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Cupid is available at the Santa Cruz SPCA.

There is no greater Christmas gift for our sweet Cupid than a home for the holidays. Cupid, a 1½-year-old terrier/Chihuahua mix, has spent more than half his life at the Santa Cruz SPCA.

There is no good reason for it other than he simply blends in with the crowd and gets overlooked. He eagerly greets strangers and known volunteers alike, walks wonderfully on a leash, playfully romps with other dogs and quietly crates at night. He's really the perfect package!

Don't let the fact that he's a Chihuahua mix deter you from meeting this special boy. He's larger than you may expect, hitting the 18-pound mark, and is as sturdy as they come. He's got great social skills with people and other dogs and would be the perfect buddy with which to cruise the town.

Cupid is not prone to incessant barking and when he does bark, it's much deeper than one would expect. This guy truly acts like a big dog in a little body, and is not fragile or dainty.

Cupid would do very well with an active family with or without children. He would enjoy other canine company but could also quickly learn to love getting all the attention to himself if he were the only dog. He does fine around cats and is not aggressive with them at all. However, he thinks it's quite fun to chase if the cat decides to run.

All in all, Cupid is a very happy, well-rounded and joyful dog who's looking for an equally jolly new home where he could spread some extra holiday cheer. Although we love this boy and have been the closest thing to a family for him thus far, Cupid needs to know what it's like to have one for real. Could that be you?

Call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit www.santacruzspca.org. The SPCA, at 2685 Chanticleer Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The SPCA Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop at the Capitola Mall near Target is open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The SPCA's adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, micro-chipping, an ID tag, collar, a free vet exam, one month's free health insurance and other animal care materials.

Consider donating to the nonprofit Santa Cruz SPCA, which receives no government funding.