Santa Cruz Pets Up For Adoption: Jackson, Coco, Dee & More

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Do you want to add to your family and do something good for the Santa Cruz community at the same time? Adopt a pet from a local shelter! Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many shelters in and around Santa Cruz are still working to find forever homes for dozens of […]

Do you want to add to your family and do something good for the Santa Cruz community at the same time? Adopt a pet from a local shelter! Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many shelters in and around Santa Cruz are still working to find forever homes for dozens of cats, dogs and other adorable critters coming through.

There are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages and sizes without a home throughout California — many of whom are located within driving distance. In the search for your new family pet, consider looking around at a local adoption center like Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, where Dynamite the parakeet is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed in appropriate homes.

Need some help in your search? Patch and Petfinder have you covered. We create a list each week of all the pets recently put up for adoption in your area. If you’re a dog person, meet Jackson, a Dachshund mix up for adoption. If cats are more your thing, there are several great cats available, too. Click on any listing for more information, or to start the adoption process.

Editor’s note: This list was automatically generated using data compiled by Petfinder. Please report any errors or other feedback to [email protected]

  • Name: Jackson
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Northern California Animal Rescue Friends, [email protected], Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Dachshund Italian Greyhound Mix
  • Description: “Jackson is a two-year-old dachshund/Italian Greyhound mix, weighing in at 13 pounds. He was found as a stray, which probably…” Learn more

  • Name: COCO
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Female, Cocker Spaniel Poodle Mix
  • Description: “COCO IS VISION IMPAIRED: This dog has cataracts in both eyes. They are likely a degenerative condition which will progress….” Learn more

  • Name: DEE
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “Miss Dee here! I’m a spicy, 7 year old gal who, like everyone else these days, is a little quarantine…” Learn more

  • Name: DARWIN*
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Black Mouth Cur Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Darwin came to the Shelter as a transfer from our friends Monterey County Animal Services. He had been very stressed…” Learn more

  • Name: DYNAMITE
  • Species: Parakeet
  • Location: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Parakeet (Other)
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  • Name: CHOCO TACO*
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Australian Shepherd
  • Description: “Choco Taco came to the Shelter as a stray after being found at a grocery store without an owner. He…” Learn more

  • Name: Suzie & Blue
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Santa Cruz Spca, 2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Small, Female, Miniature Pinscher
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “New COVID-19 Adoption Procedures: The first step is to fill out an application on our website. Petfinder inquiries are not…” Learn more

  • Name: Hudson
  • Species: Guinea Pig
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Guinea Pig
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  • Name: Charlemagne
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Holland Lop
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  • Name: Karuna
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Bunny Rabbit
  • Description: “Kauruna is a black and white rabbit, filled with fun. She was recently rescued from a meat farm 1-2021 and…” Learn more

  • Name: Ollie
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Mini Lop
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  • Name: Augustus
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Bunny Rabbit
  • Description: “Augustus is a 4 month old male, neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped. He is a delightful fellow that loves wicker…” Learn more

  • Name: Bijou
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Rex Dwarf Mix
  • Description: “Bijou is a tiny rex dwarf girl. She is 4.5 months old. She is lovely, energetic, playful and absolutely beautiful….” Learn more

  • Name: Esme & Liza
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Bunny Rabbit
  • Description: “Esme and Liz are sweet girls that have become friends when they were abandond3ed together at the shelter. These girls…” Learn more

  • Name: Mae and Mina
  • Species: Guinea Pig
  • Location: The Rabbit Haven, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Bunny Rabbit
  • Description: “Mae and Mina are a delightful and charming pair of guinea pigs. These sweet girls want nothing more than a…” Learn more

  • Name: Peter Rabbit
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Pawsitive Connections, 5353 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Large, Male, Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Description: “Thank you for showing interest in our dogs, however due to the recent influx of applications and emails we ask…” Learn more

  • Name: Vision
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Pawsitive Connections, 5353 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, American Staffordshire Terrier Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler Mix
  • Description: “Thank you for showing interest in our dogs, however due to the recent influx of applications and emails we ask…” Learn more

  • Name: Mopsy
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Pawsitive Connections, 5353 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Large, Female, Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Description: “Thank you for showing interest in our dogs, however due to the recent influx of applications and emails we ask…” Learn more

  • Name: Benjamin Bunny
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Pawsitive Connections, 5353 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Large, Male, Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Description: “Thank you for showing interest in our dogs, however due to the recent influx of applications and emails we ask…” Learn more

  • Name: Henry
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Pawsitive Connections, 5353 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Cockapoo
  • Description: “Meet Henry. Henry was surrendered to us after living most of his life in the backyard. He has a strong…” Learn more

  • Name: Panda
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: Our Pack Inc, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Bunny Rabbit
  • Description: “Panda can be a bit nervous about just anyone walking into her enclosure while she’s in there. She might rush…” Learn more

  • Name: TWIX
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Twix is incredibly affectionate and playful 4.5-month-old kitten who has been in a loving foster home with her sisters, Floofly…” Learn more

  • Name: FLOOFY & KITKAT (Bonded Pair)
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Floofy and KitKat are shy, sweet and playful 4.5-month-old bonded pair of sisters who has been in a loving foster…” Learn more

  • Name: LEO & OREO
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “Leo and Oreo are playful 6-month-old bonded pair of brothers. They can be a little shy at times, however, once…” Learn more

