Sonoma County Animal Services is committed to serving the public in the care and well being of animals, both domestic and livestock, throughout the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County, the city of Santa Rosa and the town of Windsor. The Shelter is operated by Sonoma County Animal Services, a division of the Department of Health Services.
The Shelter offers such diverse services as finding homes for adoptable animals, providing shelter for stray animals, offering assistance to owners and finders of lost animals, providing limited veterinary care, and maintaining pet licensing. In addition, the Shelter sponsors various community education and outreach programs throughout the year. The Shelter's field services include rescue and care of injured or distressed animals, rabies control, investigation of reports of animal abuse and neglect, and the enforcement of animal regulation laws and ordinances.
With the assistance of our volunteers, shelter staff perform temperament evaluations of many of our animals as part of the adoption process. These evaluations assist us in trying to make better matches between individual animals and prospective owners. Healthy and temperamentally sound pets that have been surrendered by their owners are generally adoptable once they have been examined by our veterinary staff. Stray animals are kept for mandatory hold times. Once those hold times have been reached, animals are medically and behaviorally evaluated prior to being placed up for adoption or transfer.
All adoptions are made on a first come, first served basis.
In addition to its on-site and field personnel, the Shelter is assisted by the efforts of our volunteers who work with the animals in our care and participate in various education and fundraising programs.