Dogtown: Blue and Penny, just two of the shelter’s many guests



Thanks to everyone for supporting the shelter’s Emergency Medical Fund, whether by attending the event, bidding on the auction or just making a donation. This fund saves or improves the lives of shelter dogs and cats that need treatment for heartworm, orthopedic injuries, parasitic infections, glaucoma, tumors and more.

One of my friends has had two dogs that were beneficiaries of this fund and I know she would say her life was made better by the wonderful dogs that were saved by the EMF!

It’s getting harder to write this column each week as more and more dogs seem to be showing up at the shelter. This same scenario seems to replaying all over the country. So many factors that could be affecting this – economics, spay and neuter back-ups during COVID, housing shortages, back yard breeding. Ten dogs came in in two days last week.

Adoptions have been happening, but not at a rate that can handle that many dogs arriving. Staff and volunteers are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe. Volunteers and community members are fostering dogs in their homes. Staff members are practicing creative space use at the shelter. Rescue (that’s us at Redwood Pals) are doing all we can to move animals out.


We have sent almost 40 puppies to our partners in the Pacific Northwest in just the last month. As this goes to press, another two cars full are being readied to head out. I had three adorable (and messy!) pups in my home before the last transport. It’s very satisfying to see how quickly they were adopted in a new venue. How can you help? Adopt your next dog or cat from the shelter. This week should have a “Home for the Holidays” adoption special in place! Foster if you can; give a dog a chance to spend some time out of the shelter and help reduce crowding. Share our Humboldt County Animal Shelter and Redwood Pals Rescue Facebook posts to enlarge the audience for our adoptable animals.

Here are a couple of dogs that would love to come home with you! Big boy Blue is a gentle fellow. He surprises everyone by how easy he is. Blue recently went on an outing to College Cove with one of our volunteers and her daughter and they commented on what a pleasure it was to have him. He doesn’t pull on the leash and loves any attention that he can get!



Two-year-old Blue came in with another dog and is dog-friendly. He also came in with a heartworm infestation and is now waiting for a foster home where he can go through his treatment. Blue would need a foster for about two months. Fosters are not responsible for any veterinary expenses as those are covered by the EMF and have the first opportunity to adopt if they desire but are under no obligation to do so. Blue is current on his vaccinations and microchipped. His neuter will take place after his heartworm treatment is complete. Contact the shelter or Redwood Pals for more information about medical fosters.

Penny is another fun pup! She is only about eight or nine months old but seems to be almost done growing. Penny loves other dogs and would be happy to find a home with a canine playmate. She is a happy girl who is quite food-motivated. She is quickly learning her obedience skills and nice leash manners. Penny is a nice size at about 40 pounds. She has several besties among the big boys at the shelter and can hold her own in a play session.

Penny has not shown a lot of interest in balls and toys but loves a good petting session. Penny is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Come meet Penny today!

Please contact the shelter at (707) 840-9132 for appointments or more information about these two. Redwood Pals Rescue can also help with information as we work with the shelter dogs also. You can reach Redwood Pals at or leave a voicemail at (707) 633-8842.