A Safe Haven for Animals
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November 2017
Giving Thanks for Simple Comforts

November is a month for gratitude and, for many of us here in S onoma County, thankfulness has taken on a whole new meaning.

At Sonoma Humane Society, we continue to be grateful for the outpouring of support from far and wide that enabled us to help so many pets and families in  our community during last month's fires. It is this spirit of taking care of each other that we carry with us in the coming days and months.

Recovering from tragedy takes  time and self-care. We encourage you to take care of yourself while you take care of others.  Sometimes the simplest forms of self-care are the  best - the ones that we can fit into our lives easily and  often. Pets are so good at this and we can learn from their example! They relish the opportunity for a restorative nap, a nourishing meal, or simply leaning into the warmth of a loved one for comfort. If you are without a pet to snuggle, come in and let us help you with that.
Thank you for helping us provide a safe haven for homeless animals to receive these comforts. This month, may you too find comfort by holding your  loved ones close, including the f urry ones. With gratitude from all of us to all of you. Together we are Sonoma Humane Strong.
May finds a home. In October!
May had been looked over time and time again, and none of us could figure out why. Super mellow, gorgeous and great with kids, she is the total package. For three months she searched for the right family to take her home. On her three month anniversary with us, during the fires, a wonderful family came in looking for a kid-friendly dog to play with their children. They met with May and it was an instant match!  As we were finalizing the adoption, we mentioned that May had been transferred from a shelter in Lake County. Mom gasped and explained that they had lost their cabin in Lake County to the Sulfur Fire. May is now part of a family who will love and spoil her forever. It was meant to be!

Paul: Love is all around us
Even with tragedy surrounding us, there were still spots of light shining through the darkness. Scott and his daughter had been thinking of adopting a cat for some time and wanted to make a difference to help with the recent fires ravaging our area. They came in to adopt a cat and fell in love with Paul - the big cat with the tiny meow :) Congrats, Paul!  
Amelia Earheart no longer has to fly solo!

These sweet women drove up from their home in Clovis to offer aid after the fires. They came in to drop off donations and fell in love with Amelia Earhart. These rabbit-experienced ladies had not had a rabbit in a while and decided that they would continue to help our shelter by adopting Amelia! Amelia is off to her new home with two wonderful humans to dote on her. Hoppy trails, Amelia! 
♥Who else wants to go home?  Meet all of our adoptables here!

Your support of our programs makes all the difference to animals
on their journey to finding love and forever homes.
Healdsburg Howl-O-Ween 
Dog Parade & Costume Contest
was a roaring good time!

Thanks to the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce along with Sonoma Humane Society Board Members and Volunteers, this wonderful Healdsburg tradition brought welcome smiles to our community last month. Turnout for the festivities, which included a costume contest and parade around Healdsburg's beautiful downtown Plaza, was colorful and well-attended! 
All proceeds benefitted Sonoma Humane Society's charitable veterinary services for fire victims. 

Special thanks to Big John's Market for sponsoring this beloved event.

Our Healdsburg Center for Animals is growing and thriving with community support. Check out our Healdsburg Adoptable Pets and 
Join Us...
Tune It Up & Help A Pup!
@Loud and Clear Music
Saturday, November 18 1-4PM
7886 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati

Bring in your six string electric or acoustic guitar, or uke, and the rock stars at Loud & Clear Music in Cotati will restring it for you with a new set of D'addario strings with your donation of $10 or more to the Humane Society.  Don't need strings? Come by and meet volunteers from the shelter and get your picture taken in the Chihuahua Kissing Booth!
North Bay Strong Benefit
@La Rosa Tequileria & Grille
Thursday, December 21
500 4th St, Santa Rosa

Each Thursday La Rosa and The Lounge at La Rosa will be donating 100% of profits from lunch, dinner and their late night lounge to Sonoma County Fire Relief Funds. On Dec. 21, Sonoma Humane Society will be the beneficiary of their generosity. We hope to see you there! 
Trainer's Corner
Caring For Dogs Under Evacuation, Stress and Transition
Traumatic events like our recent fires can cause normally stable pets to present unexpected and uncharacteristic behaviors. Most of these behaviors are the result of fear and stress. Some animals can become more anxious during periods of major disruptions of their life routines. 

Our Training Team is here to help you build a strong relationship with your 4-legged friends. 
Kibbles & Bits
This holiday season join Sonoma Humane Society and Forget Me Not Farm during one of our favorite times of the year! Our camps are a wonderful opportunity for your child to interact with animals and learn about the field of animal welfare. They'll meet Reno, our beautiful painted horse, Ronnie and Maverick, our young playful goats - plus many more of the animals of Forget Me Not Farm and the dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs of SHS!  Get all the details here.

***Scholarships are available for children affected by the recent fires. For more information please contact Beth Karzes, Humane Education Coordinator, at bkarzes@sonomahumane.org or (707) 577-1902.***
Foundations with ♥, Thank You!
In addition to the outpouring of generosity from individuals in our community, grants from the following foundations have been a critical part of our disaster relief efforts.  Sonoma Humane Society is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie's Fund , helping to achieve a no-kill nation. We are also grateful
for support from Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and the Community Foundation Sonoma County. 

Other ways you can help:
Sonoma Humane Society Board of Directors 2017-2019

Shannon Tracey, President
Evelyn Mitchell, Vice President
Kati Aho, Secretary
John Prouty, Treasurer
 Jim Barnes, Darlene Brazil,  Johnny Drake,  Chris Kittredge, Grace Lucero,
Maren McCloud, Marty Olhiser, Robert Quail, Kathy Yerger

Sonoma Humane Society
Santa Rosa | Tel: 707.542.0882
Healdsburg Center for Animals | Tel: 707.431.3386 
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