Millie Moves In

In 63 years, Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) has seen pretty much every situation where a pet and its owner are separated, but Melaya was a new one for us.

RCHS found this two-year-old pit bull mix at one of our rescue partners in Riverside County. Melaya was on an “arrest hold” after her owner had been arrested … twice! She was taken in by a relative the first time but, when her owner was arrested again a year later, nobody came to her rescue.

We arranged for her to be transferred to RCHS through FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters). We noticed right away that Melaya wasn’t used to positive attention. She pulled hard on her harness, but walked well on a leash. Our animal care attendants described Melaya as “very food motivated.” While she was cautious around people, Melaya stayed close, just in case someone wanted to pet her. If she was being ignored, Melaya pawed at them to remind them to pay attention.

One month after arriving at RCHS, the right family found Melaya and she was adopted!

Here’s part of a message her new family sent us four days later.

Subject: Thank you from Millie AKA Melaya

We wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to all of you at Rancho Coastal for our beautiful girl Millie. She wanted you (Adoption Counselors Audrey and Abby 💕) to know she is settling in so well … Thank you!”

Melaya has a new name, a new family and, for the first time in a long time, a new future ahead of her.

We’re able to help dogs like Millie, thanks to your support of Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®