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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month!

What a difference you make for senior sweethearts like Coco, Elijah and Aristocat!

As we head into the holiday season, we’d like to “paws” and give thanks to YOU for being a beacon of hope for the animals! From bottle baby puppies and kitties to older animals, your compassion enables us to provide hope and second chances when they need it most - and for that, we are immensely grateful. This month we are highlighting a few of our sweet senior friends who are waiting so patiently for the comforts and companionship of home.

Please help us spread the word and let’s get them home for the holidays!



One look into those beautiful brown eyes and our hearts just melt! Coco is a spry 15-year-old lab mix who came to HSSC when her lifelong owner passed away. She gets along with cats and other dogs and LOVES people. She has the sweetest temperament and is an easy keeper. Coco thrives on lots of quality time with her people. She’s hoping to find a family who's home most of the time, who will help her feel safe and loved. Read more about this sweetheart here:



Get ready to cozy in for a long winter’s nap with Aristocat. Like Coco, this 8 ½ year-old beauty came to HSSC when her person passed away. True to her name, this easy-going gal is looking for a life where she can be pampered. Her throne of choice is a nice warm lap where she can happily curl up for ages, but a variety of soft cat beds are acceptable for those rare occasions when you need to stand up. Aristocat will demonstrate her affections by ‘singing’ to you with her unique and charming meow and will be a loving companion ever at your side. To make things even better, Aristocat’s adoption fee has been sponsored! Watch Aristocat soaking up the snuggles here:



Want to feel unconditionally loved? Elijah just wants to stare into your eyes and hang out by your side all day. This handsome 10-year-old is aging gracefully and will prove it to you with the pep in his step and his excited little bounces out the door when he takes his morning walk. He’s looking for that one special adopter who wants to give him all the love in the world that he completely deserves. He’s a gentle guy and appreciates a bit of play and a good nap or two throughout the day. Check out the cuteness here:, then give our Healdsburg Shelter a call to learn more! (707) 431-3386



We have really taken a shine to Sterling’s big personality and we know you will too! At 9 years old, Sterling is full of energy. He loves chasing after wand toys and small fuzzy toy mice. He’s extremely loving and very cuddly. The ultimate Sterling moment is when he can sit in your lap and bat at a wand toy at the same time. He also likes treats! See this superstar in action here:


Please visit our website to find more special seniors in need of loving homes!


❤️ Thank you for your support and commitment to our mission! ❤️

Ready to bring home your new fuzzy family member? Click here to see how!! 


Special Offer from Stella & Chewy’s 🐾

   Throughout the month of November if you adopt one of our senior pets (ages 5+) Stella & Chewy’s will reimburse your adoption fee!

You can find all the information on how to qualify for a reimbursement on their website :


Healdsburg Happenings


Animal Adventure Winter Camp Registration is OPEN! 😻

Our Healdsburg Shelter's Camp is an exciting experience filled with fun activities for kids ages 7-11. These camp kids will hang out with our cats in Kitty City, bond with our special therapy dogs and enjoy crafts and games while learning about different careers in animal care - it's a half day of jam packed fun!

And there's still room on the waiting list for our Santa Rosa Camp dates!!

To read more about this camp and to register your kids click here.

Community Pet Food Pantry ❤

Our Pet Food Pantry supports pet owners when they need a little extra help caring for their pets. Your donation helps ensure that no pet goes hungry. 

Do you have opened bags of food that your pet doesn't like? We accept all brands, any amounts and it is all happily welcome!

If you can donate, please drop your items off at our Healdsburg shelter at 555 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 between 11 – 5pm, Monday – Saturday. 

You can also have food shipped directly to us.

Click here to view our Amazon Wishlist!

Our wish list can also be used as a reference for items to purchase locally!

❤ THANK YOU - your kindness is truly appreciated! ❤


News from our Shelter Medicine Team 


Meet Mindy and Beanie Baby ❤

These sweet kittens both have eyelid dysgenesis, a condition where the eyelid margin fails to form properly. 

Mindy (the black kitty) needed surgery because her dysgenesis caused entropion (an inward rolling of the eyelid), which meant her eyelashes rubbed against her eye. Our experts in Shelter Med performed the surgery and she’s recovered so well she’s now available for adoption!

