You can’t help but notice that 7 year-old Tasia is…well…kinda big. But this laid-back Mastiff mix is really just an oversized lap dog who relishes belly rubs!

A shelter favorite, she’s very sweet and loves people – especially when they give her attention.

Seriously. She loves attention.

Although she’s very strong, she’s easy to walk because she likes her leisurely sniffing expeditions.

She’s loving and mild-mannered and she barely drools when she’s at her calmest.

Oh yeah…did we mention Tasia drools?

She’s very bright and trained to sit and stay. She also knows the “down” command from a sitting position.

She doesn’t seem to show interest in the pool or any toys, but she loves to play “fetch” with treats. She’s a gal who likes to keep it simple!

As far as potential doggie friends go, she may be okay with males, but she hasn’t done well with females. A meet-and-greet is definitely a must.

We can’t say enough good things about this affectionate sweetheart! Adopt Tasia (A081290).


Eight year-old Stevie is a gray and white Domestic Shorthair with a strong independent streak.  Mysterious and intriguing, she’s the femme fatale of cats.

Stevie is quite the little adventurer, frequently exploring her environment and making sure everything is to her liking. She’s a take-charge kind-of girl who doesn’t startle easily.

But just when you think you have her all figured out, the fickle feline becomes playful and receptive! She has a pink wand-toy and a feather toy that she loves playing with. She enjoys being petted – on HER terms, of course.

Stevie had an eye injury of some kind, which makes one eye look a little “off”, but that only adds to her mystique. Her eyes are healthy and she doesn’t need any special medical care.

She’s not a fan of other cats or kids, but she is very low-maintenance.  She’ll make a very good companion for an experienced cat owner who understands that Stevie is an independent girl and lives life on her terms.

Stevie is absolutely one cool cat, but don’t let her independence deceive you. She needs your love and friendship as much as you need hers. Adopt Stevie, A081111!

FEATURED PETS: Tiger and Sharkie

Cancel your Netflix subscription! Tiger and Sharkie are all the entertainment you’ll need!

Looking for a love story?

Bonded for life, these 5-year-old Pit Bull/Terrier mixes are devoted to each other. Tiger is the more extroverted of the two. Sharkie is a bit shy, but he warms up quickly. They’re affectionate lap dogs and they love being with people.

How about an action movie?

They’re a couple of sweet knuckleheads who love to play! Their favorite game is “competitive fetching”, where they race each other to retrieve a toy – preferably a soft, squeaky doll. The resulting tug-of-war battle usually ends with Tiger claiming his prize and sneaking away to chew on it. Consequently, Sharkie will return to your side for consolation petting and treats (we suspect he loses on purpose). Tiger and Sharkie have a lot of energy and need daily exercise, so they make good walking partners.

What about a buddy film?

They’re great with respectful kids, but not small children. An adult-only environment is preferred. They might get along with other dogs (but not cats), however a meet-and-greet is a must.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, we know you’re gonna give this delightful duo two thumbs up! Adopt Tiger, A059458, and Sharkie, A059459!


You can’t have a name like Honey without being super-sweet!

Honey is a beautiful 3 year-old Pit Terrier mix who absolutely LOVES people! She loves being around people, cuddling with them, and of course getting treats from them!

Honey is full of energy and loves to play. Due to her size and energy level, we recommend only kids 12 years and up in the household. She doesn’t do well with other dogs, so it’s best if she’s the only pet.

We’re happy to report that she’s responding very well to training, but an experienced owner is a must.

Sweeter than sugar, better than candy – adopt Honey (A083299)!


And the Miss Congeniality award goes to…

Oona, the Labrador/Pit mix!

Oona is 6 years-old and the stand-out among  her comPETitors. She’s friendly, smart, obedient, and fully house-trained. Her favorite hobbies are fetching, running, and playing. She loves belly rubs and requires daily walks.

Here’s what the other contestants have to say about her…


“This mild-mannered girl is a great friend! She loves to be by your side. Oona is a joy to have around and she has a lot of love to give!

Other dogs:

“Oona’s a lot of fun and we get along really well! She’s so welcoming that she even rolls on her back in submission! We highly recommend a meet-and-greet with other dogs.”

Small children:

“Oona has a lot of energy! Because she’s so spirited, she plays too rough with us, but it doesn’t make her any less lovable! She’s great with kids who are 10 years-old and up, preferably with some dog experience.”


“We’d rather not comment.” (Some contestants can be so catty!)

Even the judges agree! If you’re looking for a loving and loyal pet, Oona takes the crown! Adopt Oona, A053179


Hi! I’m Fiesta, a black and white Domestic Shorthair, and my best friend, Flora, is a Tuxedo. We’re a bonded pair of 5 year-olds in need of a roommate and a forever home.

We’re not party animals, nor are we catty. We’re quiet, clean, and respectful. Everyone says we’re very sweet and downright adorable! We like people and get along well, but we’re independent (aside from that bill-paying thing), so we don’t need constant attention. Flora keeps to herself a bit more at first, but she doesn’t take long to warm up to you.

Our hobbies include being brushed and getting neck-scratches. I like chilling out and pondering life’s complexities, so I prefer a room with a nice window.  We’ve been trying to adjust to being in the shelter, so we’re a little skittish. But once we find a permanent home, we’ll get our confidence back and show you how wonderful we can be!

Adopt Fiesta (AA084880) and Flora (A084881)!


This gorgeous six year old calico is a member of our Cat Socialization Program.  Susie experienced some trauma before coming to the shelter, so she is a bit shy. She would love a quiet home with an experienced and patient cat person.  Once she gets to know you, she comes out of her shell and loves to get scratches on her neck and the top of her head. (She’s actually a real sweetie.) She also very curious and enjoys playtime.  Show her a wand toy and you will both have a blast as she puts her hunting skills to work!


Susie has made tremendous strides in our socialization program and is looking for someone who knows and loves cats who can give her the time to settle in and get to know you at her speed.  To learn more or meet Susie (A083625), stop by the shelter or email info@thevbas.org


It’s winter in California! And even without 10 inches of snow, it’s still chilly enough to stay home and snuggle up with your wonderful dogs. Don’t have dogs to snuggle with? Well we have just the pair for you! Pacman and Nala are a wonderful, bonded pair that would love to bond with you.

Mr. Pacman and Ms. Nala are both pit terrier mixes about 2.5 years old. They have lots of energy so they’ll want a back yard for exercise, and some older kids who are experienced with dogs. AND even though exercise is fun, they both also love to relax and just be petted. Who doesn’t, right?

They both know the command “sit,” and they’re learning “stay,” and Pacman can even dip his toes into the water in the kiddie pool in the play yard! So why don’t you dip your toes into the water of having 2 fabulous dog companions. Check them out and start snuggling today!