Shelter on the Hill, A Humane Society


President's Message

Early on in my efforts to help SOTH build a local shelter for lost and abandoned animals in the Frazier Mountain area I was fortunate to meet Sue Sternberg, one of the first to promote behavior evaluation of shelter dogs. Sue's knowledge and experience helped shape my view of what a shelter should provide.

So here is Sue's "Minimum Requirements for Dogs in Shelters" with a few additions:

A Bed. No matter how he treats it, chews on it, poops or pees on it or pushes it out of the way, every dog deserves something soft and dry to lie on.

Candace and Sofie Toys. The shelter is high stress environment, especially for puppies and adolescents. Shelter dogs should be saturated with things to chew on and play with.

A Name. A dog can learn a new name within a few days. Shelter dogs deserve to be identified by name and not by a number - and the public is less intimidated by a shelter filled with animals with names as opposed to case numbers.

To Be Petted and Have Human Physical Contact Daily. Most dogs are in a shelter because of behaviors their previous owner could not deal with. It is incumbent on caregivers to teach acceptable house manners in order to place him in a forever home.

To Be Clean & Dry and Well-Fed. Enough said.

To Have the Lights Off at Night. Sleep deprivation lowers the stress threshold and plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Even Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise had a simulated nighttime in outer space. Animals also need a few peaceful hours to sleep deeply and uninterrupted.

Anything Less is Just Warehousing Animals.

Candace Huskey-Brown
Shelter on the Hill, a Humane Society


Shelter on the Hill continues to strive to meet the needs identified by residents nearly 20 years ago: to RESCUE companion animals from the dangers of the street, REUNITE lost pets with their loved ones, and REHOME adoptable animals to a new and loving family.

Mission Statement

Shelter Sign Shelter on the Hill: A Humane Society, (SOTH), is a private, non-profit, donor supported, organization whose purpose is to operate a haven to rescue, reunite and re-home lost and abandoned companion animals in the Frazier Mountain area of California. Shelter Building Dedicated to promoting humane treatment and quality of life, SOTH accepts all animals in need of care, provides appropriate medical and behavioral intervention, rehabilitation, socialization, and adoption efforts to save the lives of as many adoptable animals and remains committed to the welfare of these animals beyond the adoption process to the extent of its resources - and offers community support through a myriad of services including but not limited to, lost and found, sheltering, adoption, foster care, behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people in need, and inter-agency networking.

Cat of the Month

Spiffy is a spayed six-month old fluffy girl. She is a very soft and cuddly black and white medium hair cat. She is playful, likes other cats/kittens, kids and adults too.
Cat of the Month

Dog of the Month

Enzo Caruso is an approximately seven year old neutered male. He is affectionate, alert and anxious to be your lap dog. An older boy who enjoys his daily quiet walks. Gets along with other equally mild mannered dogs. He would enjoy older quiet children or adults! Overall just a very calm demeanor, housebroken and loveable. See Enzo on YouTube
Dog of the Month
Last edited 22 November 2014 2100 PDT