We are incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful people in our community who are inspired to help the animals. They bring us amazing donations of food, supplies, and funds gathered from all over and anywhere they can. Many even donate their personal time! They are amazing advocates for the animals and HSSC, so we want to give these Humane Heroes the very special shout outs they deserve!!
Scroll through the photos to see what makes these wonderful individuals our #humaneheroes!
We wanted to send a warm thank you to HSSC volunteer P.K. Lindauer for arraigning a generous gift certificate through a matching campaign with Pet Food Express that benefits the animals at HSSC! This gift card is being used by our Animal Care department for pet food and supplies for our shelter animals! P.K. is a beloved, longtime volunteer of the Humane Society of Sonoma County, and we appreciate all of her compassion and love for the animals!
We’d like to thank our new partners Sarah Bown, Abel Gomez and Hana Pryden, who collected donations and items for our Pet Pantry to help out community pet owners during the holidays and colder weather! They delivered blankets, food, toys, and funds as well as heartwarming cheer to HSSC! These donations go a long way, providing supplies to community members and their pets in need of a little extra help. We are excited for this new partnership and look forward to seeing more of them in 2023!
Thank you to Chris Louton, winemaker for St. Francis Winery, who dropped off their wine case litter boxes!! All our cats and kittens who first arrive to HSSC, or who are under medical care receive cardboard litter trays to help keep their living spaces clean – we are always in need of these trays as donations, and Chris and his wife had the idea to cut the wine boxes down to size. They make for purrrfect litter trays! We are grateful for their innovative and generous animal loving spirit!
Thank you to our good friends at Pet Food Express for donating a huge pallet of dog and cat food towards our Pet Pantry! The boxes are filled with smaller individual sized bags of pet food, and our Community Action Team has been bringing them out into the community for pet owners in need. We are very grateful for our partnership with Pet Food Express!
Our wonderful friends from the Rodney Strong Winery volunteered at our Healdsburg location to help with our Community Action Team’s program. They helped put together 200+ bags of dog and cat food for the Pet Food Pantry. Woohoo!! They also took a moment to visit with our adoptable dog Phillip and met a couple of our fabulous felines.
Thank you to our friends at Sports Basement for inviting us to participate in our own discount week! Aside from offering a discount to HSSC friends and family, we brought the Kissing Booth over to extend holiday cheer to shoppers and staff. Sports Basement donated gift cards for our raffle, to raise funds for our animals, and gift shoppers with an extra shopping surprise. Thank you Ian, and our Sports Basement partners!
You can sign up to become a Basementeer for $25 and receive 10% off at Sports Basement for LIFE. Basementeers can choose The Humane Society of Sonoma County when signing up and we receive 10% of profits annually. Basementeers get a pretty sweet discount while supporting Humane Society of Sonoma County!
We had so much fun at Limerick Lane Winery with Moret Brealynn for their holiday kick-off tasting event! Guests visited the Kissing Booth and our Animal Assisted Therapy dogs, enjoyed delicious wines, and tried their luck at the fabulous raffle items donated by the wine makers! Thank you for inviting us to this fun day, and raising funds to go toward saving lives!
Thank you to Comfort for Critters for hand crafting these beautiful knit blankets for our shelter cats! As you can tell from our model Moo Moo, they are quite the hit! We have been sending every adopted cat home with their very own knit blanket. You can learn more about Comfort for Critters here: https://comfortforcritters.org/
We want to give our dear friend Dan Glover, of Lobjet Wines, a BIG Thank You for being so supportive of HSSC! Not only did he donate some delicious wines to our Wags Whiskers & Wine Gala Auction, but he offered a wine tasting to go with it! The fabulous winners of this package sipped then shopped the wine at his tasting room – and he donated 20% of the proceeds to us! But, he did it in a special way, Dan visited our local The Feed Store in Sebastopol and purchased pet food and treats for our Pet Food Pantry and Shelter Animals! We have been blown away by his generosity, thank you Dan!
