A Safe Haven for Animals
In this issue: 

Paying it Forward for Pets
Life can change in a heartbeat.  And some life changes can render our pets vulnerable. Thanks to your support, SHS is here to care for our community's animals through life's transitions with compassion and hope.

Marti is one big, lovable lug of a Border Collie. He confidently trots up to you knowing that you won't be able to resist giving his sturdy shoulders a good ruffling. His friendly gaze lets you know he's expecting good things: a treat, a brisk walk... a caring home. After all, this is what he has grown accustomed to every day in the 5 years since he was adopted from SHS. 

This little Figgy goes all the way home!
A good Samaritan spotted Figg running as fast as his short little Chi/Corgie legs would carry him on a construction site near Highway 12 in Sebastopol. He was covered in fleas and looked very uncared for. Once his stray hold was up, we gave Figg a microchip and neuter surgery so he could have a solid foundation for his new chapter in life. This little cutie's story has a happy ending - he recently found a loving home in the arms of this sweet family!
Ogden: from street life to sweet life!
The roadside was no place for a dignified gent like Ogden. Luckily he got off the streets and into SHS. With his sweet, social personality he garnered quite the fan club during the several months he was here. We couldn't figure out why this purr-ball hadn't been scooped up sooner. Was it his FIV+ status? Nope, everyone knows FIV+ kitties can live a healthy life indoors. Was it the fact that he was pushing 15? Uh-uh, many people prefer the companionship of mature felines. Well, when a nice woman came in to adopt him, Ogden wasn't asking any questions. In fact, once he hopped in the carrier to go home, we couldn't get him to come back out for a "Happy Tails" photo. So, Ogden gets a cozy, forever home at last... and you get a pre-adoption photo of him for posterity!

Peter and Jon: A Rat-tastic Life!
Peter Pettigrew and Jonathan Frisby's previous owner left them with a friend when she went travelling. When she decided not to come back, the friend knew they would need a permanent home so she brought them to SHS to help them find it. We are happy to report that the bewhiskered brothers are  now supplying smiles and companionship in their forever home. Their lovely new friend is an experienced rat guardian. The minute she spotted the pair, she knew she could offer them the life they deserve. "Happy Tails" to these rad little rodents!

Who makes these Happy Tails possible? ♥YOU DO!♥
Your support of our programs makes all the difference to animals in need of a second chance. Donate today and be a part of someone's Happy Tail!

Who's waiting for a Happy Tail of their own? Meet our adoptables!
Rachel gets adopted by her rescuer!
This young man  has a deep respect for animals and wants to help them any way he can. When he found a mother cat and her kittens on his property, he took care of the mother  cat and helped socialize the kittens. He brought Rachel (the kitten he is holding) and her siblings, along with their mother, to the Healdsburg Center to find homes for them after we spayed and neutered them at our Highway 12 facility. He pic ked up Rachel's  mother and released her back to his property, and he got to adopt his favorite kitten: "Rachel". Now Rachel gets to see her mama and live with her guardian angel.  It is such a joy to see young people making a difference in their community, not because they are asked to, but simply because they know it is right thing to do!

Read to a Dog Program comes to Healdsburg Center starting Saturday, September 24th!
Join us every 4th Saturday of the month at the  Healdsburg Center for Animals  for our Read to a Dog Program! Bring a book and settle in  with a certified Animal Assisted Activity dog.  Children of all ages are welcome and must  be accompanied by an adult. (We will have a limited selection of books available and are accepting donations of positive-themed books geared toward pre-readers through teen reading levels.)  Learn more here!

Did you know that we offer our Read to a Dog Program at libraries in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol too? Check our events calendar for upcoming dates!
Join Us...

Water Bark at Spring Lake!
Sept. 18, 19 & 24, 25 
The Spring Lake Water Bark returns to the swimming lagoon at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa on September 18, 19, 24 and 25. T his popular event allows dogs to swim and romp off-leash from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on weekend dates. In addition, Monday, September 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM  is "Mellow Monday," when seniors can bring their d ogs to enjoy the Water Bark in a calmer environment. Water bark fees are $5 per dog for Regional Parks members and $7 per dog for non-members. Parking is free for park members and $7 per day for non-members. 

Dog Hike at Kunde Family Winery
Saturday Oct. 1, 9AM - 1PM
Fourth-generation winegrower Jeff Kunde and his dogs, Cooper and Marley, cordially invite guests and their furry friends for a hike through the breathtaking Kunde Family Estate vineyards in Kenwood. The moderately strenuous hike will last about four hours, concluding with a wine tasting and wine country lunch. SHS shelter dogs will be there with staff and volunteers to join the hikers and their dogs. The tour fee is $60 per person and space is limited. A portion of the tour fee will be donated to Sonoma Humane Society. 
Blessing of the Animals 
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Sunday Oct. 2,  2 - 5PM
Join us Sunday, October 2nd for the 16th Annual Blessing of the Animals. Take part in this unique Sonoma Valley tradition by bringing your best furry friend to the Winery to be blessed and spend the afternoon helping us raise money for the Sonoma Humane Society.
Proceeds from the raffle, silent auction, wine by the glass and the  Winery Dog of the Year Contest will be donated to SHS!
Get all the details!
Fall Craft and Vendor Fair
Sebastopol Grange 
Saturday, Oct. 15  10AM - 4PM
Enjoy the scents, flavors and colors of Fall. Pick up some seasonal gifts, treats, jewelry, and enhancements for your home and yard (including pumpkins!). Enjoy live music and baked holiday goodies. Free admission.  100% of donations will support the Sonoma Humane Society!
Grange is located at 6000 Sebastopol Ave.  Event sponsored by  Mystical Rose Glass Creations
Contact Mary at 707-494-9202 for more information.
Paws For Bingo!
Saturday, Oct. 22  11:30AM - 4PM
Animal lovers + BINGO + silent auction + lunch + wine + dessert = Does it get any better than that?  100% of proceeds benefit the animals of Sonoma Humane Society and Dogwood Animal Rescue Project.  Hope to see you there!
Trainer's Corner

And baby makes...four? training
Did you recently bring home a new baby human? Or maybe a new dog has joined your brood? These resources  can make life with kids and dogs more fun for all involved!

Our Training Team is here to help you build a strong relationship with your 4-legged friend.
Check out our fun classes and workshops!
Other ways you can help:
Sonoma Humane Society Board of Directors 2016

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

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