Frequently Asked Questions


What is the adoption process?

All interested parties in fostering or adopting must complete this form in order to be considered: Click Here

We have implemented a new program; Foster 2 Adopt. This two week program will give both you and your foster animal time to get know each other and see if it is a compatible match. We will be checking in with you after the first week, and are available for support through the entire process.

During these two weeks, we will work with you to facilitate training sessions if necessary, necessary appointments for your rescue animal and address and questions / concerns you may have. At the culmination of these two weeks; you can choose to formally adopt.

*** Note that the Foster 2 Adopt program is not generally available with puppies. Puppies are going to do puppy things and our hopes are that we have prepared you for these things and that you are prepared to take on the challenge as well.

Where can I meet adoptable pets?

We are located at:

3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Between Fulton & Willowside

But you need to make an appointment before coming by. Our current situation mandates that this form must be completed and an appointment scheduled by a staff member.

How much are adoption fees?

Countryside Rescue is supported solely on private donations and money from adoption fees.

We take on medical cases, special needs cases and keep pets until they find forever homes. That means we have had some dogs for decades. We use the fees from more adoptable dogs to take care of the less adoptable ones that still NEED our help.

Adoption fees generally range from $350 - $550 but that is just a range and adoption fees will always be discussed and disclosed before adoption.

Where do your rescue animals come from?

Most come from other shelters / rescues that are over-crowded, we do accept some owner surrenders as well.

If you would like to surrender an animal, please click here.


What is Countryside Animal Resuce?

Countryside Rescue & Adoption Center is a 501(c)3 Non Profit, No­Kill animal rescue center. In an animal's eyes, love is unconditional. Too often their love is taken advantage of, leaving hundreds of animals abused, neglected and discarded. Countryside Rescue & Adoption Center is here for those animals to rescue, heal & educate. Because every animal deserves a Tail of Love & Hope.

Hours of Operation

Monday & Tuesday ­ Closed to Public

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday ­ By appointment ONLY.

Saturday & Sunday ­ 11am to 5pm

For Appointments:

Call (707) 542­-5582 | Text: (707) 387­-6390 |

Please ensure you receive a confirmation to avoid confusion.

Are you a recognized Non-Profit?

We are a 501(c)3 Non-­Profit, No ­Kill animal rescue center. Donations are tax deductible. You can find acopy of our 501(c)3 determination letter here. Donation receipts are available upon request.

Where are you located?

3410 Guerneville Road Santa Rosa CA 95401 on just under 6 acres of property located in the heart of wine country.


Can I surrender an animal to Countryside Animal Rescue?

The following things need to be completed before an animal can be an acceptable candidate for entry into our rescue:

  • A temperament test is to be completed by a staff member of Countryside Rescue.

  • A current blood test and vaccinations dated within the last 30 days.

  • A surrender fee must be paid ( Offsets the cost of food / housing / care )

  • Must not be aggressive towards people or other dogs.

We accept animals based on several factors. If you believe that your animal fits the above requirments, please visit our information page here.

What is a courtesy listing?

As a courtesy; animals are placed on Countryside Animal Rescues website under 'courtesy listings' to expand your audience and assist you in rehoming your animal yourself.

The animals listed are not a part of or associated with Countryside Animal Rescue, including CAR adoption and/or fostering programs. The information listed for each animal is provided by individual caregivers and is not generated or verified by CAR. CAR makes no representations related to these animals. As with all adoptions, CAR encourages potential adopters to gain as much information as possible before adopting these animals, including but not limited to temperament testing, consultation with a trainer, and consultation with a veterinarian. As always, CAR encourages you to spay and neuter your pets.


Do you accept volunteers?

We not only accept them, WE LOVE THEM. They are an integral part of our operation and help with many of the daily duties associated with making our rescue friends feel at home while with us. Generally, volunteers 18+ are welcome at the rescue Wednesday ­ Sunday from 8am to 5pm. Hours can be arranged for Mondays & Tuesdays but need to be more tightly coordinated.

We do accept volunteers of all ages and they are asked to complete a questionnaire and liability release before beginning volunteer hours, Volunteers under 18 years old are asked to commit to a trial day to gauge their abilities and our needs.

Our volunteer application can be found here.

How can I support Countryside?

Check out our support page here, for new ways to help Countryside Rescue.

Adopt / Foster an animal

Volunteer for Countryside

Donate: Time, Services, Money


What brand food do you use & recommend?

Puppies: ­ Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy

Adult: Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice Formula

The first ingredient in your dog's food should be a specified meat. Not a meat by­product, but the real thing. Puppies and adult dogs were not meant to eat corn and wheat. If the first ingredient in your dog food is a corn, wheat, meat by­product, bone meal or anything but a real specified type of meat, steer clear. By­products are the leftovers, such as the eyes, hooves, skin, feathers and feet, that are not good for human consumption (unless the dog food specifically states otherwise.) Beware of ingredients that do not list exactly what it is, such as words like "animal" and "meat" as opposed to "chicken," "beef," "duck," etc.

