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Santa Rosa, California, is situated near Sonoma, California. With close proximity to other cities and the coast, there are a lot of stray animals in the area that are looking for new homes. Unfortunately, there aren’t many animal shelters in Santa Rosa, but there are shelters close by for those who are looking to adopt!

The Sonoma Humane Society opened in 1931 as a donor-sponsored shelter dedicated to the care and protection of animals in the area. The facility is so dedicated to finding homes for new animals that it provides more than the basic necessities of shelter, food, and medical care to homeless animals. The shelter also provides training services for animals and works hard to find the perfect forever fit for each animal in the facility. This no-kill shelter has two locations in Sonoma County to house animals.

The Sonoma County Animal Shelter is part of the county government. The shelter works closely with the Animal Control Department to get homeless or lost animals off the streets. This shelter not only provides food and safety to animals, but it also investigates and prosecutes cases of animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect. It also offers discounted spays and neuters for members of the community. The shelter operates as a limited admission shelter, which means it only takes it the number of animals that it can hold so it doesn’t have to euthanize healthy animals for space.

If you are interested in a new pet, consider adopting one from the Sonoma County Animal Shelter or the Sonoma Humane Society.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Santa Rosa

  • Admission FREE!
    Month February
    Duration 6 p.m. to TBD

    #1 Paws for Love Gala


    Each February, Paws for Love hosts a Gala at Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa, California. Enjoy award-winning wines from the area while viewing Valentine’s Day-themed artwork created by the shelter animals at the Sonoma County Animal Shelter!

    There will be hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, and a silent auction. Wine will be available from Mutt Lynch, Pedroncelli, Iron Horse, and Korbel.

    Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Animal Shelter.

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  • Admission $275.00
    Month March

    #2 California Welsh Terriers


    If you have a Welsh Terrier and live in the Santa Rosa area, you won’t want to miss out on the California Welsh Terriers event at Hofas House Hotel. Even though it is a two-hour drive to the hotel, it's worth it for the full weekend of Welsh Terrier fun you will have!

    On Thursday, enjoy the welcome Doggie Cocktail Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a dinner, silent auction, and Build a Bar. Friday begins with a morning on the dog-friendly beach off Ocean Avenue at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Build a Bar occurs again before the 5 p.m. dinner at Forge in the Forrest. Saturday opens with a costume contest at 1 p.m., a wine tasting at 2:30 p.m., another Build a Bar, dinner, and a Bingo night.

    Tickets start at $275 with the option to add on additional events and products.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    #3 Black & Silver Friday


    Join Paws of Love at Roadhouse Winery in Healdsburg for Black & Silver Friday each November. From 4 to 8 p.m., Paws of Love is hosting a holiday paw-ty to raise money for the organization’s Silver Paws for Love senior pet adoption program!

    The event will feature a Giving Tree with handmade keepsake ornaments that are for sale by donation. Each ornament will showcase a photo of a senior pet that the program has helped find a new home. Proceeds from the Giving Tree go to the organization’s Silver Paws for Love program.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    #4 B.Y.O.D. Comedy Show


    Dog owners rejoice over the Bring Your Own Dog Standup Comedy Show on November 27, 2017, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Milk Bar in San Francisco. Just over an hour’s drive out of Santa Rosa, the trip will be worth it for dog owners who love comedy!

    Some of the Bay Area’s top comedians will be there to make you laugh and your dog howl and bark. Let your dog socialize with other pooches from the area while you enjoy drinks and comedy.

    The show is free to enjoy. Registration is required.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    #5 Read to a Dog Central Santa Rosa Library


    Every Saturday, with the exception of a few holidays, the Central Santa Rosa Library hosts Read to a Dog from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program was established to help children learn to read, but children of all ages are encouraged to participate!

    Reading to a dog allows children the opportunity to read without worrying about the judgment of a listener. Plus, children are given the opportunity to bond and interact with animals.

    Dogs are brought in from the Sonoma Humane Society for the events. All dogs are adoptable.

    The events are free.

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