My name is Carlito!

Posted 1 year ago | Updated over 2 months ago

Adoption process

Submit Application


Approve Application


Meet the Pet


Home Check


Sign Adoption Contract


Pay Fee


Take the Pet Home

Adoption fee: $75

This helps Heart of Gold's Shelter with pet care costs.

My basic info

3 years 10 months old, Adult
Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less (when grown)
14 lbs (current)
Pet ID

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Good with kids
Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Good with cats
Checkmark in teal circle Needs experienced adopter
Checkmark in teal circle Shots current
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Housetrained

My personality

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

Meet Carlito! Carlito has come a long way since his transfer to us from the San Diego Humane Society.
He was shy, frightened, and emaciated, so we knew we would have to take an extremely gentle approach with this little guy.
Carlito is such a cutie! He has since completed his weight gain and is happy and healthy!
He has shown us how wild and silly he can be with his friends as they race around the play yards! While he can be a bit skittish at times, he allows us to give him gentle rubs, kisses, and will even close his eyes when we hit his favorite scritch spot: his chest and chin!

Behavioral considerations: Carlito is quite scared of the world outside of the rescue facility, his routine, and our staff. He will do best in a kind, gentle, patient, and quiet home that is understanding of his need to take new things slowly and at his pace.
Due to evading capture for quite some time prior to being caught by Humane Law Enforcement with a catchpole, Carlito is terrified of being harnessed, will alligator roll when he feels the resistance of a leash/lead, and will dart out of a door or escape route should the opportunity present itself. He also prefers not to be held as this feels constricting to him but will gladly hop onto a trusted person's lap for gentle snuggles. He is a street survivor after all, and his small stature means he had to be fast, agile, and smart to survive.
An escape-proof yard is a must for him to safely have fun, explore, and race around as he so loves to do! He's so fast!

Regarding COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses: Please reschedule any visits if you are sick.
Heart of Gold's Shelter

Contact info

Pet ID
Jessica Garcia
9400 Blossom Valley Road, El Cajon, CA 92021
Checks can made out to the Heart of Gold Legacy Foundation and sent via mail to: 9400 Blossom Valley Road El Cajon, CA, 92021

Their adoption process


Submit Application

Available by request.


Approve Application

After checking references and clearing all other questions that may occur when reviewing an application.


Meet the Pet

Scheduled viewing appointment.


Home Check


Sign Adoption Contract


Pay Fee


Take the Pet Home


Additional adoption info

We are not only looking for the best fit for the prospective adopter, but our rescues as well!

Go meet their pets

We are open to the public by appointment only. Please call to schedule a viewing appointment.

Our next Adoption Event is at the SDHS' Walk for Animals:
When: May 4, 2024
Where: NTC Park in Liberty Station
Time: 7am-11am

More about this rescue

We are a private, specialized, no-kill, 501(c)(3) dog rescue dedicated to providing housing & individualized care to dogs of all breeds.
We cater to their respective temperaments and adopt them into well-matched homes.
Please note that we do not accept dogs from the public (unless they were adopted directly from our rescue) as we pull dogs from larger shelter partners.

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