Maverick: Who is the tall, dark stranger there?

Australian Kelpie mix


A concerned reader emailed us about Maverick, a black male Australian Kelpie mix who is one year and nine months old. Maverick is waiting for adoption in the Humboldt County Shelter. If you know someone who can help get him into a forever home, please pass this along to them. The reader also passed along this information about reduced adoption fees.

As of Tuesday, November 14, 2017 all adoptable dogs are available for a reduced adoption fee:

  • Seniors, 7 and older are available for $35
  • Pups, younger than 6 months are available for $80
  • Dogs older than 6 months but younger than 7 are adoptable for $50.00

The adoption application is one page. If you own your home, you are good to go. If you rent, the Shelter will check with your landlord to see if it is ok for a dog to live at their rental. Help spread the word so that we can find these wonderful dogs new homes and free up some much needed space at the shelter. Don’t forget that for the adoption fee, the dog comes neutered or spayed, up to date on basic shots and micro-chipped. No way all of this is available on the open market for these prices!

The Shelter is open:

  • Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7 pm. 
  • Please remind folks to leave at least a half an hour before closing time for adoption paperwork to be done.

Adoptable dogs are neutered or spayed, microchipped, up to date on shots, temperment tested, and some dogs, thanks to Redwood Pals Rescue even have some dog obedience training classes under their belt!

Please come to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter and check out adoptable dogs awaiting their forever homes. Or, check out the list of adoptable dogs (which is updated each hour) at

The shelter is located next to the airport in McKinleyville. Take the airport exit and follow the blue signs.




  • Clever title for this article, Kym! 🙂

  • We just adopted Meeka, the American Bulldog from there. Great staff and Maverick was definitely in the running for who we were looking at. If we hadn’t fell in love with Meeka, he was probably who we’d go with. He has a lot of energy and can jump high but you can tell he is a good dog and will make the right person very happy. He also didn’t bark like crazy as we were visiting and he is very handsome.

  • Looks like a stupid dog

  • [edit] the dog is obviously smart ! He’s looking dead on at the camera, showing his ability to focus. But even better, he’s showing that even when happily playing, he is too cool for drool !
    Now that’s an adoptable dude, smart guy.

  • What does the shelter do with the animals that end up being put down? Seems like that would be a large number of animals daily nationwide.

    Does anyone know?

    • Ukiah shelter had its own crematorium before it went to No Kill, and many private vets have them now. Euthanized pets are loaded up with drugs which are environmental hazards if buried, I’m told, so cremation is considered “safer.”

    • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P, I make an annual donation to An Act of Dog, an organization founded by artist Mark Barone who spent years painting the portraits of dog euthanized in shelters; a conservative estimate of the number of dogs euthanized in shelters across the country per day is roughly 5000. Google his organization if you’re interested in seeing the work he does and to find out more about the dogs that don’t find forever homes.

  • Comment deleted, in the dogs defense, I felt he shouldn’t be allowed to call the dog stupid looking, just seemed mean spirited.

  • When a high energy dog is not getting a regular outlet to release it, their enthusiasm is reflected. We have a rescue in our family who is a ball crazed amped up individual on many an occasion yet at the same time the sweetest canine soul I know. Maverick just needs TLC and the chance to release that puppy energy that still courses through his veins. I hope someone gives him that chance. 🙂

  • Maverick is safely out of the Shelter on all 4 paws!

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