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Milestone for RP Animal Shelter

By: Irene Hilsendager
January 31, 2020

Twenty-five years is a milestone for the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. It was built on city land in 1995 at 301 J Rogers Lane, Rohnert Park.

The FAIRE’s volunteers appeared before city council and lobbied to have the shelter built and it was the first facility to be helped by Friends of the Animals in the Redwood Empire.

The Animal Shelter League serves as a fundraiser and community outreach group. The ASL provides animal welfare education to the community to extend services beyond their usual limits. The Rohnert Park Animal Shelter holds summer camps each year for youngsters.

As a private non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, the ASL is about to solicit donations, hold fundraising events and this leads us to February 22, the long awaited “Bark After Dark” event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with a delicious Italian buffet dinner and a no-host bar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati at the Rohnert Park Community Center. Until Feb. 19 the tickets are $35 per person but after the aforementioned date, the tickets will be $45. This is just a super cause as all proceeds will benefit the Rohnert Park Animal Services.

One hundred percent of the monies brought in are used to support the activities of the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter and the communities it serves.

The RP Animal Shelter is a municipal facility serving the cities of Rohnert Park and Cotati. This is an open-door shelter providing refuge for desultory domestic animals. Each year more than 2,000 aimless animals come through the shelter’s door. The small staff that so graciously volunteers is lovingly cared for.

The public can support the Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park and the creatures in many different way. Please neuter and spay your pets to prevent so many unwanted litters. Use a leash and license your pets; have your precious pet micro-chipped so that the shelter may return your missing pet to its rightful owners.

Donations are always accepted and even your car can be donated.

The shelter haven now has an identification tag machine so for $5 or $10 you may get a personalized tag or if you are from Rohnert Park or Cotati, you will get the tag for free. 

Protect your “babies” and support the shelter. If you would like to have your pet micro-chipped, stop by the shelter during their open hours on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Thursday is 1-6:30 p.m. and other than Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays they are open from 1 to 5:30 p.m. 

A micro-chip is a tiny computer chip which has an ID programmed into it and is recapitulated within a biocompatible material. It is simply injected under the skin of the pet by a hypodermic needle. This is a very permanent way of identifying your pets. Animals of any age can be injected with the microchip. Puppies and kittens are identified during their initial vaccination episode.

Many pet owners will say, “why should I spay or neuter my pet?” Spaying greatly reduces the chances of developing breast cancer, eliminated the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer and infections. Neutering male dogs or cats also decreases the chance of testicular tumors and prevent prostrate problems. 

Neutering also decreases the event of perianal tumors and hernias. Neutering also helps to solve the over population of your pets.

It may be fun to adopt an animal, but did you know there is a process to adoption? Check out the animal and spend some time with them. Renters will have their landlords call to verify that the animal selected is allowed. Please note adoption is a long process so one-half hour before the shelter closes have all of your paperwork and information ready.

Adoption fees vary according to the animal. Dogs and cats have an adoption fee of $100. Senior pets 

Silver Paws may be adopted for only $45. There is a training fee for all pups and certain dogs for $95. Rabbits are adoptable for $40. Guinea pigs at $15, rats, mice and hamsters for $5 each or $8 a pair. Cockatiels have a fee of $15 and parakeets (budgies) $15. 

The Animal Shelter League has many programs to help the animals in the community. The Shelter Medical Fund pays for life saving medical procedures for animals that come into the shelter sick or impaired. The medical needs include x-rays, lab tests, surgeries, dental and medications.

Silver Paws will assist low-income senior citizens to provide vet care for their pets.  Wellness clinics offer free basic veterinary care to pets of residents in low income areas of the community.

The ALS funded two wellness clinic this past year in low income areas and that included free veterinarian care.

We all enjoy Bun-Fest. A one-day public event that is all rabbit oriented.

FAIRE is another separate entity. Under FAIRE’s management every adopted dog and cat leaves the shelter already spayed or neutered or an appointment has been set up for a spay or neuter.

FAIRE subsidizes this program ensuring that money is available for surgery costs over and above the deposit taken on each adopted pet. In Feb. of 2000 FAIRE returned the program to the City of Rohnert Park to manage with a guarantee that every attempt would be made to operate it with the same high standards. FAIRE continues to help fund other programs at the shelter including foster care for canines and felines, dog training and medical costs for sick and impaired animals.

FAIRE’s spay and neuter Voucher Program was developed for residents of Cotati, Penngrove and Rohnert Park who can call the Voucher Hotline and request a discount voucher toward the cost of spaying and neutering for their cat, dog or rabbit. Financial need is not required and there is no limit to the number of vouchers a resident can request.

At the present there are over 100 auction items, and more are still coming in. Two of Bev Doolittle limited edition have been donated so be sure to check out the auction items.

Let us see all of the community Feb. 22 from 6:30-10 p.m. and yes, adorable animals are up for adoption.