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Winter 2015 | Vol. 27 | No. 2

North Bay Pets a publication of the sonoma

humane society

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Capacity for Care.


t may seem odd to suggest that someone measure their capacity to care. How on earth can that be done? Our hearts have an endless capacity to care - to a level that is far beyond measurement.

However, for an animal shelter, understanding our capacity for care is a critical piece of information. Though our collective hearts can easily embrace each animal who arrives at our door, compassion alone cannot provide the food, housing, medical services or any of the other material needs they require. If we are to give each animal proper humane care, we must understand our true capacity.

Calculating our housing capacity appears easy enough. We measure our facility: the number of housing units, exercise spaces and medical treatment wards. Along with space, we must consider our resources—supplies, equipment and staff—in order to meet our standards of animal care. Every time we welcome an animal, we must be sure we are able to provide a loving, safe and humane environment.

Kiska & Riley: Photo by Kevin Baksa

At the Sonoma Humane Society, our capacity for caring expands and contracts, keeping pace with our community's capacity to care. Our programs and services are a result of compassionate people who support us by volunteering their time and through charitable donations. In this issue you'll learn how our volunteer foster and fospice programs help expand our capacity by creating satellite sheltering throughout Sonoma County. Every story you read illustrates the lifesaving work we are able to provide thanks to your generous support. The heart of our community is strong. It beats with compassion, empathy and generosity. And with every heart that opens itself to care for homeless animals, our collective capacity continues to grow. On behalf of all the animals you have helped us welcome into our care, and into our hearts, thank you!

Kiska Icard, Executive Director

North Bay Pets INSIDE Loving for Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Touched by Angels. . . . . . . . . . Variety is the Spice of Life . . . . Tricks of the Trade. . . . . . . . . . . Fostering Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . A Legacy of Life & Love . . . . . . Healdsburg Center Update . . . Sponsor Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . Happy Tails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Who Cares?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Who Let the Hens Out? . . . . . . Got Good Car-ma?. . . . . . . . . . Humane Education. . . . . . . . . . Going the Extra Mile. . . . . . . . . It Takes a Village. . . . . . . . . . . . Compassion in Action. . . . . . . .

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The Sonoma Humane Society— ensuring every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are a locally founded, locally funded nonprofit organization supported through donations from our community. Tax ID# 94-6001315 North Bay Pets is a publication of the Sonoma Humane Society. Content Writer/Editor: Signe Ross-Villemaire Contributors: Kiska Icard Cindy Roach Contributing Photographers: The Labs & Co. Melissa Ehret Sumner Fowler Wendy Welling Designers Melissa Ehret Wendy Welling On the Cover: Meet Daisy and Lil' Bit, an unlikely duo who faced dire circumstances after their guardian passed away. They are pictured here with Sue Jenkins, foster extraordinaire, who is caring for them until they find their forever home together. Read more about their journey on the facing page. Photography © 2015 The Labs & Co.,

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A Cautionary Tail

By Daisy, a 10 year old Dachshund, & Lil’ Bit, a 16 year old Lilac Point

We’ve got quite a tail to tell! It starts out sad, but stick with us—it gets better, we promise! OK, first the sad part… our beloved guardian passed away. Then, the person who was left in charge of the estate brought us to a local veterinarian asking to have us put to sleep. Still with us? Good, because this is where things start looking up! The veterinarian contacted the Sonoma Humane Society to see if they could help us. SHS stepped in and placed us with a lovely foster mom who helped us get stabilized and reminded us how lovable we are. Now SHS is actively seeking a permanent home for us where we can stay together and live out the rest of our years being doted on. We miss our person but are happy knowing we have each other, and Sonoma Humane looking out for us.

Make sure your own pets are cared for after you're gone. Visit to find out how to enroll in our Loving for Life program. In a few easy steps you’ll have peace of mind knowing your pets will be loved and provided for. For more information about Pet Guardianship, please call Development Director, Melissa Dobar, at (707) 577-1911.


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Touched by Angels _ Ever wonder what a typical day at the SHS shelter hospital looks like?

At any given moment, you might see a malnourished stray dog receiving fluids to help rehydrate his system. You might see a tiny kitten getting eye drops for conjunctivitis. Perhaps you’d see our RVTs vaccinating the puppies who were found in a box on a nearby trail. Or maybe there is a surgery in progress—a middle-aged cat having an impacted tooth removed, a young pup getting a broken bone re-set…

Stick around and you’ll see a vet tech loading up her cart to administer daily medications to our Special Medical Animals throughout the shelter… and a nurse coordinating a vet visit for a litter of kittens recovering from upper respiratory infections. As you can see, our shelter hospital is a very busy place. How busy? In 2014, 1,977 of the 2,471 animals we rescued had conditions that required medical attention beyond routine care. That’s 80% of the animals we take in! And for our shelter hospital, getting animals healthy and ready for adoption requires a lot of “divine intervention”. Take another look around. What you might have missed during your hospital tour are the Angels—our Angel’s Fund donors whose contributions make our life-saving work possible! We couldn’t do it without them and we are so grateful. Your compassion has the power to comfort, heal and save lives! Click the DONATE button at and look for “Angel’s Fund” in the drop-down menu. Or call (707) 577-1903.

