About us

A Safe Haven for Animals

Serving our community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor supported safe haven for animals. We’re dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love.

The animals in our care receive medical treatment (including spay/neuter surgery), training services, and adoption assistance. We believe that no effort is too great when a life is at stake. With your help, we give hope to every animal.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a no-kill shelter with two locations in Sonoma County; our primary Center for Animals is located at 5345 Hwy 12 West in Santa Rosa. In addition, our Healdsburg Center is located at 555 Westside Road in Healdsburg.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County - ensuring every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care.

Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report


Asilomar Accords

The Asilomar Accords outline principles that guide animal welfare organizations to work together to save the lives of companion animals. Without the Asilomar Accords, definitions and reporting methods varied from group to group, making understanding of information difficult, if not impossible, across organizations. By utilizing a standard language for statistics, shelters and their supporters are able to easily and clearly track progress both at a specific shelter and across shelters nationwide.

2017 Asilomar Accord

2016 Asilomar Accord

2015 Asilomar Accord

2014 Asilomar Accord

2013 Asilomar Accord

2012 Asilomar Accord

2011 Asilomar Accords

The collection and publication of this data is sponsored by Maddie’s Fund® Maddie’s Fund

If you have any questions about the statistics in this report,  please contact Cindy Roach or call (707) 542-0882, ext. 212

Financial Reports

Annual Financial Audit 2016/2017

Form 990

Other Reports

2015 Consumer Confidence Report

Department Directory

Adoption Center, 707.542.0882 ext.247
Amy Ludwick, Adoption Program Manager

Communications, 707.542.0882 ext.261
Signe Ross-Villemaire, Content and Grants Writer

Dog & Puppy Training Center, 707.542.0882 ext.233
Mollie Souder, Public Training Coordinator

Donations & Fundraising, 707.542.0882 ext.241
Melissa Dobar, Director of Development

Donations & Fundraising, 707.577.1903
Rebecca Baker, Development Associate

Executive Director, 707.577.1912
Cindy Roach, Executive Director

Finance, 707.577.1900
Rick Pearson, Director of Finance

Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, 707.577.1913
Carol Rathmann, Farm Director

Foster Care Department, 707.577.1919
Ashley Armstrong, Foster Program Manager

Grooming Salon & Pet Day Spa, 707.542.0882 ext.243
Stephanie Burgasser, Groomer

Healdsburg Center for Animals, 707.431.3386
Alison Lane, Healdsburg Center Manager

Humane Education, 707.577.1902
Beth Karzes, Education Outreach Coordinator

Marketing Communications, 707.542.0882 ext.208
Wendy Welling, Director of Community Relations & Marketing

Operations, 707.396.3052
David Kerwin, Facility Operations Manager

Public Veterinary Hospital, 707.284.1198
Hospital Reception

Shelter Medicine, 707.542.0882 ext.256
Dr. Sarah Reidenbach, Director of Shelter Medicine

Volunteering, 707.542.0882 ext.262
Nina Caputo, Volunteer Manager


Q: What do I do if I find a stray dog or cat?

A: The Humane Society of Sonoma County is under contract to accept all stray pets from the City of Sebastopol and the City of Healdsburg.
Stray Dogs: The Humane Society of Sonoma County is under contract to accept all stray dogs from the City of Sebastopol and the City of Healdsburg. We house strays from other areas of Sonoma County on Sunday and Monday, when Sonoma County Animal Services is closed, and as space allows on other days.
Feral Cats: The Humane Society of Sonoma County does not house feral cats for adoption. Trapped feral cats will be spayed or neutered and then released back to their original outdoor home.
Stray Cats: The Humane Society of Sonoma County is under contract to accept all stray cats from the City of Sebastopol and the City of Healdsburg. SHS advises finders of stray domesticated cats to call the local shelter in their area to report the found cat.

  • We also advise that most stray cats are typically found within one block of their home – a door-to-door “do you know this cat?” effort can help reunite the cat with its owner.
  • We encourage finders to create a “found” flier and post it in the neighborhood.

