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Puppies and dogs in Vista, California

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Marco

Australian Cattle Dog Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, 3 yrs 8 mos
Oceanside, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Not good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Marco is a beautiful Red Heeler mix with lots of interest in herding whatever there is to herd. He is a dog that would do best in a single-dog family as he is not interested in the companionship of other dogs, cats or children.Marco will soon be ready for his forever home!! He is currently in a board and train programwith Specialty Dog Training here in Oceanside, CA and in the ideal world, he would transitionfrom his training program directly into his new adoptive home. His board and train programincludes lessons for his new owners so here is a great opportunity to adopt a dog who hasseveral weeks of intensive training AND additional lessons for his new humans to help get“them on board” with the training as well!According to his trainer, this handsome guy is your typical cattle dog – intelligent, energetic,loyal to his human(s), can be wary of strangers and not necessarily concerned about building agroup of canine friends. Marco will thrive with a breed savvy owner who is looking for good-looking, canine partner to share life with. Going to dog parks or lying under the table at a café isnot something Marco would enjoy but a moderately strenuous hike or a learning a new activitylike scent training would be right up his alley!As with all cattle dogs, solid leadership from his human and a daily routine with structure willhelp Marco live his best life. He has been gaining confidence each week in his training programas he learns new skills and understands what is being ask of him. While his trainer believes hecould co-exist with another dog, he seems to be selective in his choice of canine friends. Wehave not seen him around children but unless the home is very breed savvy, we would notrecommend a home with children. Marco appreciates his space and children typically do notunderstand this concept well.If you are interested in adopting a dog with the mind of a rocket scientist and exceptionally good looks, Marco could be the one for you. He is currently reviewing applications so please click below and submit yours today if you'd like to come meet him.
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Sophie

Shepherd (Unknown Type)

Female, Adult
Oceanside, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Not good with kids, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
How this pet arrived: Sophie was brought in by a Good Samaritan on June 4, 2023. Why this pet is the one for you:Introducing Sophie, a beautiful girl who is sure to brighten your day! Sophie is a sweet but shy girl who is looking for a patient person or family who can help build her confidence. With a little love and understanding, she will blossom into a wonderful companion. This girl would do best in an adult only home due to her shy behavior. Sophie may exhibit some leash reactivity towards other dogs, but with positive training and consistency, she can overcome this behavior - that being said, we do think she would do best as the only dog in the home. A patient and dedicated approach to her training will help her feel more comfortable and relaxed when encountering other dogs on walks. In addition to her need for positive training, Sophie thrives in an environment that provides her with a consistent routine and plenty of affection. As she continues to grow and gain confidence, her true personality will shine through, and you'll be rewarded with a loyal and affectionate companion. If you're looking for a furry friend who will bring joy and warmth into your life, Sophie may be the perfect match for you. With a little time and effort, you can help her overcome her shyness and enjoy a lifetime of love and companionship. Come in and ask about adopting Sophie today! Shy/Fearful Dog: This pet requires a virtual behavior consult, please watch THIS video to learn more about them. Primary Color: Black Secondary Color: White Weight: 54.4 Age: 5yrs 10mths 4wks
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Smorez

Australian Shepherd Shepherd (Unknown Type)

Female, Senior
Oceanside, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
CALL FOR DETAILSSmorez is available for adoption in a foster home. If you're interested in adopting her, please call us at 619-299-7012.How this pet arrived: Smorez was brought in by a community member on September 21, 2023.Why this pet is the one for you: Introducing Smorez! This lovely dog can't wait to become your new roommate and snuggle up with you on the couch. Smorez is a gentle soul! She does have a touch of arthritis, so she's looking for a cozy haven where she can rest her body on a soft, comfortable bed. Short, leisurely walks and occasional outings would be just right for her, allowing her to enjoy some fresh air without overexerting herself. She's a sweet companion for those moments when all you want to do is relax and unwind. With Smorez by your side, you'll have a loyal and loving friend to keep you company as you enjoy some quality downtime together. So, why wait? Give Smorez a chance to bring warmth and companionship into your life today! Don't forget to bring a leash and collar. Primary Color: Black Secondary Color: Tan Weight: 66.6 Age: 9yrs 6mths 0wks
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Mufasa