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Romeo This 4-year-old Toy Poodle/Chihuahua had been living in pain with multiple old injuries that had never healed properly. With your support, we were able to give Romeo the corrective orthopedic surgery he needed to live pain-free. We also treated him for an ear infection and intestinal parasites. Thanks to the Angel’s Fund, Romeo is feeling—and moving— much better. Kevin Handsome Kevin came to us with advanced dental disease and an eye so badly ruptured it required removal. Thanks to contributions from the Angel’s Fund, the 5-year-old orange Tabby could have the surgeries necessary to become the happy, healthy furry family member he is today.

Felipe When Felipe was rescued, he was underweight and had a serious skin condition. An untreated skin mite infestation had led to secondary skin infections. The 3-year-old Miniature Poodle mix came to us with a patchy coat and was covered in sores. With help from the Angel’s Fund, we were able to give Felipe antibiotics and medicated baths—and get him on the path to his forever home!

Top Left: The hands of our Shelter Angels: Adoption Counselor, Sarah Hamann; Lead RVT, Jennifer Cochran; and Shelter Veterinarian, Dr. Christi Camblor

Butterscotch Butterscotch came to SHS as a stray in very rough shape. Her intake exam revealed that she had an abdominal hernia and dental disease. With funding from donor Angels, our veterinarian was able to repair this 10-year-old cat’s hernia and give her a dental cleaning. She now enjoys great quality of life in her new home!


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VARIETY is the


SPICE of life

Sonoma County’s safe haven for animals, it’s our job to ensure that every animal in our care gets their basic needs met. We also believe that providing ample opportunities for interaction and stimulation is just as crucial to an animal’s health and happiness. Our Behavior and Training department’s Enrichment Program is designed to help reduce the stress and boredom of shelter life and encourage an animal's natural behaviors. By doing so, we can improve quality of life and minimize negative behaviors such as arousal, overstimulation or depression which impact an animal's well-being and can hinder successful adoptions.


Exercise plays an important role in the overall health of our shelter animals. Dogs are walked several times a day and participate in play groups and agility sports. They can also get a change of scenery on weekly off-site “outand-abouts”. Our outdoor "Catio" provides ample space for supervised feline activity. Volunteers use an assortment of feathered wands and toys to encourage cats to pounce, run and play while they enjoy some fresh air and a little sunshine. Different from these more physically active situations however, our Enrichment Program provides “active” quiet time within our shelter’s habitats— all aimed at engaging an animal's mind and senses.

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“I’m happy just to sit in my habitat and wait for my adopter to show up”... said no shelter pet ever! AROMATHERAPY: Habitats don’t

exactly provide a variety of smells. A designated volunteer spritzes soothing smells to engage and calm an animal within his or her habitat. Alternately, “nose work” and “findit” games put a dog’s super olfactory glands to work. BRUSHES AND COMBS: Tactile and

soothing, grooming can help relax an animal. For an animal who might not be used to petting or affection, even just mimicking a brushing motion can help them learn to trust.




used to reduce stress and further training during an animal's stay. Sometimes our volunteers will take advantage of clicker training opportunities during their enrichment sessions with our dogs and, yes, with cats, too! "Click to Calm" is a technique used to help new shelter animals adjust to their surroundings. INTERACTIVE PUZZLES: Specially

designed puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty help entertain shelter pets. From balls that dogs and cats can roll to release treats, to puzzles with levers that challenge dogs to figure out how to reveal the treats within, puzzles are a must.

KONGS: The Kong is king in our en-

richment tool kit. Kongs are stuffed with treats or even a dog’s kibble to keep them busy and entertained. Cat Kongs are filled with Greenie brand treats and salmon pate. DIY TREAT RELEASE TOYS: Busy

minds and bodies reduce boredom and help pets maintain good physical health. We use short lengths of PVC pipe drilled with holes and

filled with treats or kibble. Ends are capped and the dog can roll it to release treats. Similarly, empty egg cartons or recycled paper towel tubes can be used—insert treats and pinch ends (must be supervised). For cats, trying to remove toys and treats from a simple paper bag or tissue box can bring out a little natural prey drive. SURFACES: Mats of differing

textures, balance boards, cookie sheets and other items can be very useful. These tools help puppies and severely undersocialized dogs develop coordination and gain confidence as they tread on various surfaces. MAGAZINES: These are perhaps our

Enrichment Program’s most surprising tool. Volunteers are encouraged to just sit quietly with an animal in the habitat. The idea is to closely simulate “down time” companionship that regularly occurs in the home. Just "being" with an animal is a form of enrichment and encourages peacefulness and relaxation for both the animal and the volunteer.

