Ricky, a 3-year-old neutered cattle dog mix (at top), arrived at the Tracy Animal Shelter in need of major hip surgery after being hit by a car. After he showed what an exceptional dog he is, Jules Veterinary Center offered to provide the surgery to give him a second chance at life. Ricky is almost fully healed, though he won’t be competing in any triathlons. He is friendly, gentle, good around cats and in need of a new home. The shelter also has other cats and dogs and many playful kittens waiting to be adopted. The staff requests donations of canned cat food. The Tracy Animal Shelter, 370 Arbor Road, is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information: 831-6364 or www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Tracy-Animal-Services/111907492220255.
Charlie Brown, a bouncy beagle (second from top), loves attention and isn’t shy about demanding it. Rescuers report that he barks frequently, which is typical of his breed, though he is quieter when he is around other dogs or with people. Charlie Brown can be a bit bossy with other dogs but soon is ready to play. He is neutered, microchipped and current on all medications. East of Eden is a nonprofit animal rescue organization. Its volunteers are at Petco, 2888 Grant Line Road, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 815-5186.
Luna, an affectionate American bulldog-Dalmatian mix (at bottom), is about a year old. She loves runs and bike rides and has a medium-high energy level. She likes to play with other dogs and is OK with cats. Weighing about 60 pounds, Luna is quiet and neat in her habits. She is spayed, has all her shots, has been crate trained and is nearly housetrained. People for Pets has several other dogs and cats ready for adoption and hosts adoption fairs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays at PetSmart, 2477 N. Naglee Road. For information: 933-6274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.