Chow Chow

Male, Adult
Oceanside, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Not good with kids, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
How this pet arrived: Mufasa was brought in by Humane Law Enforcement on November 15, 2023. Why this pet is the one for you: Introducing Mufasa, a majestic boy in search of a new place to call home. Mufasa can be a bit conflicted when meeting new people but he has made a set of friends in the shelter who can brush him and handle him! It takes time for new people to get to this level, so he's looking for a patient and understanding adult home with low traffic where he can decompress at his own pace. Once he is comfortable, this boy can be quite the goof ball! Mufasa loves to chase small critters and finds it his duty to walk the perimeter and scan for intruding wildlife. Familiarity with the Chow Chow breed is a must for his new owners, as these dogs have unique characteristics. If you have experience with Chows and are ready to provide a calm and stable environment, Mufasa could be the loyal companion you've been looking for. If there's a resident dog, a meet-and-greet is required to ensure compatibility. Bring the whole family in to meet Mufasa and bring a leash and a martingale collar (or purchase one when you arrive), to take him home! Be a part of his journey to a new beginning and enjoy the rewarding experience of having this regal pup by your side! Primary Color: Brown Weight: 51.4 Age: 3yrs 6mths 0wks
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Sadie2

English Bulldog

Female, 4 yrs 6 mos
Oceanside, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Sweet Sadie is a fun loving, 45 lb, 3 year old Bulldog mix girl who just wants to have fun! She is passionate about her toys and her food and during her time in her foster home she has learned to love bits of sweet potato, banana, zucchini and other healthy foods as a treat. Sadie loves going for walks at cool and quiet times of the day and travels well in the car. At home when she's not enjoying a toy dismantling party or chewing on a bone or a Kong, she is a super calm couch potato. Sadie loves to meet new people and is very friendly with everyone as well as quite affectionate. She gets over excited when meeting new dogs so she would do best as the only princess in the home, and no cats for Ms.Sadie. Because she can be dog selective and over excited when seeing them, no children would be best (she would sneak out like a Ninja through a door left open!). She knows sit and shake and would love to learn some new commands - and since she's so motivated by treats, training sessions are fun for her. Sadie is crate trained and perfectly potty trained too! Sadie's Adoption fee is $300 and includes spay, microchip and current vaccinations. To fill out an adoption application, visit https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/SSP-A-783. Sadie on her way to a loving family on SPOT's Facebook page, visit https://facebook.com/spotsavespets/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/spotsavespets/
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Jennie

Labrador Retriever Greyhound

Female, 4 yrs 1 mo
Oceanside, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Joyful Jennie is ready for her forever family! Jennie is a happy, joyful, silly and fun pup that will make you fall in love with her joie de vivre! Jennie is a 4 year old female Lab/Italian Greyhound mix who is the perfect size at 34 lbs. Jennie has the ideal combination of the big dog look in a petite package. She will win you over with her love of life. She's smart, eager to please, and would love to go to puppy training classes with her family. Jennie loves going for walks, playing with toys and other dogs, and would do best in a home with another playful dog. She is house trained, crate trained and great in the car. Jennie is good with dogs, children and cats too! Jennie is affectionate, loving and would love a family to cuddle with her and make her part of the 'pack'. Jennie had FHO surgery a few months ago to correct a previously broken back leg, and is all ready to go now. If you are looking for a fun, silly pup to join your family, Jennie might be the girl for you. Jennie's Adoption fee is $300 and includes spay, microchip and current vaccinations. To fill out an adoption application, visit https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/SSP-A-785 To follow Jennie on her journey to a loving family on SPOT's Facebook page, visit https://facebook.com/spotsavespets/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/spotsavespets/

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Dog shelters and rescues in Vista, California

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Animal Synergy

po box 176, Vista, CA 92085

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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SoCal Rescue Tails

Vista, CA 92083

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Spay Mexico, Inc.

Vista, CA 92083

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Small Breed Rescue of Southern California

Vista, CA 92083

Pet Types: dogs, reptiles

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Hope2K9 Rescue

25909 N Lake Wohlford Rd, Valley Center, CA 92084

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TWEH Poodle Rescue

Vista, CA 92084

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Adopt A Saint

Vista, CA 92084

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San Diego Poodle Rescue

San Diego (all areas), CA 92084

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Papillons and Playmates (PAPS)

San Diego County, CA 92084

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Boxers N Birds Animal Rescue Inc.

655 Benet Rd., Oceanside, CA 92058

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs

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