Miranda's Rescue Board of Directors
Shannon Miranda - Founder & President
Brian Paris - District Manager Thrift Stores
Dean Paris - Treasurer
(pictured with friend & volunteer Rachel)
The Miranda Children! You're AWESOME & We Love You!
Our Rescue Mascot is Skyy; a 3 1/2yr old 165lb Harlequin Great Dane. Skyy trying to fit in Shya's bed (to see a pic of Shya click Sanctuary on the left). Kimber shown above is a animal massage therapist and trainer. Click on resources for her contact info.
Dog & Cat Adoption/Rescue
Manager Dogs/Cats - Shannon Miranda
Cat Caretaker - Andrea Russell
Cat Caretaker - Kathy Pollard
Dog Caretaker - Chris Benham
Admin - Ricky Wright
Admin - Mikayla Miranda
Large Animals & Exotic Adoption/Rescue
Thrift Store District Manager
Miranda's Rescue For Large & Small Animals is a no-kill rescue, adoption & sanctuary facility that brings relief to hundreds of distressed, neglected, abused & discarded animals, large & small, every year. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity organziation, EIN #68-0417389.
Miranda's Rescue is a 50 acre facility with 30 working acres. We are located on the corner of Drake Hill & Sandy Prairie Roads. Our property is divided into two sections. The Drake Hill Road Entrance houses our wonderful, hugable and adoptable dogs, puppies, cats & kittens while the Sandy Prairie Road Entrance houses the large & small animals up for adoption as well as sanctuary animals.
As a no-kill facility, we do not euthanize animals to make room for new intakes. Any animal that is deemed adoptable will live at the sanctuary until a loving and permanent home is found. This includes, but not limited to, dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, small mammals, domestic and game birds, tropical birds, livestock, & exotic animals such as alpacas, emus & llamas. There's nothing we won't rescue. We've even had camels residing here before. Many of the animals are adopted out to loving homes while others live permanently on the rescue grounds as sanctuary residents.
Miranda's Rescue has been recognized by the California State Assembly as the "Best Sanctuary For Abused Animals in Northern California" & the Red Cross named founder, Shannon Miranda, one of "Humboldt County's Heroes". The California State Assembly also recognized Shannon for his help with the probation youth of Humboldt County.
The rescue operates financially with proceeds from their thrift shops in Fortuna, Eureka, McKinleyville & Garberville along with adoption fees, creative and innovative fun-raising projects & donations from the private sector. We receive no government funding. If you would like to donate you can click on the donate tab on our website or call 707.616.5018 & donate with a credit card over the phone, or stop by one of our thrift stores and leave a check or cash at the front counter or you can mail a check to Mirandas Rescue, 1603 Sandy Prairie Rd. Fortuna, CA 95540.
The rescue would not be where it is today without its hardworking and dedicated staff & volunteers. The rescue employs 20 and has 40 volunteers! Bless all of you for believing in the rescue's mission...to save all animals! Whether you made a contribution, adopted one of our furry companions, transported animals, shopped at one of our stores, worked at an event, cleaned a horse stall, walked a dog, cleaned an enclosure or kennel, sorted clothing or answered phones we want to sincerely say to you - THANK YOU for your support in helping make our community a better place to live.
Shannon Miranda grew up in Ferndale, CA (Pop. 1,400)...home of the famous “Avenue of the Giants” (Redwood Trees). Contrary to his nature, he was born into a family of hunters and grew up saving whatever critter he could. He gained respect and experience while training mustangs in high school.
In October ’94, Shannon’s life forever changed. While working at a local lumber mill, he fell 30ft through an unstable floor, which left him wheelchair bound with a broken neck and back. The diagnosis was that he would never walk again. For Shannon Miranda, this was a “wake-up call”. He was seriously injured and unable to return to any form of a structured job and father to a 5 day old son. Shannon is not one to lie around feeling sorry for himself. Working with animals was his true calling. Raising his son and doing rescue work became his form of physical and emotional therapy.
It was one year before he was out of the wheelchair and walking again. And by that time, he had already acquired a menagerie of rescued horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, a possum, and a family of raccoons, even guinea pigs. Needless to say, with an ever-growing need of animals in search of loving homes, Shannon’s rescue quickly outgrew its surroundings at his trailor home in Ferndale. He soon moved to the Ferndale Coppini Dairy. It was here in 1998 that he incorporated as the nonprofit, Miranda’s Rescue For Large and Small Animals; a no-kill rescue, adoption and sanctuary facility.
The rescue is a “no-kill” facility meaning that an animal that is deemed adoptable or reasonably treatable could find sanctuary at Miranda’s Rescue until a loving, permanent home can be found for them. Believing in controlling the pet population, all cats & dogs are spayed or neutered before placement.
His operation was such a success that within four years Shannon once again outgrew his spot on Coppini Lane. In late 2001, the rescue moved to a 50 acre ranch that had 30 usuable acres to build on. It came complete with a barn, plenty of room to expand, horse trails along the Eel River & bordered the greenway boardwalk to walk the dogs. Ironically, it was the very same place where he began understanding & learning about animals during his teen years with his friend Bonnie Tanferani who operated, what she called a Funny Farm for Animals.
For the past serveral years, Shannon has co-operated the rescue with Dean Paris, who moved to the area from Boston, MA. With Shannon’s knowledge of animals and Dean’s business background, they have become an invincible team not only in their professional career, but together in life.
Friend Kim Korobi, Shannon Miranda, Friend Deb Newman & Dean Paris pictured on left
Right Shannon, Blake, Mikayla & Logan riding in the Fortuna Rodeo Parade (photo by Dado Dean!)
Above is our good friend Rachel and Breezer. He is one of the many lifetime sanctuary animals at the rescue. This would be the last photo taken of him. In 2011, the rescue had to lay the handsome Breezer to rest at the ripe ole' age of 29. He had many incredible years living at the rescue. If Breezer could share his fondest memories, it would be taking foster children on trail rides, being a mentor to other horses on how to behave and spending time with his doting Miranda's Rescue Family. Rest in peace big guy. We shall miss your sweet personality and gentle soul. You gave many young children a true belief in themselves that they "matter". Thank you for many wonderful years. Love Shannon, Dean, Kim, Blake, Mikayla and Logan Miranda.