This pudgy boy is Truman! He is a bundle of friendly bounces, a perfect American Staffordshire Terrier mix pup. He has striking black and white patterned, short "wash and wear" fur, and the softest eyes you'll ever see. Taking a picture of him was a real challenge; as all he wanted to do was either sit in someone's lap or prance and play! He has is own photo album up on the Shelter's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.432580690147346.98115.123007927771292&type=1.

His mama Mimi (and all seven of Truman's sisters and brothers) went out into foster care with one of the shelter's volunteers just after Mimi gave birth. When the pups were 2 months old, they were ready to be spayed/neutered and to be looking for homes of their own. The pups are as cute as can be, and knowing how super sweet mama Mimi is, they are likely to grow up into true gems! Mimi is continuing her time in foster care but will be adoptable soon herself.

Of the pups who came in to us from this litter, four of them are already adopted! Getting these little guys into homes of their own soon is very important as they are at a critical time for socialization. The more positive and safe experiences they have when they are small, the more even-tempered adult dogs they will grow to be. These pups in particular, with their jolly disposition, have the potential to true ambassadors for their breed! Pitbulls are generally outgoing, active goofballs. They also tend to be big and strong. That combination of traits means that they need solid obedience skills to contain themselves.

We offer a list of dog-friendly trainers with our adoption packets, and a special adoption packet to folks adopting pitbull type dogs to help prepare their families for their needs and get them off to the very best start. For more information about caring for pitbulls, please visit Our Pack (www.ourpack.org).

If you are looking for a lost pet or are interested in adopting, becoming a volunteer or fostering, visit the shelter or go online to www.scanimalshelter.org.

The Santa Cruz shelter, 2200 Seventh Ave., is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Watsonville shelter, 580 Airport Blvd., is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Call 454-7303, ext. 0, for more information.