Kids & Pets
August 6, 2020
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Dreaming of a home for the holidays

By: Mickey Zeldes
December 27, 2019

This is the last week for these animals – to find a home this year!  Some of our animals have been with us way too long.  If our “Name Your Own Adoption Fee” adoption special isn’t enough of a lure to get you in to meet with these animals, maybe their sad stories will do it.  

Here are a few of our long-timers – let’s work together to help find them the right home before the year ends.  They, like all our residents, are dreaming of a home of their own for the holidays!

It’s ironic that we still have kittens.  Christmas kittens – twenty years ago that was unheard of!  The season seems to last later each year.  We also have a lot senior cats right now and it’s hard for them to compete!

Buddy is one of several cats we have taken from an overcrowded home.  He’s a 9-10 years old and has always lived indoors but in a large colony of cats.  He came to us back in Aug. and is enjoying having his own space; just wishes it was bigger than a cage!  Buddy is a bit shy at first but such a sweetie!  Once you win him over with some chin scratches and head rubs, he is yours!

Kieran is actually a kitten – at just 7 months old, he’s still a baby.  He is one of several kittens that contracted ringworm, which put them back in isolation for several weeks while they got treatment.  He’s clear now but missed out on the prime kitten cuteness stage for adoption, which is doubly hard on a plain short-haired black cat.  He’s super playful and loves other cats!

Thornberry wins as the animal here the longest.  He came to us back in May and was estimated to be 1-2 years old.  Unfortunately, this sweet brown tabby is not only on the shy side, he initially tested a weak positive for FIV.  Fortunately, his retest, several months later was negative so that really shouldn’t be an issue. He’s just waiting for his patient person to come in and see his potential.

Sally is a pretty buff tabby that is guesstimated to be about 9 years old.  She is a sensitive soul and can display stress behaviors (like missing the litterbox) when stressed.  We have her on Prozac to help with her anxiety and it’s really helped.  She’s been pee perfect while here!  So as long as she goes to a calm, quiet home where she can reign as the sole fur-queen, she should be fine.  She does love people though – you have to hear her purr!

There are so many animals to choose to talk about, but we have to mention Ebony, the 5-6-year-old black Shepherd that was running loose for about three weeks until we set a trap and caught her.  She has settled down a lot and has become quite affectionate and trusting.  So much so that she is very anxious if left alone!  She’s good in the kennel and is looking for a home with a covered kennel that she can be safe in while everyone’s away. Ebony's quite good with people and seems fine with dogs and cats.

These animals have been here too long and it’s up to all of us to change that!  Check out their photos on our website ( or better yet come on by and meet them in "furson." Then share their stories and help them ring in 2020 in a home of their own.


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