FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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. We advise 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.

Feral Cats: The Humane Society of Sonoma County does not house feral cats for adoption. If you are interested in learning about options for feral cats in Sonoma County, please contact our community partner Forgotten Felines.

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  Ext. 267.

Owner Surrender Cats: We accept owner-surrendered cats by appointment and as space allows. Please call (707)-542-0882  Ext. 267 for appointments and availability.