Looking for a way to help out a shelter dog, but can’t make a long term commitment? Our FIDO FIELD TRIPS program is a unique opportunity that will leave you howling with excitement. Not only is it a good time for you, but you are also enriching the life of a shelter dog, who will be “furever” grateful! Our shelter dogs are less stressed, happier, and have improved behavior after being out of the shelter, which leads them to getting adopted quicker.



YOU WILL Check-out a shelter dog for 2+ hours.

TAKE THE DOG for a walk, a hike, to your favorite dog friendly restaurant’s patio area, relax in a park or cuddle on your couch at home. We will provide you with a list of places you can go.

DOGS ARE AVAILABLE for FIDO FIELD TRIPS 5 days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) from 10 am to 2:30pm and must be back by 4:30pm at the latest, so they can be tucked in for the night prior to the shelter closing.

TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS and post them on your personal Facebook page and other social media sites you belong to. Also send them to us also at so we can spread the word about your new furry friend and your Fido Field Trip!

PLAN TO have a few minutes when you return to fill out a Fido Field Trip “report card”.


YOU MUST COMPLETE a sign-up form prior to taking a dog on Fido Filed Trip

YOU MUST BE at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to participate.

YOUR DOG MUST REMAIN on the leash and under your control at all times.

VIST LOCATIONS MUST BE one of our approved Fido Field Trip spots. ABSOLUTELY NO dog parks, or any other public off leash dog areas will be approved.

YOUR CANINE PAL will not be able to socialize with any other animals (nose to nose introductions are a no, no!) during your Fido Field Trip.

YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE by phone if the shelter needs to contact you.

ALL SUPPLIES must be returned with the dog at the end of your field trip.

HAVE A BLAST! Always remember to keep the dog’s safety as your #1 priority, but enjoy your date to the fullest extent! Take lots of pictures!

HOW TO GET STARTED Fill out a simple Foster Care form when you come to the shelter. When you arrive at the shelter enter thought the lobby with your driver’s license in hand. Let staff know you are here for a Fido Field Trip. After a conversation with a Fido Field Trip staff person who will match you with the perfect canine companion, we will get you out and about, exploring with your new furry friend in no time!

Many thanks go to the Maddie’s Fund for supporting this program.


Animal Care Services is trying to provide Kuranda Shelter-Beds to the dogs in our care.

Kuranda Shelter-Beds are made specially for animal sheltering-- they have a chewproof design, strong frame and heavy duty fabric that resists digging and is easily cleaned.

In addition to providing a comfortable, safe, resting spot, the beds are useful in place training. This training helps socialize dogs, improving their chances for adoption and easing their transition into a new home.

Kuranda Shelter-Beds have been proven in shelters, rescues and fosters since 1998. The beds aren't cheap, but they typically last 5+ years in shelters, even longer in foster homes. If a particularly energetic dog happens to damage a bed, parts can be replaced inexpensively.

Kuranda is a small, family owned manufacturing company located in Maryland. Everything they sell is made at their facility in Baltimore. They machine all the frames and sew all the fabrics. The materials used in the bed are sourced from US fabric mills, extruders, and casting houses.

Kuranda stands behind their product with a Chewproof warranty.

Visit to donate a bed today. When you donate a bed, it will ship directly to our group. You will receive tracking information to confirm the bed made it to the shelter. We thank our animal-loving community, and the dogs give you a special WOOF!




Volunteering is fun and is also very rewarding. Volunteer to walk dogs, play with the cats, or attend local adoption events. Volunteers help the shelter animals get adopted. Human contact can help relieve the stress of being in a shelter and the more contact animals have the more likely they'll be adopted. Please stop by for one of the shelter’s volunteer orientations on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:30pm, or the third Saturday at 9 a.m., at 298 Plant Road (see map). To become a volunteer, you will need to attend the one-hour introductory orientation, and then come back for a one-on-one session with a shelter volunteer or staff to get ‘hands-on’ experience. If you are younger than 18 years of age, please be sure to bring your parent or legal guardian with you. For more information email Amy at or call 707-467-6453.


