Kids & Pets
May 25, 2019
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Belated Happy Mother’s Day Richard Crane- Cougar Cub Character Assembly for May 20 Thomas Page Academy awards for May You love pets? Quality vs. quantity Spring is turtle season? Bark After Dark benefit a great success John Reed Elementary-Positive behavior winners for April 30 Black is beautiful! Monte Vista-Award winners for May 7 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders-2018 Why nice animals sit We appreciate our volunteers Inside or out – the debate continues Bark after Dark is coming Nov. 3 John Reed Elementary Positive Office Referral recipients Fires, floods, mudslides oh my! Monte Vista-Student builders for April 2 Monte Vista Elementary received recognition of being safe Hahn Elementary-Lifeskill recipients for the month of April Monte Vista School Student Builders for October 2 Rancho Cotate High School Recognition of Curiosity for the month of October Monte Vista Elementary-Student builders for March 5 Richard Crane-Cougar Cub Character Assembly for April 1 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for April 10 The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly April 29 Hahn Elementary School Monte Vista Walk-a-thon The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly students November 5 Planning for our pets Penngrove Elementary- Life skills for Feb. 27 RCHS seniors sign commitment University Elementary-Life Skill Award for Perseverance for the month of April Summer fun for animal lovers John Reed Elementary School A beloved dog, a stolen car and...a happy ending Broken legs in cats very costly Furry fire victims John Reed Elementary- Honor roll 2018-pets in review Finding strays out of Sonoma County A visit to Thomas Page Academy Leoni wins speaker contest Bunny fur ban bill Penngrove Elementary School A lifetime commitment Hahn Elementary Life skills awards - October, 2018 Are you ready for Thanksgiving? John Reed Elementary- Positive behavior for Dec. 12 Monte Vista School-second grade celebrates the holidays The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly- Jan. 14 Hahn Elementary-Life skills for November Dictionary mania It’s spring and kittens are popping The truth about no-kill, does not mean zero deaths Thomas Page STEAM Club Young kittens are lots of work RCHS awards for Kindness the month of October Penngrove Elementary Life skills awards- Oct. 24 Helping out in Paradise “Mary did you know?” Monte Vista Elementary- Student builders for Dec. 18 Your help is needed when we offer generous programs John Reed Elementary-Positive Behavior winners for January Tale of Cooper Penngrove Elementary - Life skill awards for Feb. 20 Want something cuddly, attend the Bunfest 2019 John Reed-Positive behavior winners for March 26 Disaster preparedness for our pets CPI offers support University Elementary School Rohnert Park tree lighting ceremony Long-term residents need a home University Elementary School -Life skill award for responsibility The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly- Dec. 10 Penngrove Elementary School-Life skills A Happy reunion Monte Vista-Student builders for Feb. 19 Obese pets are not cute Monte Vista Elementary-Being responsible Hahn Elementary-Lifeskills for the month of March Monte Vista School Sept. 18 Free-roaming cats – is it safe Living with multiple pets Monte Vista School Student Builders for Dec. 4 Holiday happiness and mishaps Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for Dec. 12 Monte Vista Elementary- Student Builders for Jan. 8 Monte Vista Elementary School - Student builders for Jan. 22 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for Feb. 6 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for Feb. 13 John Reed Elementary-Positive behavior winners for Feb. 26 Rancho Cotate High School-Students of the month for Feb. and March Richard Crane School for Sept. 17 Penngrove School - For the life skills of gratefulness Thomas Page Middle School - Principal honor roll Penngrove Elementary TSA selecting more floppy-eared dogs University Elementary - Creativity Life skill awards for Jan Silver Paws times two University Elementary-Feb. Life skill awards for Creativity Hahn Elementary Life skills for the month of Feb.  2019 World’s ugliest dog® contest University Elementary for September Rancho Cotate High School Students for the month of Nov. Thomas Page Elementary School - Lifeskill awards Prepare pets for better grooming visits Rancho Cotate High School Achievement award for January Richard Crane Elementary Cougar Cub Character Expectation award winners for the week of Feb. 25 Penngrove Elementary for Sept. 12 Hahn Elementary School - Life skills for Nov. 2018 Girls, it is time to make changes and be empowered Monte Vista Elementary-Student builders for Feb. Visiting Cape Town SPCA John Reed School Positive behavior winners for Nov. 27 Thomas Page Academy Respect, Integrity, Service and Endurance awards Step up your kids’ STEM skills Taking work on vacation John Reed Elementary- Positive behavior winners for Jan. 22. Monte Vista Elementary-Student Builders for Sept 4 Penngrove School Lifeskill award for Sept. 5 Penngrove Elementary - Lifeskill Award for Aug. 31 Teacher Amy Miller is wrapped up Some assembly required: Putting together the pieces of your rescue pet University Elementary School life skill awards for the month of August Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill winners for the week of Aug. 22 John Reed positive behavior winners for Aug. 28 Happy Birthday Small dog syndrome: When predators are also prey Richard Crane School walk-a-thon Hope unleashed for pets with cancer Penngrove School Aug. 8 Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly students for Aug. 20 Penngrove School for Aug. 15 Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill award winners for Aug. 1 Rescuing Pitbulls: When myths affect reality Try attending Sonoma County VegFest Aug. 18 “Stuff the truck” Time to get immunized before school starts 5 tips for bringing your pet to work this summer School bus safety 101 Living with a 3-legged dog is not easy Can we can clear the shelter?

