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Vizsla mix for adoption in Encinitas, CA

Van Halen is my favorite dog right now at the shelter I volunteer at.

Yes, his name is Van Halen.

He probably won’t be there for long. Dogs get adopted fast at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. I was surprised to see Halen two weeks in a row.

Like my dog Ace, Halen seems to have the right level of energy for me. Athletic enough (I can picture him hiking with a dog backpack), yet easygoing. I got to visit him right after another volunteer took him for a walk. So, lucky me, he was happy to lounge around seeking belly rubs.

Van Halen showed me his “tricks,” sit and down. He doesn’t mind if you touch his paws or his ears or his teeth. He likes to play tug and fetch, and doesn’t mind if you take the toy away.

Cute Vizsla mix for adoption

Van Halen is 4 years old, knows basic commands, loves other dogs and seems very gentle. Although, I’ve only met him twice and haven’t taken him on a walk yet. He’s about 50 pounds, and of course neutered and vaccinated. He has a short, smooth coat, not quite as smooth as a purebred Vizsla. His coat texture is the same as Ace’s.

He’s an all around awesome dog! I’m secretly hoping my husband will say, let’s go see him!

The cost to adopt Van Halen is a reasonable $145, and the application process is also reasonable. You don’t have to mess around with background checks or home visits.

More info on Van Halen here (while he’s still there!).

What dog do you wish you could adopt right now?

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Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 18th of March 2014



Monday 17th of March 2014

My husband's favorite band is Van Halen, so we found this very amusing. He looks so sweet!


Monday 17th of March 2014

He is so sweet, you can see it in his face. If I lived closer I'd totally adopt him. I'm happy to hear that dogs are adopted out fast out there, it seems like forever until dogs are adopted out here. I wish I could convince my fiance that our mutt needs a brother or sister!

Lindsay Stordahl

Monday 17th of March 2014

Well, I can't speak for all shelters in my area, but this particular shelter does a great job at getting them through the doors within a few months or often much less! The adoption procedure is very reasonable, the adoption hours are great and the fees are also reasonable.