Seniors for Seniors is a program focusing on senior cats in our shelter and seniors in our community. We match our loving senior cats with caring and loving senior homes to benefit both cat and person.

Cats are wonderful companions for people of all ages, but can be especially beneficial to seniors. Many studies have been done showing that cat companionship can help:

• Reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels and increasing serotonin levels

• Reduce resting heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol values

• Decrease risk for heart attack and stroke

• Reduce depression and diminish loneliness

• Increase social activity and mental health

• Boost nervous and immune systems, resulting in faster recovery from illness, injury, and grief

• Senior cats are often overlooked at shelters due to their advanced age and/or health issues, but are often the most appreciative to be in a loving home. A senior cat has already gone through their rambunctious kitten phase, and though many are still playful, others want nothing more than a warm lap and constant companion. This program benefits both person and animal in helping alleviate the above ailments for the cats as well. Older cats tend to suffer from depression when in a shelter environment which can cause health issues to arise.

• When a cat leaves the shelter to go to their new home, they have been sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and had an overall health exam by one of our Veterinarians. This is all at no cost to their adopter.

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MANY THANKS to all the folks who visited the Shelters in Ukiah and Ft. Bragg. And to our new adopters!



The Clear the Shelter Event helped 10 cats, 4 dogs, 1 chicken and 1 goat find new homes, with their adoption fees paid. Also adopted, with regular fees, were 1 cat and 1 dog!! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO BRAVED THE HEAT AND SMOKE AND CAME TO THE SHELTER. AND SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL ADOPTERS! Make sure to bookmark the shelter's webpage and visit often for information on upcoming events, programs and services!



Check in regularly to find out when our next Mobile Adoption Event will be held!


Every Saturday, the shelter hosts a K-9 NOSEWORK class, led by nose work trainer, Alison Herold. Ms. Herod adopted three dogs from the shelter, and teaching this class is her way of saying, "THANKS!" Volunteers will be paired with a shelter dog for this fun search and scenting activity. Nose work builds confidence and focus and is a very fun way to keep dogs healthy and happy. If you're not a volunteer but would like to know more about our volunteer program, check out

Below you can see Ms. Herrod leading a NOSE WORK CLASS, with our volunteer, Janette. The dogs LOVE IT, and view it as a great game. Nose work is a wonderful way to help keep your dog happy when the weather outside precludes going for your doggie walk or run. Nosework challengest a dog to use his sense of smell, so along with being a physical activity, playing go find also uses the dog's intelligence.

WE LOVE NOSEWORK, and give a high 5 to Alison for helping our dogs stay happy and healthy!

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Staff at the Ukiah Shelter know surrendering your beloved pet can be a difficult and heart wrenching decision. Our surrender process is aimed at making your decision as easy as possible for you, AND your pet. The following information can help you through the process:

Before you contact the shelter about surrendering a pet, visit - a website where individuals can post profiles of pets for potential adopters. Getyourpet can help you rehome your pet without a shelter or rescue between you and an adopter.

ALL OWNER SURRENDERS REQUIRE AN APPOINTMENT. Call 707-467-6453 to schedule an appointment and to discuss alternatives such as contacting rescue groups. We do not accept owner surrenders without an appointment.

•We can only accept owner surrenders from Mendocino County residents, and proof of residency is required at the time of the surrender.

•There is a fee of $40 to surrender a pet to the Ukiah Shelter.

•The link below will take you to Mendocino County's website. Click on the hi-lited SHELTER'S OWNER SURRENDER FORM to download the PDF file, then print, fill out, and bring the form with you at the time of your appointment. Please be as thourough and honest about your pet as possible, so we will be better able to find him or her the best new home.

•At the time of your appointment, please bring any veterinary records, including vaccine records.



