Mendocino Coast Humane Society   

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It is our job as well as our passion to unite deserving pets with appropriate families. Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful animals yearning for permanent homes with local families. Please visit us at the Adoption Center to meet these sweet animals. We are always pleased to arrange trial adoptions to see if one of these dogs and cats, or any of the many others ready for adoption, would fit into your home.

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Born in 2018, Elecktra is a delightfully personable, sweet white cat with striking tabby markings. She’s talkative and friendly, though sometimes she changes her mind abruptly about spending time with you and needs a little space. She loves chasing balls and may play fetch with you when she’s in the mood. Elektra would be a great fit for a playful household and would likely do well with first-time cat owners as well as people who are more experienced.

Mittens is a very independent cat! She is very sweet, but also likes her alone time. She can be very talkative and will show her affection by drooling! Mittens would do best in a cat free home as she has shown staff that she is very selective with other cats. Even though she doesn't like to be held, she still loves to be the center of attention. Mittens was brought to MCHS as an owner surrender because her owners were moving and could not take her along. She is a very sweet girl who is waiting to find her forever home!



Patches is quite a sweet and affectionate kitty, although very shy at first. She will need a calm and quiet home. Once she gets to know you, you will be rewarded with an affectionate feline companion who enjoys getting her chin scratched. She should be an indoor only kitty because of her shyness.

Born in 2017, Gracie has a great personality and will make an all-around great addition to any family. She is confident and playful. But also very affectionate and enjoys human interaction.


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Due to county and statewide orders regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, MCHS is closed to the general public with the exception of limited essential services by appointment only. This includes returning stray animals to their owner, adoptions, and spay/neuter clinic services. If you’d like to inquire about making an appointment, please call 707-964-7729. We kindly ask for your patience as we are trying to return calls as quickly as possible while our office is not staffed regularly throughout the day.

Because we are only able to provide limited services at this time, our shelter’s income is very limited as well. Compounding this difficulty is the temporary closure of the Ark Thrift Shop, which is our primary revenue source. At this time, most of our paid staff has been laid off. The five remaining staff members are rotating to cover all animal care duties 7 days a week, while striving to maintain a safe distance from each other at all times.

Our greatest need at this time is monetary donations to support our essential services and the animals in our care. If you can, please consider making a donation via check or Paypal. We know times are difficult for everyone right now, and we greatly appreciate your support.

Chuck  Tourtillott
Executive Director
Mendocino Coast Humane Society
19691 Summers Lane
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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Martha, born in 2009, always greets us with a gentle meow when we walk in the door, and may roll over to let you pat her tummy. This talkative and opinionated calico is soft as silk and just as nice. She loves finding warm spots to lounge and will open up when she feels at home. Outside the shelter, we think this senior will rule the roost, and be a very loyal companion.

Mel has always been a people dog and we love taking photos of her because her face is so expressive. Mel will do great in a family with older children, but just remember she is a strong girl who needs someone to keep up on her manners. She has had a DNA test that came back with: American Staffordshire Terrier, Bulldog and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.



Don't let a girl named Mel give you the wrong idea. Mel is the most beautiful girl you will ever see. With her adoring and engaging eyes and infectious smile, she makes it clear that you are the center of her world. At first, she can't restrain her enthusiasm and has to jump for joy when you arrive. After getting to know you, she will sit and wait for you to give her a treat and leash her for a walk. She loves to go for walks, chase balls and swim. She is easy with most other dogs, but would love to chase a cat. Your wish is her command, as she desires so much to please. In exchange for your love and attention, she will give you her devotion and prove it with her look and smile. " --JS


Bear's philosophy: Why waste money on toys when there are STICKS? Bear is 5 years young and is happiest when he stretches his Pointer mix legs and uses up some of his boisterous energy. Twigs, limbs and branches have met their match!



Just throw a stick and watch Bear go! Bear needs to learn some manners regarding how to show his enthusiasm. But he is a hoot to watch and the volunteers that work with him love him dearly.

From the beginning, Bear has been, well, a Bear. If he was smaller, his exuberant antics would be cute. But at 80+ lbs, Bear is a real handful of canine energy. As a volunteer, I took him on because it is clear he needs exercise and attention and I have learned to love him dearly. He tries so hard to be a good boy. And the thing he has with sticks is so funny. When Bear feels happy, he expresses it by grabbing the nearest stick and wrestling around with it. He's also a great swimmer and will chase a stick far out into a pond.

For dogs with very high energy, like Bear, the kennel is a stressful environment. The noises, smells and confinement cause him anxiety which Bear exhibits by "spinning" in his kennel and jumping on people. He intimidates other dogs because he will run right up to them and want to play. But if the other dog lets him know he's too rough, Bear will retreat.

When he is in a class environment, Bear shines. He knows sit, down and heel. He loves the discipline and attention. When Bear is on a walk, he is easy to handle once away from the shelter grounds and if he gets too excited, a cookie helps him to find his focus again. Bear needs consistent daily training and someone to keep him up on his manners. He needs a active home and due to his high energy might do best in a only dog household with older respectful kids.