Q: What should I do if I can no longer keep my dog or cat?
A: Consider finding your dog or cat another home instead of surrendering him/her to a shelter because it will be less stressful for your animal, allows you to play a part in uniting him/her with a new family, and makes additional space available for animals whose lives are immediately at risk in surrounding municipal shelters. Please utilize our Re-homing Packet  and  our free "Adoptions by Owner" website listings.

Owner Surrender Dogs: We accept owner surrendered dogs by appointment as space allows. For availability and an appointment for your dog’s evaluation please call 707-542-0882.

Owner Surrender Cats: We accept owner surrendered cats by appointment and as space allows. Please call 707-542-0882 for appointments and availability.

Building Partnerships for Animals in Need

We exist because of support from our community. Our business partners generously provide resources for our work in many ways; through discounts of their products and services, generous cash donations, and sponsorships of our fundraising events. We are grateful for their contributions and encourage you to patronize our Community Business Partners.

Meet Our Community Champions

In the News

7 Charities Helping Victims of Recent Disasters 

Pets And People Are Joyously Reuniting After California Wildfires

Displaced Sonoma County residents keep up search for animals lost in fires

North Bay pets fill animal shelters

Rescuing animals across fire lines, inside shelters

Where Northern California fire victims can find resources – and how you can support them

More than 100 pets still at shelters after North Bay wildfires

Humane Society offers free veterinary services for county fire victims

5 heartwarming stories of pets who survived the deadly California fires

Missing cats after North Bay fires found, up for adoption

These Stories About Pets And Animals Being Helped During The California Fires Are So Heartbreakingly Sweet

Amid Sonoma’s ashes, family is overjoyed to find their dog Izzy — alive, well and wagging her tail

Sonoma Humane Society opens free wellness clinic, urges reporting of lost and found pets

Sonoma Humane Society offering free, basic, burn care for pets

Humane society looks to help cat with singed whiskers, other pets lost in North Bay fires

Bunfest was hopping with bunny lovers

For some, this holiday is all about the Easter Bunny

Member Spotlight: Sonoma Humane Society

Santa Rosa Junior College students win Sonoma Humane Society advertising campaign

Healdsburg Center for Animals Begins a New Life

True Love: Adopt a special-needs pet from Sonoma Humane Society

Sonoma Humane Society Announces Executive Director 

Sonoma Humane Society aims to open new Healdsburg animal shelter by spring

Karmann Ghia Does Good for Homeless Animals

Beloved Princess Fiona

Sonoma Humane Society 2015 Best Nonprofit of the North Bay

Princess Fiona Huffington Post

Princess Fiona ABC 7

Princess Fiona Press Democrat

Sonoma Humane looks to transform 'complicated' animal shelter project

Good News for Healdsburg Animal Shelter

Healdsburg animal shelter board dissolves

Sonoma Humane Society to move into Healdsburg Animal Shelter building

Healdsburg Shelter eyes opening after settlment

Two out-of-town animal agencies partner with Healdsburg shelter

Lapphund Rescue Press Democrat

Lapphund Rescue

Healdsburg Center Coming Soon

Healdsburg council approves animal control, shelter deal

A Lifesaving Partnership: Sonoma Humane Society & Petaluma Animal Services Foundation Awarded Healdsburg Sheltering and Animal Control Contract

LandmarkAgreement Brings Hope and Second Chances to County Animals

Best Sonoma County Non-Profit 2013 Press Democrat

Best of the North Bay 2012


Press Releases

Sonoma Humane Society Announces Executive Director 

North Bay No-Kill Shelters Save Shelter Pets Displaced by Rocky Fire


Position Statements

Rodent Control

Pets As Gifts April 2015

Beagle Freedom Bill Oct 2014

Predator Control Statement Sept 2014  For more detailed information on this issue click here.