THE NEXT EMPTY THE SHELTER PACK WALK IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 AT 9 AM at the Shelter--298 Plant Road in Ukiah.

Every SECOND SATURDAY of the month, starting at 9 a.m., the shelter holds an EMPTY THE SHELTER PACK WALK. Begun in early 2016 in honor and memory of Nancy Commons, tireless shelter volunteer for nine years, the walk continues. The pack walk is open to the public, and our pack leader makes sure that people are hooked up with the appropriate dog for each individual's level of experience. The walk is great exercise and socialization for our dogs, and also for our dog-loving community.

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BOOK BUDDIES is a program that will improve reading skills, help shelter animals and get children involved in their community! Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level are welcome at the animal shelter to read to the cats in our adoption rooms!

Kids love it, and our cats love it, too! Each month we hold a raffle and a drawing for prizes. SPEND SOME TIME AT YOUR LOCAL SHELTER THIS SUMMER!

For information call Amy at 467-6453.


CONGRATULATIONS ON ADOPTING A DOG FROM MENDOCINO ANIMAL CARE SERVICES UKIAH SHELTER! Here are some helpful tips about your new friend and how to make his or her transition from shelter dog to best buddy go smoothly.


Please call the shelter to find out about our PETS FOR VETS PROGRAM: 707-467-6453.





If you’d like to help the shelter dogs and cats, but can’t get to Plant Road, you may want to consider fostering. The FOSTER PROGRAM at the Ukiah Shelter is a great way to help dogs and cats--from your own home! We are always looking for temporary homes in the inland Mendocino County area. A foster family provides a safe environment for a shelter guest. Another great feature of the program is the information foster homes provide about their guests–information that is very useful as we search for the right adoption and home for each animal.

If you would like to foster a dog for a short period, our PAJAMA PARTY program might be the ticket for you! Pajama parties are one-or-two-night stays in your home.

While you are fostering a dog or cat, the shelter provides support, along with food, crates and bedding, if requested. Any necessary vet care, including vaccines, are provided by the shelter. The foster family provides a safe environment for their shelter guest. If you rent your house, your landlord must provide written approval for a foster placement. Shelter staff will need to approve your request to foster If there are any other pets in your house, and all pets in your home should be up-to-date on their vaccines. As a dog and cat foster family, you must agree to return your shelter guest when requested by shelter staff for needed medical care such as vaccines.

The Ukiah Shelter Foster and PJ Party programs are wonderful opportunities to help out a great dog or cat--it’s a win-win situation! What you learn and observe during fostering and PJ parties can assist a dog or cat find a good match in his or her forever home. If you might be interested in welcoming a shelter dog, puppy or kitten into your home as a foster, please contact Sage for more information.

You can call 707-467-6453, or email her at


NAP TIME FOR DOGS?? The Mendocino County Animal Shelter dog kennel areas can be a very busy environment. A lot goes on throughout the day in the dog kennel areas. We have staff members feeding & cleaning, many volunteers walking & socializing dogs, and of course, all of the daily visitors stopping by to see our hairy four-legged fun loving creatures. It is nearly impossible for the dogs in the kennels to fully relax or sleep during the hours of operation, and this, in turn, causes stress on the dogs in the kennels. When a dog is under a lot of stress, his or her immune system can be severely affected, making the dog vulnerable to diseases. To reduce stress on the dogs, and keep their immune systems functioning properly, the our dog kennel areas are CLOSED from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This change in procedure was highly recommended & endorsed by the UC Davis Veterinary School of Medicine, which was recently on site on March 15th & 16th. Dogs being able to take midday naps is becoming the normal practice in animal shelters throughout the United States.

The Animal Shelter is open to the public our regular hours to view adoptable or lost & found cats or to purchase pet licenses. If you are looking for a lost dog from the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., a staff member will assist you in looking at pictures of the lost dogs that are confined at the shelter.