Rohnert Park municipal code update

By: Mickey Zeldes
January 25, 2019

One of my goals this year is to work on updating the animal section of our municipal code.  It was last updated in 2005 and since then we have seen several issues with the wording of certain codes and the enforcement of others.  We will be looking to clear these up and make the enforcement process simpler and clearer.

Updating legal codes is a process as you can imagine.   Everyone has a different opinion of what the rules should say.  Should animals be labeled potentially dangerous after just one incident or not until the second?  Should we limit the number of pets?  How many is reasonable?  How do you define adequate care? People think that everyone should be required to care for their pets to their personal standards but that is not actually reasonable – and extremely variable.  There are lots of grey areas when you enter the legal arena, that’s for sure!

Once we have a basic outline of what our committee proposes, it will go through several review panels and up to the city attorney to make sure everything is worded properly and that the laws would stand up to scrutiny and challenges.  There will also be opportunities for the public to give input so if this is something that interests you, please pay attention to announcements inviting public input (check the shelter’s Facebook page for notifications).  You can read the current codes on the city’s website:  rpcity.org.  The animal codes are under Title 6.

We also need to include all the updates to the state codes to make sure we are in compliance – there’s been a lot of changes in the last 13 years.  The frustrating thing about writing codes is that as fast as you can write them, people are figuring out how to get around them.  Pet stores can only sell dogs, cats and rabbits from shelters and official rescue groups.  This was meant to put the horrible “puppy mills” out of business.  But they are smarter than the lawmakers.  Before the law was even in place there were suddenly a bunch of new “rescue” groups popping up.  Funny thing, some of them had board members that were the owners of puppy mills.  You can see where this is going.  

It’s so hard to make sure that a law really accomplishes what the intent was.  That it affects those it should and not inadvertently negatively impacts others.  Sometimes you can’t foresee the difficulties in enforcing a law until you’ve lived with it for a while.  Which is why it is necessary to regularly review and update the codes.  It’s a challenge I’ve accepted and hope the results are an improvement over what we currently have!   

Upcoming Events

“Get Them Back Home” Campaign – Every lost pet should have a way to get back home.  FREE pet ID tag and a back-up microchip are available to all residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati.  No appointment necessary, just come by the shelter during our regular open hours: Wed 1-6:30; Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30; Sun. 1-4:30.

Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $60 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents.  Call 588-3531 for an appointment. 

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.