A Safe Haven for Animals
Harder-To-Adopt Pets: Redefining Perfect!feature
Greetings from Kitten Season! It's the time of year when we reach out to our community to help us expand our safety net to care for the legions of orphaned felines arriving at our shelter daily... We ask you to help us foster kittens to help get their young lives off to a strong start. As resources are tapped, we ask you to help us buy the supplies, like food and heating pads, that our foster department needs to send home with foster volunteers. And we ask you contribute to our Angel's Fund to help our shelter veterinary team care for kittens who arrive sick and in need of medical care.

At nearly 14 years old and visually impaired, Windsor is "no spring kitten". We salute his adopters for giving him the love and understanding he deserves!
We currently have about 80 kittens in foster care who will be coming back to the shelter soon to be adopted! At this time we also urgently need your help in another way: We're asking you to consider adopting an animal who's been waiting longer to find a home. Many of our adult animals have manageable conditions which don't hinder their quality of life, yet may cause them to be overlooked by potential adopters in favor of kittens and puppies.

When you adopt an animal who needs a little help with special medical or behavioral needs, you become an important part of our no-kill equation: You are making a live-changing difference for the animal you adopt (an animal who might not get a chance at another shelter), and you are freeing up space in the shelter so we can save more animals!

Like us humans, most animals are not "perfect"... but given a little love and understanding, we can be perfect for each other! Click here to see who's been waiting  to find a home.

How good does it feel to open your heart to an animal who is so patiently waiting for you to come into their life? Just ask Pesto and Whitney. Pesto was being stalked... by her future adopter! Whitney admits she was constantly looking at adoptables on shelter websites...

Happy Trails Jasper!!!HappyTails
Remember Jasper from last month's eAnimail? The sweet little Westie who, in addition to being deaf, had also endured a multitude of medical issues, has now found a loving family of his own! His adopters have had Westies in the past, one of whom was also deaf. They report that Jasper is responding to hand signals for "sit", etc. and is "training them very well". He has settled in nicely and follows them around the house, napping in the same room they are in. He also has a large grassy backyard to enjoy, and gets to go on daily walks. "He is a very mellow guy but when he sees the leash, he wags his tail! He is doing a good job helping us to get over the loss of our two previous Westies."

Carmen: Worth the wait!
Carmen came to us as a stray from Healdsburg in July 2014. After being adopted once, then returned when her owner had to move out of state, the almost-12-year-old Calico waited patiently for the right person to come in and sweep her off her paws. Enter Wendy. Wendy's daughter (who is allergic to cats) had just moved out and Wendy was ready for some feline companionship. She was heartbroken to learn how long Carmen had been waiting for a home. The two met and it became apparent that they were meant to be together!       


Doodle Bug (before she was adopted!) has smiles of appreciation for Bert and Aiden! 

Compassionate Young Entrepreneurs Raise $1,075 For Healdsburg Center Animals!

Bert's aunt (Susie Selby of Selby Wines) gives Bert and Aiden permission to operate a concession stand at her winery's passport and barreling events. The young social entrepreneurs serve drinks that they make from local fruit trees, and donate their proceeds to the Healdsburg Center to benefit the care of our animals! Thanks guys, your support means so much to us!

First Adoptions From Our Newly Opened Center! 
Katniss Bliss!

First Cat Adoption From The Healdsburg Center!

Lola was the first cat to be adopted from the brand new building!!! A shy 3-year-old kitty, she left the Healdsburg Center in the loving arms of her wonderful adopter who tells us "Lola's new name is Katniss. A new name for a new chapter in Lola's life!" She tells us that Katniss is adjusting very well - "We're falling in love". Best wishes, you two, for many years of blissful companionship together!

Chula, you're perro numero uno!!!
Roommates Chula and Doodle Bug find homes on the same day!!!

Chula just left the building with a wonderful new family to call her own! These lovely ladies had been looking for a new dog for some time, but couldn't find quite the right match. After their 11-year-old granddaughter found Chula's profile online, they came right in and fell in love! They were excited to let their granddaughter know that her intuition was right on point, and to start bonding with their sweet, scruffy new friend!

They caught "The Bug"!

After an ad for Doodle Bug appeared in the Press Democrat, we received lots of inquiries from people interested in her. But as the end of the day came closer, we had no real leads on a new home for her. But then this wonderful couple came in to meet her and decided that she was the perfect dog for them! It was a done deal and Doodles headed out the door right at closing time, making her our 2nd dog to be adopted from our new building. Toodles, Doodles!

Please save the date for our Grand Opening on June 18th!

For more exciting Healdsburg events, please check out our listings below!
Help us grow our mission in the Healdsburg Community. Please visit our website and click the 'Support and Donations' tab for ways to give!

Go Places With Good Behavior!training

Good manners make going places with your dog fun and enriching rather than stressful and embarrassing! Taking a training class at SHS is a great way to make it happen.

Thursday May 26 5-8PM
67th Annual Future Farmers Twilight Parade
Come join us for the biggest little parade in Sonoma County!
One of the things we love about being a part of the Healdsburg Community is participating in the FFA Twilight Parade! The parade is the kickoff to the Healdsburg Future Farmers Country Fair. Bring your bathing suits and cowboy boots - this year's theme is Barnyard Beach Party! Parade starts at 6PM in downtown Healdsburg - see you there!

Thursday June 16th 5:30-9:00 PM
Running Bases for Furry Faces!
Take us out to the ballgame! The Healdsburg Prune Packers have invited us to get in the game on June 16th at Recreation Park in Healdsburg! We'll be there to celebrate the Healdsburg Center Grand Opening and throwing out the first pitch! The Prune Packers are a collegiate-level summer baseball team and members of the elite California Collegiate League. Tickets are $5 a piece, kids under 12 are free.
Sponsored by Feed This!

Click here for details
Friday June 17th 4-7PM
2nd Annual Cause for Paws Happy Hour Fundraiser for SHS/Healdsburg Center
Get social at this fun Happy Hour event hosted by Vanguard Properties! Mix, mingle and test your luck on some high end raffles with limited ticket sales. Our friend Grace Lucero intends to make this an annual event to support the animals!
Saturday, June 18th 12-4PM
Grand Opening Event
Healdsburg Center for the Animals! 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1:00 with exciting events all afternoon! Explore the shelter, learn about our programs and enjoy some fun family activities!
Other things you might want to be in the know about.

Kathie Neese catches up with SHS alum Bailey!
Human Race:Thank You!humanrace 
We had a great time at the 35th Annual Human Race! Our Marketplace 'Watering Hole and Snack Bar(k)' was a big hit!  We met many alumni pets and many new friends who stopped in for some water and doggie bags of yummy treats provided by Western Farm Center and The Healdsburg Dog House. A big thank you to Kathie Neese for sponsoring our booth and to Jan Norton, who once again raised over $1,700 walking for Sonoma Humane Society. A BIG THANK YOU to all who walked, ran and supported the animals at  this fun event!

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pets

The weather has been a little unpredictable lately, but it's safe to say that hot temperatures are just around the corner. Certain summer dangers like hot asphalt and car interiors are enough to rain on anyone's parade, especially for our furry friends. Follow our tips to keep yours safe this summer!
     Click here to learn more! 
Other ways you can help: Donate your vehicle | Shop |  Volunteer | Host an Event 
BODSonoma 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

 Tel: 707.542.0882 | Fax: 707.542.1317 | www.sonomahumane.org 
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