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A Safe Haven for Animals
March 2016
SHS Special Medical Adoptions -
Making it happen for animals with special health concerns!

Q: What happens to animals who come to SHS with chronic medical conditions yet still have so much love to give?

A: They are placed in loving homes through our Special Medical Adoptions program, of course!

Some of the animals we take in may have conditions that are life-limiting in some way, but they are by no means love-limiting! Here we highlight a few of the animals in our program who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in need of a second chance. We are willing to take a chance on them and hope that understanding adopters are too!

Bailey was recently transferred to us from another local shelter where she was surrendered when her owner died. The 7-year-old Beagle mix is anxious in the unfamiliar surroundings of her shelter habitat, but get her outside and she becomes a whole different dog! Bailey is quite content searching for the perfect spot to bury her squeaky toy. She's also up for a game of fetch, "sitting pretty", and soaking up all the love she can get! Bailey's skin allergies are managed with medication and a hypoallergenic diet. As part of our Special Medical Adoptions Program, we will offer her adopter medications and special diet food at "cost" through our public hospital.

Jasmin might not come out from under the bench in her habitat to greet you - she's having a hard time adapting to shelter life. But if you reach down and give her some cheek rubs, she leans in and encourages you with quiet purrs. The gorgeous, 6-year-old tortie point cat was brought to us when her owner had to move. Her medical issues might make her a candidate for euthanasia at other shelters, but we think this sweet, shy girl deserves to be valued and cared for, for the rest of her life. We believe she will warm up to consistent companionship, and are offering to partner in her medical care with her adopter. SHS will provide free medical exams every 3 months for her condition, as well as any chest radiographs that Jasmin might require for the next 2 years.

Windsor is another sweet cat with special needs. At 13 years old, he is blind and his front paws have been declawed. His previous owner passed away and he was being looked after by her daughter who now has medical issues of her own and can no longer give him all the attention he needs. And just how much attention does he require? We don't know if his limited sight has caused him to be extremely affectionate, but he is a head rub king who seeks out as much petting as you can dole out! Given his compromised vision and inability to defend himself without front claws, he will need to live as an indoor cat.

We won't sugar coat it - adopting a pet with a special condition might not be easy or convenient. But we think the love of a grateful pet - plus the knowledge that you are helping make our community a safer place for all animals - makes it all worth it!

If you are interested in opening your heart and home for one of these special animals, please call us for more information (707) 542-0882.

Other ways to help?
  • Know someone looking for a new furry friend? Please help us spread the word about our Special Medical pets looking for homes!
  • Your donation to our Angel's Fund helps provide medical attention for animals arriving at our shelter hospital.


Healdsburg Center Happy Tails!
Chappy had a rough go in life up until recently. Now he's getting all the love and lap time that every dog deserves! 
"Nellie" arrived at HBC as a stray...
and left as "Valentine" with her
lovely new guardian!
Give Me Shelter: Community comes out to "raise the woof" for
Sonoma Humane Society's Healdsburg Center!
We can't thank you enough for the enthusiastic outpouring of support for Give Me Shelter! Tickets for the event, which was held at the Krug Event Center at the Dry Creek Inn on February 20th, sold out in less than two weeks!

Guests enjoyed a champagne welcome from Breathless Wines, dinner catered by KP Catering, canine kisses at our Kissing Booth, plus surprise appearances by animals adopted from the Healdsburg Center. The festive atmosphere was further enhanced by a vinyl-spinning DJ and lush flower arrangements created by volunteers from  Jackson Family Wines under the expert guidance of Dragonfly Floral's Pam Bell. Fantastic raffle prizes and auction items inspired friendly competition throughout the evening.

 The Give Me Shelter event raised over $50,000 for our Center. Proceeds will help us purchase medical equipment, washers and dryers, and food for animals staying at the Center! 

A very special Thank You to our event sponsors: The Dry Creek Inn, Big John's Market, Sonoma Millworks, The Healdsburg Dog House and Daisy and Kerry Damskey. We are so grateful to be a part of such a supportive and compassionate community - thank you to EVERYONE who is helping us to get the doors open! We are projecting a soft opening this spring and a Grand Opening in June. Tours are still being offered while we begin furnishing the shelter. 

Did you miss out on the fun? Another chance to celebrate and support the animals is right around the corner. Save the date for our annual Wags, Whiskers & Wine gala on August 12th at Trentadue Winery!

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
   Rabbits are wonderful companions!
Avg. Lifespan: 10-12 years 
We currently
Avg. Lifespan: 10 minutes
have several sweet  bunnies waiting to find loving homes.  
So why would we ask you NOT to bring one home this Easter?
here to find out!
Join Team SHS! Human Race 2016

Looking for a legitimate excuse to wear a leotard and legwarmers? Sonoma County's 2016 Human Race is your chance to have fun and raise funds for the animals of Sonoma Humane Society!!! Celebrating 35 years of fundraising for our community, this year's race theme is
"Totally Awesome 80s"! We'd love to have you join Team SHS and walk (rad!), run (tubular!), or fundraise (to the max!) on behalf of our furry friends! Click here for more info!
We're expecting...  lots of kittens!
SHS's Foster Department is gearing up for KITTEN SEASON 2016! Royal Canin BabyCat food is, paws down, our foster volunteers' favorite for being
easy on kitten tummies
and making the weaning transition much easier. Help us stock our shelves with cans and kibbles by visiting our Amazon wishlist here.
Looking for other ways to help kittens this spring? Attend our Kitten Foster Orientation 4/9. Thank you for helping get the
wee ones off to a strong start in life!

Start your weekend early with a farmhouse-inspired craft beer and delicious meal (we love the Heirloom Bean Cassoulet!) from Woodfour Brewing Co. at the Barlow in Sebastopol. 10% of all sales will be donated to the animals of SHS!
View all of our upcoming events here!
Summer will be here before you know it!  
Keep calm and register your kids for SHS Summer Camps today!

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Sonoma Humane Society Board of Directors 2016

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