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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Some of our favorite Success Stories
Adopted animals we have known and loved.


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 4 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 stick or 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.


Dixie will make a great addition to a fun-loving family. Win her heart by tossing sticks for her. Dixie's volunteer dog walker brought her home and she seemed to like her fenced garden and understood when the house cat told her, No. She didn't have an accident inside and she did not beg.



Dixie is in the Buddy program: In-house Obedience Training - knows sit, down, heel, loose leash walking, recall (comes when called) and working on desensitizing her for fearful behavior. She is timid with new people and just needs some time to get to know you. Dixie is asking for a patient, loving someone with a quiet home.

Leo is a young dog who loves stretching is Lab mix legs with other dogs in our playgroups. He is a sweet and lovable boy once he gets to know you.



Leo was in the Buddy Program learning sit, down, heel and recall. He doesn't seem to mind cars and likes older children. A patient and sensitive home would brighten Leo greatly.

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Once Geo's away from the noise and chaos of the kennels, she's the most cuddly and affectionate 5 year old around. She flops on her back for belly rubs. Geo loves walks and playing in puddles. Geo does well with other dogs in play groups at the Adoption Center, but won't tolerate cats.



Geo is in the Buddy program: In-house Obedience Training: treat motivated, knows sit, down, heel and recall. Her dream is for someone to claim her sensitive and loyal heart.

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



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.


Tatum is friendly, full of energy, and loves playing with other dogs. He is selective with the dogs he plays with. This Lab/Mastiff mix does need some Basic Obedience Training; He gets so excited and will jump up on you to say Hi.



Lucas is a friendly and very active Lab/ Boxer mix. He loves attention and would do great in a family with older children.



Lucas is so happy to meet other dogs he sometimes is too much for them. He is a fast learner, has learned sit and makes eye contact. He will need a strong handler to keep up basic obedience. Cats? With proper Introduction.

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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Barney is a Pointer mix who is smart and willing to learn. Within 1 walk he learned sit and showed he definitely likes treats. Barney would do great in a patient quiet home since he is a shy pup and needs some time to get to know you. Barney loves playing with other dogs here in our playgroups.



Mya is an all around great dog. This 4 year old Mastiff/Lab mix is easy to walk and has good leash manners. Mya loves the water and playing with other dogs. Mya is waiting to meet you.




Leonard is a beautiful young Labrador mix with a heart of gold. He is waiting for that special someone or family to give him a high fenced yard and all of the love and attention he so craves.



Leonard is friendly and full of energy. He is good with other dogs and loves the water. Leonard will turn to you on a walk and look for direction. Once in a home he will need sometime to be comfortable with new people. We are not sure how he is with cats.

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