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Although no one got adopted at the Central Coast SPCA Adoptable Pets event Saturday, several dogs got to socialize and enjoy the fresh air in front of Lemos Feed and Pet Supply in Nipomo.

Jan McGee is fostering Holly, a female harrier mix. Holly gets physical therapy for an injury that didn’t heal right. She will start wearing a little boot to help her learn to use one of her front legs again.

“She plays well with other dogs, but does not want to live with them. She loves kids. She loves people. She loves cats,” Jan said. “She’s loving, inquisitive. She likes to kind of be her own individual. She’ll crawl in her bed to have privacy.”

CCSPCA President Jeannine Wade said they have fewer dogs available for adoption now than they have had in the past, because their resources have limited the number they can help.

The other adoptable dogs they have include Axel Rose, a German shepherd; Buddy, a male schipperke mix; Jolly, a Manchester terrier mix; Doc, a silky terrier mix; Bella, a terrier mix; Rita, an unknown mix; and Reggie, a doxie-Chihuahua mix.

Rae Mobraaten is fostering multiple dogs.

“I’ve been animal orientated all my life,” said Rae, who was a veterinary technician for 20 years and worked with wildlife rehabilitation as well. She became involved with the local SPCA when she and her husband adopted a dog. The foster family asked her, “Why not foster?”

“I love them all,” Rae said. “When I place them, I know Jeannine is really picky. I cry. I usually make the people cry. My tears are divided in thirds: happy -- the best possible situation for them; sad -- I love them dearly; and happy -- I now have a space I can save another life by taking another one in.”

Five years ago, Liz Loew adopted Honey, a sheltie: “I saw Honey’s picture in the paper, then we ended up adopting her. She’s a very special dog. She didn’t know how to play.”

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Her female sheltie helped Honey adjust.

"(She) kind of took her under her wing," Liz said. "She dropped a toy for her. It took her two years to pick up the toy.”

Liz said Honey still has some issues and some pain, but she’s happy.

“She puts a little doggie smile on her face and goes through her day … I think rescue dogs understand on some level that they were rescued and appreciate it. There’s something special about helping a dog.”

The local group started in 2003. By 2010, they had placed more than 400 dogs. They normally get dogs locally that have been abused or neglected, but they also help place dogs from shelters that have high euthanasia rates.

“All of ours are tough ones that have behavior or physical issues that have to be fixed first,”  said Jeannine, CCSPCA president.

The organization is seeking more families to care for the dogs until they can find permanent homes, and they could use a covered trailer to help them do more outreach events.

For more information, email centralcoastspca@yahoo.com, visit www.centralcoastspca.petfinder.com, call 937-1766 or find them on Facebook.

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Jeanne Sparks is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. Send story ideas to jeanne@jeannesparks.com.

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