You want far out and not near by? Head north to Willits, turn on East Commercial and follow the yellow arrows. Pass a lot of fields with grazing animals, go over a couple of bridges, wind up and around the trees and pass a Boy Scout camp. Drive on through a large clear cut and then turn at the big pine. Keep going. Cross a couple more bridges. Turn at the T intersection and go up and over a hill; the road has a washboard effect. Keep going. At the bottom of the hill turn, go through the gate and set your odometer for one full mile on the bumpy, rock-strewn driveway. Park your car past the house, on the hillside, and don't hit the cat that just decided to jump down from the fence to cross the road in front of your car. Park, get out and listen to the welcoming serenade of barking dogs. You are there — at the Milo Sanctuary.
The compound is encircled with enclosed dog yards, most of which house a variety of dogs; one holds three Nigerian dwarf/La Mancha mix goats and 10 quarantined cats that have tested positive for leukemia.
Aubin, small and sturdy, yaps and chases his tall, and the senior blue healers, one a red and one a blue, mosey out from their kennels to see what is happening. An assortment of mixed breed dogs in enclosed yards that are near the house and barn gather at the edge of their fence to bark or just check out the action.
Melissa Night, co-manager and adoption coordinator, explains there are about 40 dog yards that house more than 100 dogs spread over the 283 acres encompassing the animal sanctuary. She says that many of the dogs and cats there will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.