The Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County got its start when a benefactor decided the county needed an animal shelter between Willits and Ukiah. She donated money for the purchase of property in Redwood Valley, where the shelter opened its doors in 1993 and has been expanding ever since.
The shelter takes in, cares for and adopts out an average of 500 dogs and 500 cats each year. Dogs come from owners unable to care for them and they also transfer in many dogs from shelters and rescues that are faced with over-crowding and need assistance. The majority of the cats that come to the shelter actually arrive as stray litters of kittens that Good Samaritans bring to the shelter. They also assist a large number of community members who are faced with the difficult decision of surrendering their adult cat. They want to continue assisting as many displaced animals as possible.