October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Happy October Sonoma!
It is a very busy month. Let’s start with Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which is a sentiment we celebrate daily here at Pets Lifeline and are grateful that it is being acknowledged nationally. We have many wonderful candidates for this, but one that comes to mind is our stunning German shepherd mix named Muneca (Moon-yay-ka). She is a very special story indeed. Muneca came to us more than two years ago and has been through so much. Brought in as a stray and redeemed by her owner, she was brought back in as a stray a few months later – her owner was nowhere to be found.
If you know shepherds at all, you know they are very loyal and protective animals, and she is no exception. However, throw in a bit of anxiety heightened by never having been trained or socialized, and we had one very fearful dog.
But that was then and this is now; and with the blessing of our dedicated volunteer canine handlers, a solid training program crafted by our canine coordinator, along with the love and diligence of our staff, she has blossomed into a loving, playful and very fun dog to work with. She needs to have something to do and therefore her adopter is someone who can continue to spend the time with her and keep her focused on the right stuff. She also needs to be the only animal in the household. So if you are a dog lover, especially a shepherd lover, and want to share your life with this beautiful bundle of joy, please call and set up an appointment to meet her. You won’t regret making her acquaintance.
Then of course, we have many other dogs whose charm and character would bring happiness to any household. There’s Baxter, the bubbly beagle; Halle, our exuberant lab mix; Wilie and Brandy, our attractive dachshund couple; Sanford the suave little Chihuahua mix and the adorable chi puppy mixes, Sebastion and Scout. Check out the website, petslifeline.org, to learn more about these captivating canines.
Not to overlook the feline of the species, Oct. 16 was National Feral Cat Day. That’s another part of our daily life here. We have the most successful feral cat program in the county. Please call us if you want to know more about caring for what we like to call our “community cats.” And for those that came to us before they became feral, we are celebrating Catoberfest with all cats and kittens only $30. We were at the Marin Pet Fair this past weekend and found forever homes for seven purr-fect kittens. And we still have plenty left.
Another very important part of this October is the Sonoma Valley Fund’s Endow Sonoma celebration. SVF has dedicated the whole month to promoting legacy giving here in Sonoma, which we wholeheartedly support. We certainly have plenty of worthwhile organizations that need to carry on their good deeds for decades to come. At Pets Lifeline, we never know when they are coming, but the money that falls from angels is vital to keeping us operational over the years. Would you support compassionate animal welfare in Sonoma Valley for the future? Then perhaps Pets Lifeline can be part of your legacy. Please feel free to contact me if this is something you and your family have thought of or discussed. No commitment is necessary, we just want you to have all the information you need.
With that, remember to be kind to all creatures you meet today. Ciao bellas.
Pets Lifeline is located at 19686 Eighth St. E., Sonoma. It is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to see adoptable pets, visit petslifeline.org.