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HUMANE SOCIETY OF SONOMA COUNTY

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The society is a nonprofit organization which receives and administers gifts, program revenues and bequests which are used to support programs to benefit animals and people of sonoma county.

Programs: The shelter - the society's shelter provides shelter and care for abandoned, injured, abused and rescued animals. The society accepts all animals brought to the shelter. Through its veterinary services and animal behavior counselors, these animals receive expert medical care and are trained and prepared for adoption. The society is a no-kill organization so the goal is to have all animals find a loving and lifelong home.

sonoma humane society offers high quality veterinary services to both shelter animals and community animals. The society has a full service primary care veterinary hospital providing comprehensive services such as spay/neuter, dental services, medical and surgical care, radiology, and ultrasound. During the year the hospital provided services to over 2,800 animals.

other services - the society provides a wide range of services aimed at enhancing the bond between people and animals. These services include education seminars and dog training sessions, spay/neuter services , cremation and hospice services.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Humane Society of Sonoma County!! I started as a volunteer. I walked dogs, foster kittens and helped in our spay/neuter clinic. I literally felt joy every single time I drove into the parking lot. I eventually applied for a job. I have now been working here for about 3 months. I do still volunteer on a weekly basis. I still feel the joy when I am here. The staff at HSSC is outstanding! I have never felt as a part of a team as I do here. The most beautiful part, is seeing the compassion everyone has for the animals. There is a passion for helping animals that we all share. I am so grateful to he a part of this amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a senior citizen who loves to garden, and then needs to rest up for the next day’s gardening! However, I have always loved dogs. About a year and a half ago, I lost a wonderful companion Pomeranian of 13 years. I thought I wouldn’t have another dog. However, I got to missing canine company, so I began going to the Healdsburg HSSC., just to sit, play, and love whoever happened to be there that week, and, you guessed it, there was a little terrier-poodle mix, and I lost my heart.. We are very happy together, and as soon as I’ve recovered from a fairly minor back surgery, I will be back there, I think the shelter and it’s parent shelter in Sebastolpol do a wonderful service. The people there are always kind and loving to the animals, they keep everything clean and healthy, and THEY SAVE ANIMALS. This is an organization with true heart and love for all animals.

Leah E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had 2 adopted dogs, a Terrier-x and a Malamute, both from about a year old, that were my only kids ....when they died, at 18 & 17 years old respectively, I started my frequent visits to HSSC (back then, known as SHS)...after a few months of almost daily visits, waiting for someone to 'Choose' me, I became discouraged...so the adoption manager and a counselor sat me down, and asked me for details about my previous family members.... immediately, excitedly and simultaneously, they blurted out the same name...I was perplexed!..I had visited with, and knew, every dog in the bldg, but this name was unfamiliar.... apparently, this Akita had been with them for quite some time, and was being fostered by the B&T manager, due to many issues from his past...he wasn't really available for adoption, except for possibly that special experienced someone....when we met, it was an instant connection, and it was clear we both scored!...it would be several years, til I discovered why he came into my life, but ultimately, he was to become my sole companion, emotional support, and protection from a developing toxic relationship...
Since he was microchipped, I extensively researched his history, and discovered that he was 12 years old, which seemed impossible due to his youthfulness....also, that he had an extremely storied past....even though his own health was failing (he'd been with me for 8 years) he faithfully continued with his 'duties', and refused to leave me... until ultimately, I sadly and lovingly had to say goodbye...he continues to watch over me and protect me, and I will forever be indebted to SHS for helping us find each other....
I needed time to heal, and felt compelled to pay it forward, so I became an active volunteer for the next 6 years, until I was forced to move 100 miles away....I have a permanent pawprint on my heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with HSSC.
The staff, everyone from volunteers, ACTs, Behavior and Training staff, shelter med folks, all have the animal’s best interests while doing their jobs. The LOVE for animals is very evident. HSSC rocks!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Sonoma County Humane. I’ve volunteered and/or worked for many non profits throughout the years and Sonoma Humane is organized, nice facilities, not to many emails, fun events, good connections with the community, great facilities, wonderful staff, and they use donations very effectively. I hope to be a volunteer there for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As volunteers with the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at the Humane Society of Sonoma County, my dog and I have engaged each month for the past four years with young readers at our local libraries. It's been a WONderful experience, both for us and for the young people with whom we've had the honor to read. The students' wonder even inspired my dog and I to write a children's book, to challenge them while reading about a subject that almost every young person loves.... The HSSC has continually embraced our efforts and supported us as volunteers - *such* a FAB organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with my dog Hershey for the Humane Society of Sonoma County! We are involved in the Animal Assisted Therapy program. Hershey and I have been going to a school and library for 5 years and children read to him. I love seeing all the happy student faces as they light up and yell out "Hershey is here!" as we walk down the school hallways. The teacher tells me it is a highlight of their week and actually decreases absentees. When we go to the library we also have children waiting to read to Hershey while the little toddlers enjoy petting him. The Humane Society of Sonoma County brings a lot of joy in multiple ways to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSSC is such an amazing organization in so many ways. The staff and volunteers are passionately committed to ensuring that each animal in our care has, not only the best physical care, but the best emotional care to recover from their past traumas and go on to be treasured members of loving families. Being part of this process has been an honor and a joy.