Tank is in the Buddy Program: In-house obedience Training where he is learning sit, down, and loose leash walking. He is easy to train and in one walk learned turn around. Very treat orientated.



Tank loves to play catch: he will go and go and go and tire himself out with chuck-it throws. However, you need two balls because he will not release one unless there is another to chase. And leave time to wrangle the balls from him with a treat when it's time to go because he won't release it without another option, and will try very hard to snatch the ball back up in his mouth. Tank doesn't show well in his kennel, but he's lovable as soon as he gets to know you. He is selective with dogs, likes some but not others.

Contributors to this page:
SB = Susan Burke
MD = Michelle Deering
JS = Jim Swallow
PT = Peggy Templer

Please note that this page is updated once a week, and pets shown here may have been recently adopted. Please visit us at the Adoption Center for up-to-the-minute access to available pets.

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Meet Rodeo, the deaf pit bull mix! Rodeo is very energetic, but loving guy. He seems very willing to learn and please. Rodeo came to MCHS as a stray, so we are unaware of his past life experiences. He has participated in our weekly play groups and has done fantastic. Rodeo's feelings about cats and children are unknown. He would do best in a home that will fulfill his energetic needs and be consistent with his basic training. Rodeo is waiting to find his soul mate.

Lily, the 8 years young pit mix is the sweetest girl you will meet! Lily was brought to MCHS as an owner surrender. She does wonderful on a loose leash and has great manners. She has basic obedience training and loves human attention. She would do best in a cat-free home. She is selective with other dogs, so proper introduction is a must. Lily would do best in a home where she can relax all day and get endless amounts of love and attention



Diesel is a 6 year old pit bull mix. He is very sweet and affectionate. He can be a little shy at first, but usually warms up quickly. Diesel is great on a leash and knows basic commands. He would do best in a cat free home. We are unaware of his feelings about children, so we encourage proper introduction. Diesel came to MCHS as an owner surrender because of the owners living situation. We hope to find Diesel a home where he can live out his golden years!

Chong, Male, Boxer/GSD mix, born 2017

Came in with Cheech

Loves playing fetch. Knows to drop the ball.

Affectionate with familiar people.

May beg.

No very young children. (under 5)

Protective of home.

Does okay on a leash, pulls a little.


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Gypsy is a 9-year-old Akita/Boxer mix. Originally coming to us as a stray in 2015, we found out she had heartworm and promptly began treatment. Expected to live a long and healthy life after her ordeal, she must remain on a regular heartworm prevention schedule. Gypsy is a high energy, loving, people-oriented dog. She enjoys being pet, playing tug, fetch, and just generally being around you. Always up for a walk and an excellent car rider, she would be great for an avid hiker. Adopted twice in the past and through no fault of her own returned to us both times, she is ready for her forever home. We have observed that she is selective about which dogs she will play with; we are unsure how she is with cats. A home with older children would be best due to her energy and eagerness. Meet Gypsy to see if she would be the right fit for your home.

Geo is the most cuddly and affectionate 6 year old around. She flops on her back for belly rubs and loves playing in puddles. Geo does great with the younger dogs and can relax and enjoy the flowers with the older ones too here at the Adoption Center. She will not tolerate a cat though. Geo will need a strong handler who will need to stay up on her manners and basic obedience once home. New surroundings and new smells might intensify her high prey drive. She might do best in a quiet home as the only animal. She does have an allergic skin disease that requires prescription flea control and possibly a hypoallergenic diet. Don't let this stop you from giving this sweet older girl a second chance.



Bentley, Male, Medium Mix, Born in 2017

Can be shy and a bit fearful, especially in unfamiliar situations.

Loves riding in the car with the window down

Athletic build, would love daily exercise

Though he is not unruly or rude he could benefit from basic obedience training

Pays attention to cats but doesn't seem like he wants to chase them

Affectionate but independent

Rocky, Born 2012, American Bulldog Mix, Male

Can be very sweet and affectionate

Has a cancerous mass on his muzzle, as of now it does not seem to cause pain or affect quality of life.

Is selective when meeting new people, at least in the kennels.

Doesn't seem to pay much attention to cats

Loves car rides will jump right in

Loves going for walks and spending time with people in the yard


Loves large soft beds


Contributors to this page:
SB = Susan Burke
MD = Michelle Deering
JS = Jim Swallow
PT = Peggy Templer

Please note that this page is updated once a week, and pets shown here may have been recently adopted. Please visit us at the Adoption Center for up-to-the-minute access to available pets.

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Charlie, Male, Golden Ret. X, Born 2018

Friendly but not always outgoing, sometimes reserved

Enjoys attention and petting

Can be selective with the dogs he will play with but will play all day with friends

Will chase a cat if it runs, doesn't pay attention to calm kitties

Is attentive to people, makes eye contact and listens well

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