Audio Interviews: KZST 100.1 in Conversation with HSSC Executive Director Wendy Welling KSRO 1350 AM in Conversation with HSSC Executive Director Wendy Welling KXTS Exitos 98.7 FM in Conversation with Humane Society’s Maritza Miranda-Velazquez (en español) Print Coverage: Santa Rosa’s Humane Society to provide affordable pet care with new clinic The Humane Society treats animals of families that can’t afford full-fare veterinary care
We love our HSSC family and we’re keeping you in our hearts throughout this challenging time. We will be posting updates about our programs and services on Facebook and here on our website as things continue to evolve. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow CDC, State and County guidelines for your safety and the well-being of our community. We will be here for the animals – they need us now more than ever. Please consider a gift of support if you can. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus, and there is no evidence that dogs or other pets can spread COVID-19. Although there has been a report of a dog in Hong Kong who tested “weakly positive,” the World Organisation for Animal Health has confirmed that the current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human-to-human transmission. Planning Ahead: While we’re at home, sheltering in place, now would be a great time to ensure a plan is in place for who will take care of your pet if you are temporarily not able to do so. Here are some great tips to ensure we are prepared: Make sure you have up-to-date contact information for neighbors, friends and/or family members who can care for animals in your absence. Have this information handy and easily accessible, for example put it in a visible location, such as on your fridge. Make a list for each animal for their food, including quantities, number of feedings and approximate time(s) of feeding per day. Be sure to include information about pet medications, prescriptions, and flea/tick control, etc. Have a file folder ready with veterinary information including rabies vaccinations, medical paperwork, etc. Also, as a best practice, be sure that your pet’s microchip is up-to-date (with your current cell phone number and email address) and that your animal’s collar has proper ID tags, (if you don’t have tags, use a permanent marker to write your phone number on the collar). This will also help your neighbors get your pet back to you in the event they go missing, and will prevent them from having to enter the shelter. Here’s a great easy-to-read guide for keeping pets safe during the Shelter In Place order: For more information about Coronavirus and Pets, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#animals For up-to-date Sonoma County information, please visit: socoemergency.org/emergency/coronavirus/ To sign up for alerts, please visit: socoemergency.org HSSC staff is closely following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, State and County and we are adapting our programs and services as necessary to protect the public. As always, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly and take steps to keep yourself healthy — we believe that it is always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For the additional information on COVID-19 and pets, please visit this trusted source: UF Health
…but the cats didn’t get the memo! Kitten Season is here! Help our itty bitty kitties by donating from our Amazon.com Kitten Registry! Each year, hundreds of kittens arrive at HSSC in need of protection, compassion, love and care. We rely on our dedicated, highly-skilled foster volunteers to help us provide the round-the-clock support these vulnerable little beings need until they are healthy enough and old enough to find their forever homes. This requires lots of kitten supplies! You, too, can help by making a purchase from our Amazon Kitten Registry for shipment directly to our shelter. Thank you for helping kittens get a strong start in life!
Our Healdsburg Shelter has reopened for online adoptions by appointment. Our hearts are full of gratitude to the fire fighters and first responders for keeping our community safe. We are happy to report that our Healdsburg Shelter is up and running again now that the danger of the Walbridge Fire has passed! The animals have returned and we are back to conducting online adoptions by appointment, Monday – Saturday 11am – 5:30pm. Check out which animals are available for adoption at our Healdsburg Shelter here and then call us today to meet your match! (707) 431-3386.
Thank you for making Giving Tribute Tuesday such a success for the animals! Special thanks to Dalio Philanthropies for their generous matching contribution ensuring that your Giving Tribute Tuesday gifts go twice as far to do twice as much to help twice as many animals!! Giving Tuesday 2020 may be over, but all of the beautiful tributes will remain here on our website in perpetuity. Together, you helped us raise over $21,000!!! Thank you! Your heartfelt tributes are truly wonderful and we are beyond grateful for your compassionate support. Tributes for Giving Tuesday 2020 Jane Mathewson gave in honor of All First Responders. Thank you so very much for your braveness and kindness in the face of every challenge. Meredith Pierson honored Beth Pierson. Michael Downing gave in honor of Diamond.