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.
Meet Juno, our 2 year old water loving girl who's ready to find her family!
No large bodies of water nearby? No problem. Juno’s perfectly happy playing with a stream of water from the hose - and we have to admit, that happiness is pretty contagious when you see how much fun she’s having. Juno is dog friendly, a gorgeous black/brown color that changes with the light, and is currently being fostered with a trainer who showers her with as much love as discipline.
She’s living with dogs of all ages and sizes and has blossomed by learning from the pack. Having a confident dog buddy around would be ideal to help her transition into a new home - and continue to build confidence, not to mention it’s a win win for everyone having a built in playmate when the humans have human work to do. Juno is house-trained, spayed, UTD on vax and ready to go.
She enjoys where she is with all her friends, but has told us she really wants a family of her own.
We are thrilled to introduce Blizz, short for Blizzard! At ~2.5 yrs old, neutered, medium (59 lbs), vaxed, microchipped, healthy and housetrained, this guy tempts even the most hard core non-dog folks. This might be because of his fox-like qualities - quick, cunning, pounces on flying leaves, insects, beach foam and the like, and sleeps with his tail wrapped around him. His signature crossed paws look is also incredibly endearing (we can't take credit for it, he's a natural paw crosser). His nickname of wolfie, should really be foxy, but too late now!
PACC is looking for an experienced and active adopter/family for whom Blizz wouldn't be your first big, active dog. He can sniff out a newbie from a mile away and transparently speaking will take full advantage of unclear boundaries (those treats in your pocket are obviously mine!). He is also what we call "vocal". So when newbies hear "I want to eat you" what Blizz is actually saying is "Nice to meet you!". Hence folks fluent in dog are encouraged to apply. Generally speaking, huskies need ample exercise to be their best selves, and Blizz is no exception. He can couch potato like the best of them, but ONLY AFTER exercise - so all you active, nature loving, out-doorsy types we're looking at you! His battery also recharges quicker than a lot of dogs, so morning and evening exercise bring out his best sides.
Blizz is great with dogs and thrives in the company of other dogs who like to romp, thus PACCs preference is to place him in a family with another playful dog(s). He also LOVES to meet people and wow them with his "sit for a treat" skills, but he isn't appreciative of overzealous touching and petting before he gets to know you. Some of you might relate - you know, those people who can't resist hugging you on meeting?! If you're an instant hugger, Blizz is not your boy! Because of this, non-adults in the house should be in their teens, patient on the petting front, and comfortable around fast moving, pouncing, medium to large dogs, or foxes.
Everyone who has met Blizz has appreciated his beauty and uniqueness. He's developed quite the fan club out on the coastal trail, so if you adopt this guy, prepare to manage his IG following. He makes a FANTASTIC walking, hiking, napping, playing companion so those who love those activities would have a blast with this guy.
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 438-0617
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.
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 email@example.com
NEW: Must see video of Cooper!
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!
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
Roughly 1.5 yrs old, neutered, male, ~50 lb, sweet and sensitive - this pittie boy has brightened his foster home immensely. In fact he got past the foster suitability *test* in about 2 mins flat. He likes to get things done quickly. Within 3 minutes he was sitting on laps and breaking out his signature "lean". Hard to resist a leaner, and he knows it. This guy would be great in sales. Humans? pretty much love um... Dogs? love them too. Cats? loves them a little too much, so, to our cat loving friends, not the right boy for you
Searching for a chill running, hiking, walking, driving buddy? Bishop checks all those boxes. While he could - he generally doesn't - pull on the leash, unless it's to say "hi". He does like to say "hi" but understands if the humans aren't down for that. He doesn't make a scene when other dogs walk by, which cannot be said for all of our doggy friends. Bishop can be left alone with no drama and is housetrained. His fosters report that he's a sensitive boy, so any guidance must be done in a quiet, very positive sing-songy voice lest he submissively or over-worryingly leave a trace of pee. This is a product of his situation before coming to PACC and he is quickly growing past those "training methods" realizing modern dog lovers don't take the old-school "tough love" approach. True to a dog's nature he doesn't dwell on the past. His current obsession is which bandana to wear for halloween so he can get more treats. He is a big fan of treats.
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!
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!
PACC was recently asked to help with Max, an über handsome ~1.5 year old male Rottie / German Shepherd mix whose owner was struggling to care for him. Just barely able to meet Max's basic needs his owner was hoping for a better life for the dog he clearly loved, but couldn't care for. This handsome, highly social boy was spending his days on an isolated, unsanitary dog run, while his owner worked two jobs attempting to get by in the exorbitantly priced Bay Area.
