The SMART train whistle and airplanes flying overhead are familiar sounds at the Sonoma County Animal Shelter located off Airport Boulevard in northwest Santa Rosa. But that is all background noise for the good work that goes on every day at the shelter.
Want to know what really goes on everyday? Take a look below for responses to some of the most common questions we get about what goes on at the Sonoma County Animal Shelter.
How does your work day begin?
"Each day is different but we're here to help people. I send officers all over the county to help people with their animals and to mediate or resolve issues."
~Kim, Animal Control Officer
"Each morning in the treatment room we triage. Every day is different and challenging. We do 5- 15 surgeries a day and at least as many examinations. We teach, support, and communicate with staff, volunteers and members of our community. Each day we make a huge difference in the lives of the animals under our care. It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated and compassionate people who care for and love these deserving creatures."
~Dr. Katie, Veterinarian
"My day starts on the phone answering questions about licensing, loose animals, and available resources for animals in our community. The best days are ones when we get to help adopt an animal into a new home or see an animal reunited with its family."
~Melanie, Customer Relations
How can I support Animal Services in my community?
Be an advocate—share the good work we are doing in person or on Facebook.
Be a responsible pet owner—spay or neuter, microchip, license, and vaccinate your companion.
Know your local animal ordinances and report violations in your area.
Adopt. Donate. Volunteer.
What kinds of animals do you care for?
Other includes: Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs, other small mammals, birds and livestock.
Are you a "No Kill" Shelter?
We are working hard to help our community understand what ‘No Kill’ really means. ‘No Kill’ doesn’t mean animals are never euthanized. It refers to careful, responsible, thoughtful, and compassionate euthanasia for specific cases.
We believe in humane euthanasia for animals with severe, untreatable medical or behavioral conditions that we or our partners cannot sustain. We never euthanize for space. Our live release rate in 2015-2016 was 83.4%.
We approach each animal individually and develop a care plan to compassionately address each unique animal based on the needs of that animal.
We provide shelter, resources, care and protection to the county's residents and animals.
Why is Animal Services part of the County of Sonoma?
We have a responsibility to PROTECT animal and human health; INVESTIGATE and PROSECUTE animal cruelty, abuse and neglect; EDUCATE the community about responsible pet ownership (vaccinations, spay & neutering, etc.); and to CARE for homeless pets until they can be ADOPTED into their forever homes.
Being part of the county provides us with the resources and authority to do all of these.
What is the adoption process like?
- View all our adoptable animals on our website.
- Fill out an adoption application.
- Visit the shelter to learn more about how your new companion would fit into your life.
- Meet the furry, fuzzy or feathered friend with one of our trained Animal Health Technicians.
- Already have a dog? We'll schedule a time for a dog-to- dog introduction to make sure everyone gets along.
- Our Customer Service staff will take care of all the paperwork and fees before sending you home.
- Send us updates—stories, photos, videos of your new companion enjoying life in their forever home!