These amazing girl scouts from troop 10210 in West County decided to take some of the cookie money they earned last year to purchase items for HSSC! With our wishlist pulled up on a computer screen, each girl picked out an item they wanted to donate. They dropped off their items, happily posed for a photo, then took a tour of the shelter. They even met some of our adoptable animals on the way! We are so thankful for these generous girls, and are excited for this future generation of animal lovers!
We always have so much fun at Loud & Clear Music and are so appreciative of their Tune Up Save a Pup fundraisers! This was our first visit at their new location, which is chockful of beautiful instruments and buzzing with activity and joy! Neville and his team go out of their way to support community charities and we are so grateful and fortunate to have their partnership!
We were invited by Phi Delta Theta to participate in their Philanthropy Week at Sonoma State University, to raise awareness about giving to nonprofits, as well as our work and what we do. We had lots of fun with the students, and of course, our Kissing Booth was a hit! Thank you, Phi Delta Theta, for asking us to participate!
Our friends at Medtronic had a volunteer team day in their offices and made enrichment toys for our shelter dogs. Our Animal Assisted Therapy teams, Bubbles & David and Remy & Elaine, had fun testing out the toys and providing dog visits to the team. Enrichment is so important to our shelter animals to keep their stress down and minds active, and give them something fun to do while they wait for their new homes. We like to have a stash of enrichment toys for all our cats, dogs and bunnies. Thank you to everyone at Medtronic who made these special toys for our dogs!
We want to give a big warm Thank You to a longtime friend of the shelter, Sue Morrill, for dedicating her time and amazing talent to the Humane Society! Sue creates gorgeous quilts that she donates to mostly animal charities to raise funds for the animals. We’ve been the lucky recipient of Halloween and Valentine themed quilts that we have auctioned for fundraising over the years. Sue, who has family roots in Healdsburg, recently visited us during a roadtrip from her home in New Mexico with her traveling brood, and brought us a selection of quilts to choose for next year’s Halloween quilt AND a unique and beautiful quilt we’ll be auctioning for our gala in August! Thank you, Sue Morrill, for your continued support!
We want to give a GIANT Thank You to all who came out to support Give Back Tuesday at the Rainbow Cattle Company in September! This wonderful event couldn’t have happened without the hard work of our amazing volunteer, Yvonne, and her crew! Thank you to the Give Back Team: Yvonne Michelle Morones, Terry Norona, Diane Machado, Candy Peters, and Edie Partridge! And a very special thank you to the incomparable Sister Scarlet from the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for being our fun and sassy MC, and for donating the live auction item! Many more thanks go to the Rainbow Cattle Company and their super friendly and helpful staff for hosting us, and for donating a portion of bar sales! And thank you to Smart Pizza and Saucy Mama’s Jook Joint for donating toward the buffet dinner! Funds were raised for the animals, fun was had by all, and over 60 raffle winners went home with great prizes!
We had a great fun day at Abbott Technology Lab for their Employee Giving Day! We enjoyed meeting the fabulous, friendly Abbott staff at our Kissing Booth! Staff donations were matched by Abbott as part of their Employee Giving Day, and we are so thankful to have been included!
Thank you to our community partners at PetSmart for their generous donation of pet supplies and food to HSSC! Our staff member Jorge drove over with our painted truck “Murphey” and filled it to the brim with beds, toys, scratchers, treats, pet foods and more! These items will benefit not only the animals at HSSC, but will also help community members in need of a little extra help caring for their pets.
Thank you to Santa Rosa Newcomers and Friends, a fantastic group of women who sponsor community events that benefit local charities. 75 of their 260 members participated in donating an overflowing truck load of pet supplies to HSSC! We were amazed at the size of their donation and humbled by their generosity to the animals. You can find more information about this fabulous group of friends at: https://newcomersclubofsan
Our good friends at Unleashed by Petco on Yulupa Ave recently called HSSC about a big donation of pet food they had for us! We were so happy to hear from them, as they are always so generous with their donations to local animal shelters and rescues. Our staff picked up a truck load full of pet food that will go towards our Pet Food Pantry, which provides free dog and cat food to local pet owners when they need a little extra help caring for their beloved pets. Thank you, Unleashed by Petco, for your generosity!
