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A Safe Haven for Animals
January 2016
Celebrating New Beginnings!

Here at Sonoma Humane
Gretchen, December 2015: from homeless and unclaimed...
Society, we're all about new beginnings. Last year with the support of our community, we adopted 2,147 animals into their forever homes! This is an increase of over 7% from our previous year, and a number we've seen steadily growing over the years.

We believe that every at-risk animal deserves a chance to be happy and loved - and we're already off to a flying start with 54 animals finding forever homes so far this year. Each animal has a story to tell, including Gretchen, our first adoption of 2016!

When the Mini Poodle/Shih-Tzu mix arrived at Sonoma Humane Society as a stray last month, we just couldn't believe someone would let this little sweetie out of their sight. Calls and a letter to the party associated with her microchip yielded hang-ups and no response. We knew that the timid 8-year-old deserved to be in a home where she was cared for and looked after. going home in loving arms as our first adoption of 2016!
Very shortly after she was available for adoption, she was scooped up by a lovely woman and her father. The duo's family history is rich with compassion toward animals. During the Great Depression, the man's parents operated a shelter for homeless dogs. They would drive from San Pablo to Oakland to collect day-old bread to make soup to feed the dogs - one of the few ways they could provide sustenance for them during those hard times.

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide protection, compassion, love and care until we could adopt Gretchen into such a wonderful home. And together we'll celebrate many more new beginnings this year - one animal at a time!

How will you show the animals you care in 2016? Click here to make a difference!

Let's make it permanent!
As we anticipate taking up permanent residency in the Healdsburg Center building this Spring, we continue to make happy matches at our on-site temporary digs. Speaking of permanent... former stray McGraw (right), found his forever home through the Center last month!

Give Me Shelter: An event to open the doors!
Please join us February 20th and be a part of the future of animal sheltering in Healdsburg! Space is limited so purchase your tickets or a table today. Other ways to get involved? Help us get our safe haven for animals in Healdsburg up and running by supporting our Give Me Shelter campaign. (View needs here by clicking on the Support and Donations tab.) Or, sign up to take a tour of the facility! 


Art From The Heart! 
A very special THANK YOU to local artist Victoria Heiges for donating her whimsical cat and dog sculptures to the Healdsburg Center. Her creations are welcoming guests to the Center and bringing smiles!

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
 January Adoption Special adoptionspecial

Could Tazzie (in our header photo above) be your new best friend?
Visit all our adoptables here!


El Niņo Pet Safety Tips
Here in Northern California, we face the predictions for a stormy winter with equal parts hope and trepidation - hope for an end to our years of drought, and trepidation about the likelihood of flooding and power outages in many of areas of our county. Peace of mind comes from being prepared. Take a moment to review your family's emergency plan and make sure it includes provisions for your pets. Click  here for our tips for keeping your pets safe during the winter rains.  


Calling all football fans...
Teams come and teams go... maybe your team has made it through the playoffs or maybe they haven't. One thing we know for sure is that OUR team needs some help. You see, our shelter animals depend on you to help feed them, through a donation to the SHS Kibble Bowl. $50 feeds them all for an entire day while $100 covers a whole day. We're rooting for 365 days and have just 51 days covered. Place your bet today and you're guaranteed to win one for the animals... after all who doesn't like to root for the underdog? Get in the game here!!!
SHS Eventsevents
1/14  4-8PM

As the saying goes, "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy pizza and that's kind of the same thing." And thanks to Vignette Pizzeria at The Barlow, 15% of your bill will benefit the animals of SHS! No flyer needed for this special Dine and Donate event. For more information click here.

1/16  1-4PM

Is this thing on? Yep and we can hear you LOUD & CLEAR! Bring your electric or acoustic guitar to Loud & Clear Music in Cotati and a $10 donation to SHS scores you free restringing! Check out all the details here!

View all our upcoming events here!
Sonoma Humane Society Board of Directors 2016

Evelyn Mitchell, President
Shannon Vandewalle, 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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