We currently do not have a facility for rescue animals. In the interim we are courtesy featuring animals (some of whom we know or work with through volunteering), that need loving homes. If you have an interest in any of the animals below, please contact the appropriate person or organization directly:
This gorgeous (~1 yr old) guy is at Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS) where he is getting fabulous care and where we have had the pleasure of getting to know him.
Scooby came to the Berkeley shelter rough around the edges due to some unfortunate experiences with dogs much bigger than him when he was just a little guy. This resulted in a generalized fear of dogs when out and about, leading to being reactive to dogs passing by on leash. He has gotten much better while at the shelter and is benefitting from daily training walks and regular play dates with stable dogs who are teaching him to trust again. He's decided he's open to tug-o-war and rough and tumble with dogs he trusts which so far have been several. He's a HUGE fan of fetch thus is easy to exercise in the backyard when you aren't up for a walk (6 is his favorite number of tennis balls to play with - if you have less, don't worry, he'll find some more). Scooby learned the game "Find It" on his first try, proving there's a bit of a smarty-pants behind those big ears. He turns heads when out and about, so be prepared to be popular when walking him. Scooby is looking for a person or family that knows, loves and has a soft spot for big dogs who are growing into their own. He's a big boy so all you big and tall folks out there, this might just be your guy.
Link to Scooby's bio which includes information about how to express interest in him:
We would be grateful for help spreading the word about Scooby!
Mochi - Adopted!
Mochi is "all ears" if you are interested in considering him as a new family member!
He is a 3-4 month old male believed to be Border Collie / Pittie mix who we think will grow to be that coveted medium size household member. He’s an extremely sweet boy, loves people, and gets along great with other dogs (doesn’t need to be the boss). He’s doing well with house training but is still working on perfecting his skills. He sleeps quietly all night, is playful, and loves to snuggle up with people. He’s been neutered and is up to date on vaccinations. His favorite past times are playing, napping and playing.
Mochi is being fostered in Half Moon Bay by Board Member Chris Guio, for A Girl's Best Friend Rescue. They can be reached at email@example.com.
Contact: Chris Guio, firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 438-0617 for more information.
Please help us find Mochi a family to call his own!
Athena - Adopted!
Athena is 1-1/2, very sweet, good with large and small dogs, and kids. She's timid with new situations and people, but very loving once she warms up to you and trusts you. She was found as a stray in the Central Valley and was fortunate that a local rescue took her in and saved her from heading to the shelter.
She's housebroken, UTD on vaccines (will be spayed) and will sleep quietly through the night in her crate (although she told us she really prefers to snuggle up with you on your bed). She gains confidence from other dogs and is very respectful of them. Athena will need someone who can be patient with her while she gets to know you and builds trust. Our gut feeling is that she was abused somewhere along the way, and we're working to reassure her that she'll be safe from now on.
Despite whatever happened to her in her past to cause her to be fearful, she wants to connect with people and loves to just sit near you or snuggle up. When she feels safe and you see her come out of her shell and wag that tail, it makes all the patience well worth it. She's being fostered in Half Moon Bay by one of our Board Members for A Girl's Best Friend Rescue. They can be reached at email@example.com.
Bruce - Adopted!
Bruce, formerly known as Bruiser, is a friendly 3-4 year old, 70 pound, large terrier mix who’s been living on the Coastside and has found himself needing a new home.
He's a happy boy who loves people, wants to please, and will even give kisses on command. While he can get along with some dogs, he can also be unpredictable, and is reactive to dogs on leash so we'll be working on this highly trainable issue.
He steals hearts quickly, loves car rides (read: co-pilot), knows "paw" and has crazy eyebrow thingys that take a lot of words to describe. He'll need to be the one and only chief cuddle officer (read: no other pets). While he's not your dog-park kinda guy, he'd like to suggest, dog parks are over-rated anyway.
Bruce is a big fan of social distancing, but only when it comes to dogs. He is non-compliant with social distancing from humans, especially ones with laps. Given Bruce's strength and current leash reactivity we suggest an adult/teen home where there are no desires to bring in other pets.
Chris Guio, firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 438-0617
Kit O'Doherty, email@example.com, (650) 560-9798
Max - Adopted!
PACC is currently working to help rehome Max, an über handsome ~1.5 year old male Rottie / German Shepherd mix whose owner is struggling to care for him. Just barely able to meet Max's basic needs (which PACC is now helping with) his owner is hoping for a better life for the dog he clearly loves, but cannot care for. This handsome, highly social boy is spending his days on an isolated dog run, while his owner works two jobs attempting to get by in the exorbitantly priced Bay Area.