The medical journey for Beanie Baby (the tabby kitty) took a little bit longer. Dr. Lisa, our Director of Veterinary Services, reached out to Eye Care For Animals in Santa Rosa for help with his treatment. ECFA was amazing - a spot on their schedule opened up and they took Beanie Baby in for a free consultation! Thankfully, they determined this little fellow didn't need corrective surgery! Our Shelter Med team says he is comfortable and doing well with ongoing application of artificial tears.

Just as we were going to press, we found out that our super fabulous Beanie Baby was adopted by his forever home! What happy news!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Want to know more about our amazingly resilient little fur babies?

Our adoption counselors would LOVE to hear from you!!

Please give them a call at 707-542-0882!


News From Our Community Veterinary Clinic


CVC Cutie, Chewy!

This adorable little guy was referred to our Community Veterinary Clinic by TruVet, after being seen for blood in his urine. He was diagnosed with a bladder stone but his owner could not afford surgery to have it removed. He was started on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication to keep him comfortable until we could get him in for surgery a few days later. The surgery went well and he had a single stone removed from his bladder. We are currently awaiting results on the stone analysis, which will help determine treatment and prevention of future stones.

Our CVC is able to offer veterinary care at cost (or lower) for low-income members of our community who qualify for our services. 

To support the CVC and help more animals just like Chewy, visit:

🐾 Thank You! 🐾


In these challenging times, your support helps HSSC's Shelter Medicine and CVC programs provide lifesaving procedures and surgeries for animals in need. 

Any gift you can spare right now will do a world of good for our shelter animals and allow our medical and animal care teams to continue saving these precious lives.



Community Partner Spotlight 


Thank you VCA Animal Hospitals of Santa Rosa!

VCA Animal Hospitals of Santa Rosa are proud supporters of the Humane Society of Sonoma County. The commitment to caring for our local community pets and helping each one of them find their forever home is a foundational part our partnership.

At VCA, your pet’s health is their top priority, and excellent service is their goal. Their team of highly trained individuals is dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Their doctors, technicians and support team members are all animal lovers who live in the Santa Rosa area and go out of their way to treat pets with the compassion and respect that they deserve. They are honored to support the work we do and we are honored to be their partner in helping make sure that each pet has a healthy and happy life.

Our sincerest thanks go out to the VCA Animal Hospitals of Santa Rosa for their continuous support and dedication to the animals of our community. 


How You Can Help


Looking for a unique way to show someone your love is as solid as a brick? ❤

Pave your way into your favorite animal lover’s heart with a commemorative brick, and help the Humane Society of Sonoma County continue their life saving work!

For a donation, you can purchase a brick in honor of your true love, best human friend, or best furry friend. Or celebrate your love of animals with a heartfelt message inscribed with your own name. The Healdsburg Shelter Commemorative Brick Project offers an opportunity to be part of our life saving work - providing a safe haven, new beginnings and second chances for animals. (Bricks are installed in our Memorial Courtyard at the Healdsburg Shelter).


Your ❤ For the Animals Looks So Good On You!!

What better way to celebrate 90 years of compassion and resilience than wearing your heart on your sleeve...or your bag!

HSSC merch is such a good-looking way to support the animals and our new 90th Anniversary swag will have you heading through the end of the year (and beyond) in style!

Visit our Bonfire merch store to grab your very own tees, totes, long sleeved tees and sweatshirts now!!


Leave A Legacy of Love  ❤

For those of us who dearly love animals, the most meaningful gift we can offer is one that sustains their compassionate care into the future. Planned gifts to the Humane Society of Sonoma County have the power to do just that.

A bequest to HSSC in your will or trust protects the future of our donor-supported safe haven for animals. Every single gift means the world to animals desperate for hope, safety, comfort and the love of a forever home. Your kindness will live on in each one of their hearts – what a beautiful legacy of love.

As you work with your attorney, estate planner or financial advisor, please consider a charitable contribution to the Humane Society of Sonoma County. Many planned giving options offer significant tax benefits. For more information, please contact

❤ Thank You! ❤


Please Vote for us!!

The North Bay Bohemian Best of Sonoma County voting period is open now! 

Your vote helps us get the word about our life-saving, fuzz-baby adopting, love of animals celebrating services to more and more people across our community – we so appreciate your support! 

We are eligible for the following categories:

In the Arts & Cluture category - Best Virtual Charity Event (HSSC’s Wags Whisker’s & Wifi)

In the Everyday category – Best Non Profit

In the Family category – Best Animal Adoption Center and Best Animal Rescue Group, Best Summer Day Camp (HSSC’s Humane Education Camp), Best Veterinary Service (HSSC's Community Veterinary Clinic), Best Dog Obedience School (HSSC’s Academy of Dog)

Voting is only open until December 1st! So, don't delay - PLEASE VOTE TODAY! THANK YOU!


