Name: Mela
Location: Ames, IA

Contact Info: Kathy Pike / (515) 239-5530 / kathy.pike@cityofames.org

Rehoming fee or adoption fee:
Sex: Female
Weight: 92 lbs
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Age: 1 ½ yrs
Good with Men: Yes, she has previously lived with a man and also handled at the shelter by men.
Good with Women: Yes, she has previously lived with a woman and also handled at the shelter by women.
Good with Children: Yes, Mela has previously lived with at least 2 children under the age of 8. She has also interacted with a 7 year old girl at the shelter very well.

Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown but shelter can test
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: Unknown but goes into kennel willingly without a treat 
Medical Issues:
Immunizations:
Rabies: 12/26/2023
Parvo/distemper: 12/18/2023
Bordatella: 12/18/2023
Heartworm test: 12/26/2023- Negative
Characteristics:  
Mela is a very sweet and affectionate girl. We first met Mela while housing her and her 6 puppies in

December 2023. Mela allowed for staff and volunteers to be around and handle her puppies. Mela can be

playful but also a big couch potato. She has been seen a few times bringing her bowl to herself while laying

down so that she doesn’t have to stand to eat. She has lived with another dog and done fine with them.

Mela has shown no aggression towards other dogs when walking her past at the shelter to go outside.

She is a staff and volunteer favorite with her laid back personality. Mela’s previous owner put her in a very

bad situation with allowing her to run at large habitually at an apartment complex. Mela was living with the

father of her puppies. The owner would let them out unattended to run around or under the supervision

of children no more than 8 years old. Mela and her “husband”, Shadow, escalated the issue one day with

another dog while running loose. From the reporting party’s statement it appears that Mela may have

been taking lead from Shadow and joining in the pack mentality. They ran up on another dog that was

leashed and Shadow superficially bit the leashed dog. To try to keep the community safe and stop this

issue from continuing the dogs were confiscated and declared dangerous domestic animals in the city of

Ames. 8 citations had already been filed with the courts regarding the animals being at large but that was

not stopping the at large issue. By registering the animals we were able to get them removed and have

stricter restrictions put in place on the dogs. The previous owner was not able to follow these restrictions

and did appeal the decision. Mela is a great girl that under a responsible owner would not have had this

incident occur. She knows her name and some basic commands. Not enough good things can be said

about her. We do not have a formal temperament assessment but during the time that we have had her here at the

shelter she has been a great dog with no concerns regarding adopting her to a home with women, men,

children or other dogs. Volunteers both new and old have had no issues with taking her out to the outside

yard to potty and play.