  • Name: CASSIDY & SUNDANCE (Bonded Pair)
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Cassidy and Sundance are playful and fun-loving 5.5-month-old bonded pair of sisters. They been raised in foster care with their…” Learn more

  • Name: DORA & DIEGO (Bonded Pair)
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Dora and Diego are playful and fun-loving 5.5-month-old bonded pair of sister and brother. They been raised in foster care…” Learn more

  • Name: SMOKEY
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Smoky is a gentle and playful 5-month-old teen kitten who has been in foster care with other foster kitten friends….” Learn more

  • Name: DAPHNE
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furrever Cat And Kitten Rescue, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Tortoiseshell
  • Description: “Daphne is a very friendly 4-year-old kitty who was found as a stray by Guadalupe River. It’s clear that once…” Learn more

  • Name: Roxie & Yue (pair)
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: St Francis Animal Protection Society, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Dogs and cats
  • Description: “You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.There’s no way around it – Roxie (tortie tabby)…” Learn more

  • Name: Bunnie
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: St Francis Animal Protection Society, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Domestic Long Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.Bunnie is extremely friendly and playful with a squeaky,…” Learn more

  • Name: Cleo
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue, P.O. Box 321232, Campbell, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website. Meet Cleo! She is a 5 month old…” Learn more

  • Name: Misty
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Schwartz Family Animal Welfare Foundation, 1555 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Small, Female, Chihuahua
  • Description: “Meet Misty, an 8-year-old Chihuahua. She weighs 7 1/2 lbs. and was just spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped! Misty was a…” Learn more

  • Name: Ozzy
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Care Companion Animal Rescue Effort, 1080 Saratoga Ave., #3, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Silky Terrier
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “Ozzy is an adorable 2 yr old silky/Australian terrier mix that weighs about 15lbs. We rescued Ozzy from the shelter…” Learn more

  • Name: Tom Cruise
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Town Cats, PO Box 1828, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Domestic Short Hair
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  • Name: Big Boy
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Town Cats, PO Box 1828, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Domestic Long Hair
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  • Name: Misty
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Toy Breed Rescue, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Small, Female, Chihuahua
  • Description: “Meet Misty, an 8-year-old Chihuahua. She weighs 7 1/2 lbs. and was just spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped! Misty was a…” Learn more

  • Name: Jessie
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Gatos De La Noches Inc, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.Jessie is a playful and curious teenager who loves…” Learn more

  • Name: Ollie
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Northern California Animal Rescue Friends, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Beagle
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “Ollie is a gentle natured Beagle mix that weighs 30 pounds and is 6-7 years of age. He has a…” Learn more

  • Name: DEPUTY
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Small, Male, Chihuahua
  • Description: “01/31/21 13:24 Reason animal needs rescue: Dental calculus, gum recession Type: Medical Impound type: Stray THoshizaki 02/03/21 15:15 Dental performed,…” Learn more

  • Name: !LAFAYETTE
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Chihuahua
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  • Name: JUNO
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Siberian Husky
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  • Name: #*SID
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Irish Terrier Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Highly adoptable $300” Learn more

  • Name: HONEY
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Female, Collie Lakeland Terrier Mix
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  • Name: BRUTIS
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Domestic Short Hair
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  • Name: PETRA
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Domestic Medium Hair
  • Description: “02/06/21 08:42 I am available at PetSmart located at 185 Curtner Ave, adoption views are Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Sunday…” Learn more

  • Name: GARY
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: City Of San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “02/06/21 08:42 I am available at PetSmart located at 185 Curtner Ave, adoption views are Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Sunday…” Learn more

  • Name: JASPER
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Santa Clara County Animal Care And Control, 12370 Murphy Ave., San Martin, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
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  • Name: NICK
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Santa Clara County Animal Care And Control, 12370 Murphy Ave., San Martin, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
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  • Name: SCHERHADY
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Santa Clara County Animal Care And Control, 12370 Murphy Ave., San Martin, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
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  • Name: DUCHESS
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Santa Clara County Animal Care And Control, 12370 Murphy Ave., San Martin, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Female, Dutch Shepherd
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  • Name: Boo Boo Chi
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 51554 , Pacific Grove, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Small, Male, Chihuahua
  • Description: “Chihuahua Male, 8 years old, 9 pounds Boo Boo is a very polite little gentleman but is also anxious, being…” Learn more

  • Name: Sunny Delight
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 51554 , Pacific Grove, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Female, Terrier Chihuahua Mix
  • Description: “Looks like: Dachshund / Terrier Mix Female, 5 years old, 11 pounds Sunny Delight had a rough start, but she…” Learn more

  • Name: Anderson Cooper
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 51554 , Pacific Grove, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Medium, Male, Border Collie Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Description: “Looks like: Border Collie, Labrador Mix Male, 12 years old, 45 pounds Anderson Cooper is the happiest, most loving boy!…” Learn more

  • Name: Marley
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: South County Tail Waggers, Gilroy, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Good With: Kids
  • Description: “Poor sweet Marley . . . his Mom is dealing with ongoing medical issues and she can no longer care…” Learn more

  • Name: Duke and Duchess
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Golden Oldies Cat Rescue, PO Box 683, Monterey, CA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Senior, Large, Male, Siamese Maine Coon Mix
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “UPDATE 2-9-2021 Both Duke and Duchess had their vet appointments yesterday. We are awaiting blood test results. But already sad…” Learn more

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