Join Us!


Giving (Tribute) Tuesday is November 30th!!

Throughout all the challenges of the past two years, one thing has remained true: we carry the love for those dear to us closer than ever in our hearts.

With that in mind, HSSC is celebrating this season of gratitude with a heartfelt way to show the ones you love how much you care – On Giving (Tribute) Tuesday, give a gift of love and hope to the animals in a loved one’s name!

And this year your tribute gift will be DOUBLED as you help us meet an ambitious challenge:

An amazing $50,000 matching gift from cherished donors, David and Mary Love!

Honor someone you love while giving TWICE the love to the animals and sail into the holidays knowing you’ve made a true and lasting difference!!

Watch your inbox for more details and get ready to join in the love on Giving (Tribute ) Tuesday!


Rodney Strong's Fall Makers Market

Join us THIS Saturday, November 20th from 12pm-4pm at Rodney Strong's expansive concert green!

Support local artisans and start your holiday shopping while enjoying a glass of wine and live music.

HSSC will be there with our Kissing Booth and more!

Treat yourself to some delicious bites and mulled wine to keep you warm during your shopping pursuits. Rodney Strong wines by the glass and bottles will be available for purchase to enjoy at the winery–or take home a magnum to add to your holiday table. Select magnum wines will be available for purchase at a special 20% discount! An assortment of Rodney Strong gift sets will also be available for purchase during the market.

Please dress warmly and bring a blanket if you wish.



Glorious Gifts that Give Back to the Animals


Sip N' Shop in Healdsburg and Online!

Join us next Saturday, Nov 27th at Jeff Cohn Cellars for Sip N' Shop Small Business Saturday from 4-7pm. 

Not only is Jeff Cohn partnering with HSSC by giving us space for an information table in their tasting room, but we also receive a portion of proceeds from their merchandise sales! Click the link below to see all the available items and shop for your Gift That Gives Back!


Car Pet's Holiday Fundraiser!

We are excited to announce we are partnering with
Car Pet from November 1st to December 25th to raise funds for our animals this holiday season!

Car Pet creates these really great carpet products which are designed to cover the backseat of your car. They're absorbent, collect sand and dirt, provide a good grip for your pet, and is extremely easy to remove and clean. They have become incredibly popular, especially in our state with so many pet owners who like to travel with their dog and go on outside adventures!

If you would like to purchase a Car Pet for yourself, a friend, or as holiday gifts, please use our special code at checkout: 

You will receive 20% off your order and 10% will go directly towards the animals at HSSC!



CoZzzy Comfy Bed Linen Fundraiser!

We are teaming up with CoZzzy Comfy for a Bed Linen Fundraiser - and boy are we Comfortable with that!

These sheets are not only incredibly soft, but from now until December 31st if you order sheets from them using the code:  
Humane Society Sonoma Cty 2-2021

HSSC will receive $12 for each set sold and $3 for each additional set of pillowcases!

*Order by December 10th to insure your delivery will arrive by Christmas!



Thank you to our loving community!

We have been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2021 from GreatNonprofits!

We appreciate all of your contributions! Read inspiring stories about us and add your own here.


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First and foremost, we want you all to stay safe and healthy. As we work toward safely re-opening post-pandemic, we will continue to post updates about
our programs and services on our website
here and on our Facebook page.

Your ongoing support enables us to continue our lifesaving work for the animals during changing times.

Together we are providing every animal protection, compassion, love and care. We are so grateful for this
connection which inspires so much hope. 


HSSC's Santa Rosa Shelter:
5345 Hwy 12 West
| Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-542-0882 |

HSSC's Healdsburg Shelter:
555 Westside Rd
| Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-431-3386 |


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Humane Society of Sonoma County
Board of Directors 2021


Kati Aho, President
Kristen Trisko , Vice President
Vee Wright, Secretary

Kelly Stromgren, Treasurer

 Jim Barnes, Darlene Brazil, Sandy Chute, Johnny Drake, Sophia Grossi, Chris Kittredge, Grace Lucero, Steve Maass, Marty Olhiser, Robert Quail, Dorothy Rodella, Danielle Sandoval, Tim Wingard

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