The animals in our care depend on us for frequent interaction and companionship. Your pet depends on you to enhance his or her quality of life. New and different experiences can help strengthen your bond together. We encourage you to try some of our enrichment techniques at home and to sign up for one or more of our wonderful relationship-building classes! Would you like to help us keep SHS shelter pets mentally and physically active? See our Wish List on page 9!


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Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale $11.79 A great tool for our fosters to monitor the health/ growth of their kittens.

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Smart Pet Love Snuggle Kitty $36 Foster kittens separated from mom, and singletons that are lonely, snuggle up with surrogate kitty who has a "heartbeat".

e asked our Behavior & Training and Foster Departments about their favorite "tools". Get one for your 4-legged friends or help a shelter animal by sending us one! Go to Amazon. com and search for Sonoma Humane Society's Wishlist!


Ware Natural Willow Mega Munch Sticks and Balls $8-$12 Bunnies need a job, so put them to work with these all natural treats.

MidWest Exercise Pen with Door: 36" and 48" $53–$70 A great training tool.


Snugglesafe Heating Disc $27.99 Pop in the microwave and keep your pet's bed warm.


Cat Dancer Products Cat Charmer $3–$12 A volunteer fav for interactive play.



Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy $8 Hours of entertainment for your favorite feline.


Zuke's Mini Naturals: Offered in a variety of flavors $6.99–$8.99 Used shelter-wide for training. The small, healthy bites are a staff & volunteer favorite.

KONG Dog Toys, variety of shapes/ sizes $6.99–$18 Durable & long lasting; mix kibble and peanut butter and freeze to occupy your pet for hours.


Our Pets Long Tail Mouse Squeaking Cat Toy $3–$8 Cats and kittens love batting these "peepers" around.


Softouch Concepts Original SENSE-ation No-Pull Dog Training Harness XS-XL $23–$30 the harness of choice, prevents pulling with its unique fit and leash attachment at front.


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You’ve heard us sing the praises of our Foster volunteers many times over the years, and there’s good reason for it. Simply put, they are one of the big reasons we are able to operate as a no-kill shelter. We rely on our foster network every single day to help us expand our capacity to care for animals in need.

We can house just over 200 animals at our Santa Rosa facility. We routinely provide a safe haven for nearly double this amount through our thriving Foster program. Not only do our foster volunteers help us respond to the needs of the animals we take in daily, they also help us land on our feet in times of emergency. When the Valley Fire reared its destructive head late this summer, Lake County animal shelters scrambled to make room for animals being displaced in its wake. In the month of September, 292 animals were protected and loved in the homes of our foster volunteers, a number far exceeding our on-site capacity! Our Foster Department manages the care of animals in various stages of life and with various health conditions. Different programs provide volunteers with resources and support to respond to unique needs:

August = 177 animals in foster September = 292 animals in foster October = 162 animals in foster

Gina Yarbrough

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PUPPIES: Puppies who have yet to complete their series of vaccinations or are too young for spay/neuter surgery need to go to foster homes where they can be cared for. Orphaned pups and nursing moms with pups are at high risk in shelters, so having a good foster home is a life-saver for them!


e are so grateful to the caring, dedicated families who help us save lives and get animals ready for forever homes every day of the year. Together we are making Sonoma County a safe place for animals when they need it most. Meet a few of our dedicated foster volunteers:


BOTTLE BABIES: Our bottle baby foster parents help those very young, very fragile orphaned kittens and puppies who are too young to eat on their own. They become surrogate moms for these little ones, feeding them, cleaning them, keeping them warm, and giving them all the love they would have gotten from their natural mothers.

BUNNIES: Young and adult rabbits in the shelter sometimes need a quiet and safe place for care and socialization. Foster homes can offer a respite for our sensitive shelter bunnies. Foster homes are also available for bunnies who need a place to stay until they’re old enough to be spayed or neutered.

O Jacquie Klose

Colleen Walsh

Renee Lummer

WEANED KITTENS: Our weaned kittens are orphaned kittens who are eating on their own, but are too young and too small to go through the spay/neuter surgery. Foster parents are needed to care for them until they are robust and big enough for surgery and can be made available for adoption.

FOSPICE (foster + hospice): When an animal with a life-limiting medical condition arrives at SHS, they may head off to our Fospice program. Thanks to Fospice volunteers, animals who currently have a good quality of life but are known to have a life expectancy under one year, are able to live their final weeks or months in a loving fospice home.

