Berkeley Chunky Munkey Guaranteed to Brighten Your Home
PACC is pleased to introduce Smokey: up for adoption, roughly 5 years old, neutered, male, Heinz 57 brindle - believed to be a pittie boy with at least a few splashes of other stuff. We have had the pleasure of working with Smokey at the Berkeley Animal Care shelter and he stands out as a guy who would fit nicely, and undramatically into an easy going home. Smokey is highly house trained meaning he's first on the list to go out in the morning cause otherwise he'll hold it (longer than is good for him). Once out and about he's a slow, sniff, waddler - which will frustrate speed walkers who have places to be. Smokey's a no hurry, no pulling kinda guy. He will teach you how to be in the moment and smell the grass...or clover...or flowers...
Smokey's not much bothered by trail traffic - chill with passing dogs, horses, kids, strollers, bikes. You name it. He appears to enjoy the company of calm stable dogs - a few of which he's met and they definitely brightened his day. He's a dog we think would cue nicely off of a calm yet playful, confident canine who might show him the ropes. Smokey has not been exposed to a ton of dogs so is easily confused about the intentions of high energy, loud, boisterous dogs. If you have one or more of those, we don't recommend Smokey as being a good fit.
Additionally, "the Smokes" is a trail and hiking buddy extraordinaire. Like most dogs he appreciates the great outdoors but not to the point where it's the who's walking who conundrum. He's content to have you lead and will sit nicely on command, content to wait for whatever it is you want him to wait for. We can easily imagine him making any camping trip more fun and safe. Smokey's secret skill is catching treats out of the air. To date he hasn't missed any. The one we thought he DID miss can be found in a close up of one of the attached pics (for the curious among you).
Children recommended 10+ (or beyond the age of running around and being unpredictable - since we have not seen Smokey around wee ones). He is not kitty tested yet but given, to date, he has not tried to chase small animals on the trail, he may be fine - kitty owners should go in eyes wide open on the patience front.
If Smokey sounds like a good fit with your situation please email KSwanson@cityofberkeley.info and tell her you heard about Smokey through PACC!
Leo - Trial Adoption Pending!
Resumé Highlights Include Dream Walker, Ball Catcher and More!
You'll tell us whether you see Black Lab and Border Collie in this fellow. So far no one refutes the Border Collie hypothesis. We know the BC's have a following, so we are talking to you!
Leo is that coveted "medium" size dog at 43 lbs. He is ~15 months old, neutered, light on his feet, and can catch even the most poorly thrown balls. His dream day would entail waking up on the early side, a predictable meal, a breath of fresh air in the form of ball chasing in an EMPTY dog / fenced park, or if the loud boisterous dogs are already hogging the yard, a 30-40 min walk will hold him off till you actually can throw the ball. In the back yard is fine. Leo is not picky about his ball retrieving location. He is picky about his friends though. He very much enjoys the company of calm, stable, lower energy dogs - so if you have one or even two of those, thumbs up. He is considerably less comfortable (read overwhelmed) by loud, boisterous dogs. Introverts out there might relate - Leo prefers small, intimate, gatherings with a few low key friends. Lots of strange visitors stress him out (not fun for you or him).
If you are looking for a dream walking companion, look no further. Leo has a vested interest in keeping that throwing arm in mint condition - so he doesn't pull on the leash. He's a quiet curious observer as dogs pass by unless they are making a scene, in which case he requires a bit more distance to watch and want no part of.
Given Leo's preference for calm, structured, predictable routine - children under 10, and families sprinting to keep up with them, are not recommended. If Leo sounds like a good fit with your situation please fill out the PACC application below and we will contact you once it's received.
P.S. Leo is a superb co-pilot in the car. He will instigate play with mellow dog and cat buddies. He also knows how to ring a bell to be let outdoors. PACC cannot take credit for this skill. We do know a dog with great potential though, and for us, Leo fits that bill.
Blake - Adopted!
Bestest Hiking Buddy Ever!
Take a look at Blake and throw out your guess. Most popular opinion to date is...Black Lab / Great Dane. Absent a DNA test we're going with that. Blake is a large, boisterous, neutered, 14 month old, junior rugby player / wrestler / runner / hiker. Once tired he has a nice flop that is thoroughly entertaining. His foster mom, despite her busy dog walking business, has shaped him nicely - he knows sit, drop it, walks nicely on leash "most of the time" and generally listens. That said, when his needs for exercise have not been met, all bets are off!
PACC recommends an active family for whom daily exercise is a given and this isn't your first rodeo (read, have had and loved big active dogs in the past :-) Kids big enough not to get knocked over by this guy (10+) recommended. Other robust medium to large dogs that might want a play buddy would be welcome. Blake's tail is thick enough that you feel it when it wags. And it wags A LOT, cause Blake is generally a happy guy. Oh, and hold on to your drinks as this guy can clear a table with that tail. Blake bonds quickly and like most dogs, is looking to be a central part of the family. He is very respectful of bigger stable dogs, holds his own with similarly aged and sized rough and tumble types, but we won't lie - he will take advantage of smaller rugby opponents when he can (isn't that what you want on your team? How else you gonna win??!!)
If you like your dogs big, goofy, fun and soon to be past the cute and / but crazy puppyhood stage - give a shout out to Blake by filling out the PACC adoption application below. We will contact you once it's received.
