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Puppies and dogs in Santa Cruz, California

Looking for a puppy or dog in Santa Cruz, California? Adopt a Pet can help you find a new best friend near you.

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Adopt a dog in Santa Cruz, California

These adorable dogs are available for adoption in Santa Cruz, California. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
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Honey

American Pit Bull Terrier

Female, Puppy
Prunedale, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats,
Story
Honey has a paid for spay appointment/rabies vax/microchip scheduled for 2/20/24 at the spca. UTD: on all other vaccines and was recently dewormed. Very sweet puppy, about 6 months old. Great with kids I have a 3 and 5 year old. She is great with other dogs, cats, and farm animals !
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Enzo

Papillon Chihuahua

Male, 1 yr 8 mos
Salinas, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Hi, I'm Enzo. As in Ferrari. Although I in no way resemble one, I like to think I'm quick, especially around mealtime. My top speed on a good day is about three miles per hour. If I could wear tennis shoes, I would be a real five-pound force of nature! Since I'm only a pup I like to run and play, so if you want me, at least one other dog in the home is required. I mean, you don't want me tearing up the furniture, now do ya'? I rather spend my time running around with my homey than removing the stuffing from your sofa. Blech!!! How to best describe me. Well, like a fine wine, I'm sweet yet feisty. Delicate yet firm. Sublime yet pedestrian. I mean I'm a dog, for cryin' out loud! I think you'll agree, however, I possess movie star good looks. Maybe not leading man material, but impressive just the same. If I were human, rather than Leo DeCaprio, I would be more of a bobble-head Joe Pesci. But these lips! Look out Mick Jagger, I'm coming for you. Yeah ladies, read 'em and weep. No fillers here. This muzzle is the real thing. I'll bring plenty of pizzazz to your life. Your days of bingeing on boring reruns of Blacklist are over. Watch me instead, I'm eminently more entertaining. I'll captivate you with my charms, gaze at you with my big Puss-in-Boots brown eyes, and you'll be smitten. Next thing you know we'll be cruising through Starbucks for daily puppucinos. I'll be sleeping on your bed and wearing designer sweaters. Fortunately, I've never seen the inside of a shelter and never will. It's been nothing but champagne wishes and caviar dreams for this canine Casanova. I'm ready and able to give slobbery kisses. These lips are made for smooching, so pucker up and let's go home. I'll steal your heart...and then your socks! PS. My rescue mom will require proof of annual dental care. She wants me to stay healthy and avoid the serious medical conditions associated with poor dental hygiene. And I am to go to a non-smoking home only. 'Nuff said!
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ROCCO

Pointer Catahoula Leopard Dog

Male, 9 mos
Salinas, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
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LUNA

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 1 yr 1 mo
Salinas, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Luna is waiting to meet you! This 1-year-old German Shepherd is a very pretty girl with great markings and a nice shiny coat! She is a sweet girl with good manners who follows commands well and will do best with consistent exercise. She loves her walks with volunteers! Luna`s adoption feeds have been covered with our Pay It Forward program, so you can take her home to be your new furry family member for FREE!!!
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FRANCO

German Shepherd Dog

Male, 4 mos
Salinas, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
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OPAL

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 1 yr 1 mo
Salinas, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Opal is a beautiful girl with subtle black-over-brindle coloring. She loves to sit for you to show you what a nice dog she is.She’s very polite when being leashed despite the excitement of knowing she is going on a walk, and enjoys exploring and then intermittently checking in with the lucky person with her. She is very easy to handle and really an easygoing dog who has nice energy but is affectionate and calm. It’s easy to see her fitting into a number of different types of homes.She’s an overlooked treasure- as lovely and individual as the gem for which she is named.Opal is a staff and volunteer favorite at Hitchcock Road Animal Services!

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Dog shelters and rescues in Santa Cruz, California

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for dogs in Santa Cruz, California. Browse these rescues and shelters below.

Here are a few organizations closest to you:

Shelter

CAPE - Center for Animal Protection and Education

P.O. Box 67176, Scotts Valley, CA 95067

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Simpawtico

p.o. box 3371, santa cruz, CA 95063

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs, horses, rabbits, reptiles, small animals

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Save A Dog & Kids Inc - California

anywhere in CA, CA 95060

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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West Coast Great Pyrenees Foundation

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Pet Types: dogs

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Four Paws to Love

P.O. Box 7865, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

1001 Rodriguez Avenue, Santa Cruz, 580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs, farm animals, horses, rabbits, reptiles, small animals

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Paws for Genesis

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Pet Types: dogs

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Santa Cruz SPCA

2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95010

Pet Types: dogs

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