While Sonoma, California, is a small city in comparison to many other cities in the state, it still struggles with some of the same issues that larger cities face. One of these problems is homeless animals. In an effort to provide better care for stray pets, there are two great shelters in the area: The Sonoma Humane Society and the Sonoma County Animal Shelter.
The Sonoma Humane Society opened in 1931. Since its opening, it has help find homes for thousands of animals in the Sonoma area. Staff at the shelter provide the animals at the facility with food, water, medical care, and love. The shelter also provides training services, which often helps the pets find new homes. As a no-kill shelter, no healthy animals are ever euthanized at the Sonoma Humane Society. There are two locations in Sonoma County.
The Sonoma County Animal Shelter works with Animal Control to keep homeless pets off the streets and in a facility that provides them with basic care. As part of the government, the shelter helps investigate and prosecute cases of animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty. The shelter also spays and neuters all of the pets that come into their care to prevent more unwanted animals turning up at the door. As a limited admission shelter, the facility doesn’t take in more animals than it can care for to prevent euthanizations.
If you live in Sonoma or the surrounding area and you are looking for a furry friend to bring into your home, consider visiting one of these animal shelters.
Each year before Christmas, the Bennett Valley Pet Center hosts a day for photos with Santa. Bring your pup for a festive photo-shoot with Mr Claus himself. Dogwood’s merchandise will be available for purchase, so get all your four-legged pals’ Christmas presents early. There are even gifts for your human friends and family, too!
Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch will also be there, so you may find a new addition to your family just in time for Christmas.
Entry is free.
Join the Sonoma Humane Society and the Healdsburg Dog House each October for a Halloween celebration unlike any other in the area. The Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade provides Sonoma residents with the opportunity to show off their dog in its best Halloween costume!
Tickets cost $15 per dog, which also gets an entry into the raffle and costume contest. Proceeds from the event go directly to Sonoma Humane Society’s Healdsburg Center for Animals.
The parade starts at Healdsburg Plaza at 12 p.m. The event wraps up at 2 p.m.
Paws for Bingo is held every October. Join Dogwood Animal Rescue for a day of fun and Bingo from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Paws for Bingo is a volunteer-created and hosted event where every dollar raised goes to help the animals at the Sonoma Humane Society, Dogwood Animal Rescue and Lily’s Legacy.
Every year, tickets for this event sell out, so get your tickets now! For only $35, get bingo tickets, lunch, dessert, and beverages. Come, have some fun and save some paws!
Every February, Paws for Love hosts a Gala at Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa, California, which is only a few minutes away from Sonoma. Sip on award-winning wines from the area and view Valentine’s Day-themed artwork created by Sonoma County Animal Shelter animals.
There will be hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, and a silent auction for humans to enjoy along with local wines. These wines will be available from Mutt Lynch, Pedroncelli, Iron Horse, and Korbel.
Tickets are $40 in advance and jump to $50 at the door, so get them early! Proceeds go to the Sonoma County Animal Shelter.
Join Paws of Love for Black & Silver Friday each November at Roadhouse Winery in Healdsburg, California. From 4 to 8 p.m., join in as Paws of Love hosts a terrific holiday party. Proceeds from the event go towards Paws of Love’s Silver Paws for Love senior pet adoption program.
The event will feature a Giving Tree covered with handmade keepsake ornaments. The ornaments are for sale by donation. Each ornament will feature a photo of a senior pet that the program has helped get into a new home. Ornament purchases also go toward furthering the program.