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Visiting the Shelter &
What is Fear Free?


When can I visit?

The Adoption Center is open
Thursday - Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

See bottom of page for current days we may be closed.


 Adoption applications can be submitted online or at the shelter.  On-site, an adoption counselor will guide you through the process.  If submitted online, an adoption counselor will reach out

within 24 hours.  

Dog Training classes are in session.

We're open to take in stray and abandoned dogs and cats from Sonoma Valley.

If you find a pet, please call us at 707.996.4577 and press 1, or come to the shelter at
19686 Eighth Street East.

We are accepting donated
goods for the animals

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Visiting the Animal Resource Center

Service and Program Updates

  • If you find a stray animal: We are available 7 days a week from 8:30am - 5:00pm to take in stray dogs and cats. If you can call in advance at (707) 996-4577 ext 1 to let us know you are coming in with a found animal, we would appreciate it. If not, there is a bell outside the building to let us know you are here. Wait outside for a staff person to meet you.


  • Shelter Hours: The Adoption Center is open
    11:00am - 4:00pm Thursday - Sunday.

  • Adoptions:  We are now open to the public during the above hours.  You are welcome to fill out an application on site for an available animal.  You must fill out an application to meet any of our available dogs which can be viewed either on our website or on our screen in the lobby.  Adoption meets can being scheduled by appointment in advance. If you are interested in adopting, you can view available animals on our website, and submit an application specifying which animal you are interested in. We will follow up with applicants who are interested in specific animals to schedule meets. 

  • Training Classes: Dog training classes have resumed with COVID protocols in place for safety. See more information HERE


  • Volunteering and Fostering: We are accepting applications for new volunteers. Log on and complete an application HERE. You will then be invited to attend volunteer orientation and training sessions. If interested in fostering a cat or dog, complete this APPLICATION and you will be contacted by the adoption center staff.

  • Free Pet Food Pantry: If you are in need of cat or dog food, we are distributing pet food via Comida Para Todos / Food For All. You may contact Roxanne
    at 996-4577 ext 108 or email her.

Pets Lifeline's Staff is Fear Free Certified 

What is a Fear Free? 

Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and improving the experience of every human and pet involved.

Founded in 2016, Fear Free provides online education to shelter and veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners.

On behalf of the dogs and cats in our care, we have implemented practices to decrease fear, anxiety and stress for the temporary residents of Pets Lifeline.

We look forward to showing you around our new facility and how we are using these practices to help the animals in our care.

What donated goods do you accept?

We accept: Pet beds, bowls, leashes, collars, toys, poop bags, carriers/crates, new litter boxes, towels, fleece blankets, litter (unscented), new cardboard cat scratchers, pet medications, and unopened pet food (see Amazon wishlist for the type we use in our shelter and the Pet Food Pantry for other types of food)  ts

We do not accept: Human pillows or bedding (sheets, comforters, knitted blankets, etc), expired pet food/medications, opened pet food, used litter boxes, carpeted cat trees 

To donate: Please call prior to bringing your goods to the Animal Resource Center. The bin in the parking lot is for pet food only.

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