go with you, she'll ride well in the car.
Rosie's energy level is moderate. She isn't super playful, preferring to be close to her people. Rosie does have a grade 4-5 heart murmur. You would never know, as it doesn't slow her down one bit! It will need to be monitored by a vet.
Rosie also has a detached retina. It is not causing her any pain now, but she is blind in her left eye. Her right eye is healthy. She needs to get one drop of medication in her left eye every day and should have her eye monitored every 3-6 months for life. If her eye becomes painful, it may need to be removed in the future.
Rosie is so super sweet! She just wants to love and be loved. She gives gentle kisses, snuggles up to you and wants to be near you all of the time. Rosie so deserves to be a wonderful companion for someone looking for a sweet, lovable, low key pup!
Rosie came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray.
Breed: Poodle mix
Bindy is ready for her second chance! Bindy was rescued from a neglectful situation by animal control after they found her wandering near her guardian's residence, severely matted and sore to the touch. She is so sweet, and they knew she had lots of life left to live.
Bindy has cleaned up beautifully and settled in easily to a foster home. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys going for walks. She's a quiet girl who rides nicely in the car and doesn't make any noise if left home alone for a short while. She loves cuddling! She smiles wide when you give her tummy rubs and is very affectionate.
Bindy may have the beginning signs of a collapsing trachea, which causes her to have occasionally coughing fits. Her adopter will need to keep an eye on this. She is also deaf, so sometimes she gets startled if you sneak up on her. For this reason, she would probably do best in a home without small children. She will be a great fit in a mellow household.
Bindy came to us from South County Animal Rescue.
If you would like to meet Bindy, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Long Haired Dachshund mix
One look at Blackie's sweet face and happy eyes tells you everything you need to know about him. This little guy is a sweetheart who's ready to give you lots of love. When we first met him, he passed his temperament evaluation with flying colors. As soon as he set foot in his foster's backyard, he pranced and danced around with delight. He's just a happy fellow who's ready to put a smile on your face.
He generally gets along well with other dogs, but he is a little fearful around big dogs. We think he'd do best in a home without young children and kitties, as they can make him nervous. Plus, he'd love being the center of your attention and having you - and your lap - all to himself.
Blackie's zest for life sometimes translates into pulling on the leash at the start of a walk, but he's receiving some training to get over that habit. He's well behaved otherwise - a good rider in the car and great when left home alone.
Blackie's elderly guardian was evicted from her apartment and sadly had to surrender Blackie to the SPCA for Monterey County. He was nervous there, so they asked us to take him into our program, which has made him much more mellow.
If you would like to meet Blackie, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier mix
Luka is fit as a fiddle from his velvety black ears to the little white tip of his tail. He's a lovable, affectionate and gentle guy who excitedly "talks" when it's time to go for a walk. For an older guy, he's energetic, easy going and flexible and could be a family dog or part of a bigger pack. He could also be a hiking buddy or just a pal around town.
Luka is house-trained and he knows basic commands. You can even use hand signals (sit, stay, down, come) to get him to behave. He knows how to shake hands, too! Luka is a happy boy who loves to hang out with the family at the end of the day. He loves belly rubs, head scratches and lots of "atta boys." Luka adores other dogs and would love to have one or two in his future family. Luka has met a kitty and seemed to do fine, so it's possible he'd do well with a cat.
Luka is very healthy for his age and takes 1/2 of a very inexpensive pill daily for his thyroid.
Luka has been a loved dog his whole life. His original guardian passed away, and he was rehomed with another person who loves him dearly. Sadly, she is now ill and cannot continue to care for him. We hope to find him a third and final loving home to live out his golden years.
If you would like to meet Luka, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Chihuahua mix
Nola is a sweetheart, and a very special girl! When she arrived at the shelter, the vet staff realized she was pregnant. We agreed to bring her under our wing and see her through the process of becoming a mama dog. Under the loving care of her foster family, she gave birth to four beautiful puppies. This litter was born on February 18th and will be available for adoption when they are ready in mid-April.
Nola is incredibly sweet and climbed right into the vet's lap when he examined her at the shelter. She's good with people and with other dogs.
Nola came to us from Salinas Animal Services.
If you would like to meet Nola, fill out our online adoption application.
Lady Bear is a doll! This cutie pie greets with you with a little kiss and a cuddle. Lady Bear gets very attached to her person and is a loyal friend. She'll love on other people, too, but when her person walks back into the room she "gets hearts and stars in her eyes." She'll follow you from room to room or keep you company outside while you garden. She is quiet and doesn't bark or fuss - she is a gentle, inquisitive girl.
