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 to 1:30p.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 to 1:30 p.m., a staff member will assist you in looking at pictures of the lost dogs that are confined at the shelter.