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A Safe Haven for Animals
October 2015
Valley Fire: Community Teamwork Offers Hope

Thanks to the outpouring of support from our community, many Lake County residents and their pets were able to experience safety and solace as the Valley Fire raged on. To everyone who donated pet food and supplies, grain, hay and water for livestock... to everyone who contributed to disaster relief funds... and to everyone who has given so tirelessly of their time-
WE THANK YOU! Your generosity has helped us provide critical assistance for our neighbors to the north.

Led by our partner Petaluma Animal Services Foundation, and in coalition with
Compassion Without Borders, Wine County Animal Lovers and Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, we were able to respond to the needs of displaced people and pets at the Napa County Fairgrounds evacuation site. SHS mobilized staff and volunteers to provide on-site veterinary care, and facilitated the transport of animals in need of acute medical care to our veterinary partners in outlying communities. We also offered refuge for stray animals and set up a depot where people could be connected with resources, including lost and found pet information. Additionally, we coordinated the transport and distribution of donated pet supplies.

With the fire now contained, the people of Lake County face the long road ahead of rebuilding their lives and their community. As with the Rocky Fire in August, we are ready to assist  Lake County animal shelters in the next phase of recovery. In the early days of the Valley Fire, we took in 12 dogs and puppies, as well as some stray cats displaced from the area-four of whom have been reunited with their owners (the relieved couple in our header photo above!) We are also receiving animals from a variety of channels including individuals and veterinarians involved in rescues. We expect our animal rescue efforts will continue in the coming weeks of recovery.

 As always, we are leaning heavily on our foster volunteers to help us expand our capacity for care. We could not do this without them. And we can't do it without YOU! Your support helps us save lives and give second chances to the innocent victims of this disaster.

Ways to help

  • Follow this link for general on-going Lake County fire relief efforts and information, including how to donate to Lake County animal shelters.
  • Contributing to our Foster Program or Angel's Fund enables us to give shelter and medical attention to the animals during their recuperative journey to adoption.
  • Interested in fostering? Click here for more information.
  • Adopt! Adopting an animal opens up a space for us to help another.

Signs of hope and healing
Little Emma the terrier was a source of much-needed cheer at the Napa Fairgrounds evacuation site. She made frequent rounds monitoring treat and toy donations, and tried her best to charm relief workers into giving her donuts. 
Red leans in for some lovin' from her new family. Red came to us from the Lake County shelter when they needed to make room for strays coming in during the Rocky Fire.  

Happy Tails from Healdsburg!
What do these beautiful faces have in common? They all  found their forever homes through the Healdsburg Center in September! Happy Tails Oso, Lola, Winn & Wilma!

Nothing says Autumn like a stroll around downtown Healdsburg!  
Join us for these fun events:  
The Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Healdsburg, announces the 3rd Annual Healdsburg Business Showcase and Community Resource Fair! You're invited to Get DOWNtown and check out all the local businesses! Enter the silent auction with prizes donated from some of your favorite Healdsburg businesses. We'll be there to talk about the Healdsburg Center. Come join us 3-7PM!

Harvest is in full effect! Pick up your veggies for the week and stop by our booth to say hello! We'll be at the Healdsburg Farmer's Market next Saturday, 10/17 from 9-12 with the latest scoop on all our programs and services. 
Enjoy seasonal ingredients, small plates, wine flights and decadent desserts at one of Healdsburg's hottest nosh spots. The lovely folks at Chalkboard will be donating 15% of all sales to the animals of Sonoma Humane Society! Come in for dinner and drinks between 5 and 9 PM. Reservations are recommended.
Join us at the Healdsburg Plaza for the annual Healdsburg Doghouse Howl-o-ween Parade benefitting Sonoma Humane Society Healdsburg Center! Dress your dog (and yourself) in costume and parade around the plaza. Enter the costume contest or the raffle for a chance to win prizes from Healdsburg Dog House and other local businesses! Noon to 1:00PM on the Plaza!  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the animals of Sonoma Humane.  

We are excited to be expanding animal care services for this beautiful part of our community. For more information about what we offer at the Healdsburg Center and for ways to get involved, please visit

Fall in love in a big way-view our adoptables here!
United Way Day of Caring September 2016

Carrying out the wishes of an anonymous donor, employees from Keysight Technologies volunteered their time to rebuild our Catio last month! Now the cats of Sonoma Humane Society can safely enjoy some outdoor time as they await adoption.
Thank you Keysight Technologies! And thank you to our anonymous donor!  
Training Classes

Are your dog's manners downright frightening? Learning new skills doesn't have to be scary! Our Behavior and Training department has brewed up some fun classes and workshops this fall... Your dog is "count"-ing on you to check them out!

Companion Dog 1: Wednesday, October 14 - November 18 @ 9:30am
Workshop: Crate Training: Monday, October 19 @ 6:30-8pm
KinderPuppy Training: Saturday, October 24 - December 5 @ 11am
Workshop: Teaching Through Play: Monday, November 2 @ 6:30-8pm
Agility Fun-damentals 1: Thursday, November 5 - December 17 @ 4pm
For course descriptions and a complete listing of all classes, please click here!

Give your kids the gift of fresh air, fun and a distinct lack of screen time on their Winter Break this year! Registration for our popular Winter Camps starts October 15th.

Session dates:
4th-6th graders Dec. 21, 22, 23
2nd-4th graders Dec. 28, 29, 30

here for more information!

What's your idea of a perfect fall day? Cozying up with a good book and an old friend? Getting your bingo on to help homeless animals? Or maybe bringing home a new feline friend? SHS has an event for everyone this month!  

Author Laura T. Coffey and photographer Lori Fusaro will be in the Sebastopol store to present their recently published book, "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts", a celebration of senior and rescued dogs. Bring your dog, say hello and pick up a signed copy! 

View all SHS events here!
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