Center for Conservation Biology

Mocha, a large mixed-breed dog, sitting outside in the sun


Mocha began working for the Conservation Canine program in 2005 after she was not offered a position with the Police Department. While her specific breed is unknown, she is thought to be a cattle dog/shepherd/doberman mix, and posses the wonderful temperaments of all three breeds! Mocha and her handler, Lindsay Madden, were one of the first canine-handler teams on the California Fisher project back in 2006. Shortly after returning from her second Fisher project season, Mocha retired from CK9s in early 2008 and now lives with her original handler, Lindsay and Lindsay’s Husband, Jacob. Mocha currently spends hours in front of a warm fireplace and has countless toys to choose from on a daily basis. Mocha’s instantaneous bond and working relationship with her handler inspired Lindsay to pursue her current work as a PhD Student at Washington State University. Lindsay is researching the mutual benefits of human-animal interactions specifically between troubled youth and shelter dogs.