Keri Howard

Interested Soulmates): Some animals simply do not thrive in a shelter setting. For these animals, a foster home that is willing to care for them and help facilitate their adoption outside of the Sonoma Humane Society's walls is crucial. Our OASIS program provides a veritable vacation from shelter life along with off-site adoption support.

Janet Eastburn

OASIS (Offsite Adoptables Seeking

For more information on fostering with SHS, please visit: and click on the Foster Parenting tab.


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A Legacy of Life and Love With Gratitude to Michael Krivit


f life is a gift, then Michael Krivit not only knew how to make the most of it, he knew how to give back as well. As a young man, Michael entertained audiences as a member of a performing arts group. Later, he used his theatrical background to bring history to life as a popular high school teacher, engaging his students and inspiring them to achieve their best.

The passion that Michael put into his career was also evident in his rich and varied personal life. As a patron of the arts, he enjoyed attending the opera and ballet. He was also an avid 49ers fan. Underscoring his many interests was a love of animals. Michael and his partner were members of the American Kennel Association and enjoyed showing their beloved Welsh Corgis for many years.


s this issue of North Bay Pets goes to press, construction to finish the Healdsburg Animal Shelter has begun. Since taking ownership of the building, SHS's Board of Directors, staff, and construction teams have been developing a plan to bring life back into the unfinished shelter. Our challenge: to create a safe and healthy environment for our shelter animals, in a fiscally responsible way. Like many of our sick and injured animals, the road to rehabilitation for the Healdsburg Center will be careful and steady, always with the animals' quality of life in mind.

As part of the process, our team reviewed the community’s concerns regarding the original shelter design and has worked to thoughtfully address the needs and ideas that were brought to our attention. Together, we aim to create a “state-of-the-heart” animal shelter. One of the first priorities is to create separate intake and isolation areas to ensure that healthy animals remain healthy throughout their stay. Our behavior and

Reflecting the love he had for his dogs, Michael thought of the Sonoma Humane Society each year in his annual charitable giving. In his thoughtfulness, he also left a bequest to SHS which we received this year upon his passing. We are honored by and grateful for Michael’s final gift, which helps sustain our programs, giving animals in need a chance for full, happy lives. His vibrant, compassionate spirit lives on in each animal we save. To learn how to include Sonoma Humane Society and the animals we serve in your legacy, please visit and click on Leave a Legacy.

training experts also felt that a large room originally constructed to house dogs in traditional kennels, could better serve as a large training and group play room. Healdsburg dogs awaiting adoption will be sheltered in room-like settings similar to those in our Santa Rosa facility. Other future plans include adding outdoor fencing so dogs and cats have safe indoor/outdoor access. It will take time and dedication to realize the full potential of this great gift for the animals. Soon we will obtain our certificate of occupancy and will move in. With the help of the community, we look forward to creating a humane haven with programs that continue our mission to ensure all animals receive protection, compassion, love and care. Please stay tuned on our website for construction updates, hard-hat tours and upcoming fundraising events. WE ARE OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION!

Visit us at our on-site mobile trailers Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, 14242 Bacchus Landing Way, Healdsburg, (707) 280-9632

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More than just a food lover’s paradise for stocking up on the freshest produce and gourmet ingredients, Big John’s Market in Healdsburg has a reputation for giving back to the community. Owners John and Kim Lloyd place an emphasis on sustainable practices for their full-service market such as working with local farmers, installing electric vehicle charging stations and supporting local projects. The Lloyds have been Sonoma Humane Society donors since 2001, and Big John’s has sponsored our Wags, Whiskers and Wine Gala for the last two years. True examples of people who care about animals and the community, John and Kim were supporters of the former Healdsburg Animal Shelter and continue to support our work to open the new shelter. They also share their home with two rescue dogs; they adopted 9-year-

Big John's Market old poodle mix, Cody, from the Healdsburg shelter when he was just a year old, and they rescued Lexi, their 9-year-old Shih Tzu, right before she was surrendered to a shelter. Kim tells us that Cody and Lexi have been together for the last six years and are best friends—Cody even “saves the last bite of his food every night for Lexi, which she now expects!” When asked why they choose to sponsor us, Kim replies “We support Sonoma Humane Society because its mission fundamentally meets the needs of the community… simply put, you do good work!” We’d like to thank the Lloyds for their good work in putting community giving at the heart of their business. We are so grateful for their support!

Are you a local business owner interested in becoming a corporate champion for the animals? Please call Melissa Dobar, Director of Development, for more information (707) 577-1911.


