Definitions of Terms

Our intake and outcome reports include many abbreviations; please refer to the definitions list for explanations.

Definitions List

HEALTHY: The animal is medically and behaviorally healthy.

TREAT REH-Treatable/Rehabilitatable: The animal can become medically or behaviorally healthy with treatment or training.

TREAT MAN-Treatable/Manageable: The animal has a chronic health or behavior condition that can be treated or managed.

UNTREATABL-Untreatable/Unmanageable: After physical and behavior exams, the animal's health or behavior condition is considered to be untreatable or unmanageable.

PENDING: Condition undetermined.

AGGRESSIVE: Shows aggression toward people or other animals.

BEH SEVERE-Behavior Severe: Shows behavior that may not be treatable.

EUTH: The animal was euthanized.

OTC-Over the counter: the transaction happened at the shelter.

FIELD or FLD: The transaction happened in the field (conducted by an animal control officer).

RTO-Returned to Owner: The animal was reclaimed by his or her owner.

TRANSFER: The animal was transferred to/from another shelter or a rescue organization.

FLD-CORONR: Coroner, owner died.

CONFISCATE: Animal taken from the scene of an accident or other incident.

QUARANTINE: Animal under quarantine for biting.

OTC-OS-Over the counter owner surrender: A person brought the animal to the shelter to surrender ownership of the animal.

PRIV-SHELT-Private Shelter: Humane Society of Sonoma County.

ADOPTION: A person completed the application process, paid all associated fees, and assumed ownership of the animal.

FLD_CRUEL: Cruelty investigation.

CHANGE PRG: Sonoma County CHANGE program is a horse rescue organization.

Contact Information

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 long hold times; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We can also be reached by email:

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

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