Cedar was only four months when she was found wandering alone in a Ukiah park by a good samaritan. She was brought to the Ukiah Shelter and it was quickly apparent that this young pup had suffered a nasty medical problem. Off to the vet she went, where x-rays showed a very nasty fracture of the distal humerus (the long bone in the foreleg). This sweet little puppy was in pain and in need of a complicated surgery to heal the leg; the alternative was amputation, but no one wanted that if it could be avoided.

Just our luck, one of the shelter volunteers had also worked with an organization dedicated to helping Dobermans--SPECIAL NEEDS DOBERMANS (also known as Doberman911.org). They were contacted, and agreed to financial help for our puppy, along with Decker McKee Doberman Rescue Assistance. In a flash, Cedar's story was online and with the rescues' help our little pup was on her way to getting surgery, and keeping her leg.

One of the perks of working or volunteering at the shelter is...you get to meet all the dogs and cats! And of course, this darling little dog did not go unnoticed--just the opposite in fact, as a staff member fell in love with our red Dobie pup, named her Cedar, fostered her after the surgery, and eventually adopted her!

Cedar's surgery went well. The vet discovered that Cedar's fracture was older than was apparent in her pre-op x-rays. But, dogs are resilient, and Cedar has made it through the recuperation period, and is now being spoiled and loved by her new Mom. She gets to come to the shelter and is currently earning her kibble working as a "tester" dog during meet and greet dog evaluations. And wow, has she grown! This adorable puppy is turning into a long-legged red-coated, needle-nosed Doberman beauty!

Sometimes, it really does take a village, and we want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped this sweet dog: both Doberman Rescue organizations, and especially Wasson Memorial Veterinary Hosptial for their deep caring and financial help. Cedar's excellent caregiver and adopter says Cedar is a great dog. And we agree.

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One of the perks of working or volunteering at the shelter, is meeting ALL of the dog and cat guests. So many staff and volunteers have adopted a dog or cat or two or three! That's what happened to a lovely dog named Mark, who is now Danny:

I adopted Danny exactly three months to the day of losing my previous dog, Tristan, and I can honestly say that he is the BEST part of my happiness. On the ride home from the shelter, he laid down in the front seat of my car, facing my direction and I don't think he has willingly taken his eyes off of me since. I tell people that there is no other explanation for us other than a total mind meld--in which he is mine and I am his. Danny anticipates my every emotion, thought, and command often before the words even leave my mouth. He follows my lead but also steps up in moments where my anxiety is high and I'm not as collected as I would like to be. There is no better calming influence in those moments than his paw reaching out to rest against me as if in reminder to take a deep breath and relax.

Danny loves to swim and hike and has made best friends with all of the dogs that frequent my life. He also comes to work with me every day where he spends 8 hrs sleeping and distracting me with all his cute antics. Danny is my absolute favorite thing, today, tomorrow, and every day after. I love him, I love him, I love him! I've become one of 'those' people, gushing every second of the day because there isn't one part of him that I don't want to shout about from the roof tops.

I can't imagine what all would have happened if I had followed my early reservations on adopting an older dog, but it is clear I would have missed out on something amazing. In record time, Danny has become my whole heart. I could not ask for a better companion.


Here's a note from one of the shelter's dedicated foster families, about a little dog named MAE: "Mae started out as our Foster Dog. She was a 4 month old puppy with a badly broken leg. She was scheduled for surgery, to have the leg amputated. After a waiting period and the removal of her cast, her leg was re-xrayed and the vets decided she could keep the leg. Adopters did not seem to be interested in a dog with a limp. As time went by, Mae proved herself to be a ranch dog, so we officially adopted her, and we're happy to say her limp has mostly gone away! Mae kept growing and growing, now at 85lbs and with long legs like a Greyhound she runs like the wind at least a mile a day. She is a Ranch Dog, Traveling companion, House Dog. We love our beautiful Mae." While Mae was being fostered, and before her foster family realized they loved her too much to let go, the shelter tried to find Mae a home, as you can see from our fliers below. Lucky, wonderful and beautiful Mae lives on a ranch right outside of Ukiah, with several other shelter dogs and cats...a dream home for a dog.


Addy was adopted December, 2016. We heard from her family, and here's what they wrote: "I got a voicemail from Pat in your office, asking if I could send some photo updates of the dog I adopted from your shelter. I adopted her in late December (her name was Addy at the shelter) and her name is now Emma. She is truly a great dog – she has a happy temperament, is very well-behaved, loves to run and play, loves to cuddle and be affectionate, and is easy to train. She gets lots of trips up to Tahoe for swimming, hiking and playing in the snow, too. I’m guessing she is around 1.5-2 years old. Here are some photos of her! Please let me know if you’d like any other information. Thanks." Wow! Another shelter guest wins the jackpot!


Ollie was a guest at the shelter and adopted into a great home. We heard from his guardians, and here's what they told us: "I got a couple of phone calls checking in on how Ollie is doing. Here are some photos and just letting you know we couldn't be happier. He's the greatest dog and better than we could have ever wished for. Thanks!"

