Rohnert Park Animal Shelter

Rohnert Park, California

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About Rohnert Park Animal Shelter

Under the direction of the Department of Public Safety, Rohnert Park Animal Shelter provides a safe place for strays and owner-surrendered animals. This municipal facility has an annual intake of around 1,200 animals, and their activities include monthly Fix-it Clinics to spay/neuter dogs at low cost (and cats for free).

“No more lost pets” is another of Rohnert Park Animal Shelter's initiatives in conjunction with the Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park, in which they microchip and provide your pet with a free new ID that can help them come back home safely when in need.

Contact Info

301 J Rogers Ln
Rohnert Park
(707) 584-1582

Hours of Operation

Mon - Tue: Closed
Wed: 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu - Sat: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Adoption Process

One of the perks of the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter is they keep records of all the possible new adopters that have reached out to them looking for a new pet. In the event that the pet you’re looking to adopt has already found their new forever home or doesn’t suit your lifestyle for any reason, they'll save your number and reach out to you when a new likely match shows up.

As they say, “happy adopters are our best advertisers!” so Rohnert Park Animal Shelters takes pride in their adoption process success rate.

Want to know learn more? If you're ready to adopt, here's the process:

  • Visit the shelter! Yes, they have an online catalog of pets, but it isn’t updated in real-time, and many desirable animals are adopted before making their way online. If you want to be 100% sure you've met all the suitable candidates, go and personally rub those bellies. (Unless you prefer cats, in which case you can contemplate their magnificence in person.)
  • Complete your adopter profile. It's a short form with all the basic questions they need to in order to guide you through the adoption process.
  • Remember to take your family with you. That way the meet and greet can really determine whether there’s a spark or not. If you have a dog, bring them too!
  • If you're a renter, a member of Rohnert Park Animal Shelter's staff will call your landlord to make sure pets are allowed.
  • Finally, fill out some paperwork and you're done! Take that big boy to the park and start a new healthier routine together! Or maybe have some treats first? Ask your dog. He or she will know best.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Rohnert Park Animal Shelter are as follows:

  • Dogs: $100
  • Cats: $100
  • Senior (8+ years): $45
  • Rabbits: $40

“Adopt a pair” to live in the same home! The second animal is half price.

Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, a safety collar and leash, a free health exam, deworming, heartworm test, temperament evaluation by professionals, and a free bag of food.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
Rohnert Park
directly using the contact info above.

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