Healthy nutrition, regular hikes out in nature, and exposure to car rides and PACC's pack did wonders for Max. We likewise partnered with Furry Friends to get Max fixed in record time. Max's video took social media outlets by storm and soon several families reached out willing to offer Max a brighter future. Today he is an integral part of his new family: Mom, Dad, college-aged triplets and Tyler, his new best bud and a former Peninsula Humane Society dog.
Huge shout outs to: Petaluma Pet Pals, Rocket Dog, Beyond Rescue, Furry Friends, Family Dog Rescue, Rotts of Love and several others who kindly courtesy posted Max on our behalf. It takes a village!
Mia is a 3 year old terrier mix who found herself in the Bakersfield shelter after her owner surrendered her. She was scheduled for euthanasia, as we understand it, for stress induced snapping in the shelter.
She was fortunate to find a foster home with a woman in Bakersfield where she lived for 6 months. Unfortunately she hadn't found a permanent home when her foster mom decided to move out of the area (she couldn't bring Mia with her) and Mia was about to head back to the shelter with a very grim outlook.
When we heard about Mia's situation, we reached out to the local community to see if there was any interest in fostering or adopting Mia in the Bay Area (while Petaluma Pet Pals graciously agreed to take her into their rescue). A wonderful couple responded and worked with Mia to overcome her fear of strangers by using time and patience. They have since adopted Mia, and she now lives near the beach with two other small dogs and a cat. Success stories such as this are not only inspiring, but show how a team effort makes such a difference in creating these happy endings for animals who find themselves in unfortunate situations through no fault of their own.
PACC received a call from Sir Pip's human who recently had to move and the only place he could find would allow only 1 of his 2 dogs. He was faced with rehoming Pip or risking being evicted. PACC put out feelers and incredibly the perfect person came along in the form of Bev. Bev jumped into action and took over care of Sir Pip who now has not one, but two excellent options for a loving home. Here is what Sir Pip's owner had to say: "Thank you for all of your help and for finding the best person that you could have found. Bev is a real great lady and Mr. Pip has it made being with her". Given how hard it is to get by in the Bay Area, and the difficulty of finding affordable places to live that allow dogs, we were thrilled we could help with rehoming Sir Pip.
Penny is PACC's first success story. Penny was seen chained to a trailer in a backyard in Half Moon Bay. When not chained to the trailer, she was kept confined in a shed with no outlet for taking care of business other than in the shed. She had mange, swollen eyes, infected ears, and listless eyes. PACC Board Members offered help to what turned out to be a lovely owner, struggling with poverty. A young, single mom whose husband had recently been killed in gang violence - mom's priority, naturally, was her 7 year old daughter. The trailer that Penny was chained to was their home, for which they paid $1300/mos in rent. Mom worked full-time, had an extra weekend job, and still could not make ends meet. PACC arranged for immediate vet care and daily outings on the coastal trail to begin socializing this beautiful girl. Penny began an 8 month road to becoming the healthy, exuberant, happy dog she is now. PACC was disappointed when after waiting several months to get Penny spayed (she was living with two intact males in the same location and was believed to have already had a litter) PHS ultimately would not spay her due to a purported heart murmur. This despite local vets not being able to confirm said heart murmur. Several months lost and $600 later, Penny was finally spayed!
PACC Board Members later learned how Penny got her name. Her now beautifully glossy coat, is the color of a penny.
Smokey - Adopted!
If you're searching for meaning, Smokey will help you find it.
Friends of Smokey's humans reached out to PACC asking for help rehoming this beloved boy due to traumatic circumstances that have befallen his people. We are grateful to be in a position to help and think one lucky family is going to cherish this boy knowing they are helping fellow humans in need. That's where the meaning comes in.
Smokey is deeply loved and we fully intend to keep it that way! A large, neutered, ~75 lb, super chill, 8 yr old, Pointer, Heeler, Pittie boy blend, Smokey is microchipped, up to date on vax and winner of the goodest boy award, multiple times over. Smokey is: good with dogs of all sizes, good with humans of all sizes, and wait for it...good with cats of all sizes.
This boy is a rare find! C'mon, not even one *special trait* we need to alert you to?! Nope, as we said, Smokey's the *goodest boy* - he even eats his vegetables (carrots, sweet peas and the like). At the time of this writing, Smokey emailed and asked that broccoli be added to the list. Smokey is a spry boy who will be happy to accompany you on strolls, walks and/or hikes. He's a calming force, a lap warmer and that coveted leaner.
He especially loves children and asked us to add belly rubs as well. Smokey recently lost his human dad, and while his human mom is struggling and needs to focus on herself - she ain't gonna do it until her boy is safe, sound and part of a loving family. That's where you come in! If Smokey sounds like a good fit with your situation, complete the adoption application linked below and we'll reach out once it's received.
Prepare to meet love! PACC Adoption Application: https://forms.gle/uUG1izZzY3RPmRz46