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Elmer From Wascally Wabbit to Well-Loved Bun

Elmer has settled into his forever home like a pro! His adopter tells us that he loves running around the apartment and doing binkies (in bun-speak, that would be jumping and pirouetting into the air in an ebullient expression of happiness!). His new family includes both cat and rabbit roommates, who adore him almost as much as his

Life wasn’t always so cushy for Elmer, as a tiny kit he endured some decidedly dodgy conditions.

humans do. His adopter shares that she was hoping Elmer would bond with her boyfriend and his Lionhead rabbit named Chewie, but he only has eyes for her! A first-class snuggle bunny, the Netherland Dwarfmix seeks her out for petting and kisses. We’re not sure if this has anything to do with her making sure he’s got plenty of fresh veggies and hay, or taking him out in a stroller for walks in the sunshine—only Elmer could say! Life wasn’t always so cushy for Elmer, as a tiny kit he endured some decidedly dodgy conditions. A local business owner discovered a family of domestic rabbits living under his shed, presumably the ones his neighbors let loose into the neighborhood who were now multiplying. The man called Sonoma Humane Society distraught because several of the baby rabbits had already perished due to cars and neighborhood cats. Our lead rabbit volunteers assembled a team to go in for a strategic rescue. Once on the property, they set up a pen with food to lure the bunnies in. Initially very scared and wary of people, three baby bunnies eventually hopped their way into the pen… followed by their parents… then three more younger bunnies. Elmer held out though, hiding under the shed. The rescuers blocked off all escape areas and positioned the pen so, once Elmer finally got hungry enough, he could venture his way out into safety.

After being nurtured and socialized in a loving foster home, Elmer was old enough to be neutered and made available for adoption. His foster mom facilitated Elmer’s introduction to another local rabbit lover and the rest is history. Maybe Elmer decided that he’d had enough adventure in his early life, or maybe he just knows how nice it is to feel safe and cared for. Either way, we are so thrilled that this bunny’s “tail” has turned out so well. ■

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Josie When Josie Goes Home—So Good!

Does Josie (formerly known as “Bea”) look familiar to you? If you visited Sonoma Humane Society anytime in the last 3 years, you might have walked right on by her habitat and not even known it. Preferring to keep to herself, she didn’t exactly come running up to greet visitors. Josie, like other shy cats who are sometimes overlooked in favor of their more interactive counterparts, waited awhile before finding a home. Our Cat Care Partners knew from their daily visits that Josie was a sweet cat but required a little time and patience before she could trust you with her innermost secrets. Talk about patience, 7-year-old Josie graciously tolerated our different approaches to making her life interesting and comfortable over the years. Transferred to SHS from another shelter in September of 2012, she was adopted a month later but returned to us shortly after for—you guessed it—being under-socialized. We tried co-housing her with other quiet cats to see if she could make some friends, but it quickly became clear that Josie didn’t like having roommates. We even changed her name from “Bea” to “Josie” hoping to give her a fresh start! Eventually, our Cat Program Manager began making great strides in bringing Josie out of her shell with clicker training.

to watch TV. And, just to let him know how much she appreciates his kindness and understanding, she cozies up on his bed for several hours each night. When asked about his “cat whispering” techniques, Ray modestly shrugs off his efforts. “I’m not doing anything special, just making sure she knows she is safe and cared for. I don’t have other pets and I think that has been good for her.” For a cat who didn’t like too much attention, it sounds like Jobie sure enjoys having Ray’s!

Cats like Jobie, and understanding adopters like Ray, are great reminders that there is someone out there for every animal. And sometimes, it’s just a matter of time. ■

When a wonderful man named Ray came into the shelter wanting to adopt the cat who had been waiting the longest to find a home, we introduced him to our reclusive Calico friend. After being apprised of her introverted tendencies, he declared they were meant for each other and from that day forward she would be known as “Jobie”, in honor of her past monikers.

Via updates from Ray, we are pleased to report that Jobie has never looked back. Welcomed into her new home with love and acceptance, she has blossomed into the kind of cat who greets her guardian with conversation, head rubs and cuddles. She can also sense when Ray needs a break and walks all over his laptop when he is trying to work. In the evenings, after long periods of playfulness, she loves curling up with him on the couch

Welcomed into her new home with love and acceptance, she has blossomed into the kind of cat who greets her guardian with conversation, head rubs and cuddles.


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The frosting on the personality cake might be that “she believes she is a petite lapdog despite her 50 pound frame, which is as solid as a Mack truck.”