You can see Ollie at the shelter, and Ollie exploring the world with his new peeps! Ollie hit the jackpot!


Clifford was transfered to one of our great rescue partners, and they sent us this note from his new family.

"Just wanted to give an update on Zeke (formerly known as Clifford!). First of all, our meeting him had to be fate. We are those people you might call "Ridgeback people", having had no other breed of dogs other than Ridgebacks, so when we found this handsome man at SHS, we knew we had to act quickly! We found his profile online on a Saturday, met him the next day, and took him to his forever home that same day. Zeke immediately settled into his new home. His human parents could not be more thrilled to have him in our lives. He has the BEST personality, is sweet, loving, affectionate and SO smart. He was underweight when we got him, so he's enjoying the extra food and is starting to put on weight. He doesn't ever like to be too far from his parents, but we're ok with that, as we can't stand being away from him. We can't remember what life was like before him. We are so grateful to the Sonoma Humane Society for giving us our precious boy and helping Zeke find his FOREVER home."

Many thanks to Sonoma Humane Society for rescuing Clifford, and finding his forever home. Our rescue partners help the Ukiah Shelter immensely, and we are very grateful for their assitance.


Dubie was a wonderful and adorable guest at the shelter. His name is now Karl, and here's what we heard from his new guardians:

Quick update on Karl (formerly Dubie): he has been with our family for a little bit over 2 months now, and he's doing great! He's really goofy and has a lovely personality! His manners have improved a lot; he walks (mostly) well on a leash, and we're currently working on his behavior when meeting with other dogs. He loves going on little adventures, although he has to be on leash as he gets distracted easily ("oh look, a lizard/leaf/bird/hairball..! Let's chase it!"), but he'll learn! Thanks again to you + the shelter team and volunteers for your work and dedication. Here's Dubie at the shelter in February 2017, and Karl on his adventures!


Oscar went by the name Andy when he was a guest at the shelter. Here's a note from his new family: "I received a call from one of your lovely volunteers to check in on the pup we adopted last September, Andy. In short - we love him!!!! He goes by Oscar these days, and comes everywhere with us. He's the cool kid at the dog park, even the other owners cheer when he arrives. He hasn't met a human or dog (or horse/cat/chicken/etc) that he doesn't want to be friends with. He goes on very short runs with me (I am a long distance runner, and when he's matured he will be joining me on trail runs), he loves riding in the truck going 4 wheeling, and of course he thinks living by the beach is the best thing ever. Thank you for such a precious little dude! I have attached some pictures of his adventures with us for you.

Kind regards, Cyd and Jason


Ziggy was ana older shelter guest who was transferred to Golden Gate Lab Rescue. The great folks there found Ziggy a wonderful new home. Here's a note from Ziggy's new guardian: "The handoff went great! Ziggy made himself right at home and the kids couldn't be happier to make him part of our family. A huge thank you to everyone for taking such great care of Ziggy"


Arlo had his own fan club amongst the shelter's volunteers. This guy went to foster care, where he lived with other dogs, horses, cats, you name it. When he was adopted, we did the HAPPY DANCE. Here's a note from his new guardian: "Just wanted to send a little note to you and Arlo’s previous fosters .He immediately settled in. He sleeps in our bed under the covers. He and our other dog have adjusted so well. We cant imagine life without him now and are so happy with this wonderful pup. Thank you for helping us find eachother!"

The photos show Arlo when he first arrived at the shelter, during his outdoor photo shoot, and in his new home with his new BFF, who looks mysteriously just like him!


We received this letter from Silver's adopter: Silver LOVES his new home, he has even started playing nice... I have been meaning to send these to you all! What a beautiful cat! Happy Tails, Silver. MEow!


Patches is an absolutely wonderful dog. He was a volunteer and staff favorite. He wasn't an old dog, but he had some health issues. He went to stay temporarily with one of our volunteer fosters. Here's her story: "Well, where to start? Patches came to us as a foster, to recover from eye surgery. He fit himself like a hand in glove into our family. More health issues were discovered--Patches tested positive for heart worm, and had a torn hind leg ligament. We attended to all of his health needs and that greatly extended the duration of his stay with us. Patches is an easygoing fella. A cuddler and a lover. He loves to eat, play, go for long off leash walks and gets on splendidly with his canine brother and sister. And we fell in love with him. Attempts to find him a forever home didn't work out and just before Christmas we decided to make him ours. The End!"


Handsome was a shelter favorite among staff and volunteer. Sweet as can be, this guy almost did not get adopted by his foster mom cause wouldn't bark! But he did, and we could not be happier. We'll have the story for you soon, so check back! Below are photos of Handsome at the shelter, and snuggled in bed soon after his foster Mom took him home. Look at that face!