Aversive Dog and Animal Training_Jan 2014

Breed Specific Laws Oct 2013

No Kill Aug 2013

Low Cost Adoption April 2013

Offsite Adoptions March 2013

Limit Law Jan 2013

North Bay Pets Magazine

Published twice annually, summer and winter, North Bay Pets showcases our progressive support for pets and people in our community. Interested in advertising in North Bay Pets? Click here for Rates and an Insertion Order.

North Bay Pets Winter 2017

North Bay Pets Summer 2017

North Bay Pets Winter 2016

North Bay Pets Summer 2016

North Bay Pets Winter 2015

North Bay Pets Summer 2015

North Bay Pets Winter 2014

North Bay Pets Summer 2014

North Bay Pets Winter 2013

North Bay Pets Summer 2013



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Board of Directors

Shannon Tracey, Board President
Shannon is a Mortgage Broker and Real Estate Investor with 19 years’ experience. She has a BA in Economics from Sonoma State University. Shannon is active in many aspects of community affairs. She is the former president of the Redwood Empire Mortgage Lenders Association and a former member of Redwood Empire Active 20/30. As a life-long Sonoma County resident, Shannon is committed to serving the people and animals in our community. Her keys to success include integrity, persistence, hard work, and a sense of humor. An avid backpacker, CrossFitter and hiker, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets. She has been an SHS board member since 2009.
Evelyn Mitchell, Board Vice President
Evelyn is Principal of L3 Consulting, which has provided CFO/Controller Services since 2005. She has over twenty years of controller experience in private industry, a BA from The University of Connecticut, and an Executive Master’s Degree from Golden Gate University. Evelyn lives in Healdsburg with her husband Tom, and their dogs Buddy and Eli. Tom and Evelyn are both avid runners, having run numerous marathons. Evelyn was Board Treasurer previous to her 5 years as Board President. She has served on the SHS Board of Directors since 2007 and is currently the Board Vice President.
John Prouty, Board Treasurer
John has spent more than 35 years in the high technology industry, and is currently a product planning manager with Keysight Technologies. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. The Proutys have had a family presence in Sonoma County since 1962, and John and his wife Susan currently live in Santa Rosa with their three rescued cats. An avid cyclist, John has served on the board of the Red Peloton Cycling Club and helps Women's Recovery Services, having founded the annual "Sea to Sierra" bike ride to Lake Tahoe from Santa Rosa with his riding partners. John has previously serviced as a board member and board president for Forgotten Felines, as well as here at Sonoma Humane. John has been a board member since 2006.
Kati Aho, Board Secretary
Kati is the COO & Director of Programs for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. The EBC is a local community center and school for people with sight loss. Prior to the EBC, her focus was in the electronics industry in various positions with a small startup, and for over 24 years with Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies. Kati is a native Californian, born and raised in the Sebastopol area, and a graduate of USF with a BS in Informational Systems Management. Her passion focuses on organizational development and the creation of synergistic, self-managed work teams. Kati is an avid SCUBA diver and loves to garden. She lives in Sebastopol with her mother Laurie, and their dog Kona.
Kathy Yerger, Board Member
Kathy graduated from the Veterinary Management Institute at Purdue University. After 40 years of managing veterinary hospitals, she recently retired from VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County. Working in specialty veterinary medicine, she was fortunate to interact with so many families dedicated to their furry family members and has always been drawn to assist those pets who are less fortunate and in need of forever homes. Kathy has lived in Sonoma County for 30 years and enjoys life in Forestville with her husband Brad, rescue dog Lucy, and Louis, a kitten who was found in a field in Petaluma. Kathy has been a member of the Sonoma Humane Society board since 2007.
Marty Olhiser, Board Member
After 48 years in the Redwood industry, Marty is semi-retired as Senior Vice President of Mendocino Forest Products. He and his wife Cheri have lived in Sonoma County for over 41 years. They enjoy country living with their Boxer Cooper, cat Mittens, and several farm animals. Marty is a Vietnam Veteran who served as a Dog Handler on a Combat Tracker Team assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. Marty and Cheri have two married sons and 6 grandchildren. Marty served on the Board of Directors of the California Redwood Association for 7 years, two as Board Chair. He served for 9 years on the Board of Directors of TrueGuard, Inc., a sister company of Mendocino Forest Products, and also served a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Treated Wood Council, a Washington, D.C. based group representing the Pressure Treated Wood Industry. Marty is currently working as Senior Advisor for Mendocino Forest Products, and Humboldt Redwood Company. He also represents large timberland owners for his 13th year on the Timber Advisory Committee to the California State Board of Equalization.