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Winifred Bully-Breed Charmer Soaks Up The Love

Winifred (formerly Karma) has the kind of expressive face and tender eyes that just grab your heart. Even more so when you learn that she was found wandering as a stray in the Laguna wetlands this summer, underweight and covered in fleas. The fact that she was a new mama and her puppies were nowhere to be found only compounded our feelings of empathy for her plight. Her severe flea

infestation had resulted in hair loss, tapeworms and a staph infection, so the 4-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix spent some time being treated in our shelter hospital. Once she was healthier, she was spayed. Afterwards, she spent a couple blissful days being coddled as an “office foster” with our Executive Director

Apparently we weren’t the only ones who fell under Winifred’s spell. A terrific family “saw her adorable face online and couldn’t resist meeting her.” They tell us that upon meeting her, they fell instantly in love with her sweet and funny nature. When we asked about her delightful new name, they said they wanted to honor her English breed heritage and her strong personality. They also share that her ladyship enjoys such genteel pastimes as watching the hummingbirds at the feeder and “relentlessly scouting for lizards on sunny mornings (she has yet to catch one)”. Never one to underestimate the power of a good nap, this resourceful dog knows how to recharge her batteries so she can let loose with a rousing two minute game of fetch, or even the “Winnie Wiggle”—her signature dance move. The frosting on the personality cake might be that “she believes she is a petite lapdog despite her 50 pound frame, which is as solid as a Mack truck.” Winifred’s family describes how “she loves to cuddle and steal your spot on the sofa when you’re not looking”... from the sound of things, she’s stolen a few hearts in the process as well! ■

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Mad Max Former Road Warrior Discovers a Sense of Place

Sometimes an animal’s road to his forever home doesn’t follow a straight line. In Mad Max’s case, it zigzagged across a busy section of Highway 116 several times! A couple driving by saw the scared Chihuahua mix dart out in front of traffic and up a steep hillside. They pulled over hoping to help him, but Max was too frightened and wouldn’t approach. He ran across the highway one more time and disappeared. After calling for him, the couple was forced to continue on their way. The next day they drove back and discovered Max was at the same spot on the hillside. They tried to coax him with food but still couldn’t get close enough to help him. They went back the next day, again to no avail. Patience paid off however and, by the fourth day, these guardian angels had won his trust. He finally came over to them and they were able to scoop him up and deliver him to safety. Upon his arrival to SHS Max received a medical exam. Miraculously, besides being on the thin side and covered with fleas, he’d only sustained a minor injury to one of his rear paws. Our veterinary team treated the injury, gave him a microchip, vaccinations and neuter surgery. We estimated that Max was just about a year old. Next, our training team evaluated his behavior. True to his rescuers’ experience with him, Mad Max startled easily. He was afraid of being put on a leash and was sensitive to handling, but would warm up with time. And, although he didn’t show much interest in toys, it didn’t take long for Max’s playful, social side to come out. The sweet pup not only grew accustomed to human companionship, he wanted it full-time! Shortly after Max was made available for adoption, a newlywed couple came in looking for a furry family member. They’d recently settled into their first home and felt like the time was right. Max sensed they were the ones—he caught their gaze as they walked through the shelter checking out other dogs and wouldn’t let go! After they

walked by several times, and he hadn’t let up with the Chihuahua mind meld, they asked to meet him. “We instantly knew he was our dog” they tell us, “He wasn’t frightened around us and seemed like a very wellmannered little guy. In addition, we couldn’t resist those gigantic ears of his!”

When they first brought him home, they noticed that Max would bury treats in secret places around the house. Perhaps a survival skill he learned from a life of uncertainty? It didn’t take long though for the former road warrior to adapt to a life of domestic bliss. We’re told that he soon learned the pleasures of going out for neighborhood walks, destroying squeaky toys and investigating every nook and cranny of the backyard. And the hidden dog treats? His mom tells us that while cleaning recently, she found five treats under the couch cushions!

Having successfully worked his way into their hearts and home, Max also didn’t waste time working his way onto their laps. He knows that “dad” gives out the best shoulder scratches and “mom” is the one to see when settling in for the evening: “He loves to curl up in or next to my lap—that is his most cozy place. We absolutely love him.” We don’t know what Mad Max was running from in those frantic days on the highway, but we’re sure glad his guardian angels helped get him on the road that led to his forever home! ■


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here are as many reasons to volunteer with Sonoma Humane Society as there are opportunities. Whether you pitch in at the shelter walking dogs, cuddling cats, answering phones… you foster an animal in your home… or you help us spread the word about our programs at an outreach event, you can help make a real difference.


At Sonoma Humane Society, we believe that no effort is too great when an animal’s life is at stake, and we gratefully acknowledge our volunteers who are at the heart of this belief. These are the people who show up day after day, giving selflessly of their time because they want to see a positive outcome for homeless animals in our community. And their efforts are indeed great, just take a look at the numbers.

Are you looking for ways to show you care? Join our passionate community of volunteers. We currently have a need for retail clerks in our “Paws to Shop” pet supply store, Animal Care Technicians to help feed our animals and clean habitats, Community Outreach Ambassadors, and for Animal Assisted Activity teams to offer services in our community. Learn more about these and other opportunities by visiting volunteer. ■

September 2014–September 2015


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9,475 Volunteer hours devoted to walking dogs and providing habitat enrichment



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Volunteer hours spent cuddling and socializing our feline friends


Volunteer hours spent greeting the public, answering phone calls and providing customer care in our Adoption Center


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Why do you volunteer at Sonoma Humane Society? Karen has been volunteering with SHS for about 5½ years and was instrumental in starting the “cat cuddling” program in our shelter hospital. She also devotes time walking and socializing dogs in our hospital. Her dedication to helping our most compromised and fragile animals is truly inspirational.