We want to send a *chef’s kiss* and a Thank You to the family of one of our CVC clients, Mono! They surprised our staff with a delicious Italian lunch! This wasn’t the only time they brought in some tasty food, one time when Mono needed a dental, they dropped off tamales!! The whole staff was so grateful for the delicious gifts and ate every last bite!
This group of adorable kids all met in a neighborhood “learning pod”. As a group of animal loving friends, they collected pet food for HSSC, and when they dropped off their donations, they got to take a tour of the shelter and even met Draco the dog and Otter the cat! We are very grateful for their generosity to the animals!
We’d like to thank our new friends at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for inviting us to take part in their Open House Fundraiser for HSSC! They had yummy food and drink demos in their beautiful kitchens, sparkled with their lovely lighting, and raffled off amazing prizes to benefit the animals! The staff and guests enjoyed our Kissing Booth and the showroom festivities while supporting our work! We are so grateful for their contributions and partnership, and look forward to more opportunities to join forces for the animals!
We want to give Hansel Subaru and The Krush 95.9 a BIG shout out for hosting a Pet Adoption event for HSSC! We brought our Tail Waggin’ full of adoptable kittens and the HSSC Kissing Booth, The Krush was broadcasting live on site, giving away goody bags to new pet owners, and Hansel Subaru sponsored every kitten’s adoption fee! The event was a huge success, we found homes for 14 kittens in under 2 hours!! Thank you, Hansel Subaru, and The Krush for your amazing support and love for the animals!
We love our friends at Rodney Strong and enjoyed having our Kissing Booth at the last concert of their Americana series with the popular and talented David Luning Band. Rodney Strong donated a bottle of their delicious wine, which we paired with a lovely wine tote handmade by one of our talented volunteers, for the lucky winner! Thank you Rodney Strong for all you do to support the animals!
Thank you to one of our amazing volunteers, Bruno Lanni, and his friends at Prosper Real Estate for organizing a Yappy Hour at Crooked Goat Brewing to raise funds for the animals! We got to meet some HSSC adopted alumni and the nice folks at Prosper, and we look forward to more yappy hours with this fun crew!
We had such an awesome time at the Women In Conversation Expo at the Green Music Center at SSU, and want to send a big THANK YOU to our amazing friends at Oliver’s Market for sponsoring our booth! Thank you also to everyone who visited our Kissing Booth, asked about our programs, and donated to the animals. We can’t wait for next year’s event!
A huge thanks & tail wags to the team at Jeff Cohn Cellars for a fun filled day at their Harvest Paella Party at Grand Cru Custom Crush in Windsor, that raised funds for the animals! The HSSC volunteers raved about what a great event it was and how much fun they had meeting the wine club members — and the paella was deeelish! We truly appreciate being invited out to share the day with you all, thank you!
We were so delighted to be invited to bring our Kissing Booth to the Rail Road Square Music Stroll! The weather was perfect, the music was fabulous, and our smooching pooches had tons of fun greeting guests! Thank you to the Historic Railroad Square Association for inviting us to participate in this fun community event!
We send a giant thank you to our beloved friends at Morpheus Med Spa for putting together an amazing fundraiser for HSSC! Aside from treatments and amazing raffle prizes that benefited the animals, they went all out with awesome live music, delicious food, a visit from Krysta of Symmetry Entertainment! Kona Ice and Tails and Tales Art donated a portion of their sales of the day also, making this FUNdraiser not only a fun day but a huge success! Oh yea – and HSSC’s special guest Scooby Doo even came out for the fun!
Thank you for the very cute flowers from The Westside Elementary School Kitties– Raven, Zinnia and Chubby Pants. It brightened the whole day at our Healdsburg Shelter!
Keya Nair hand crafted this heaping pile of dog toys! She braided a total of 47 tug toys for our shelter dogs and says there’s more on the way. Thank you Keya for the creative way you’re supporting the animals!
The fabulous kids from Brownie Girl Scout Troop 10368 held a pet food drive for HSSC and brought a gigantic haul of dog and cat food for our shelter animals and Pet Food Pantry! These super cool girls also made a Thank You poster that they colored and decorated themselves which included little personal messages to our staff and volunteers!! We hung it up immediately for all to see. Our hearts are filled with joy from the generosity and animal loving spirit of these girl scouts!
