A Safe Haven for Animals
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SEPTEMBER 2017
Harriet:  our h ospital's tiny patient comes through purring!

When we first met Harriet the kitten, she was barely 3 days old and weighed just ounces. She was purrin and sweet - and her life was hanging in the balance. One of her tiny hind legs was  severely infected and rubbing against her open umbilical attachment, causing a rapidly spreading infection throughout her body. 

Dr. Reidenbach knew that surgery was required to s ave Harriet's life but, she explains, "we typically don't want to operate on animals  under two pounds, and she was WAY below two pounds. However, we really had no choice."

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Chardonnay: life gets better with age!
Karan spotted Chardonnay's mature, sweet face on our website and came right in to meet her. Their connection was instant and Chardonnay went home that very day! Karan recently sent us this touching update: "June 13, 2017 was a magical day when I adopted Chardonnay. She and I are both seniors - Chardonnay is 12 years old. In July when I licensed her, I was told she had been previously licensed by 2 other parties. I reassured Chardonnay that she is home for good! Adopting a senior dog has tremendous advantages and I encourage everyone to take a second look should an opportunity arise to adopt a senior."

Dudley finds his purr!
Dudley arrived at SHS under-socialized and terrified of people. Our incredible Feral Team worked their magic and he became much more comfortable, but was still quite timid. He needed an extra special family willing to work with him to build his confidence. Enter the Williams family who share this happy update:  
 
"To say that Dudley (now Neo) is the perfect completion to our family is an absolute understatement. We all love him dearly already and look forward to sharing a long life of love with him. He's a world-class snuggler whose favorite place is right under our chins or the crook of our arms. And though he may be sensitive, he is full of curiosity and love and has made himself right at home. My husband even joked that Neo purrs so much and so ardently that he might just break his purrer! We can never thank you enough for making it possible for Neo and his big brother Jazz (formerly 'a Boy Named Sue' from your Healdsburg shelter) to complete our family. And for all that you do every single day for all of the other sweet little souls looking for their forever homes. "
Timber and Geronimo:
back-to-school special!
Amy and her family adopted a guinea pig many years ago, who was her son's constant companion. When their beloved piggie passed away from old age, they knew they wanted to adopt another. But with busy summer plans coming up, they decided to hold off. All summer long, Amy's son would watch guinea pig videos on his tablet and talk about how much he missed his old friend. Once school started back up, Amy decided that it was time to find another companion. She looked on our website and found that Timber and Geronimo were in need of a home. Amy brought her son in to our Healdsburg Center to meet the pair and they were instantly in love. Happy trails, boys!
♥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 HAPPENINGS
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Does your child love books?
Bubbles is all ears!
Join us every 4th Saturday of the month at the Healdsburg Center for our Read to a Dog Program.  Dogs can help students improve vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension skills by making reading relaxing, fun, and furry! Learn more about our program here.

Our Healdsburg Center for Animals is growing and thriving with community support. Check out our Healdsburg Adoptable Pets and Healdsburg Training Classes
events
Join Us...
Mutt Lynch Winery Yappy Hour!
Friday, September 8, 4-7PM
9050 Windsor Road, Windsor

The wonderful crew at Mutt Lynch Winery gave Sonoma Humane Society the opportunity to design the label for their delicious 2014 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and they are donating 25% of all proceeds from the sales to support our lifesaving work!

Join us for the official launch of our custom wine label at Mutt Lynch Winery! Wine and snacks will be provided-for both people and dogs. Take home your very own "Big Dog" wine and support the animals! 
$10 door fee, all proceeds go to the animals of SHS!

Water Bark Off-Leash Swims!  9AM-5PM
9/9, 9/10, 9/17, 9/23, 9/24, 9/30, 10/1  
Spring Lake, 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa

Water Bark at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon is back! Well-behaved dogs are invited to swim and cavort off-leash at our lovely local lagoon during seven specially designated weekend days Sept-Oct. This popular event supports Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation!  