When Palo came to the Shelter as a Pup, he had been hit by a car and had a badly broken leg. It was decided that Palo would do best with his leg amputated. Palo recovered from his surgery in one of the best foster homes (experienced with "Tripod" dogs!) HIs foster family worked to get Palo a new home, and they did, and boy did he hit the jackpot!!
Here is a little bio from his adopter:

I keep meaning to say a little something about a dog we got from Ukiah animal shelter. I have had him for about 6 months...I think but, he is the best dog!! He learns so fast and he and our 1 year old shepherd are inseparable... Palo is a tri pawd but, it doesn't slow him down a bit!! Thanks for the amazing job that you guys do and the amazing fosters that work with you.


We were a little worried about Buddy because he was an older dog. But his personality and temperament were wonderful, and not long after he became available, he was adopted into a warm and loving home. We received this letter from Buddy's guardians:

"Buddy was definitely a success story. He loved it here and we loved having him in our family. He may have been older than we thought. He was 10 when he collapsed and died at home but he had some medical problems for 2 years. Loud gurglely stomach, loss of appetite, weight loss..the only thing they could find was that his liver values were off, even though an ultrasound looked normal. Prednisone helped and he did well for over a year. The last problem was paralysis of the larynx which we were told is common in older labs. He lost his bark and apparently couldn't take a deep breath. I took him to the vet the day before he died because he didn't walk to the mailbox with me that morning which he always loved to do even if slowly. Dr Plumb took a blood sample, but couldn't offer any advice other than to let Buddy take it easy. He died in my arms in the middle of the night. He always tried so hard to please me. Whoever he lived with before he came into our lives sure trained him well. He never jumped on people or licked faces. He was very smart and dignified. He seemed to understand English. At first, he thought his job was to keep visitors away, but he quickly learned that we welcome company and he warmed up to everyone. Well, I could go on and on. Thank you again for everything. I will spend some time visiting your lovely website."


Sometimes, a shelter dog finds a volunteer and gets into her/his heart immediately. That's what happened with Bo, a young Doberman who came to the shelter from another shelter.

Bo's ears were cropped in what looked like a do-it-yourself kitchen job. Where his ears should have been were little mushrooms. He was completely shut down and unresponsive. He could barely walk, was too nervous to take treats or sit. He was near to impossible to walk on a leash.

His volunteer came to see him every day for many weeks, and took him out around the ponds behind the shelter, where they spent many hours together, watching the birds. At first, Bo was too nervous to even sit. It took some time, but finally Bo sat, then he sat close to his volunteer, then he felt comfortable enough to lay down and give kisses!

About a month after Bo's arrival at the shelter, a rescue group came, tasked with choosing a few dogs to transfer to their care. They were very impressed with Bo--he was friendly and well-mannered. They took him right away. Several days later they called to let us know that Bo had been adopted into a great home.

This is not an unusual tale at our shelter...but it's the story we love to hear over and over. It's the reason volunteers give their time, energy and love--gladly. Everyone at the shelter has their own Bo story...or two or several dozen!


Mary was a guest at the shelter during the summer of 2016. She was a wonderful dog, and became a volunteer favorite. Here she is from her photo shoot, and in her new home. Check back, as we are waiting for details about Mary in her new home. But, from the looks of her photos, Mary has made it to heaven!!


Dolly was adopted from the shelter when she was a puppy where she was loved. Recently, Dolly came back to us when her human could no longer care for her. After being in a home where she was loved, Dolly found the shelter overwhelming. One of our great foster homes took Dolly home, and with time and lots of TLC, Dolly learned the world was safe again and came out of her shell. Here she is enjoying the outdoors and doing great!


GrayC was adopted by the Ukiah Shelter Adoption Coordinator. This is her Tail about meeting GrayC:

My beloved Yellow Lab, Henry, died in the summer of 2011. He was a great "teacher," and in many ways brought me to the passion of shelter work. With a heavy heart I began to imagine what my next dog would be; I thought an old Golden Retriever might be perfect. My partner said, "No way! Our next dog willl be no bigger than 40 pounds, not shed too much, and like the cats." But, she was out of town when what should appear at the shelter but what seemed to be a very thin female dog that weighed just 27 pounds. I thought, "Poor thing--I will just foster her so she can gain some weight." She did not shed and when I brought her home to "foster" her I found she got along great with the cats. But, i had to "fess up" to my partner that the new dog might be a tad bigger when she matured, as she was just 16 weeks old and maybe a Great Dane.

Five years later and 135 larger, Grace loves to sit on the couch (leaving lots of small grey Great Dane hairs!) and watch us go about life. She loves to cuddle at night, enjoys chasing the cat. I guess she is staying!


We thought Blue Jean was a big dog...until we saw photos of him with his dog friends! His family loves Great Danes, and Blue Jean, part Dane, became Henry and found himself in a family of BIG dogs!, Henry gets to go to the beach a lot. His guardian said Henry is a "wonder dog, and passed his first two behavior and manners classes easily"--and that he loves everyone!(that's Blue Jean/Henry with the red ball...he's the "little dog!")