February 22, 2017

Unconditional Love: Adopt a shelter dog today!

Dogs at public animal shelters often suffer from public stigma.  Far too many people think all of the animals are there because they have behavior problems, and no one wants them.


Dogs end up in public animal shelters for many reasons:  strays never claimed by owners, owner surrenders, dogs seized due to abuse and neglect.  And yes, some dogs do end up at the shelter due to human aggression, dog aggression, or other animal aggression.  But, dogs will only be made available for adoption if they pass behavior tests and are deemed adoptable by shelter staff.

All of the Beloved Canine Companions ... ok, dogs! ... I've had the privilege to have as family members since moving to California have come from public animal shelters in Martinez, Pinole, and Antioch, California.  They ended up there for various reasons:  (1) found as a stray by animal control and never claimed by human owner, (2) surrendered by owner because owner had no time for the dog, and (3) seized by police for severe abuse and neglect in a backyard puppy mill.

And wonderful dogs all!  Here are our current Faithful Canine Companions, Chow-mix Lexi and Husky-mix Sid, playing on the beach during a recent trip to beautiful Carmel.  They are one very bonded pair!

And, I confess to my dog affinity for Northern Breed Mixes and Herding Breed Mixes.  They will always have the doggie place in my heart.  Guilty as charged!

There are more dog breeds and mixes than just Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas at public animal shelters.  Visit your local shelters and have a look for yourself.  Here are 2 gorgeous northern breed dogs available for adoption today at the Contra Costa Animal Services Shelter in Martinez, California:

Mr. Peanut says:  "May I please go home with you today?"

UPDATE 02/23/2017 - The dog shown below is no longer named Myrna Loy at the shelter.  She has been renamed Minerva.  If calling the shelter about an animal, always identify the animal by the animal ID number that begins with #A, as sometimes the names are not in the computer system, or are entered incorrectly in the computer system.

Also, when visiting animal shelters please note that an animal's kennel location may have changed.  Don't leave if the animal is not in the kennel you suspect; ask someone for assistance.

Myrna Loy (now named Minerva as of 02/23/2017) says:  "May I make my Forever Home with you?  I'm a nicely sized dog and promise to be good!"

So many wonderful animals waiting for their forever homes.
Forever unconditional love and companionship.

Visit your local animal shelter today.  You might just find your new Forever Friend!

Mary Rae Fouts


  1. Do you know how the 2 available dogs got to the shelter? They are beautiful.

    1. I do not. But if you call the volunteer line at the shelter (number is on shelter's website, link in post), someone can help you. I think Myrna Loy was in the medical ward for a while with kennel cough, there is a nasty strain at the Martinez shelter. That would explain her Jan 3 intake date, and just recently coming up for adoption. As for Mr. Peanut, his very recent intake date, and that he is up for adoption now suggests he was an owner surrender and not a stray. Both are GREAT dogs!

  2. Why change the dogs name? People may think it is a different dog.

    1. I do not know why the name was changed, or perhaps the wrong name was entered into the original description. But I agree, changing a name at the shelter can create confusion for potential adopters, as many don't realize you need to identify the dog (or cat or other critter) by its #A ID number.

      Oh, and if a dog or cat does not have a name when it enters the shelter, it is generally given a name by the shelter volunteers.

  3. Mr. Peanut looks like he has lots of energy!

    1. Do you think?! Young huskies are high energy dogs. They need A LOT of exercise and a very, very secure yard. Our Husky-mix Sid (mostly Husky, a little of something else) is about 5 1/2 years old. He has energy left to chase and rough house with his fur sister Chow-mix Lexi after a long morning walk of 55 minutes up to 1 hour 45 minutes. We live on a half acre, and our large backyard is just big enough for the two of them and their chase sessions.

      But later on, Sid (and Lexi) are mellow. Exercise is the key to physical and mental stimulation for Huskies.


Thanks for sharing your comments here! Mary Rae Fouts