Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Have you seen a yellow ribbon on a leash? What does it mean? -from Petplan and Dogster

We humans have many ribbons to wordlessly express our own personal challenges: pink ribbons are synonymous with breast cancer, black ribbons are universally meant to honor the dead and a myriad other ribbons seek to gather support for particular causes.

If you see a light turn yellow or flashing yellow lights, you know to proceed with caution. However, what do you do when you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on his or her leash?

Dog trainers and advocates have launched a yellow ribbon campaign for dogs – that is aimed at giving people warning if their dog needs space. The concept is very simple – yellow means caution – a yellow ribbon on a leash means to be cautious as well.

While many dogs are friendly, there are others that need space either all the time or at least as they are warming up to new people or dogs. The yellow ribbon can signify many things –

  • A dog is in training and doesn’t want to be disturbed.
  • A dog has health issues.
  • A dog is frightened outdoors.
  • A dog may not like other dogs or unfamiliar people
  • Some dogs just don’t play well with others.
  • Some dogs are recovering from surgery or injury and aren’t able to play.

This is where the yellow ribbon can help. Tying a yellow ribbon lets other dog owners know that your dog needs space, for whatever reason. And if you see a yellow ribbon on a leash, you know to ASK the owner if you can approach and pet their dog and/ or keep your dog close until they pass.

The yellow ribbon only works, however, if we all know what it means. Spread the word to friends and colleagues, and in the meantime, never assume that people you and your dog meet on the street know what it means. A yellow ribbon doesn’t excuse inappropriate behavior, and it doesn’t make you less responsible if an accident occurs.

I recently talked to a couple who have a dog that has recently lost its eyesight. The dog became nervous when approached by a passerby. Hopefully by the use of the yellow ribbon the dog and its owners will be able to enjoy a stress free walk.

MikaFeatured Dog: Mika

Mika-Approx. 1 year old. Very shy and cautious. She is used to being with only one person so is slowly getting used to having more people around her. She was probably carried around most of the time so needs work with leash training and socialization. Pretty little girl just needs someone to take the time and love her.

Other available dogs:

Monica – F – 9M – doxie mix

Carly – F – 1 yr. – pug mix


PeteyFeatured Cat: Petey

Petey is a truly adorable little short-haired orange/white male kitten about 12 weeks old. He is an affectionate, happy, outgoing boy who likes to get into trouble. He was abandoned and came to shelter with his brother who has already been adopted. He is also very loving and one of the first to greet you when you come home. He enjoys playing with the other kittens but is looking for a home of his own. He has had his first set of kitten shots.

Other available cats

Sheba- 10 year old long hair- dilute calico. Needs to be only cat

Missy- 1 year old gray/white tabby FRONT PAW DECLAWED Would do better as only cat

Tom- 4 month old orange/white kitten loves to play

Sunny- 1 year old male gray white tabby. Friendly Unique facial markings.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

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