Local Resources

24 – Hour Emergency Clinics

There are many veterinarians in Sonoma County. The following are emergency centers.

VCA Animal Care Center
6470 Redwood Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

VCA Pet Care Emergency Hospital
1370 Fulton Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

VCA Pet Care Emergency Hospital
2425 Mendocino Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Redwood Veterinary Clinic
1946 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Animal Control Numbers

City of Santa Rosa: 707.565.7100
Cloverdale: Police 707.894.2150
Cotati: Police 707.792.4611
County: 707.565.7100
Healdsburg: 707.431.3386
Petaluma: 707.778.4396
Rohnert Park: Police 707.584.2600
Sebastopol: Police 707.829.4400
Sonoma: Police 707.996.3601

Financial Assistance

Care Credit – carecredit.com
Waggle – waggle.org
Pet Assistance, Inc – petassistanceinc.org
Paws 4 A Cure – paws4acure.org

Animal Shelters & Welfare Organizations

Sonoma County

Bird Rescue Center
3430 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Receives injured/stray birds from Sonoma County

California Animal Rescue

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma Country
P.O. Box 6672
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Discounted spay/neuter services for feral cats

Friends of Animals In the Redwood Empire (FAIRE)
P.O Box 2001
Rohnert Park, CA 94927

Healdsburg Shelter
14242 Bacchus Landing Way
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Humane Society of Sonoma County
5345 Highway 12
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Native Songbird Care & Conservation
8050 Elphick Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Receives injured/stray native songbirds from Sonoma County

North Bay Animal Services (Petaluma Animal Shelter)
840 Hopper Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Receives strays from Petaluma

Pets Lifeline
19686 8th Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
Receives strays from Sonoma Valley (as space permits)

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
301 J. Roger’s Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Sadie’s Haven Horse Rescue
2951 Thorn Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Care and shelter for equines that are neglected, abused and/or abandoned.

Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Receives strays from Santa Rosa, Windsor, Penngrove, Cloverdale, and all unincorporated areas

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
403 Mecham Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Receives injured/stray wildlife from Sonoma County

Wildlife Fawn Rescue
19201 Highway 12 # 105
Sonoma, CA 95476

Marin County

Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949
Receives strays from all Marin County and Cities

Napa County

County of Napa Animal Shelter
942 Hartle Court
Napa, CA 94558
Receives strays from Napa County

We Care Animal Rescue
1345 Charter Oak Avenue
Saint Helena, CA 94574
Receives strays from Napa County (as space permits)

Whiskers, Tails & Ferals
1370 Trancas Street #206
Napa, CA 94558
707.258-CATS (2287)
Finding forever homes for abandoned or unwanted cats and dogs.

Bringing Home a New Kitty

Bringing Home A New Kitty

Going to a new home is one of the most stressful and frightening experiences in a cat’s or kitten’s life. It’s compared to the stress we would experience if our home burned down, we were forced from our jobs, and our friends and family disappeared – all in the same day. Some cats adapt readily to their new homes and are contentedly purring away in their new owners’ laps in a few hours, while others takes days or weeks. Regardless of whether your new pet comes from a shelter or a loving foster home, it will find you and your home strange and frightening. You can minimize the stress your new kitty experiences if you follow a few simple rules:

1. Your new kitty should spend at least its first day and night in its own room (and at least a week if you have other cats/dogs. See #4 below). This can be any quiet room in your home – a bedroom or bathroom with a closed window is ideal. It should also be a room that you can spend a lot of time in to help the kitty transition. Being in its own room will allow the kitty to become accustomed to the sounds and smells in your home without the additional stress of confronting a complex physical environment. Place a litter box, bed, scratching post, food and water in this room. And make sure there is a place for the kitty to hide, i.e. under a bed, behind a chair, etc. And make sure the room is clean and void of anything the kitty could hurt itself on/with. Have all of this set up before bringing in your new kitty. Bring in the carrier containing your kitty, close the door to the room, and open the carrier. Allow the kitty to come out of the carrier on its own. DO NOT force the kitty out. If the kitty doesn’t want to come out when you’re in the room, leave the room for a while, then come back in to see if the kitty has left the carrier. If not, leave the kitty in the carrier with the carrier door open.

This room is where the new kitty will stay until it’s ready to meet the rest of your home. You play with it in this room, introduce other family members to it in this room, and never take it out of this room for any reason. And never let other pets into this room while the new kitty is acclimating to it room.

2. When left alone the kitty may cry anxiously. You can comfort it by talking to it quietly, petting it gently, and if it doesn’t seem too frightened, picking it up and holding it in you lap.

3. If you have small children, it’s especially important that they leave the kitty alone during this time. Because small children make sudden loud noises and movements, they’re particularly terrifying to cats. Introduce children gradually. Ideally these visits should occur when the child is in a quiet, attentive mood. Tell the child, “We’re going to visit the new kitty now. We have to be very quiet and gentle, and move very slowly, so that the kitty will learn to trust us.”

4. How soon you let the kitty out to see the rest of your home depends on the kitty and whether or not you have other pets. If you have no other pets, your new kitty is ready to come out of its room when you walk into the room and it’s no longer fearful of you, i.e. comes up to you to be pet, held, etc. If you have another cat, your new kitty should remain in its room for at least five-to-seven days, so they can get acquainted with each other by smelling each other under the door. The room will smell like the new kitty, and your other cat will treat the room as the newcomer’s territory. Your new kitty will thus have refuge when you finally open the door and let the cats meet face-to-face for the first time. If you have a dog, never leave the new kitty alone with the dog unsupervised. We have more information about introducing a new kitty to your dog.

5. Once your kitty is ready to come out of its room, simply open the door and let it explore outside on it’s own pace. Never pick it up and carry it out. Never force it out. Let you new kitty explore on its own. And, once the kitty is out of the room exploring, NEVER close the door to the room behind it. If the kitty gets scared or startled, it’ll run back into the room to hide. If it can’t get back into its room it’ll scare the kitty even more.

6. Once you observe that your new kitty only goes back into its room to eat, drink and use the litter box, you can then move its food and box to a permanent location. Make sure that your kitty knows where you moved its food and box. This can simply be done by picking your new kitty up and placing it next to the food/water and box. Never place your kitty in the litter box. This will scare it.

7. Other tips:

a. If you plan on feeding your new kitty a different type of food than it was previously eating, make the transition after the new kitty has acclimated to it’s room. It doesn’t need anymore stress in the first few days.
b. If you plan to let your new kitty outside (not recommended unless you have a lot of property), don’t let it out for at least a month after bringing it home and/or it’s six months old. You want to make sure that your new kitty understands that your home is its new home. If it doesn’t understand this, once let outside, it’ll try to find the place from which you adopted it. And at six months old, your new kitty will be big enough to handle itself outside with other animals/cats.

The confinement technique described here will avoid many problems such as failure of your kitty to find the litter box, running out the front door before the kitty recognizes you and your home as its new home, and hiding in places where you might not want it to (like under the washer). Your patience will be rewarded, and your new kitty who cowered under your bed for a week will become a loving family member who greets you at the door, brings you gifts (a catnip mouse, perhaps), and generally repays you tenfold with love and companionship.