Howling for wine and cheese

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

It is all for animals as the community gathers to raise money for Miranda's Rescue. The 18th annual open house wine and cheese event will take place on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Miranda's Rescue located at 1603 Sandy Prairie Road in Fortuna.

The event will play host to a live auction, silent auction, raffles, petting zoo and pony rides. Petting zoo and pony rides will take place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"Miranda's nonprofit organization is supported exclusively through donations, their four thrift stores, grants, and fundraisers," said Shannon Miranda. "We are the only rescue facility in Humboldt County which is a 4,412 sq. mile California region with a disastrous pet overpopulation problem that takes in, cares for, and places cats, dogs, horses, llamas, camels, pigs, birds, rabbits, chickens, reptiles, amphibians, and any other large and small animals we can save."

Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Doggie Dorm, formally known as the Canine Castle Project, rescue feed and vet care needs.

The Doggie Dorm according to founder Shannon Miranda, "will be a 40 x 168 x 10, 6,800 square foot structure designed and conceived to safeguard the rescue's homeless canines from Humboldt County's often brutal winters."

Currently there are outdoor kennels that will be moved indoors after the completion of the structure.

"Adoptions will flourish and volunteers will no longer be required to slosh through muddy grounds in winter," Miranda said.

The campaign to create the structure began in 2007 with an immediate halt due to what Miranda described as a contractual disagreement with the building manufacturer. The campaign was renewed in 2012.

The campaign now has $26,500 raised and aims for an additional $33,500 just to have the building delivered, and another $90,000 to lay the foundation, raise the "castle," build out the interior and lay the brink walkway.

The structure is planned to have kennels, a puppy room, family bonding area, exercise space, cozy office, and grooming room. To find out more about this specific campaign, visit

Miranda's Rescue is a nonprofit and donations can be made at any Coast Central Credit Union under the Miranda's Rescue Canine Castle account, or by mailing a check to Miranda's Rescue with K9 in the memo, calling in your credit card donation, or clicking on their webpage under "donate" via Paypal. For questions about holding your own fundraiser for Miranda's Rescue or financial questions, contact Miranda CFO Dean Paris at 616-5018.

The brick walkway for the Doggie Den will be made of sponsored engraved bricks which you can purchase and place your special message.

"If you have creative ideas to help raise funds for the Den, are looking to donate labor to build the Den, or for further information about the project you can contact us at any time," Paris said.

"We are a no-kill rescue, adoption and sanctuary facility that brings relief to hundreds of distressed, neglected, abused, and discarded animals, large and small, every year," said Miranda.

For more information or to contact Miranda's Rescue, call 725-4449.