The Friedman’s parking lot was filled with the barks and yelps of dogs looking for new homes on Saturday.
The Ukiah Animal Shelter, Animal Rescue of Anderson Valley and three local rescue organizations teamed up for a four-hour Mobile Adoption event, which introduced hundreds of shoppers to a few of the many dogs and cats that the animal shelter and the rescue organizations — Bug A Bull, Mendo Shelter Pets, and Rocket Dog Rescue — have up for adoption.
“We all have available dogs and cats for adoption here at our organizations,” explained Rich Molinari, Ukiah Animal Shelter manager. “And we all have basically the same common theme: to give them good homes. Friedman’s was nice enough today to allow us to come here. We’ve got a lot of foot traffic, so all these dogs will have that much more exposure.
“The Ukiah Animal Shelter brought down about five animals today. Hopefully, most of these dogs here today will go home to a new home and be part of a family here real soon.”
In addition to the home-seeking pets themselves, the mobile adoption event offered a raffle and prizes, including a free spay and neuter. There were also some baked goods from Schat’s on hand and a variety of educational handouts and giveaways.
The Ukiah Animal Shelter offered passersby literature about vaccinations and pet licenses. Bug A Bull offered attractive dog-themed coloring books featuring many of the dogs that the organization has found homes for. Bug A Bull also offered fliers provided by Dr. Sophia Yin illustrating how to recognize signs of fear and anxiety in dogs.
Visitors got to walk the dogs, play with the dogs, and learn about the animals’ histories.
Peri Partington-Judge with Bug A Bull K9 Education Rescue was introducing visitors to a 2-year-old brindle pit bull mix. “The dog that we have right here is Harper. This is his first big event, and he’s doing really well,” she said.
“We help out shelters and other rescue groups,” Partington-Judge explained. “We also take dogs to schools to teach children how to be safe and smart with dogs. My dog has met about 20,000 children, mostly in kindergarten through fourth grade.”
Shanna Phillips with Mendo Shelter Pets Rescue watched over a dark gray puppy scrambling to see who was looking at it, its nose sniffing against a folding enclosure. It was one of a litter of nine that had been surrendered by their owner.
“We are a small foster-based rescue here in Mendocino County,” said Phillips. “We seek foster homes and then pull animals from the Ukiah Animal Shelter, or we take in strays so they don’t have to go to the shelter. We hold them on the 10-day hold while we search for their owners. If the owners don’t come forward, we vet them — we get them vaccinated, altered [spayed or neutered], de-wormed and microchipped — and put them up for adoption. We also take owner-surrenders, which was the situation with our litter of nine puppies. We check the numerous Facebook pages, and we intervene. Fostering sometimes lasts up to one week and sometimes lasts up to three months.”
“Has anyone seen the pooper scooper?” called out a man on one of the landscaped islands in the parking lot with a beautiful brown dog on a leash. “Lincoln left me some logs!”
Shawn, Lincoln’s foster home provider through Mendo Shelter Pets Rescue, introduced the presumed Chocolate Lab-Bull Terrier mix to a potential owner. “This is Lincoln. He’s about a year-and-a-half old. He’s an awesome dog. He can jump really high. He likes playing, he likes other dogs, he likes kids. He’s an awesome dog. He needs a forever home. Hoping to get him a home soon.”
For more information about adopting a pet, visit the Ukiah Animal Shelter at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah, go to www.mendoanimalshelter.com or call 467-6453.