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PLL teams with vet clinic to offer feral cat neuter, spay day

Pets Lifeline Executive Director Nancy King shows off just a handful (literally) of the dozens of kittens available for adoption at the shelter. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Pets Lifeline Executive Director Nancy King shows off just a handful (literally) of the dozens of kittens available for adoption at the shelter. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Nancy King/Pets Lifeline

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Happy Day Sonoma! I love the rain we’ve been getting and hope for more soon. The hills are sparkling green again and the creeks are running. I know we need more, but it sure does help.

I’ve discovered my precious dog, Doc, loves to play in the rain. He could have stayed out all day, especially on those days when it was pouring down. But alas, the human was not so inclined. We did walk for at least an hour each day, but then the two-legged one had to come in for dry clothes and warmth. I hope all your pups and kittens keep warm and dry on these rainy days.

Our first kitten of the season arrived on Feb. 14. She is only 6-weeks-old, so we are guessing she was born around the first of the year. We were concerned that with the weather so warm, we might get an early start. On March 2, Pets Lifeline is hosting a community cat spay/neuter day with our friends at Valley of the Moon veterinary clinic. Our Trap/Neuter/Release program is one of the best in the county.

If you have community cats (or ferals) in your neighborhood, please contact us. We will show you how to humanely trap them so we can get them spayed/neutered and then you can release them back into their habitat.

Believe it or not, we’ve seen a reduction in the kitten population in the last 10 years as a result of more access to spay/neuter. It is the best thing you can do to help prevent disease and overpopulation in our community.

This mostly applies to the more rural areas in the Valley, such as Diamond A, Burndale, Watmaugh, Carriger Road, the Boyes hills etc. There are also free-roaming cats in many neighborhoods around town that would benefit. If you think you have any cats that fit this description, or have seen any, please give us a call and we can help. Unfortunately there are too few of us to actually go trap ourselves, but we can teach you.

The Finnish lapphunds I wrote about in my last column are all doing very well and will be up for adoption this week. We were able to take four of the more than 60 dogs Sonoma Humane rescued from a tragic situation. All are between 2-to-3-years-old, except for Wiley who we believe to be closer to 5. There are two girls: Kissa, who is a sable color, Lokki, who is a beautiful cream with butter colored ears, and two boys, Wiley, a chocolate brown and Meeko, another cream colored doll.

Our staff and volunteer canine handlers have started taking them out to the dog yard and to the outside kennels in the last week. It is such a joy to see them interacting with humans and running around like dogs are meant to. These poor things have spent their lives in crates or in a shed in wretched conditions, and everything is new to them. They are a herding-dog breed with long fluffy coats (which are just growing back from being shaved and flea treated after rescue.) They are still very timid and cautious, but you can see the light in their eyes and the wags in their tails. Come in this weekend and check them out. They would make a great family pet.

Speaking of tailwags, we are starting to take purse donations for our fourth annual Tailwags and Handbags on May 2. This year we are thrilled to announce that it will be held at the exquisite Buena Vista Winery. What a gorgeous setting for what has become a Sonoma spring tradition.

Last year we were so amazed and completely overwhelmed with purses for the event, so this year we are going to ask that you bring only the cream of the crop. We are looking for designer and one-of-a-kind bags that are in great condition. You can bring them to the shelter Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I look forward to seeing what the purse goddesses have in store for us this year.

Ciao for now.  Peace, love and paws.