Lady Bear was picked up as a stray by some good samaritans. They couldn't keep her but wanted to give her the best chance possible for a happy life, so she is now in our program looking for her forever family.
If you would like to meet Lady Bear, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier mix
Sparky is just adorable. He's curious and explorative, happily cruising around his new surroundings to sniff everything. Sparky is eager to meet new dogs, but needs some help while on leash slowing down for polite greetings. He would do best in a home ready to teach him good terrier manners, so that his sparkling personality can shine. He is gentle with new people, especially when they go slowly and feed him little cookies. He loves that.
Sparky has a good energy level, and enjoys walking on the beach, hiking and just being around his people. He does not have the high energy that younger terriers are known for. He sleeps quietly on his bed at night.
He loves to ride in the car, has already been on a road trip with his foster family and did great. We do know that he's not good with kitties (or other small animals) and will need to go to a feline-free home. He would also likely do best in an adult-only home without the energy level of small children, which might make him nervous.
Sparky came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.
If you would like to meet Sparky Terrier, fill out our online adoption application.
Dasher loves to cuddle with his person and has a charming disposition. He's also good with other dogs and kitties and will be a great fit in a mellow pack. Dasher is a fairly independent fellow who is content to tip toe around to learn his surroundings or take a nap in the sun.
Dasher is on a special diet to help maintain his kidney health. He has the beginning signs of renal disease.
Dasher came to us from the Hollister Animal Shelter.
If you would like to meet Dasher Poodle, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Chihuahua mix
Maeby is 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 return she gives them kisses. She does the same with children.
Maeby can walk happily for miles, but at home she's very mellow, spending much of her time napping or sitting in laps. She gets along very well with the other dogs in her foster home, and they play together nicely. Maeby enjoys just hanging out, too, preferably with something to chew on. Maeby ignores the household cats unless they are persistent about pestering her.
Maeby is fine meeting new dogs unless they are too rambunctious, in which case she worries. She walks very well on a leash in familiar places. In new or very busy places she can get spooked and try to pull somewhere that looks safe.
When you have to go out without Maeby, she does fine with free roam inside the house and access to a doggie door, so that she may go outside into the yard whenever she wishes. Being confined seems to stress her a bit. Maeby rarely barks, and usually will bark only once if she does feel the need.
Maeby's foster mom reports: "Maeby's best trait is how affectionate she is. She constantly dotes on her people. She is also the best cuddle buddy anyone could ask for. She loves bedtime and will fall asleep in your arms, right next to your head (she has her own pillow) or under the covers if you'll let her!"
Maeby originally came to us from the Watsonville Shelter.
If you would like to meet Maeby, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Shih Tzu
Dixie Chick is as mellow and loving as they come. And boy does she love food! She may generally have the lower energy level you'd expect from an older dog, but when food is involved she'll practically do back flips to charm it out of your hands (even when it's something healthy like carrots, her favorite snack). Her new family will probably need to take her on regular walks to keep her weight down.
Dixie Chick still has some pep in her step and enjoys her walks. She's not setting any speed records, but she does walk nicely on a leash. She's polite to the dogs she encounters and never barks. Dixie isn't big on playing. She's just happy to coexist with other dogs and people. She fits in beautifully with everybody in her foster-family pack, which includes several dogs and kitties. She's self-sufficient and reliably house-trained. She also knows how to use puppy pads, if needed, and appreciates easy access to the outside.
Dixie isn't demanding, aggressive or vocal. She takes lots of naps throughout the day, lounging on a blanket or in her dog bed. At night, she's happy to cuddle next to you. When it's mealtime, it's a good idea to keep Dixie separated from other dogs' bowls. If you don't, this hungry little gal is likely to eat their food as well as hers.
Like most senior dogs, Dixie has some age-related hearing and vision loss. This doesn't slow her down one bit - she keeps up with the rest of the dogs, jumps on the furniture (if invited) and is fine navigating stairs. She needs eye drops each day and is very good about letting you put them in. She's also on a daily allergy medication.
Dixie came to us when her guardian was going into assisted living and felt she couldn't offer Dixie the life she deserved.
If you would like to meet Dixie Chick, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix
Angel is a beautiful and sweet senior gal who has been a loved family member her whole life. All she needs for the rest of her golden years is a warm spot in the sunshine and some TLC. A home with a nice back yard would be ideal.
On walks, it takes her a bit of time to get her back end warmed up. But once she's outside on flat ground, she comes to life. If she's in a safe space where she can be off leash, she might even take off running and show you a glimpse of the young dog she used to be and still is at heart.
