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The Bow Wow, Issue #9: Margaret's Story

Your Donations Mean the World

This is the time of year we hope you will support with a donation the work we do everyday to sustain the excellent level of care for the lost and abandoned dogs and cats of Sonoma Valley. This work is sometimes extremely challenging, it can, at times, be heartbreaking and more often than not, incredibly rewarding.

We are committed to each dog and cat that comes into our care and without sugar coating it, this takes consistent funding. We are lucky to have friends like YOU to help as we receive no government funding or subsidies of any kind. Animal welfare organizations nationwide are facing a crisis of more animals coming into the shelters and less adoptions. And the intakes we are experiencing are often medically and behaviorally compromised.

Here's one story of Margaret the dog.

With our expanded capacity we are so grateful to be able to help more of our partners who in need of help with their animals. Back in March we got a call from Lake County Animal Care and Control. They were at canine capacity and wondered if they could transfer a few dogs to us. Our team mobilized, readied the kennels and worked through the logistics of the transport.

Two of our shelter staff drove the adoption van to Lake County planning to return with three dogs. Following the pattern of Pets Lifeline, five dogs made the move to Pets Lifeline that day. Margaret is one of the five. We always transfer more into our care than plan.

Margaret is a seven year old lab mix who had a severe medical condition. Thanks to the Mariah Fund (a dedicated fund for critical care) we were able to provide the medical care that Margaret needed. She needed a quiet environment to rest and recover. Although she's a bit younger she looks like she could be the sister to my boy Doc. I loved her from the moment I saw her.

Upon arrival we knew that Margaret would recover faster in a foster home. A call was made and a foster family picked her up within 24 hours. She had a kennel dedicated to her at Pets Lifeline in the event she ever needed to come back. We always have a kennel dedicated to each resident even if they are at the emergency clinic or are in foster care.

The right family came along at the right time. Margaret was adopted on September 12 after spending 169 days in our care.

I am so glad that we could take care of Margaret. We have resources that were not available to her in Lake County. Your donation to the Annual Fund Drive helps us to cover the daily costs associated with our capacity for care. We ask that you please give what you can during this time. No donation is too big or too small.

Thank you for saving lives.


Pets Lifeline believes all dogs and cats in Sonoma should be safe and healthy and living in loving homes. Every day we work side-by-side with the community to shelter lost and abandoned pets, get them healthy and find them forever homes. Without Pets Lifeline, these wonderful animals would miss the chance to experience their full potential and share their joy with others. #WeLoveSonomaPets

  • For more on Pets Lifeline, please explore our website at

  • Contact us at 707.9964577 if you'd like to visit us on Eighth Street East.

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