our recruits

Each one from a different background but ALL ready to LOVE

Meet our recruits and see if they are a good fit for your lifestyle. Our placement is not first come, first serve but based on the best match for our dogs.

3 y/o  F Maltipoo

SPECIAL NEEDS - Spayed, vaccinated, microchipped. River is a very smart and loving dog, perfect for adult homes and someone willing to take care of her as she needs seizure medication on a daily basis. The cost of her meds is only about $30 per month.

2 y/o  M Schnoodle mix

SPECIAL NEEDS - Pierre is a darling little schnozzle saved from the streets from Mexico. He is up to date on his vaccines, neutered and working on his potty training. He is loving and sweet and gets along with other dogs. He needs a special diet foods for kidney disease

6 m/o  F Terrier mix

Meet little Pepper, this little girl is learning how to be a dog, she is very shy with humans but loves her foster fur brother. She has had her initial vaccines and will be spayed as soon as she is a little older. She will need a calm home to continue the great improvements she has made with her foster family. 

6 y/o  F Pekenese/Terrier mix

If you are looking for a companion who has enough personality to fill a household; who has the charm of a baby, the passion of a teenager, and the temper of a toddler; who will break your heart with sweetness and make you feel like the most important person ever to walk the earth; and who needs someone very special to give her the kind of time and dedication that only a very special person could, then you should meet Bella.  


She is:

  • Around 5 years-old, 9 lbs

  • Border Terrier + Pekingese + Poodle (+ dash of Min Pin and of Shih Tzu!)

  • Snuggly, loving and people oriented

  • Hilarious and engaging, a total clown

  • Crazy athletic; will risk life and limb for her ball

  • Totally engaged and enthusiastic about life

  • Play, play, playful and fun

  • Independent. Entertains herself when you’re not in the mood

  • Calm and not destructive in the house (Although she does love a good paper towel now and then)

  • Tolerant of other dogs, doesn’t really play with them, but likes to tease and show off her ball; 

  • Leash reactive

  • Not tolerant of any small animals; high prey drive (but still can’t catch that darn seagull!)

  • Healthy and indestructible; allergy itching 

  • Highly trainable, food motivated, and…

  • Special needs.  Bella has that toddler temper and just doesn’t know how to express herself in a healthy manner, which is to say that her bite inhibition is not reliable. Coming from extreme neglect, she needs someone who will be dedicated to helping her find alternative ways of reacting and who will put in the one-on-one training she needs to make up for lost time.  She has been evaluated by animal behaviorist, Lee Wells, PhD. (wellsdogs.com), who found her to be ready, willing, and able to work on new reactions, patterns and habits.  This special girl requires experienced, advanced dog people and cannot be adopted to families with children.

  • Oh, and house trained!  Will use a piddle pad too, if necessary.


See pics and vids of her on Instagram @Adopt_Me_Bella.

Please contact Laurel, with ScratchMyBelly.org, to meet her live and in person.  

Phone:  858-449-8422   Email:  CleanSwim@pacbell.net

10 y/o  F MinPin/Chi mix

Spayed, vaccinated, microchipped. Mohanna is just a sweet girl that found herself in a rough situation after being taken to the shelter with 9 other chis from the same house. As they all found homes or got adopted she found herself alone and terrified. Mohanna is doggie door trained and loves to cuddle on the couch. She will do well in a home with another dog to keep her safe and happy.

11 y/o  M Chi mix

Meet fun CHARLIE! Charlie loves car rides, Charlie loves snuggles, Charlie is a good dog! Charlie is a senior and will love to find a retired person or work from home situation because he really loves some lap time. Want to hug Charlie? Well Charlie loves hugs! Charlie is potty trained and he is estimated to be about 9-10 yrs old. he just had a dental cleaning so expect lots of kisses with fresh breath ;)

7 y/o  F Maltipoo mix

SPECIAL NEEDS - Spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Gracie took a bit to become available because she needed to learn that humans are kind. She will need a loving and calm home. *** She does not walk well on a leash and is more comfortable being a stay at home dog. NO KIDS

10 y/o  F Pit mix

Spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Harley was a euth-listed dog from Ramona Humane Society who melted our hearts the minute we saw her. Harley is a special girl and needs a home without other dogs. She would be an wonderful dog to a senior person and does amazing comforting her foster during doctor's appointments.

1 y/o  F Medium mix

Spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Kira was rescued from the streets of Mexico and has turned out to be this just beyond darling girl. She will do well in a home ready to welcome a "puppy" that is house trained and super playful. 

2 y/o  M Terrier mix

Neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Simon was saved from the streets of Mexico with Josie and he is now ready for a forever home. Simon will be best with an active family with kids 8 and older as he still very young and energetic. 

5 y/o  F Chi mix

Spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Penny is a sweet girl that loves attention and to go for walks (specially checking out the squirrels). She will do better in a home with older kids as she gets nervous around little kids. Penny is great snuggler and will sleep under the cover until you tell her it is time to get up. She is good to her foster fur siblings and enjoy all the hugs from her foster mom.

7 y/o  M Chi mix

Neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Fred came to our rescue when his senior mom passed away. He lived with another female dog and two cats. Fred will do well in a home with older kids or no kids, as them make him nervous. He is a little love nugget that will make an amazing companion to someone looking for a great buddy.


P.O.Box 3879
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067  |  1-858-344-2423

EIN# 46-3245895  

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