Darlene Brazil, Board Member
Darlene is a Sonoma County native. She had nineteen years of public and private accounting experience prior to joining the accounting team at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Inc. in Sebastopol. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Darlene is also a member of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise group. She enjoys all the wonders that Sonoma County has to offer, including traveling, outdoor activities, live theatre, and of course, spending time with her cats. Darlene has been a board member since 2009.
Robert Quail, Board Member
Bob is a shareholder with the law firm of Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy in Santa Rosa, with a practice focused on business and real estate transactions. Bob previously served as Vice President/General Counsel for a large winery based in Sonoma County and has lived here since 1994, where he and his wife, Julie, raised two daughters around too many cats, dogs and horses to count. Bob also serves as an advisor to the board of KRCB Public Media, the PBS and NPR affiliate in the North Bay, and is a former member of the Oak Grove Union School District Board of Trustees and the Boards of Children & Family Circle of Sonoma County and the Lattice Education Foundation. Bob has been an SHS Board Member since 2009.
Chris Kittredge, Board Member
Chris has been a professional photographer for the past 40 years specializing in unique and meaningful portraits of animals and their families. She has a BA from The University of Michigan. For the last 26 years she has been deeply involved, and continues to be involved, with Canine Companions For Independence, but several years ago she decided to devote additional time and her expertise to helping animals whose lives were less fortunate. Chris and her husband, Bob, live in Santa Rosa with their three Labrador retrievers, Adah, Taya, and Dory, and two fun loving rescue cats, Sully and Sawyer. She has been an SHS Board Member since 2014.
Johnny Drake, Board Member
Johnny Drake was born in SF, the youngest of 14 children. Johnny’s big family were loving and firm believers in the merits of hard work. These values were instilled in Johnny early in life and have carried him through his various careers, pursuits and passions. When Johnny was 18, he moved out of the family home to go to college at Sacramento State to study Poly-Sci. While not studying Political Science, Johnny started a carpet cleaning business. Four years later he and his brother began a baking company that eventually turned into Johnny’s Java. Johnny moved to Sonoma County in 1989 and developed Johnny’s Java into a storied Sonoma County coffee shop with 9 locations and over 80 employees. After twenty successful years, Johnny was ready for a new challenge, so he pursued his long time interest in real estate. While Johnny is a heart centered business man, talented marketer and an experienced entrepreneur, his real passion is helping people create community. Johnny’s history of service and giving back to the community includes contributions of time, money and support to Canine Companions, the Sonoma Humane Society, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County High School Athletics and Little League. Whether cleaning carpets, running coffee shops, selling homes at Artisan Sotheby's International Realty or doing community service, Johnny takes a collaborative, hands-on and focused approach to his endeavors. He is an active member of NorBAR, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Sonoma County Alliance and the former Vice President of The Volunteer Center Board of Directors. He is a lover of animals, especially dogs. He has two mini-schnauzers, Roxy and Milly.
Maren McCloud, Board Member
Maren works as a Manager in Middle Market Banking in the Greater Bay and Central Valley areas. She has a BA from the University of Colorado. When she was growing up, her first pet was a rescue kitten and ever since then Maren has had a passion for the bond between children and animals along with the importance of caring for animals. She credits her current cat, Princess, for helping to teach her children compassion. Maren adopted Princess at the Sonoma Humane Society ten years ago and has been interested in helping the organization be successful. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano, and travelling.
Jim Barnes, Board Member
Jim is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County, attending local schools and graduating with a degree in Mathematics from Sonoma State University in 1969. He and his wife Claudette reside in Santa Rosa with their adopted cat, Beatrice, where they raised their children Kimberly and James. Jim has been an independent insurance broker since 1977, specializing in life insurance and employer/employee benefit packages. Outside of work, when he's not on the golf course, Jim is an active volunteer. He's been on a number of local boards, including the Redwood Empire Food Bank where he served as Board President. Jim became interested in helping the Sonoma Humane Society after adopting their beloved cat Punkin in 2008. He plans to work with the board and the management team to insure that the organization continues to be successful and continues to find forever homes for all the animals that come through its doors.

