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Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions by individuals contacting our offices. If your question is not listed below please contact us.

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  • Licensing your cat is voluntary; cat licensing is not required in Sonoma County.
  • Yes, cats are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies in Sonoma County.
  • Yes, state and local laws require dogs over four months of age to be licensed each year.
  • Yes, state and local laws require dogs over four months of age to be vaccinated against rabies every three years.
  • It's every pet parent's nightmare: Your beloved pet has gotten loose, and you don't know where he or she is. Don't panic — there are many steps you can take to locate your pet.
  • It's easy! Visit our How to Donate page to learn how and what you can donate to our shelter. Thank you!
  • We believe everyone has something to offer to help our animals, and we need you! We have lots of different jobs that help our furry friends!
  • How much does it cost to adopt a pet?

    Adoption fees vary depending on the type of animal and its age. We also offer adoption specials throughout the year with reduced adoption fees for animals.

    Microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, and rabies vaccination are all included in the adoption fee, so your pet will have a safe and healthy start when it joins your family. A license fee, if applicable, will also be payable at time of adoption.

    Please visit our Adopt an Animal webpages to see the fees for our adoptable animals.

  • The location of the dead animal determines who you need to call for removal.
  • The location of the barking dog determines who you need to call to report a barking dog. Visit our Report a Barking Dog webpage for a complete list of who to call.
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Business Hours
Monday
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Tuesday – Saturday
Adoption hours 12:00 – 4:30 PM
Shelter hours 12:00 – 5:30 PM
Phones open at 9:00 AM
Sunday
Closed
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Address
Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Ct
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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