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Found Kittens? Wait for Mom!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Found Kittens? Wait for Mom!

It’s that time of year again – kitten season! During the height of breeding season it’s not unusual to find a litter of stray kittens. If you do, these important tips will help you make the best decision about their care. WAIT AND WATCH If you find a kitten or litter of kittens who appear to be abandoned, take a deep breath and wait before scooping them up. Momma cat may be off in search of food, or in the process of moving her litter to safer digs. It’s important to determine if mom is coming back or if the kittens are truly abandoned. The kittens have a much better chance of survival when kept with their mother until weaned. Make careful note of the kittens’ location and then give mom enough room and time to come back. Retreat to another location at least 35-40 feet away. If the kittens are in a safe location, you might leave the area completely for a couple of hours and then return. Assess the area to evaluate whether the kittens are in danger. Are there dogs or other predators in the area? Are they exposed to rain or extreme cold? Are they near a heavily trafficked area? It may take the mother cat several hours to return and healthy kittens can survive this period without food as long as they are warm. IF MOM RETURNS If the mother cat returns and she is friendly, take the mom cat and her kittens inside and offer them protection. If the mom is feral and the family is located in a safe and protected area it’s best to allow the kittens to stay with mom until they are weaned. You may be able to help by providing shelter and food for the mom, however, keep these a good distance from each other. Placing food near the kittens and/or the shelter will attract other cats and predators to the area. At six weeks the kittens should be taken from the mother for socialization, vaccinations and, soon, their spay/neuter surgery. In addition, you’ll want to capture the mother cat so that she can be sterilized and prevent future unwanted litters. IF MOM DOES NOT RETURN If the kittens have been orphaned, you can help provide life-saving care for them by bringing them to The Sonoma Humane Society. If you’re interested in becoming a kitten foster parent, you can fill out a Foster Parent Questionnaire and attend one of our orientations. Check our event calendar for upcoming orientation dates! WHO TO CONTACT The Sonoma Humane Society can assist you with care instructions if you’ve rescued orphaned kittens. Please contact our Foster Care Department at...

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Registration is OPEN!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Registration is OPEN!

The Sonoma Humane Society offers a variety of programs to educate children and teens about compassion, responsibility, respect, safety and care of animals. Camps sessions include Animal Adventure and Education Camps, A Week on the Farm Camp, and Career Camp! REGISTER!                 Animal Adventure and Education Camps Our Animal Adventure and Education Camps are designed to foster respect, compassion and kindness towards all living beings. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes activities at the Sonoma Humane Society, attend field trips to local animal care organizations and learn from guest speakers. Our goal is to share the world of animal care and welfare to future generations in a safe, fun and hands-on learning environment! A Week on the Farm Camp Different from our other camps, the focus of this camp is on learning while working alongside farm staff to care for over 25 farm animals and 3 acres of organic vegetable, herb and flower gardens and a fruit tree orchard. Learn about large animal husbandry as you clean, groom and feed the farm animals. Get to know our 4 alpacas, Raymond the Steer, Reno our painted horse and many more friendly farm animals. Learn how healthy food is grown and prepared using sustainable agriculture practices. At our hands-on camp, you’ll spend the week planting seeds, picking berries, braiding garlic, making pickles and caring for farm animals, all while learning about the farm-to-table movement! Located at Forget Me Not Farm at the Sonoma Humane Society. Career Camp Come and learn directly from experts working in the field of animal care what it takes to help animals in your community. Learn first-hand what a typical day in our public veterinary and shelter medicine hospitals looks like. Go behind the scenes and observe our spay/neuter surgery clinics. Become familiar with animal welfare organizations throughout Sonoma County and around the globe. Determine what makes them effective and how you can create positive change. Participate in a week-long dog training clinic with the shelter dogs.  Learn about animal welfare rescue management and what it takes to have a career in the animal welfare field. Teens will meet industry leaders and professionals in their work environments and learn what is required to work in this field....

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Train that brain!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Train that brain!

At Sonoma Humane Society, we want your relationship with your 4-legged friend to enrich your life, not be a source of frustration. We offer rewards-based training, which guides dog behavior through a series of positive interactions and motivations. Have fun while helping your dog or puppy learn the basics of daily life or even agility and tricks. Understanding your pet’s needs is the first step in building a strong foundation for lifelong companionship and we are here to support you. In addition to one-on-one training and private consultations, we offer a wide range of classes and workshops that emphasize positive reinforcement techniques and are tailored to the unique personality of your dog. We bring in nationally-acclaimed speakers to present workshops on a wide range of behavior topics. Check out our upcoming classes and register online or by calling (707) 542-0882 x233! Gift certificates are available for private training or group classes. Contact us...

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