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Maverick is available at the Santa Cruz SPCA.

Maverick, a 2½-year-old terrier mix, was found wandering the Capitola beaches, playing happily with long cords of seaweed and occasionally laying down to watch the waves.

He would follow walkers up and down the beach until one couple realized that he was not attached to a person but was rather a lone wanderer with no collar fending for himself. He was brought to the shelter, and a week later no one had come forward to claim the little yellow dog. He is now awaiting the perfect home to make him a loner no more.

This little guy is such a character with an extremely positive outlook on life. He wiggles up to anyone he meets and jumps up to say hello. Many people have made the comment that he looks and acts like a "mini-Lab."

He's a very active guy who loves to run around and play with toys, as well as other dogs. He does pick and choose who his canine friends are, but when he clicks, he clicks and will play happily for as long as he is allowed. Maverick enjoys being out and about and meeting new people.

Although he is small, he's not tiny and can hold his own in many different situations. At more than 15 pounds, he could still most likely outlast larger dogs when it comes to running, hiking and playing.

However, just because he's active with a bit of stamina doesn't mean he doesn't know how to relax and take in the cuddles. Maverick is a class A snuggle bug and enjoys burrowing in the covers or sprawling out across his person. He's crate-trained and quiet but still may need a refresher course when it comes to basic commands and house manners.

We could see this little man flourishing in an active and experienced indoor home with another compatible dog or as an only dog. He would do wonderfully in an adult household or with older children (10 and up). He really is as sweet as they come and will always make you feel as though you are his number one. Are you up to chase Maverick?

If you would like to help animals like Maverick and his orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community.

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 is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The SPCA's adoption package 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.