Thank you to our good friends at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu for inviting us to greet the kids at their karate class with our HSSC kissing booth! They even brought a donation box to support our shelter animals!
Thank you to the Healdsburg Prune Packers for inviting us to their Tuesday evening game! And a BIG thank you to our good friends at Amy’s Wicked Slush for sponsoring us! We had a blast with our very own Scooby Doo throwing out the first pitch and we dished out sloppy puppy kisses at our HSSC kissing booth! Congratulations to the Prune Packer’s on their win!
✨A HUGE THANK YOU✨ to everyone who took action when we needed your help! As supply chain issues continue to affect our vendors and our ordering, YOU and the fantastic animal loving community have stepped up to help us during times of need! We’ve been blown away by the response to our pleas for kitten food, dog collars, cardboard trays and carefresh bedding. From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU and are truly feeling the love!
We had a fantastic time representing HSSC at the FFA Twilight Parade in Healdsburg! We cruised the parade in our rescue van and marched with some fuzzy HSSC alumni and Scooby Doo! Big thanks to our HSSC staff and volunteers for making this a such a wonderful event and for the Healdsburg Future Farmers of America for including us on this special day.
Thank you to HEAD WEST and The Barlow for supporting HSSC! We spent a very fun and sunny Saturday at the Head West Marketplace with our HSSC kissing booth- promoting our programs and providing information to the public! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent to say hello. We love being part of Head West and are always so happy to see so many members of our community coming out to support!
Julie Peterson and Sue Pizzo are two very talented women who donate handmade cat mats for our shelter cats! These lovingly crafted blankets and mats bring so much comfort and joyful color to our cat habitats! Thank you for your fabulous donations Julie and Sue!!
Meet this amazing girl scout who not only made wonderful enrichment items for our rodents, but also wrote out in detail all of the directions of how to make the fun toys AND provided us with the materials!!! What a cool, creative, crafty kid! Our guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and bunnies will be living large for a long time thanks to this amazing #HumaneHero!!
We are so grateful for ALL the compassionate ways our volunteers take time in their busy lives to show up for the animals. Abagail was beyond excited to come in for her shift this past weekend. As one of our Cat Care Partners, she loves spending quality time with our feline friends – enriching their lives and letting them know they are loved. She was also excited to deliver a very special donation! Her employer, Amica Insurance Company, has a special Employee Community Involvement Program which awards grants to nonprofits where their employees volunteer. Abagail recently applied for – and was awarded – a generous grant through the program! Thank you Amica and thank you Abagail! Your kindness will help so many animals!
Thank you to our dear friends at Adobe Animal Hospital who held a Pet Food Drive for HSSC, North Bay Animal Services and Compassion Without Borders!! They brought us all kinds of pet food to help supply our Pet Food Pantry, and also dedicated their day off to work in the Spay/Neuter Clinic to help with CWOB’s surgery day!! These amazing Humane Heroes have blown us away with their generosity! Thank you!
Thank you to Karah Estate Vineyard for inviting us to be part of their winetasting fundraiser! Our Animal Assisted Therapy volunteer dog, Bubbles, manned the table and greeted guests who happily sipped wine to help the animals!
We were so happy to team up with Lagunitas, Dogwood Animal Rescue and Tails + Tales Pet Portaits for a Wonder-Full National Rescue Dog Day!! The event featured adoptable dogs, custom art and information booth and was all in support of the animals!! A BIG Thank you to Lagunitas for being such amazing community partners and for inviting us to take part in this very fun event!
A BIG Thank you to our awesome friends at Medtronic – their Biomedical Team joined us for their volunteer team day! They made dog treats and enrichment toys, assembled cat towers, and helped pluck those pesky foxtails to protect the many paws that walk around here. Thank you Medtronic for spending your time with us!