Angel is a mellow dog who's content to lie in her bed and watch the world turn around her. She's laid back when meeting other dogs or new people and is fine with gentle children. Even kitties are okay with Angel. She's an easy keeper.
She is a good girl when left home alone, knows her basic commands, and is house-trained. Angel has some age-related hearing and vision loss, and she takes a daily medication for incontinence to control any possible accidents. She sometimes slips on wood or tile floors, so doggie socks or a house with carpeting or rugs might help things.
Angel came to us when her family could no longer care for her. We know it must have been traumatic for Angel to lose her loving family, but she has adapted like a champ and settled in really well. She's just a bundle of sweetness and joy looking for a family to love.
If you would like to meet Angel Border Collie, fill out our online adoption application.
ADOPTION PENDING - 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.
Breed: Terrier mix
Arthur is a great little guy who gets along well with other dogs and is so happy when meeting new people. Based on his temperament, it's likely he would be okay with gentle children in his future family - he's just a low-key guy. Arthur is house-trained, crate-trained and walks well on a leash, although it won't take a long walk to tucker him out.
Arthur ignores kitties unless they run away from him, so it's possible he would be fine with a dog-savvy cat in his home. At night he sleeps quietly in a dog bed on the floor near you. He's an easy-keeper who just wants to keep you company.
Arthur was picked up as a stray and taken to a shelter. The good samaritan who rescued him offered to foster him for POMDR until he finds a forever home.
Breed: Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix
Callie (previously known as "Mancha") 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 is good with other dogs of all sizes and finds comfort in having a loving person around. She walks surprisingly fast on the leash and rides nicely in the car. She 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.
Callie walks with a pronounced arch of her lower back. She has been seen by an orthopedic surgeon, who said she has a chronic intervertebral protrusion. It is not causing her overt pain. She is going to physical therapy (laser and swim therapy), which definitely helps her feel more spunky. She also takes joint supplements and an anti-inflammatory for pain control.
Callie was part of a family before ending up at the shelter. She was brought in as a stray, but her previous guardian was unable to pay the necessary fees to get her back and surrendered her instead.
If you would like to meet Callie, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Shepherd/Labrador mix
This gorgeous girl knows that size doesn't matter, and she loves to cuddle with her family! She is always ready to play with her little Dachshund foster sibling, too. Bella is a totally wonderful dog, who, along with her guardians who are getting divorced, was heartbroken when neither was able to keep her.
While Bella politely sniffs or ignores new dog friends, she is very friendly when she meets new people, because they can pet her and give her treats. She'll show you her appreciation with a big, happy smile.
Bella is overly interested in cats in her house, so it's probably best if she is in a feline-free home. She is a fabulous beach dog, or she'll do nicely on a leash for a long walk. A car ride suits Bella just fine, too. She'll ride in the backseat with her head out the window or propped between the two front seats so she doesn't miss a thing. She is house-trained and even knows basic commands. She's incredibly intelligent and learns quickly.
At night, Bella sleeps quietly in her bed. She is very loyal and she might feel a little sad when you have to leave her at home and go out. She'll settle down quickly, though, when she learns to trust that you will be coming home to her soon. Bella's great smile has a big, loving heart to match, and she will bring tons of joy to her new forever family!
Breed: Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix
Maddison is totally precious! She has a mostly mellow, laid-back demeanor. She adores basking in the sun or curling up in a warm blanket, but don't let that fool you! She perks right up when she sees the leash or wants to go investigate the neighborhood on a walk. She's quite spry for her age and will jump for joy when she feels like it. Although she's mostly quiet and easy-going, she's happy to join the chorus of pups in her house to let you know someone is at the door or if a cat is intruding on her territory. She's great with new people though, so she'll befriend your guest as soon as they enter!
Maddison was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in August 2016. She is responding well to medication and could live several more years as long as she continues with her heart medication. It doesn't seem to affect her great personality, and she still matches her energy to yours, lounging when it's time to lounge and perking up when it's time for a walk or something fun!
Maddison came to us from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.
If you would like to meet Maddison, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Terrier/Chihuahua mix
This precious little one-eyed lady will steal your heart with a wink and a smile! She has a good yet mellow energy level, and she gets a little more excited at meal time. One of her favorite activities is going for short walks around the neighborhood with you, and Daisy will love to go for a car ride with you, too.
Daisy Maisy lived in a family with both cats and older children and did well with them. She is good with other dogs and falls in love with most people that she meets. Daisy Maisy quickly rolls over to ask her new friends for belly rubs!
