Lost Dog – Highlands

Hi, I am reaching out to your for your help. I hear you have been successful in reuniting lost animals with owners.

I live on Spindrift and a family and their 2 dogs that were evacuated from the valley are staying with us. Around noon today, one of the dogs ran out the front door all the way to Hwy. 1 and turned left in front of the Highlands Inn. Many people saw him as he continued down to the general store and began running up Corona Rd. At this point we lost sight of him. He’s a very friendly cream Bichon whose name is Chase but his tag says Chewy.

Can you offer any assistance of getting the word out? We would so appreciate it. The owner is Aubrey and her number is (831) 818-1799.

Here is a photo of Chase:



Lost Dog – Gorda Mountain, Big Sur-FOUND!

Shortly after I posted this, Maya found her way home. Her humans were so relieved. It was only a few days earlier that they lost Maya’s companion, the 13-year-old dog. Maybe she went looking for her friend … Anyway, enjoy the rain. Storm report later.


Lost Dog (Big Sur near Gorda Mt.)
Our sweet Australian Shepherd/Rottweiler mix female dog went missing today. She is almost 3 years old and her name is Maya. She did not have her collar on but does have a microchip! She was last seen March 6th, Sunday morning near her house on Gorda Mt. (near the Cruickshank Trail), Big Sur. There were a lot of hikers today. We are very worried and really want her back so please help us get her home. Call Tafay or Josh : H:805-927-5674, C: 831-238-0112, C: 831-915-6570, Email: tafay@me.com.
Thank you!!!

Another Lost Lab

This little gal is NOT the lab found at Hurricane Point and turned in to the SPCA. That dog was male. This dog is female.


From the owner: “I am reaching out to you, since we have had our family dog, Candy Cane, taken from our home in Monterey last Sunday and likely dropped in the Big Sur area. Without going through all the details, I will clarify that the individual did admit to police that he did take our dog.
He also admitted to taken our dog last summer, due to barking. (We had suspicion, but did not know) We canvassed the montery area, day/night, hired a search dog, and did all the vet/pet store/rescue location notifications. Yet after a little over a week, our dog was actually located (dropped) in Carmel Highlands with her collar removed. We were happily reunited with her last summer.
The culprit has continued to inform police, he again dropped her in Carmel Highlands this time, but we have had tips it was Big Sur. We have thoroughly covered carmel highlands, but need to reach out to as many Big Sur residents as possible. We have posted some signs in the area.

3yr old Female Labrador
White/with some tan marking
Small stature than avg. lab
Name: Candy Cane
She is microchipped, but likely without her ID collar

Any help you would provide, would be truly appreciated. We our remaining hopeful we will find her.

Melissa Dalton

The Saga of Missy, the mystery traveler

Well, she easily made it through her first day in her new found home. She has managed to cower all four of my other dogs – individually, and as a pack. Amazing, as they are all twice as big as she is. I imagine her snarling at them, “You ain’t nothin’ I just survived weeks in the wilds with mountain lions, coyotes, and foxes. You think you scare me? Ha, this is MY human now! Know what I went thru to find her? I walked miles and miles through the wilderness. Yup, she’s mine now!” And it is true. She has won my heart. Not over the others, but in addition too. I worked hard all day to make sure the others did not feel neglected. Whew, I had no idea the turn my day would take when I woke up.

She ate 4 cups of dog food yesterday, spread throughout the day so she didn’t get sick. She scarfed the last one as hungrily as she did the first. it will take some time to put all that weight back on, so I may have to add some things to her diet.

I took her out on a leash, twice, and she did very well, although not her “business.” She is either leash trained, or not wanting to get more than inches away from me, borne out by her inside behavior. Not fond of the great outdoors, at the moment. That’s okay. She can have a few mistakes inside, as long as she doesn’t make a habit of it. She gets some special consideration for a while.

She needed constant reassurance yesterday, so my day was completely rearranged to accommodate her needs, assimilate her into my tribe, make her feel safe, above all. She followed me everywhere, and whenever I sat, stood, or walked, she was right there sitting at my feet. She wanted up in my bed, but it is too tall, and I did not want to encourage a tick-infested dog into my bed. So, I laid a big fluffy bath towel near the back window door, where I was within sight. She can watch the world outside and me, too.

I have yet to hear her bark, yelp, or make any sound other than this slight snarl she used with the other dogs to establish her place in the pack. They all listened.

I called the shelters in Monterey and San Luis Obispo, posted everywhere, checked Fido Finder, Craigslist, and did what I could to find her “other” human. I emailed and took calls all day. At sunset, we were all settled in for the night, including the cats.

About 9 pm, Missy started acting a little differently. She gave out a quiet whimper, the only sound I had heard her make all day, with the exception of the quiet little dominance, leave me alone snarls I had heard directed at my dogs. She was wandering through the house, so I decided since she needed to go outside to go potty. I had taken my leg off, was in my pjs, and dogs don’t go out at night up here, due to mountain lions.

I got up, put my leg on, didn’t bother getting dressed, grabbed the leash, led her to the door and opened it. Dakota got out, but Missy took one look at the dark, and decided she didn’t want to go after all. I can only imagine the scary nights she shivered and hid through recently, but I reassured her and led her out. Dakota stayed with us, and Missy stayed close to me. We went to a dirt area, we went to a grassy area. All she did was sit. I gave up and told her we weren’t going out anymore tonight. Then, she looked at me with those sweet, loving eyes again. I pretended I didn’t notice her, and she went back to her spot and laid down. Smart dog.


Unique dog cliff rescue at Lucia

News Release
Release Date: June 13, 2012
Contact: Beth Brookhouser 831-760-0426

SPCA Rescues Dog from Cliff on Highway 1

The SPCA for Monterey County performed a cliff rescue in Lucia south of Big Sur today and is now looking for information on the rescued dog.

The dog, a one and a half year old unneutered shepherd mix, was found about 15 feet down the side of a cliff in Lucia on Highway 1. The reporting party first spotted him last night but due to evidence on the scene SPCA rescuers believe he was there at least a few days.

SPCA staff rescued the dog by lowering a skilled staff member down the side of the cliff and helping her return safely with the dog.

The rescued dog, dubbed Billy by SPCA rescuers, was immediately seen by SPCA veterinarian Dr. Carol Iida. Billy is very thin, covered in ticks, and suffering from diarrhea. In addition, the pads on his paws are severely red and worn, likely from trying to scramble up the side of the cliff.

When found, Billy was wearing a black leather collar and a red harness.

If you recognize Billy or have any information, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.

Beth Brookhouser, CAWA
Director of Community Outreach
The SPCA for Monterey County
P.O. Box 3058
Monterey, CA 93942
Main: (831) 373-2631 or 422-4721
Direct: (831) 264-5469
Fax: (831) 373-8613

Here are photos of the Cliff, the rescue, and the dog.