Senior Management

Cindy Roach, Executive Director
Cindy joined the Sonoma Humane Society in 2008 after a 14 year career with the New York Times Media Group. Her background of relationship development, customer service, sales and management were a perfect fit in our fundraising department, where Cindy worked as our Development Director for 6 years. Under her supervision, our Development team expanded our grants, planned giving, events, direct marketing and donation programs to provide sustainable support for our organization.Most recently Cindy served as our VP of Program Development, providing leadership for our Adoptions, Behavior & Training, Veterinary Medicine and Marketing teams. Cindy is a lifelong animal lover and resident of Sonoma County. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Jerry and their two dogs, Maggie and Wiley, who are both alumni of the Sonoma Humane Society.
Sarah Reidenbach, Director of Shelter Medicine
Dr. Sarah Reidenbach joined Sonoma Humane Society as Director of Shelter Medicine in 2015. She previously worked as a shelter medicine fellow at San Francisco SPCA, then was hired as full-time shelter veterinarian at SF SPCA. Dr. Reidenbach worked on site at Stockton Animal Services to develop a shelter medicine program for approximately 12,000 animals per year. She subsequently worked as Medical Director at Berkeley Humane, overseeing the hospitals at both Berkeley Humane and Berkeley Animal Control. Dr. Reidenbach studied neuroscience during her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, received her Non-Profit Management Certification from Duke University, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from UC Davis where she was awarded the Poppy Memorial Scholarship and the J&M Fournie Scholarship for Academic excellence. Dr. Reidenbach lives in Sebastopol with her wife and three kids, as well as their four rescue dogs: Tug, Maui, Skullcrusher, and Coyote Jack, and their rescue cat, Hiss. She is proud to be a part of Sonoma County’s animal welfare community, and finds inspiration in the staff, supporters, and individuals who work to create a kind world for those who need it most.
Lindsay McCall, Director of Animal Care
Lindsay hails from San Diego, where she has spent the last 11 years working in the veterinary, animal welfare, and sheltering fields. She resides with Franki (her dog), GoGo (her cat), and Rojo (a Bearded Dragon who is a seasoned visitor of many educational children's summer camps!). Lindsay loves cooking, camping, exploring the mountains, the coastline, traveling to tropical locales and finding secret beaches!
Wendy Welling, Director of Community & Customer Relations
Melissa Dobar, Director of Development
Melissa joined the SHS team in 2014 with 20+ years of work in non-profit management and development. Her history includes creating dozens of successful programs, including arts education programming for underserved youth and families in Los Angeles, developing award-winning after school programs for youth in Arizona, and working for several years in fundraising and program management with United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of the Wine Country. With a sincere love for the animals, Melissa is happy to be a part of the SHS team. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Dan, son Jack, three silly semi-feral cats and three ridiculous dogs including SHS alum, Gambit.
Rick Pearson, Director of Finance
Rick joined Sonoma Humane Society in October, 2016 after sixteen years in accounting and finance with MarketLive, Inc., a tech firm in Petaluma. He is very excited to be part of the SHS management team. Rick earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and an MBA from Dominican University in San Rafael. His interests include music, food and wine, tennis, and the SF Giants. He and his girlfriend Julie live in Penngrove with their dog Baxter, who shares Rick’s office and has become very popular with SHS staff and volunteers.
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