"Seeing animals come in

Loni’s calm personality makes her a natural to work with some of our dogs who have more challenging behaviors. Her massage techniques have brought comfort to some of our senior, arthritic canine friends. Being around Loni’s good energy has been known to calm some of the humans at SHS too.

"Volunteering at SHS is a gift. The unconditional love from the animals is so fulfilling—they

pretty bad off, and then responding to all the love and care is amazing...

volunteering here is the richest part of my life."

keep me grounded."

Suzie can often be seen walking some "Anytime you help someone of our larger, more rambunctious else, the kindness dogs around the campus. She also comes back to you." helps them learn to interact well with others in our play groups—a key factor in successful adoptions. Her skill and commitment to our Behavior and Training Department are valuable assets.

An exemplary friend to the animals, Terry is in his 14th year of volunteering with SHS! He has volunteered in just about every capacity at our shelter and currently serves as a Cat Care Partner, making sure our feline friends are happy and purring as they wait for forever homes.

"I believe in the

mission of the Sonoma Humane Society."


May – October 2015

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The Harry J.B. Cook 2014 Trust Estate of Paul T. Pera Arnold F. Smith Trust Laurence L. Moore Charitable Trust Everett H. Gregory 1995 Trust Michael R. Krivit 2000 Trust Violet and William Williams Family Trust The Tina Crowley Trust Harold G. Bourque Jr. Trust The Sandberg Family Trust The Abbie Gail Freedman Trust

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Estate of Dorothy M. Sypal A former travel agent, Kathleen’s people skills come into play at our Adoption Desk. For the last 4½ years, she’s made sure our customers get the information they need whether in person, or over the phone. Her smiling face is also a regular sight at many of our outreach events.

"Like everyone here, I love helping animals. When I retired, I

was looking for a way to stay busy. Volunteering at SHS lets me do both."


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n the last year, Forget Me Not Farm has adopted out over 300 hens through the Sonoma Humane Society. The Farm, a subsidiary of SHS and located on our Santa Rosa campus, partners with Animal Place in Vacaville ( to rescue hens from factory farms. When the hens’ egg-laying potential begins to decline, they are atrisk for being “discarded”. That’s when Animal Place steps in to rescue and rehabilitatehens from the battery cages where they’ve lived their entire lives. After receiving thorough health checks, the hens are treated for parasites and given any necessary medical attention. Then, they get to learn perching, flock socialization and all the other natural behaviors that chickens are meant to—how to walk, fly and scratch. Once the hens are healthy, they are transported to Forget Me Not Farm. Hens adopted through SHS continue to lay eggs, just at a slower rate. More importantly, they get to experience sunlight, the pleasure of a good dust bath and the kindness of humans for the rest of their lives! Interested in adopting a flock of your own? Please inquire about current hen availability at the SHS Adoption Center (707) 542-0882.

Working with child welfare agencies throughout Sonoma County, Forget Me Not Farm serves abused and neglected children through animal-assisted and horticultural therapies. Other programs include youth mentoring, animal assisted activities, and opportunities for academic community service. Please visit for more information.

A very special thank you to

John & Susan Prouty


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Seeking Good Car-ma? Donate your vehicle to SHS! W hen Pat donated her classic ’67 VW Karmann Ghia to the Sonoma Humane Society, she felt good knowing her gift would go directly to helping homeless animals get on the road to a better life.

For more information, please call 888-686-4483 or visit and be sure to designate the Sonoma Humane Society as your charity of choice!

When Ron drove away in the classic ’67 VW Karmann Ghia that he won at our Wags, Whiskers and Wine Gala this year, he felt good knowing the purchase of his raffle ticket went to support our life-saving programs.

Do you have an unneeded vehicle, running or not, taking up space in your life? Our partner, Car Donation Services, will do all the paperwork and pick up the vehicle for you. An easy, tax-deductible donation that gets that old car (or motorcycle, boat, RV or other vehicle) off your hands and helps the animals of SHS? Now that’s what we call good car-ma!




SESSION 1: 4th–6th Grade December 21, 22, 23 9am–3pm SESSION 2: 2nd–4th Grade December 28, 29, 30 9am–3pm


We need you your dog!