A few things we have learned about Max so far:
Favorite pass time: carrying sticks
Envy of all his friends: can't take a bad pic
Signature look: one ear up, one ear down
Possible careers: GQ model or construction
PACC is looking for either a foster or adopter for Max. Homes with children under the age of 10 not recommended as Max would likely barrel them over. Not kitty tested yet.
If interested please use the Join Us page to reach out to us!
Cooper - Adopted!
Cooper and his sister were found in Stockton, where they'd apparently been dumped, and were extremely thin - to the point that they looked emaciated.
The Good Samaritan who found them also happened to be a foster for Guardian's Light Rescue. She reached out to Guardian's Light who took both puppies into their rescue. They were fostered together until it was determined that they would be better off separated - so they could learn social skills from well socialized adult dogs.
Cooper is now in a foster home with one of our Board Members where he's living with large, small, young and senior dogs and learning valuable social skills which will be so important to him in the future. He and his sister will soon be available through Guardian's Light Dog Rescue. To contact Guardian's Light, email at
Cassie - Adopted!
We’re excited to share that this little 3.5 pound bundle of cuteness that was previously homeless in Fresno, was flown into the Half Moon Bay airport this week by private plane, along with several other dogs that went to various rescues and locations. Cassie is now in a foster home in Half Moon Bay with one of our PACC members, where she is being fostered for Petaluma Pet Pals.
Cassie belonged to a homeless man who sold her to a Good Samaritan - who reached out for help. Petaluma Pet Pals took her into their rescue, arranged for the flight and the foster, and now Cassie’s future is looking much brighter.
She's between 8-12 weeks old, very sweet and not too pushy with other dogs. She's currently living with four dog siblings who range from large to small, young to old. The oldest one who's almost 15, and rarely plays anymore, even liked Cassie enough to play with her! She's a smart girl and learning very quickly about house and crate-training. She adores people and is happy to just hang out with you...even better, she loves to sit on your lap. She's had her first vaccination and will be fully vetted and spayed.
We’d like to thank everyone who worked together to make a great life possible for this little girl.
Cassie is available for adoption through Petalumapetpals.org
Chris Guio, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-438-0617
Leila - Adopted!
Leila is an exceptionally sweet and easy 5 year old pittie who's looking for a home with or without another friendly dog. She's fairly low energy. She can be playful but isn't a rough and tumble kind of girl. She likes to go for walks, is very affectionate, snuggles and gives kisses to everyone she meets. She previously lived with several chihuahuas in her foster home and was adopted into a great home with my sister, but the resident dog has decided he doesn't always want her around and is too unpredictable for it to be a good permanent home for her. She's house and crate trained, and a very well behaved girl who just wants to be loved. She's on an anti-seizure medication which she takes twice a day, is about $15/month and has never had a seizure while on it. My sister is heartbroken to give her up and has tried so hard to make it work with the other dog, but has come to realize that Leila would be better off in a home where all the residents want her there. Interested adopters please contact PACC Board Member Chris Guio, email@example.com, (650) 438-0617
Lando - Adopted!
Lando is 1 year old, neutered male, believed to be pit bull mix who is roughly 50 lbs. He is a wonderful dog with a wonderful temperament! He is very athletic, playful and fun and does very well with other dogs. We'd love nothing more than to find him an active, energetic forever soulmate, however, Lando would do fine as a single dog as long as he gets two good walks a day. Lando also did well on his “cat test.” Lando is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccines.
Please contact Home at Last at firstname.lastname@example.org
CIW is a small local rescue that PACC is happy to support. Check out their wonderful adoptable cats and dogs at the link above.
PACC Board Member Chris Guio has fostered extensively for Petaluma Pet Pals. Check out their adoptable animals at the link above and contact them directly if you are interested.
PACC Board Members recently met Colleen Combs, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Greendog Rescue Project in Windsor, CA. Colleen treated us to a tour of her amazing kennel-free rescue. We were in heaven listening to Colleen share some of the stories of the 187 dogs (you read that right) roaming free around her while she spoke. It very much reminded us of the Dogs Playing for Life play group model we attempted to bring to Peninsula Humane Society, but bumped up against a resistant leadership. Greendog is leading the pack! 23 dogs found their potential homes the day we visited. We highly recommend a visit. Read more about Greendog and our trip on our Facebook page.