For almost 30 years now, the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County has been providing a safe haven for the county's critters in distress, finding them new loving homes, and helping the surrounding community with spay/neuter and other support services.
Currently hoping for a home of her own, with their assistance, is Ruby here, an 8-year-old yellow Lab who recently lost her owner and is trying to make sense of her new world. HSIMC took her in at the request of Mendo Shelter Pets Rescue when they found her needing help fast. Ruby's happy disposition is helping her cope with it all. This girl is no couch potato, showing impressive enthusiasm for the agility course, and would be a fine companion on your adventures. Not that she'd object to snuggling on the couch at the proper moment, of course.
Also enjoying HSIMC's hospitality at the moment are many other excellent canine companions, from puppies to elders and tinies to giants. If you're local or planning a trip up that way, and also looking, check out their adoption page for some amazing prospects. Also if you're local and would like to help out, volunteers and fosters are always welcome.
One novel volunteer opportunity: Kong stuffers. Shelter dogs love the diversion (and tastiness) of getting frozen food out of Kongs. It's a big quality-of-life improvement for them while they're waiting to go home. If you've got time to spend putting food into Kongs, HSIMC would love to hear from you and also will provide the supplies!