Do you and your dog like to explore your community and meet new people? Is your dog a social butterfly while being calm and polite? Then the SHS Animal Assisted Activity Program may be for you! The program places trained and certified volunteer dog teams in schools, libraries, senior facilities, and convalescent and rehabilitation centers providing companionship and a smile through weekly visits. SHS offers all the training courses required to get certified and prepared to volunteer in the program. To learn more please contact the coordinator, Beth Karzes, at 707-577-1902, bkarzes@


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t Sonoma Humane Society's Public Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Philip Lin, DVM and his team are here to go the extra mile for you and your pet. When you bring your pet to SHSVH, one of the first things you’ll notice is how your four-legged family member is treated like one of our own— both in the way we make your pet feel safe and comfortable during the visit, and in the way we hold your pet’s health as our highest priority.


Your pet's health is our highest priority.

from your visit directly support the medical care of the animals in our shelter hospital.

Together, we can help animals stay out of the shelter in the first In addition to offering complace. When economic hardship prohibits a pet owner from getprehensive care at competitive ting life-saving medical treatment for their pet, the Raider’s prices, our hospital is one of only Fund can help. Established in 2007 to help keep people a handful nationwide to be accredand their pets together, Raider’s Fund relies on doited by the American Animal Hospital nor contributions to function as a community Association (only 12–15% of animal resource. If the guardian can demonstrate hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are AAHA the ability to provide sustainable care for accredited). This means that we consistently their pet by paying at least some of the meet the highest standards of veterinary excelmedical costs—and the animal has a lence, which translates to the best quality care for your good prognosis with a treatable concompanion animal. dition—we can offer financial supAs a client of SHSVH, you’re going the extra mile for animals too. port through the fund. “We work Not only are you looking after your own pet’s well-being, you’re with clients to prevent surrender helping homeless animals too. We’re the only nonprofit, fullwhenever possible… I use Raider’s service veterinary hospital in Fund 1-2 times per month on averSonoma County, and age” explains Dr. Lin. proceeds To keep the Raider’s Fund healthy and ready to assist our community members and their pets in-need, please contribute today by calling Melissa Dobar, Director of Development, at (707) 577-1911 or visit and click DONATE. Located on our Santa Rosa campus, Sonoma Humane Society Veterinary Hospital has recently expanded hours to meet the growing demand for services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (707) 284-1198 or visit


Quality medical care, friendly customer service and comfort knowing that proceeds from your visit directly support homeless animals in need.

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When the Valley Fire erupted in our neighboring Lake County area, 19,000 people were displaced from their homes. Approximately 900 residents, many with their pets in tow, fled to an evacuation site at the Napa Fairgrounds. Along with Petaluma Animal Services Foundation, Compassion Without Borders, Wine Country Animal Lovers and Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, we were part of the group of regional animal welfare organizations who responded to the needs of these pet owners, quickly organizing volunteer efforts, supply needs, and medical resources for animal victims of the fire. SHS is grateful for the support of our community who helped with our efforts to assist the pets and people who were impacted. We are so touched by the outpouring of compassion from individuals, clubs, schools and organizations including the Petfinder Foundation, Ohlone Humane Society and Pet People of Los Gatos. From the initial evacuation efforts, to the animals who came into our care during this unprecedented fire season, we remain committed to providing help and medical aid to those in need.

Remember Jeff the Kitten? He was saved by PG&E worker, Jeff, who plucked him from the fire-ravaged landscape that was once his home. Jeff (the kitten) has since been adopted but was first a good sport during a holiday photoshoot. Aren't second chances a thing of wonder? Thanks to our community, partners, and Jeff (the human), we've given many animals this special gift. Please help us continue giving second chances by donating to our Angel's Fund, volunteering or adopting.

Compassion in Action Anonymous donor and local tech company make it happen for SHS cats


he Sonoma Humane Society was honored to receive an anonymous donation for two outdoor cat enclosures. The donation was made in honor of the donor’s dear friend, Lane Beck. The donor told us that “Lane brought in every cat who needed help. Her friends are donating in her memory to their favorite animal shelters. We hope to leave a bit of Lane’s light throughout the country.”

This generous donation will most certainly light up the lives of our shelter cats as they await their forever homes. The enclosures have been installed in our outdoor “Catio” space, which was transformed by volunteers from Keysight Technologies on United Way’s Day of Caring 2015.

Led by SHS board member John Prouty, the Keysight team dug trenches, installed cat-proof fencing, plants, and made repairs

to other areas of our facility—all on one of the hottest days of the year. These charitable acts fill us with gratitude. We know the Catio will enrich the lives of many feline friends in

the years to come. Thank you to the Keysight crew for their hard work on that hot day, and thank you to our anonymous donor— we are honored to uphold Lane Beck's compassionate legacy.

The “Catio” gives our cats a chance to safely enjoy the out-of-doors throughout the day and serves as a visitation area for cats to meet potential adopters. For information on group volunteer opportunities, please visit volunteer.


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North Bay Pets Winter 2015  

A publication of the Sonoma Humane Society

North Bay Pets Winter 2015  

A publication of the Sonoma Humane Society