Our great friends at Amy’s Wicked Slush chose HSSC for this year’s Grateful April campaign. Throughout the month of April our adopters received gift cards for a free Pipsqueak Slush, complements of Amy’s Wicked Slush!! They even graciously extended the event into May for Mother’s Day! We are so happy to have such amazing community partners with Amy and the gang, because Amy’s ❤’s shelter pets and we ❤ Amy’s Wicked Slush!
A big thank you to our friends at Mercy Wellness for inviting us to take part in their Take the High Road celebration. We had a blast providing some furry fun with our Animal Assisted Therapy dogs and Famous HSSC Kissing Booth! We were blown away by the generosity of Mercy Wellness and their patrons for their donations towards the lifesaving care HSSC provides! Thank you Mercy Wellness for being such wonderful community partners and friends of HSSC. Pictured is Mercy Wellness COO, Ray, enjoying some Elvis and Bebe kisses!
Some fabulous employees of Graton Resort & Casino recently visited our Santa Rosa shelter for their Volunteer Team Day! This fantastic group of people helped us tremendously by clearing out the landscaping in our dog play yards and they even baked yummy treats for our shelter pups! We are so thankful for their help and had a great time introducing them to some of our shelter animals! Thank you so much to the whole Graton Casino Team!
Thank you to Head West and the Barlow for supporting HSSC! We kicked off the season with a bang at the Barlow with our HSSC kissing booth, promoting our programs and providing information to the public! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hello, or to get a smooch from a pooch! We love being part of Head West and are always so happy to see so many members of our community coming out to support! We will be back June 11th – we look forward to seeing you there!!
Julie Peterson is very talented with a sewing needle! And she has once again blown us away with her amazing handmade donations! She created kicker toys and cat mats for our shelter cats as well as bandanas to spruce up our shelter pets. Her compassion and care for the animals truly shines through her amazing handiwork. Thank you so much Julie!
We had a blast at the Rainbow Cattle Company for their Give Back Tuesday event benefitting HSSC! There were fun raffles, a delicious Italian dinner from Main St. Bistro and Smart Pizza, and special guest Sister Scarlet of the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! Our amazing volunteers hosted a fabulous evening of fundraising fun! Thank you so much to the Rainbow Cattle Company for having us for such a special event!
Crossfit Outpace, a local Windsor gym, wowed us with their five-week donation challenge!! They definitely went BIG when they chose HSSC for their 2022 challenge, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! They dropped off a large donation of animal supplies (food, treats, toys, and bedding for our cats, dogs and small companion animals). In addition to this amazing donation, Alex and Jim came by the Healdsburg shelter to drop off a generous check! They even got to meet our sweet pup Phillip! Thank you Crossfit Outpace for being such amazing community partners!
Thank you to our fabulous community partners at Jane Dispensary for hosting our HSSC kissing booth during their 4/20 Back To Our Roots celebration! We had a fantastic time with Volunteer Pups, Elvis and Bebe who dished out puppy kisses for tips!
We are so honored for Juncture Tap Room for inviting us to Gidget’s Celebration of Life Fundraiser. Gidget was sweet pup who was adopted from HSSC long ago, and went on to live a beautiful life! She spent her days cruising around the lobby and working alongside her parents at Hammond Autowerks – then in her spare time she would hang out right next door at Juncture Taproom & Lounge where she became the unofficial mascot! We are incredibly humbled by their donation towards HSSC’s life saving care. Thank you Juncture Tap Room for your generosity!
Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 10368 for coming and visiting the animals at HSSC! We had a blast showing you around the shelter and introducing you to some of our favorite animals! We see the next generation of animal advocates in all of you!
Thank you to our friends at Mercy Wellness for making this St. Patrick’s Day a lucky one! Not only did we have a blast dishing out dog kisses with our HSSC kissing booth – but Mercy Wellness helped us raise funds for our fuzzy friends with our donation bins throughout the day! We’re so thankful for their generosity and animal loving spirit!
A Big Thank You to our friends at Jane Dispensary for hosting our kissing booth during the Harla Demo! And thank you Harla for donating 100% of their proceeds during the event!! We are beyond grateful for your generous animal loving spirit!
