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A Safe Haven for Animals
December 2015
Rupert: finding light in the darkness

As the year draws to a close, we seek out stories of hope to buoy us through the short days and long nights. The journey of a very special cat named Rupert reminds us that where there is darkness, there is also light.

While many of us (and our pets!) were still snuggled in our beds during the wee hours of "Black Friday", Rupert had only basic survival in mind. The frail black cat somehow found his way out of the frigid morning air and into a warm garage. When his good Samaritans discovered him, they could tell by his rough appearance that he needed immediate medical attention. They placed his thin, wounded body into a carrier and brought him to Sonoma Humane Society.
Rupert: putting his trust in us! 

Even on the brink of starvation and dehydration, with multiple injuries and his eyes clouded over by infection, Rupert's resilient personality shined through upon arriving at our shelter hospital. One of our Veterinarian Technicians, Nancy, was on duty that morning and describes how sweet Rupert was as they began helping him: "We had to shave and clean his hind end to see how bad the damage was. We were worried he would be stressed out or react badly to the clippers, but he purred and 'made biscuits' through the whole ordeal."

The dear feline fellow had been living with large abscessed wounds on his back end and his tail was completely missing its fur. He was weak due to anemia from flea bites and low muscle mass, as well as suffering from an upper respiratory infection. On top of all that he had two different kinds of tummy parasites. In spite of the pain he was in, Rupert was grateful to be in caring hands. As Nancy says, "Some cats just have that thankful look in their eyes and they purr like crazy!"

Our veterinarian 
Our brave boy, bright-eyed and bandaged tail.
thinks that Rupert was attacked by another animal - possibly a cat or dog, or wildlife. She speculates that he'd been living with the injuries anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks and that he arrived to safety just in time... had his infections spread any further throughout his body, he might not have survived.

Currently, Rupert is responding well to lots of love and medical attention in our shelter hospital. He is eating like a champ and has even claimed the coziest of healing spaces-the bottom bookshelf in our vet's office! He still has a long road of recuperation ahead. He will never be able to grow skin back on his tail, so once the connective tissue has healed and he is strong enough, he will require a special surgery to remove his tail. Still purring during his daily bandage changes, we think that this beautiful boy has what it takes to emerge strong. We look forward to the day when his health is restored and his endearing qualities brighten the lives of an adoring forever family.

YOU are a beacon of light for Rupert and animals like him who find their way to Sonoma Humane Society. Your donations to our Angel's Fund help us mend injuries and illnesses, heal hearts and - best of all - give the hope of safe, warm forever homes to our community's most vulnerable animals. We are so grateful for the gift of your support. Please donate today!
Happy Tails Shiloh!

 Do not attempt to adjust your dial! If Shiloh's photo looks blurry it's because he fast-tracked it lickety-split out of the Healdsburg Center and into his forever home last month! The good-natured, 3-year-old Pinscher mix prefers the company of people over other dogs, as well as showing off his extreme fetch skills and now, soaking up tons of love with his new family!

Healdsburg Center Construction Update

Paw-don our dust! Construction crews are working hard to get the Healdsburg Center facility completed. We're aiming for March 2016. See photos and read more
about our progress here, or sign up to take a tour here.

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 
Gifts with Heart!

Make some dreams come true for shelter animals this season - check out our fun ways to give!

Paws To Shop
Looking for stocking stuffers this holiday season? Head over to Paws to Shop, our on-site pet supply store. We've got all the tricks of the trade from training to treats, and best of all, when you make a purchase, 100% of the proceeds help shelter pets find their forever homes. While you're at it you can purchase a Gift Certificate to one of our amazing Behavior and Training classes, fun for you and your furry one!

Holiday Toy Drive For Shelter Pets
Help our shelter animals stay engaged and entertained this winter. Click here to see their most-wanted list. Stop by our shelter lobby to donate!

Make us "Smile"!
Shopping on Amazon this season? Here's a way to make it count locally by helping the animals of Sonoma Humane. Designate SHS as your charity of choice and Amazon Smile will donate a portion of your purchase price to us! Click
here for quick and easy sign-up!

Join the Second Annual Kibble Bowl!!!
By donating to the Kibble Bowl Challenge, you are directly helping to feed homeless animals in our community. A $50 donation will feed the entire shelter for half a day, and a $100 donation will feed the entire shelter for a full day! Get in the game by clicking here.

For course descriptions and a complete listing of all classes, please click here!

SHS Holiday Events

This month sparkles with fun festivities benefiting the animals of SHS! 

Leave the gift wrapping to our clever elves while you take a break and browse best-sellers at Copperfield's in Sebastopol, Montgomery Village and Healdsburg, and Barnes and Noble in Santa Rosa. Donations support medical care for animals at SHS. Ongoing dates through 12/24.

Side-step the holiday hubbub and snuggle up with some of our adoptable felines 12/12 at Petsmart on Santa Rosa Ave.

Employees of Peet's Coffee (downtown Santa Rosa location) have chosen SHS
to be the beneficiary of their annual holiday donation-match program. Stop by for a cup of kindness 12/17 - 12/24.

Winter Camps Registration Now in Progress! Click here for details!

There's still time to place your vote for 
The Bohemian's Best of the North Bay 2016! 

Like our services and the work that we do? We'd love to have your vote in the following categories:
Best Animal Adoption Center
Best Animal Hospital
Best Dog Obedience School
Best Nonprofit

Voting closes December 15th. Visit here to make yours count!
Sonoma Humane Society Board of Directors 2015

Evelyn Mitchell, President
Shannon Vanderwalle, Vice President
Kathy Yerger, Secretary
John Prouty Treasurer
                Kati Aho, Darlene Brazil, Brent Cassell, Chris Kittredge, Marty Olhiser,Mark Penn, Robert Quail
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