Dogtown: A sturdy Mamacita and a pair of pocket pups

We have had lots of adoptions this past week! It is always so rewarding to see the dogs go off to new homes, especially the ones who have been at the shelter or in foster homes for a while. We can really see the positive effects of the training and socialization that the dogs get from working with our volunteers.  

One young dog, Cookie, used to jump around and make all kinds of noise when she would see another dog, leading observers to wonder whether she was dog-friendly or not.  We worked on her leash manners and spent many hours finding dog friends that she could walk with, as well as exposing her to activities like scent work where she could have some fun. 

Cookie left the shelter on Thursday after a great meet and greet with her new doggie friend and his young family! She looked so happy after they had romped in the play yard for long enough to know it was a good match. Cookie did show off her hound skills on her last shelter walk by grabbing the biggest gopher she could find! Yuck. But I let the new adopters know about it, just in case she got carsick on the way home! They were unfazed and said they’d had a hound mix before. They did appreciate the warning!

One of our Redwood Pals dogs moved a step closer to a new home this week. Mamacita has been with us the longest of our current adoptable dogs. She has been reasonably content with her routine in one of our foster homes, though her spot was in a garage kennel with breaks for backyard fetching and exercise.


This week a foster home became available for her and she has been just thrilled! She is in a home where there are lots of people coming and going and she is just loving the attention! She has been well-behaved in the house and enjoying walks in town. Though the yard is not fenced, she has been fine with a zip line set up so that she can lounge out on the porch when the doors are open. We are very happy to see her in a home and would love to see her find her forever home now. 

Mamacita is about  four years old. She has had several kennel mates over her time with us and has loved some and tolerated others. She would play and play with one young male dog and was missed him when he was adopted. She loves attention in the form of petting or ball-throwing and has been good with all the people she has met. Mamacita not a big dog, just short and sturdy. She is spayed and current on all of her vaccinations. Please contact us at [email protected] or leave a message on our voicemail at (707) 633-8842 if you would like to meet her.


The shelter has some cute little puppies available. At least, I hope they will still be available by the time this hits the newsstands! 

Two little female Chihuahua mix puppies, Peanut and Shorty, are waiting to meet you. They are about two months old and came in with one more sibling who has already been adopted. These little girls are very friendly and healthy. 

We recommend that puppies this young stay in the owner’s home or yard until at least two weeks after their second DHPP vaccination, which means that these girls should not go out to the park or even on a sidewalk for about another six weeks to keep them safe from transmissible disease. 

That said, if you’ve been looking for a pocket-sized pup, these are the ones for you! You can see them at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter at 980 Lycoming Ave. in Mckinleyville. The shelter is open Monday through Friday. 

More information can be found at or by calling (707) 840-9132.


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