Daisy Maisy's missing eye has no effect on her great personality. We don't know how long it has been missing, but she has adapted well. She has been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease and she is being treated for it. Though this is is a chronic disease, she is easily medicated, and as she adores being near you, Daisy will be easy to monitor throughout her life.
Daisy Maisy was mostly an outdoor dog who slept in a dog house at night in her previous life. She deserves to come inside and be part of a loving family. She is doing well with 'run of the house' while her current foster family is away. She'll miss you a bit when you go out, and she'll be all happy tail wags and wiggles when you return!
Daisy Maisy came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County where she was surrendered when her family moved into housing that didn't allow pets.
If you would like to meet Daisy Maisy, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Cocker Spaniel mix
Emmet is an easygoing fellow who walks well on a leash, takes baths without fussing, and enjoys going on car rides. Emmet is house-trained and prefers to do his business on walks rather than in the yard. He does have a tendency to lunge at passing bikes, runners, skateboarders, or other quick moving objects. He'll need some help overcoming that habit.
He has an amazing sense of balance, and you'll often find him perched on a chair, table, back of the couch, or rear dashboard of your car. When he's not impressing you with his high-wire act, he loves to bury himself in a fluffy blanket and take a nap or play a rousing game of tug of war with his person or a friendly dog. When being petted or scratched, Emmet makes the most delightful grunting noises to display his happiness at your loving attention.
Sometimes Emmet has an issue with defensively guarding his person or his space (also known as "resource guarding") and will need an adopter who is willing to manage this behavior. For this reason, he would probably do best in a home without small children.
Emmet stole the hearts of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter staff after they picked him up as a stray. He's a wonderful dog, and we're grateful to be able to offer him a second chance.
If you would like to meet Emmet, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Papillon mix
Instead of telling you all about Butterfly, we think it would be better to try to explain what the world must be like from her perspective. Her life prior to coming to us must have been intimidating. She certainly wasn't made for life on the streets and probably learned to defend herself so readily because being an 8-pound stray dog is scary business. It was probably a method of survival that she relied upon for many years. But it's not who Butterfly is in her heart, we know that for sure. She wants to trust, she wants to cuddle and she wants desperately to be loved.
She will growl, put on her tough, defensive act to try and make sure she survives her next intimidating interaction. Whether this means she's stuck in a crate and needs to let everyone know that she's TOUGH and not to mess with her, or she is just meeting an unfamiliar person, her coping mechanism for her scary life has been to act mean. We think it's just a vocal warning - she's never actually nipped anyone!
Fast forward through two minutes of your patience, a handful of tasty treats and giving her the opportunity to meet you on her terms, and you're handling a different dog. She goes belly up, probably thanking her lucky stars that you didn't eat her. She rubs her little face into your hands, adores having her ears scratched and looks at you lovingly. She gives kisses, lays in your lap and trusts you to pick her up. THAT is the Butterfly we know and adore. It doesn't hurt that she's SO cute.
Her foster mama says, "I can't possibly stress enough what an absolute sweetheart she is once someone takes the chance to look past her tough girl image." She loves you so much that she whines for a few minutes when you leave her behind, but then she settles down and waits patiently. She is perfect in the car and is a mostly quiet dog.
Meeting other dogs is easy peasy for Butterfly. She's currently living with several other dogs and cats and she loves to play with the household puppy. If you have room and a little bit of patience for a pup who will love you for the rest of her days, Butterfly could be your girl!
If you would like to meet Butterfly, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Poodle mix
Sally is just as precious as can be. This senior girl has a little age-related hearing and vision loss, but she knows you'll see past that to what a gem she is. Her gentle soul will melt your heart. She is content to toddle around your house until she finds somewhere to rest for a while. She is quiet and so polite when meeting other dogs and cats.
Sally is looking for a soft place to land where she can enjoy her golden years. We know someone will give her all the love she deserves. She may enjoy going for short walks at a mellow pace where she can really stop and smell the roses.
Sally came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her, although she loved her dearly.
If you would like to meet Sally Poodle, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Shih Tzu
Bernie gets along well with other dogs and cats and enjoys meeting new people. He's a little love bug once he really gets to know you. He relishes going for short walks.
Bernie is housetrained, easy going and even-tempered. You can feel comfortable giving him free range of the house while you're gone, and when you return expect a few small, happy "hello" barks. Otherwise, he's not much of a talker. At night, Bernie is happy to curl up next to you. He's even been known to hop in bed with other dogs for a snuggle.
He has dry eye and will need eye drops for life. The good news is, he's a good boy when getting his drops. He also has environmental allergies so he is on a special diet and must stay current on flea prevention. He also has chronic ear infections that need ongoing monitoring.
