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September 17, 2019
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How many is too many felines? To spend or not to spend on pets? Dog Days of August Fostering is fun Dog fights – often more bark than bite Summer hazards for pets Odd couples and unusual friends The Richard Crane School- Cougar Cub Character Assembly Belated Happy Mother’s Day RP Animal Shelter has a rodent nursery All the pieces in place Cautions for your pet on the 4th of July Long distance adoptions Richard Crane’s walk-a-thon Bark After Dark benefit a great success Richard Crane- Cougar Cub Character Assembly for May 20 Hahn Elementary-Life skill recipients for May To be a senior cat during the summer is the pits Mark your calendars-Support Bark After Dark Black is beautiful! Spring is turtle season? Thomas Page Academy awards for May Summer camp review Saving Hopps becomes a job Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders-2018 Why nice animals sit We appreciate our volunteers John Reed Elementary-Positive behavior winners for April 30 You love pets? Quality vs. quantity 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 Monte Vista-Award winners for May 7 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 Inside or out – the debate continues 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 Hahn Elementary-Lifeskill recipients for the month of April 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 The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly April 29 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. 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Sonoma County Vegfest – learn about a plant-based diet

By: Mickey Zeldes
July 19, 2019

Looking to eat a bit healthier?  Trying to lose a few pounds?  Worried about your carbon footprint and how your choices affect the environment?  Concerned about the ethical issue of raising animals for food? There are so many reasons to at least explore going plant-based in your diet.  And there’s no better place to learn about it than at the Sonoma County Vegfest happening Sat., Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Center.  Entrance fee is just $5 (cash or check only) and there will be plenty to learn, hear, see and taste!

One of the new things for this year is a panel on Vegan Nutrition for Companion Animals. There will also be three vegan dog food and treat companies there as vendors- V-Dog, Wild Earth and Benefit Biscuits! Should your pet come with you on your veggie food journey?  

The day will feature the North Bay premiere of the new documentary “A Prayer for Compassion.” This moving film strives to inspire and encourage those already on a religious or spiritual path, to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species. Introducing the film and hosting a Q & A after is Dr. Sailesh Rao, the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate.

With two stages for speakers there is an exciting line-up to inspire you.  Just to highlight one speaker, at 1 p.m. come hear Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary speaker, educator, musician and author of The World Peace Diet which has been translated into 16 languages.  His writings, music and presentations focus on compassion, creativity, intuition, and the intersection of social justice, animal liberation and environmental, health, spiritual and peace issues.

Acoustic Singer-Songwriter Annette Conlon will be joining in this year with her new collection of self-penned songs. Annette returns to the organic, wistful lyricism that has long influenced her music and showcases her special clarity of vocal delivery. Her unique brand of disenchanted optimism and musical eclecticism comes to light in her music and often take listeners on an evocative, emotional journey. 

With six cooking demos scheduled, you are sure to walk away with some great new recipes and tips that will make transitioning to a plant-based diet easier.  Demos include Plant Powered Puddings, Dressings to Dazzle your Taste buds, and Whole Food Brownies (with beans).  Bring your questions as these chefs, and others at various booths, are incredibly knowledgeable and this whole day is about sharing information.

This is the 6th annual Vegfest and it keeps getting better!  Many vendors are giving samples and products for sale, a great array of speakers, a movie premiere, cooking demos, books to buy, organizations with information to share, a fun kids activity room and the camaraderie of like-minded people – what could be better?  Check out details with a full schedule of the day at the website socovegfest.org and buy tickets in advance to make entry easier.  Be sure to mark your calendar now so you don’t miss the best local foodie event of the year!!

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.