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. The initial vaccination is good for one year. After that, rabies vaccinations are needed 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
*Dispatch Hours 8:00–5:30
Closed to public
Tuesday – Saturday
Adoption and Shelter Hours by Appointment Only
Phones 9:00AM to 5:30PM
*Dispatch Hours 8:00–5:30

*Dispatch is unable to answer financial questions. For assistance regarding licensing, billing and collection proceedings, please call during our phone hours to speak with customer relations staff. Due to high call volumes, there may be longer hold times; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Ct
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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