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!")


Yes, her name is Krispie Creme, and she was a shelter favorite due to her very SWEET personality. Kripsie was a bit overweight, and she loved her treats. She was adopted by a family from the Bay Area after they saw her photo online. The young man of the family sent us lots of photos of his new buddy lounging about, rolling on her back, sitting in the sun.


Squink is a very smart and active dog who did not like the shelter environment. He went to a foster home where he became best friends with his canine housemate. Squink is a LUCKY dog--Lucky because he was adopted into the best home ever. His new guardians recognized his potential, and took Squink o herding classes, where he excelled. After that, he attended obedience, agility, nose work, circus dog and other classes. He's also racking up those letters that dogs put after their names, having won at various dog trials. Squink was adopted New Year's Day, 2008, and here's what we heard from his family in November, 2016: Squink is our over achieving slightly obsessive dog. He came from the Ukiah shelter by way of a foster, who gave him a second chance. He started out pretty squirrley and still remains a bit aloof with strangers and does not play nice with strange dogs. He has the most incredible work ethic. He will do ANYTHING I ask, for very little payback. Good backpacker, obedience, circus tricks and nosework dog.

They also say, often, that Squink is THE BEST DOG EVER! His home now showcases his many ribbons, and he currently lives with a young Kelpie housemate.


His formal name was Tinkerton Acorn Mountain. It was love at first sight for Tinkerton's adopter...she was a volunteer at the shelter and saw Tinkerton one morning on his way to his evaluation. And that was it. Tink was fostered for a month or so and then adopted. Tinkerton took every dog class offered, and even though he was a PARSON RUSSELL TERRIER...he did great and was easy to train. Tinkerton was a constant joy to his family, and especially his canine housemate, Odie. Tink is very much missed.


Odie was originally called Bodie when he was surrendered to the shelter in 2007. He had mange and a yeast infection in his ears...and he was a smelly dog--thus, he was dubbed Odiferous by a volunteer, Odie for short. That volunteer adopted Odie, spent several months reversing his mange and getting this guy healthy.

Everyone who meets this dogs is awed by his good looks and great temperament. During the first few years after Odie was adopted, he graciously welcomed at least a dozen foster dogs into his home, and shared his bed and toys. He was the star pupil in all of his obedience classes. He excelled at agility and took several Service Dog classes, where he learned how to take off his guaridan's socks and turn on lights. Odie got his CGC--Canine Good Citizen award twice! Odie is a true shelter gem, and his family adores him.