Our new friends, Waverly and Jan @ Nothing Bundt Cakes, stopped by to treat our hardworking staff with their delicious and lovely bundtinis! We are excited for future partnership opportunities with our new friends! After a tour of the shelter, we capped off their sweet visit with lots of gushy kisses from Nova. ❤ If you haven’t tried them yet, their bundt cakes come in a variety of sizes scrumptious flavors! Check them out here: https://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/
The wonderful students at St. John the Baptist School in Healdsburg collected a very large donation of pet food, dog and cat treats, collars and toys for our shelter pets! We were blown away by the generosity of these kids! Big thanks to all the students for their compassion and support!
A huge THANK YOU to Unleashed by Petco on Yulupa Ave in Santa Rosa. They called us up and said they had a big donation for the shelter – one of our amazing volunteers drove right over to pick it up! We were blown away at all the amazing supplies they donated for the animals! Thank you for being such wonderful community partners!
The amazing students at Healdsburg Junior High selected the Humane Society as the recipient for this year’s coin fundraiser. In just one month they raised over $1,000 for the animals at the Healdsburg shelter!! It’s always wonderful to see the next generation so passionate about the animals in our community! Thank you Healdsburg Junior High for your wonderful generosity!
Every year Loud and Clear Music hosts their Tune It Up Help A Pup fundraiser where they replace customer’s guitar strings for donations to HSSC! While people waited for their guitars to be re-strung they got sloppy kisses from our HSSC kissing booth pups! Thank you Loud and Clear we are so grateful for your awesome partnership!
We brought some Valentine’s Day kisses to Santa Rosa Community Health for their amazing work and their love for the animals! These wonderful people created a pet food drive to help support HSSC’s Pet Food Pantry! They deserve all the puppy kisses they could ever want! Thank you Santa Rosa Community Health!!
Earlier this month Hawley Winery and Jeff Cohn Cellars hosted a joint event that helped benefit HSSC! We posted up our kissing booth right between both of these amazing tasting rooms and let our kissing booth pups go to work! We received a portion of sales from both locations and had a heck of a lot of fun in the process! Thank you Hawley Winery and Jeff Cohn Cellars for your fabulous partnership!!
Elementary Students from the Healdsburg Montessori School sent some adorable Valentine’s Day cheer to our Healdsburg Shelter!! Thank you to all the students and their teacher, Haley Fincher, for filling our hearts with joy this Valentine’s Day!!
Julie Peterson recently dropped by HSSC with 2 boxes of handmade donations! She lovingly crafted blankets and bandanas for our shelter dogs as well as cat blankets and kicker toys for our cats!! Pictured is one of our shelter cats Butterscotch LOVING her new kicker toy! (*fun side note – Butterscotch has been adopted!)
Thank you for your fabulous donation Julie!!
Tatiana and Bianca are juniors at Healdsburg High School who interned at both our Healdsburg and Santa Rosa shelters! They assisted in several departments – including Marketing, where they spruced up the infamous HSSC Kissing Booth!! Thank you Tatiana and Bianca, we loved having you!
Michael and Stephanie stopped by the Healdsburg shelter to donate toys to our feline friends! They even brought a whole bag of goodies specifically for Tigger (one of our long term residents). Our shelter cats are very grateful for their new toys and treats! Thank you so much Michael and Stephanie!
Waylon has been helping animals since he could walk! His mom has been working at HSSC for 10 years, and he has been following in her footsteps as a true animal lover every step of the way! Whether it’s helping care for HSSC foster animals, volunteering his time to lend a hand around the shelter or donating his stuffed animals to our surgery cats, Waylon is a true #humanehero! Thank you so much Waylon!
One of our amazing Healdsburg campers from Summer 2021 dropped off a very generous and thoughtful donation. Delilah is a lover of all animals and after attending the HSSC camp, she so thoughtfully started looking for ways to help out the animals at her local shelter. Her mom owns Mr. Moon’s, a fun-filled local store located right on the town square. Delilah realized this would be the perfect spot to start a donation box for the animal shelter. She raised $165.00 for the animals so far and plans to keep the box available at the store for future donations. It is always inspiring to see the youth of our community find ways to help our furry friends. Thank you, Delilah!