Bernie came to POMDR when his guardians could no longer care for him. He was adopted to a lovely active senior and was with her for a year. She passed away suddenly in February 2016 and Bernie has been looking for a forever home ever since. With his multiple health issues, we know Bernie may be in foster care for the rest of his life, but if a special adopter comes along for him, we would be willing to adopt him out. He'll make someone a devoted companion. Bernie makes his foster mom smile every day.
If you would like to meet Bernie Shih Tzu, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Pomeranian, Pomeranian
Sampson and Goliath are brothers, and we'd love to keep them together. These guys are friendly and playful with everybody they meet - people, kids and dogs alike! We've nicknamed them "Copy and Paste." They even approach kitties with a gentle curiosity and would be fine with them in their future family. They're very good dogs who are both house-trained and crate-trained.
Sampson is the "nurturer" of the two and is constantly taking care of his brother's hygiene by cleaning his face and ears. Goliath is the adventurous one who would prefer to be exploring your house and checking your floor for crumbs.
Can't you just see yourself walking these two cuties down your street as a happy little family? They are great on leash and enjoy going for short walks. They're precious, sweet and will keep you laughing.
They need a home where they don't need to navigate stairs - Goliath has a back condition that is exasperated by jumping and Sampson has a heart condition that will require daily medications.
Sampson and Goliath have been loved dogs their whole life, but their guardian's property is under new management and they are adamant that they can no longer have dogs. They've made the hard decision to re-home these sweet boys.
If you would like to meet Sampson and Goliath, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Silky Terrier mix
Belle is a sweet girl with lots of energy for her age. Since her vision is slightly impaired, she will lovingly lick the air until she makes contact with your chin (at which point you should expect copious kisses). She loves meeting new people, especially children. Her personality is precious and incredibly endearing.
Since her vision is impaired, meeting new dogs can be a startling experience for her. If she sees or smells them she can react in fear and start a scuffle. We think the happiest scenario for sweet Belle is one where she is the center of your attention and the only dog in your home.
Belle navigates her surrounding very well and loves going for longs walks and exploring new areas. She also gets excited for car rides. She's easy to handle and enjoys being picked up.
When it's time for her daily eye drops or to take a bath, she's a good little girl. Belle has low vision in one eye and light perception in the other, according to our ophthalmologist, but you wouldn't know it watching her run and play!
Belle loves being brushed and sits patiently for you, then she runs around the room to show off how pretty she looks. She has the most energy when she's fresh out of the bath! One thing to keep in mind: Ms. Belle is a fan of the culinary arts, so it's probably a good idea to keep food put away when it's not mealtime.
Belle spent her previous years as an outdoor dog, being passed around among family members. She was picked up as a stray, and the family made the difficult decision to surrender her to Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.
If you would like to meet Belle Terrier, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Dachshund/Hound mix, Queensland Heeler
Shorty and Patches are best friends. 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 even goes 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. 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 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.
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.
Breed: Pomeranian mix
BB King is a real charmer with a gentle, loving soul and beautiful, kind eyes. There are three things you need to know about BB King: he does a happy dance when you pull out his leash to go on a walk, he loves a good brushing like it's a full-body massage, and feeling the wind in his face while riding in the car is about the best thing ever.
He happily greets every new person he meets, sometimes even flopping on his back for a belly rub. BB King has a mellow personality and gets along well with the dogs, cats, bunny, birds and fish at his foster home. Sometimes he wrestles with the dogs and one of the cats, who all seem to understand he's a little older and treat him gently. Otherwise, he's more into cuddling than running around.
BB King does have a severe heart murmur and is on several medications. The cost of the medications is about $100 per month. He will also need a veterinary exam and possible x-rays every 4-6 months. Because of the risk associated with putting him under anesthesia, we will not be altering BB King. He has a very gentle, easy-going personality, and we know someone will love him exactly as he is.
BB King came to us from the Hollister Animal Shelter. He's just the coolest old guy who's hoping for a wonderful companion for some quiet time, cuddles, brushing, and short walks. He's content to simply be part of your life and know he's loved.
If you would like to meet BB King, fill out our online adoption application.
Breed: Maltese mix
Falcon (aka Billy) is fluffy and cuddly and will love you faithfully. He 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.
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 by himself.
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.
Breed: Norfolk Terrier mix
Jerry is a quiet, gentle dog and gets along fine with other dogs. He calmly tolerates being groomed and handled. He 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! 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. His skin and coat are now healthy and he is 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.
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 typically are 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.