P.S. Blake is not kitty-tested yet. We believe he can live with cats, but only eyes-wide-open kitty owners should apply since it would likely require considerable patience to introduce him to feline
members of the household.
PACC Adoption Application
Chiquita - Adopted!
Meet Chiquita, a ~3 year old, soon to be spayed, female Rottie who is located in Santa Cruz. Chiquita's family describes her as the perfect dog in every way, but recently she has become more nervous when the young and boisterous grandkids visit. And they like to visit A LOT. The family has decided its best not to stress her out.
Chiquita's ideal home would be with adults and possibly mature / calm kids ages 10+ where strange little humans are not coming and going (Chiquita is oblivious to kids out in public, but nervous with new kids coming to the house). She is the quintessential love bug, walks gently on leash, ignores even lunging little yappy dogs (no disrespect, we like the little yapsters, but a lot of big dogs don't). Happily Chiquita is not that girl. She is generally great with dogs and would fit well into a single or multiple dog household. She is not your Fitbit kind of gal - so all you runner types - keep looking :-).
If you are searching for a friendly, easy-going, low-to moderate exercise love muffin, Chiquita may be your girl. Oh, and you can cross "barker" off the list. Other than letting you know someone's at the door or approaching your car, she's more the strong silent type.
If Chiquita sounds like a good fit with your family please fill out the PACC Adoption Application linked below and we will reach out to you once it's received.
Logan - Rehomed by Family
Fellow Animal Lovers,
Allow us to introduce Logan. Logan is a ~1 yr old, neutered, male, German Shepherd / Rottie mix. Like many large dogs Logan's age, he looks like an adult, but is actually just a young lad - albeit a big one. PACC is supporting Logan's family, who have come to the difficult conclusion that they cannot provide Logan what he needs to be *his best self*. Simply put, Logan needs a more active home than the family can provide. A long walk (or run), a few tosses of the tennis ball and mental stimulation for those "smarter than the average bears" and Logan will reach that *Good Boy* status. He is non-reactive to dogs on leash, great on the busy coastal trail, good with adults (slightly more wary of men, but quickly warms up) and loves to PLAY. Can you say tennis ball?! Cause Logan can chase and return a tennis ball until the cows come home. He's also a big fan of the hose because it has, well...water! Logan has shown some signs of nervousness around kids so at the moment we are searching for an adult / teen only home until we can get a better read on this nervousness.
As is not uncommon, Logan may exhibit some signs of separation anxiety when in his new home. He bonds very quickly making transitions difficult for him. The ideal family will understand he'll need a few days to figure out he's in his new forever home. If Logan sounds like a good fit with your family (great in a single or multiple dog household) please complete the PACC Adoption Application at the link below and we will reach out to you. Logan has not been kitty tested yet, but we can report back on that front if needed.
Chris Guio, firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 438-0617 c
Kit O'Doherty, email@example.com, (650) 274-5236 c
Atti - Adopted!
Meet Atti. Atti is a ~1.5 yr old, neutered male Anatolian Shepherd mix believed to be a farm dog when he lived in Iran. While aspects of Atti's looks tell a story of trauma - his temperament reflects anything but. This incredibly regal boy is stoic, friendly, calm, gentle, quick to bond, and even quicker to steal hearts with his casual and understated offer of "paw" when you least expect it. He enjoys the company of other dogs, understands and wholly embraces the couch potato concept and is a very pleasant walking companion (Atti needs only a moderate level of exercise as a former leg injury precludes him from long hikes and runs). Atti enjoys children and looks forward to the supplemental care he receives from his foster's 11 yr old neighbor. Atti's huge hearted rescuer worked with a group of s/hero's to transport him from Iran to the US. He is nearing a clean bill of health (receiving medication for a bladder infection). The ideal home for Atti would be a home with another dog as he and Tucker, his foster's dog, quickly became BFFs and the joy of watching them play is priceless. Any family lucky enough to adopt this boy will be blessed with a special sentient being (NOTE: we love all dogs...and well...this boy is pretty special). Please contact us if you are interested in hearing more about Atti.
HINT: Atti is the large dog with spots on his nose in the pics and videos
Little Bit - Adopted!
Little Bit, believed to be abandoned, was found sitting in the cold on a busy road in Merced, waiting faithfully for his person. Luckily, this friendly little guy decided he’d trust the Good Samaritan who offered to help him and jumped right into her arms.
He’s now being fostered with one of our board members in Half Moon Bay, and is enjoying living with his new pack of dog buddies of all ages and sizes. He’s about 10 months old, is happy to play when his new friends want to (he’s even managed to get a 16 year old to play with him!) but is also content to hang out on the couch when the older pups think it’s time for a nap.
He’s already been vaccinated, neutered and chipped (thanks to an amazing rescue partner), uses a dog door, and will be looking for his forever home. He's an easily manageable size (but not too fragile) at 14 pounds, does well with cats and kids. We think he’s a chi/doxie mix (he hasn’t divulged that info yet, but he did tell us he’s very grateful to all the amazing ladies who worked together to help him). We’re now ready to work on finding this adorable little guy a forever home, with someone who will treasure him, like he should have been all along.
If you’re interested in meeting Little Bit please fill out an application below.
Scooby - Rescue + Adopted!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Chris Guio, email@example.com, (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, (650) 438-0617
Kit O'Doherty, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 seemingly been abandoned, 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
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
Other available dogs and cats
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.