North Coast

North Coast

Mendocino County, Humboldt County,  Lake County and Del Norte County make up The North Coast Region. Here you'll find California's favorite Wine, Waves, Wilderness & Woof destinations. Relaxation is the name of the game, and your dog is welcome almost anywhere.
Whether your inclinations run toward renting a vacation home at popular Clear Lake or cozying up for a weekend at a bed-and-breakfast inn overlooking the Pacific, you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly lodging and activities to suit your needs.
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Poppy exploring Mendocino County - Photo Credit: @roderickranch
Poppy exploring Mendocino County - Photo Credit: @roderickranch

After a rough fire season that took out homes, businesses and lives, Mendocino County is bouncing back with a full helping of winter events and holiday cheer. The gorgeous seashore offers uncrowded respite in winter, while towering redwoods invite contemplation and dog-friendly wineries welcome visitors with treats for the pups and tastes for their people. more »


Lake County - Photo Credit: @mollylynn21
Lake County - Photo Credit: @mollylynn21

Summer and fall pass you by? Winter is a wondrous time for both wine tasting and cashing in your hiking chips, so why not take a gamble on an off-the-grid, off-leash destination? We talked about Lake County as “Wine Country Done Differently” in a recent wine country issue, so let’s focus on one of the best places in California for wildlife watching, and at Cache Creek Natural Area, a patchwork of public lands west of Clear Lake, you’re likely to spot bald eagles roosting or soaring and some of California’s last wild tule elk roaming in the rough at this time of year. more »

Paws for a Good Read

Support canine literacy... Photo Credit: @jesmcdowell
Support canine literacy... Photo Credit: @jesmcdowell

Whether it’s a novel, a feel-good memoir, a training how-to or a delve into animal psychology, books about animals and the animal-human bond make cherished gifts for the dog-lovers in your life. Jeff Stanford, owner of the dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, provided this list of favorites enjoyed by his guests. more »

The Season of Giving


DogTrekker operates on the principles set forth in its 4-Paw Promise: “To deliver local and accurate listings, provide engaging and actionable content and focus on social commitment to the communities we serve.” The “social commitment” part of that promise encompasses more than 300 rescues, shelters and adoption centers listed on our website and mobile app. We provide visibility, awareness campaigns, adoptathon coverage and fundraising opportunities to many of these. Here’s a short list of organizations that would deeply appreciate your holiday remembrance. more »

Take Time to Coast

Teagan at Point Arena Lighthouse <br/> Photo Credit: @retired_goldenretriever
Teagan at Point Arena Lighthouse
Photo Credit: @retired_goldenretriever

Mendocino County is mostly rural, and its extensive patchwork of public lands encompasses everything from national forests and state parks to dog-friendly preserves administered by the Bureau of Land Management. If you and your well behaved, always-comes-when-called pup prefer to wander together without being tied by a leash, head to Stornetta Public Lands, a 1,665-acre coastal haven near Point Arena, where you’ll also want to check out one of the West Coast’s most iconic lighthouses. more »

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February 23, 2018 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
3955 Main St., Kelseyville, California 95451
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Emergency Services

Humboldt County Animal Shelter - Lost Dogs
980 Lycoming
Mckinleyville, California 95519
Phone: (707) 840-9132

City of Clearlake Animal Control
14050 Olympic Dr.
Clearlake, California 95422
Phone: (707) 994-8251

County of Lake Animal Care & Control - Emergency
4949 Helbush
Lakeport, California 95453
Phone: (707) 263-2690

Humane Societies/Shelters

Sequoia Humane Society
6073 Loma Avenue
Eureka, California 95503
Phone: (707) 442-1782

Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County
9700 Uva Dr.
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Phone: (707) 485-0123

Mendocino Coast Humane Society
19691 Summers Ln.
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Phone: (707) 964-7729

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