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Wine Label Launch Party!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Wine Label Launch Party!

The wonderful crew at Mutt Lynch Winery gave Sonoma Humane Society the opportunity to design the label for their delicious 2014 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and they are donating 25% of all proceeds from the sales to support our lifesaving work! Join us for the official launch of our custom wine label at Mutt Lynch Winery! Wine and snacks will be provided—for both people and dogs. Take home your very own “Big Dog” wine and support the animals! September 8th, 4-7pm Mutt Lynch Winery 9050 Windsor Road Windsor, CA • $10 door fee, all proceeds to...

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Found Kittens? Wait for Mom!

Posted by on Jul 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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Staff Spotlight!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Staff Spotlight!

Marian is a kind and bubbly Adoption Counselor at our Santa Rosa shelter. She’s a team player and always has smile on her face. Like many of the staff members at SHS, Marian started out as a volunteer. It was during that time when she discovered her beautiful hound dog, Huckleberry, who was in need of a new home. Surprisingly, Huckleberry wasn’t a shelter dog. He was listed on our Adoptions by Owner page, where locals can list pets they need to rehome. It’s a great option for people in non-urgent situations. It allows pet owners to screen potential adopters and share information they’ve learned about their pet. And most importantly, it’s great for pets. They avoid spending time in the shelter environment, which can be very stressful for them. While the Sonoma Humane Society makes every effort to ensure that an animal’s stay with us is pleasant and positive, a shelter will never be a home. When Marian was showing a family around the adoption center and they didn’t find any dogs that suited their needs, she showed them the Adoptions by Owner page on our website. While she demonstrated how to navigate the site, she spotted Huckleberry. Marian relays, “He was sitting so nicely for his picture. I went home and looked at him again. He was 9 months old and was already on his second home. After a lot of e-mailing with his owner, I finally got to meet him. I waited a week and then made the decision to adopt. After adopting him I immediately reached out to the SHS dog training team for a consultation. Then came a series of classes through SHS. The rest is history!” You can find more information about our Adoptions by Owner page and our Dog Training Classes on our website. Thank you, Marian!...

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