Sonoma County Seeks Pasture Land for Rescued Animals

Written By: Rachel LaFranchi
Published: June 1, 2015

Sonoma County Animal Services is seeking privately owned pasture land as well as chicken coops to temporarily house livestock and poultry. The housing of animals could be anything from a few weeks to a few months. Sonoma County Animal Services is asking the public for anything they can offer or any ideas they might have.

The Sonoma County Animal Shelter facilities are designed for dogs and cats and are not suitable for livestock. Sonoma County will work with any farmers or ranchers interested in helping them and the landowner is not responsible for any costs associated with housing the animals including feed and veterinary expenses.

They are looking for facilities to house goats, sheep and swine in the event that they impound livestock. Sonoma County Animal Services works with the Change program to house horses, and if they find loose cattle, they confine the animals and then turn them over to the state if they able unable to locate an owner.

Two years ago, Sonoma County Animal Services impounded 27 goats which they had to house on-site at the animal shelter located off Century Court. The goats were kept in the outdoor area used to exercise shelter dogs, restricting the time dogs could spend outside.

Sonoma County Animal Services is also seeking large fence coops and chicken houses in the event that they are confiscating roosters from a cockfight. The shelter can house three to four roosters, but if they take birds from a fight they could have 200-400 animals they need to keep until the case is closed.

Sonoma County Animal Services was founded in the 1960’s by farmers and ranchers who appealed to the board of supervisors to do something about stray dogs that were attacking livestock. They have 12 field officers and two field supervisors working in all of the unincorporated Sonoma County as well as the cities of Santa Rosa and Windsor. They are available 24 hours a day seven days a week, at night and on holidays they can be reached through the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone interested in temporarily housing animals or has ideas for Sonoma County Animal Services can contact Supervising Animal Control Officer Kevin Davis at or 707-565-7100.

Adeline Arnhold And Her Rescue Goat

Adeline Arnhold, 11, is a fifth grader at Oak Grove Elementary School who loves animals above all else. She adopted her goat “William” when he was 12 weeks old. William was one of seven animals found abandoned in a Santa Rosa field by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

From the moment she saw William, there was no doubt in Adeline’s mind that he was special even among the six other goats that needed homes. Adeline’s mother, Allea, let her take William home despite the fact that the three month old goat had pneumonia. The Arnhold’s kept William in a kennel in the house for the first few months after they adopted him where they nursed him back to full health. William has recently finished his last round of antibiotics and lives on the Arnhold’s small farm in Sebastopol.

“Kids that can have farm animals should,” said Adeline. “William is like my brother now, and it feels really good that we saved him.”

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