Christopher K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering about a month ago to get my dog fix in. It’s one of the few bright spots to my week lately and I’m so thankful I get to help out.

Everyone is incredibly friendly, nice, and usually greet you with kisses, with their tails wagging when you enter. The amazing thing about the Sonoma County humane society is you don’t know if the previous sentence was about the employees and volunteers, or the animals they take care of.

It’s a non kill, so that’s extra special.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization that cares about mammals and mankind alike. They are compassionate, knowledgeable, tireless in their efforts to help the animals find a forever home. That may include rehabilitation but the animals best interest is always front and center.
They train us volunteers extremely well. Providing us with great resources, helpful, kind, and educated humans who care about us too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Sonoma County has helped countless children through the animal assisted therapy program. Dogs and other animals give a calming atmosphere. My dog visits classrooms for special needs students and also assisted living facilities for seniors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do fostering for the humane society and it has been a very rewarding experience. I have had a mother and her puppies, puppies waiting for neutering, and other puppies not quit ready for adoption. I have been supplied with everything I need for the time I have the dogs. I have dogs of my own so am told everything I need to know so all get along. I have never had a dog that was not in perfect health. It has been an exciting adventure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization- my dog and I volunteer as an Animal Assisted Therapy team. We read with 1st and 3rd grade students - and they love it!! It really helps them learn to read out loud! The kids look forward to our visits and it is a fun way to volunteer and give back to the community. Thank you to The Humane Society of Sonoma County for sponsoring this program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A couple years ago I was looking for a way to be of service, and my lifelong love of animals motivated me to look into Humane Society of Sonoma County. They made it easy to get involved through their excellent orientation and training. It didn’t take long to understand that HSSC is made up of some of the most professional, dedicated and compassionate people I’ve known. When I show up to my weekly volunteer dog walking job, I know I’m a part of something that truly makes a difference in many lives: those of my fellow volunteers as well as the staff, adopters, and of course, the lives of countless animals. In short, I consider it a great privilege to be a part of HSSC and look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing staff, amazing volunteers, amazing facility, and amazing animals!

Mary M.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Humane Society of Sonoma County for about two years and have never had a better volunteering experience. The organization is both very modern and techno-supported yet very human-oriented and adaptable. There is always a smile at the front desk, endless appreciation and unbelievable love and care for the many animals that pass through there.
I was fostering two dogs last spring who managed to escape from my fenced yard. A call to the shelter got animal control out there right away and very clear instructions on what I should do. Staff there had come out previously to help me capture a stray with cages and they put out APB's in a very extensive network to get folks looking for missing animals.
They are very flexible and eager to make things work for volunteers. When I first was getting started, it seemed becoming a foster mom was going to be a slow process. But one bop into the foster office at the right time saw me getting immediate training and I was home in a matter of days with a dog that needed to get out of the shelter for awhile.
The Behavior and Training staff is sooooo experienced and passionate about their work, there's not a question they haven't been able to answer, and they are firm and insistent when a situation calls for that as well.
It's a no-kill shelter that brings in animals from all over CA and Mexico to save them from being killed and invests so much time, energy, love and money into saving even the sickest or most difficult of "client!" ; - )
It's awesome for me as a volunteer too, not all one-sided; with proper training, I got to take foster dogs on road trips and this pic is of a pup that got adopted by the son of a friend shortly thereafter.
Training is thorough, instructions are clear, they work with foster kids and have a great mentoring program, and it's just a win-win-wonderful all around!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been an employee and a volunteer of Humane Society of Sonoma County, as well as brought my dogs to training/enrichment classes here and had family members/friends adopt their pets from them. I can't say enough good things about Humane Society of Sonoma County. Working for them was one of my favorite jobs I've ever had and I miss it regularly. From the staff to the animals, it was a joy to see, and be apart of, how much love went into every aspect of this shelter. Thank you Humane Society of Sonoma County staff for everything you do.

Charisse H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people with great can do attitude! They go above and beyond for the animals in their care!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen the incredible compassion of HSSC staff and volunteers first hand - going above and beyond for the animals every day, doing whatever it takes to make sure every animal receives the healing, love, comfort, nurturing and safety they all so richly deserve. Every animal is treated with such dignity, no matter the circumstances. And their new Community Vet Clinic keeps people in need from having to give up their beloved pets simply because they can't afford regular vet care - how amazing its that?!!?! I LOVE HSSC!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Humane Society of Sonoma County for several years. It has been a wonderful experience working with the dedicated, well trained, and loving staff. I have seen them do wonders with sick, injured or fearful homeless animals bringing them back to emotional and physical health. They participate with other non profits for free or low cost spay neuter clinics for cats, and help to educate the community on the importance of controlling animal overpopulation. They also have a wonderful small farm where children come to learn about kindness to animals. It is a wonderful community resource and I am proud to be one of their volunteers.