What It Means When You See a Yellow Ribbon on a Dog’s Leash

The Yellow Ribbon campaign promotes a signal that says certain dogs need extra space.

Yellow Ribbon Leash Campaign”. This is a nation wide effort to help educate people about dogs. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on the leash, this is a dog who needs some space. PLEASE do not approach this dog or its people with your dog.  They are  indicating that their dog cannot be near other dogs.  How close is too close?  Only the dog or his people know, so maintain  distance or give them time to get out of your way.

There are many reasons why a dog may need space:

  • Health or behavior,  recovering from illness or injury
  • Training for service
  • Rehabilitation of abused or  neglected dogs – the world can be scary for dogs who have been abused.
  • NOT all dogs like other dogs or like to be sniffed by other dogs.


Whatever the case, the campaign is designed on the principle of respect. That is: My dog needs space, so kindly respect it. The concept behind it is quite simple. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon tied to its leash, that signifies a dog who needs space and you should not attempt to pet the dog or over for a greeting.

Featured Dog- Polly



Polly was found as a stray and is about 2 years old. We know she had been without the proper food and water for awhile. She is a beautiful slate gray color with golden eyes. She is a Chihuahua/dachshund blend. Polly can be a little shy at times but she loves people and playing with toys. Polly is learning to walk on a leash she will come when called.

Other available dogs-

Harry- He is the friendliest little dog. Loves people and being cuddled.

Angie- pit bull blend. She is high energy and needs basic training.

Featured cat- Elton

Elton was found as a stray. He had a home at one time but seemed to misplace his family. He loves people and being petted. He will come when called. He was probably an inside /outside cat. He wants to be the only pet in the home so he can’t go to a home with another cat and probably no dogs too.

Other available cats-

Ivy- Friendly, outgoing loving and playful. We can’t say enough about this girl. Only cat in home please .

Spirit- Very calm cat, loves people and being petted. Will come when called. Only cat in the home please.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

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 changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER