Frog is a dog looking for a person to call his own.
The neutered pit bull mix, who will turn 3 next month, has been at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter in McKinleyville since March 2018, making him the longest resident currently at the facility.
Frog, who sports distinctively large ears, is described by shelter volunteers and staff as “well-mannered,” “easy in the car,” “eager to please” and “very fun.”
“Frog loves to play ball. … He’s absolutely outgoing when he’s out of the kennel. They definitely don’t think he’d be good around smaller kids, because he’s a just little bit on the nervous side,” said Andre Hale, animal control and facilities manager at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter.
“He’s kind of an independent guy,” she added. “He’s pretty sweet and is willing to learn.”
Frog and three other shelter residents, Jax, Max and Kit Kat, are all members of the “Long-Timers Club.”
“These dogs have been here for a long time,” Hale said. “They’re all really friendly dogs. There’s no particular reason they’ve been here for as long as they have, but for one reason or another they haven’t sparked that connection with someone.” Adoptions for each of these four dogs are being supported by donations from businesses in the area. “They give $50 towards the adoption of the dogs that have been here the longest,” Hale said.
Jax is about 1½ years old and is a large, neutered Labrador-pit mix. He’s been at the shelter for about four months. Shelter workers have said he’s a “sweet boy” and “has been friendly with the dogs he has met.” They also describe him as “smart” and “athletic.” He also knows how to sit and take treats gently when offered.
“He likes to go for walks, he likes to play ball … He’s a big guy and he needs some room to run,” Hale said.
Kit Kat is a smaller spayed 2½-year-old pit bull-kelpie mix, who has been living at the shelter since July 2018. She’s described as “smart and affectionate” and “an easy walker on leash.” Staff members say she is “quite observant” with “a nice personality.”“Shortly after she came to us, she developed pneumonia and we got her all healthy and we got her spayed,” Hale said. “… She’s got a nice, calm temperament. She gets more lively out in the field. … She loves to play ball (and) she does get along with most other dogs. … She’s pretty affectionate with people.”
Max is almost 2 and is a neutered German shepherd mix. He has been living at the shelter since October 2018 and is described as “beautiful,” “lanky” and “energetic.” Shelter staffers also say he’s “very smart,” has “very good leash manners” and is “affectionate.”
“He likes to rub up on you and lean against you,” Hale said.
While there are just a few cats currently available for adoption at the shelter, there are many other dogs looking for permanent homes, including Minnie and Maximus.
Minnie is a spayed female pit bull mix and is about 5 years old. She’s been at the shelter since November 2018. Staffers note that she’s “a great leash walker” and is “affectionate and gentle.” Minnie does have cancer and Hale says at this point, she’s in need of a “hospice home.”
“She has massive tumors,” Hale said. “It could be a year, could be five years, it could be a month,” Hale said. “She does have some health problems, so she’s looking for someone to take that on.”
Maximus, 3, is a Rottweiler mix. He’s been at the shelter since late January. He was found in Southern Humboldt, but was originally a victim of last year’s Camp Fire.
“His owners lost their home in the Paradise fire. They re-homed him when they lost their home,” said Hale.
The neutered male dog — described as “affectionate” with “beautiful leash manners” —was later found in Southern Humboldt. Shelter staff has had no luck identifying or locating the people who adopted Maximus from his Paradise family.
Now, he and other dogs and cats at the shelter await loving new homes. Adoption from the Humboldt County Animal Shelter is pretty simple, Hale said, and starts with an application form.
“We do verify with their landlord if they’re allowed to have the pet. If they own their home, we verify with the assessor’s office that they own their home,” said Hale.
All adoptable animals are neutered or spayed, microchipped, up to date on shots and temperament tested. Adoption prices vary for each animal depending on size, sex and status of being spayed or neutered prior to arriving at the shelter. Occasionally, the shelter offers reduced-cost adoptions.
“We do a senior dog adoption rate,” Hale said. “If the dog is age 7 or older, it’s only $35, regardless whether or not (we) had to have it fixed,” Hale said. “The purpose behind that is everybody gravitates toward puppies and younger dogs, and these senior dogs need a place to go, too. We would love for them to spend the rest of their life in a loving home and not be here at the shelter.”
The Humboldt County Animal Shelter is located at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKinleyville. For more information, call 707-840-9132. Stop by the shelter during open hours to meet adoptable animals or visit https://humboldtgov.org/377/Animal-Control-Division to view available animals and find out more about adoption rates.