17th Annual Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 1, 2-5PM
St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa

Join us for St. Francis Winery's 17th 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 homeless animals.

There will be fabulous raffle prizes and silent auction items donated by local businesses. Proceeds from the raffle, silent auction, wine by the glass and the Winery Dog of the Year Contest will be donated to Sonoma Humane Society!

Paws for Bingo!
Saturday, October 14, 11:30AM-4PM
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa

Paws For Bingo is a 100% volunteer created and hosted event with a mission to help animals in Sonoma County! Every dollar raised on the day of the Bingo fundraiser will go directly to help animals by supporting Sonoma Humane Society, Dogwood Animal Rescue, and Lily's Legacy. This popular event was created 8 years ago by Charlotte Pearce and Victoria Denning. With immense love in their hearts for our local homeless animals, this compassionate duo have raised over $90,000! 

Trainer's Corner
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Barks and Recreation

Did you know that barking generally falls into five categories? To cut down on any kind of barking, give your dog plenty of exercise and arrange for mental stimulation when he is left alone. 

Identify the reasons behind the bark and discover ways of keeping the peace with these handy tips

Our Training Team is here to help you build a strong relationship with your 4-legged friends.  
Kibbles & Bits
Wags, Whiskers & Wine Gala 
A night to remember! kibbles

The evening sparkled under a late summer cloud cover at the gorgeous Trentadue Winery. Kittens were snuggled and dogs splashed in fountains as our gracious guests and compassionate community came together to help us raise over $200,000 for the animals! We tip our hats (and tiaras!) to all who helped make this spectacular event a resounding success! 
Helping Animals Threatened by Hurricane Harvey
Want to contribute to rescue efforts for Houston's dogs, cats, horses and other companion animals? Here are a couple of good options - real organizations doing hands-on work to save animals in Texas. Please donate generously!
 
Houston SPCA The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief, and resources in the region.

SPCA of Texas The SPCA of Texas is putting every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area.

Austin Pets Alive! Austin Pets Alive! an animal shelter and no-kill pet advocacy group seeking assistance to help with pets, has created a page on its website specific to Hurricane Harvey-related needs.
 
(Shared from  DogTrekker's recent e-newsletter)
Oliver's Rocks!


On Saturday August 12th, about 40 staff members from  Oliver's Market
volunteered at our Santa Rosa shelter! They helped us pull weeds, spread wood chips, prune blackberries, and organize some of our outdoor spaces. Strong work, team!  Here is what they had to say about the experience: "Such a fun day for all of us and everyone was very proud of what we were able to accomplish in a couple of hours. Looking forward to next August when we can come back and volunteer again!"  We are very grateful to  Oliver's Market  for their time and effort! The shelter is looking great! THANK YOU!
Clear the Shelters Event Success!
A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY 
for coming out to give homeless animals their forever homes at the Clear the Shelters event at the Sonoma Humane Society's Santa Rosa and Healdsburg Centers last month!  In just one day we adopted 22 kittens, 15 cats, 7 dogs, 1 rabbit and 1 rat - a total of 46 animals! 
Adopters came from far and wide (some from Marin County) and some adopted multiple pets. One family took home a cat, a dog and a rat!
This nationwide campaign was the 3rd annual sponsored by NBCUniversal and VIP Petcare and resulted in over 62,000 adoptions this year!

Exciting News for Bunnies!!!
What's not to love about bunnies? Besides the obvious (adorable twitchy noses, silky ears and floofy feet), they are highly social beings who thrive on companionship and interaction. Litterbox trainable, bringers of smiles, and eaters of veggie-based diets, rabbits  make wonderful family members. And did you know that, after dogs and cats, bunnies are the third most abundant adoptable pets? That's why we're expanding our house rabbit program to help even more buns find homes! Your support of our Bunny Fund will help us provide spay/neuter surgeries, comfy housing, and all the love and care they need while here at SHS!
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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