Dogtown: Take a fuzzy friend home for the holidays

The frosty mornings and early sunsets are a good reminder that we really are heading for winter, despite the lovely sunny afternoons. Preparations  for winter at the shelter include a nice new load of pine chips in our play yard (because it really will rain someday), gathering donations for the annual Holiday Open House, and a “Home for the Holidays” adoption promotion.

The Open House will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. This fun event includes shelter tours, refreshments, memory stars and a spectacular array of items for a Dutch raffle and a silent auction. All of the proceeds benefit the shelter’s Emergency Medical Fund, administered by Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Donations are currently being accepted for the raffle and auction. Please contact Patty at the shelter at (707) 840-9132 for more information or to donate.


The “Home for the Holidays” promotion is a way to encourage adoption of a shelter dog or cat this fall. We have so many great pets that would be so much happier in a home of their own instead of spending the holidays in a noisy kennel! We have had quite a few of our dogs go home with volunteers for a night or two of R & R. Those experiences give us lots of information about our dogs, and we are happy to share that with interested adopters. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you would like assistance finding a pet that matches your home and lifestyle. From now until Thanksgiving, all dogs are $80 and all cats are $60, except for the senior pets who are always $35!


One of the shelter dogs that would love to join your pack is the handsome Max, a year-and-a-half-old German Shepherd mix. Max would be thrilled to live in a home where he got to spend a little more time with his people than the hour or so that he spends with a volunteer each day. He is a gentle dog that is very appreciative of attention turned his way. Max is still young and inexperienced but is eager to learn. He can be motivated by treats or praise. Max has been fine around other dogs. He is a larger dog, more tall and lean than stout. Max has a very sweet face and a nice golden coat. He is neutered, microchipped and current on his vaccinations and is available now at the shelter at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKinleyville.

Redwood Pals would like to see their dogs find a home for the holidays also. One fun dog that we have been working with is this hard-to-photograph boy, Tutter. Tutter is listed as a Shepherd mix, though once again. It is a little hard to tell.

Tutter has a thick, though short, black coat, upright ears, brown socks, and is a nice size, about 50-55 pounds. Tutter is quite the laid back boy. He is happy to ignore everything going on around him, but is also quite dog friendly and will play with any other playful pup. Tutter walks easily  on the leash and appears to be housebroken. In fact, the only thing Tutter does that doesn’t thrill us is that he tends to poop in the middle of the road! Could be that he doesn’t like the road side where we walk – who knows? Anyway, it’s a small offense and he’s really a great dog. Like Nugget who was featured here last week, Tutter’s previous owners allowed him to run free with other neighborhood dogs and they didn’t always make the best decisions.

Both dogs are absolutely great on their own, and we do encourage engaged pet ownership which doesn’t include dogs running untended. If you would like to meet this cute dog, please contact us at [email protected] or call (707) 839-9692.


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