When switching to a new food gradually transition him to the new food by mixing portions of both foods until you slowly phase out the old food. Your dog may experience diarrhea if his food is suddenly changed.


Our vaccination schedule is based on the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza & Parvo-

Puppies: ​6 Weeks, 10 Weeks & 16 Weeks to reduce the risk of maternal antibody interference.

For puppies

who received initial vaccination series by 16 weeks, a booster no later than 1 year after completion of initial

series and then >3 years thereafter.

Dogs:​On Entry, For dogs who received initial vaccination after 16 weeks of age, every >3 years thereafter.


Puppies:​One dose NOT earlier than 12 weeks. We recommend waiting until 16 weeks of age. a booster 1year after initial vaccination and than every 1 or 3 years depending on the vaccination given.

Dogs​: All dogs over 16 weeks within 1 year of initial dose regardless of age at time of initial dose, then every

3 years thereafter as required by law.

This vaccination MUST be done by a licensed veterinarian. We do NOT preform this vaccination at Countryside Animal Rescue. Please ensure you have reviewed the adoption / foster paperwork that came with your animal to verify whether or not the animal has had this vaccination.


Puppies: ​6 Weeks & 10 Weeks

Dogs: ​Annually with vaccination history or Upon entry and 4 weeks later.

Is my Foster / Adopted pet micro-chipped?

Microchipping your pet involves implanting a chip with your contact information in your pet’s shoulder area. The chip can be read by scanner at most animal shelters and is an excellent way to reunite lost pets with their families—as long as you keep providing the chip company with updated information. Pet owners also need to understand that a microchip is only one part of your pet’s identification system. Your pet also should have a collar with tags on it We strive to chip every rescue animal at least 4 weeks old and weighing at least 1lb.

We use Found Animals for our microchipping.

However, some animals come to us with pre-existing chips. We will give you information on how to transfer the chip information

into your name. We ask that you leave the rescue information on as back-up / alternate information.


When should I get my pet spayed / neutered?

Spaying or neutering should be performed as early as 4­8 months, depending on breed. Our veterenarian recommends waiting between 6 - 8 months to perform this procedure.

What are the benefits of spaying ( females ) my dog?

  • Prevention of mammary tumors, if performed before first heat cycle

  • Prevention of uterine and ovarian tumors

  • Elimination of risk for uterine infections in older cats and dogs


What are the benefits of neutering ( Male ) my dog?

  • Less roaming and territorial marking (spraying)

  • Decrease of dominant or aggressive behavior

  • Decrease in risk for prostrate tumors

  • Elimination of testicular tumors


How do I use Dawn to treat fleas?

The power of Dawn is, by far, superior to any other dish washing liquid. While it works wonders in the kitchen, it works miracles in the backyard. Dawn kills fleas on contact. Yes. Believe it.

How does Dawn actually kill fleas?

Dawn breaks down a flea’s exoskeleton. This breakdown leaves the flea helpless and very fragile. Imagine it this way, once the exoskeleton is broken down by Dawn, the flea’s body is torn and tattered by almost any pressure it comes into contact with.

Keep in mind that fleas are survivors and so they flee to areas of your dog that have little to no Dawn present.

When bathing your dog, make sure to get these areas:

  • Your dog’s entire neck
    This will cut them off from the head, ears and nose.

  • ​Between your dogs toesThe area between your dog’s metacarpal pad and carpal pad (back of paw)

  • Make sure to get the same area on the back paws.

  • Your dog’s elbow and upward toward your dogs torso (think armpit)

  • ​The ENTIRE abdomen, including your male dogs “area”If you don’t thoroughly lather this area, those pesky son of guns will flock to it and survive.

  • Get the tail, underneath the tail, and yes, even the buttocks

Before introducing Dawn, make sure to wet your dog thoroughly, it helps to make an easy lather.

Use the bright blue dawn. Nothing fancier needed


Rufferals: Spay / Neuter

The Love Me, Fix Me program provides high­quality spay/neuter surgery for cats and dogs for just $30. The Love Me, Fix Me team also vaccinates and micro­chips your pet at the time of surgery.

Bring along your pets medical history to avoid over vaccination.

Call VIP Petcare Services at (800) 427-­7973 or Sonoma County Animal Services at (707) 565­7100 to make an appointment.

Wikiup Veterinary Hospital:

Provide affordable Spay / Neuter services.

130 Wikiup Dr Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: (707) 573-­8252 Fax: (707) 573­-0674

Rufferals: Veterinarians

Banfield Pet Hospital:

1954 Santa Rosa Ave

Santa Rosa, CA, 95407

(707) 546-­3139

Check out their affordable optimum wellness plans for all life stages.

Every Plan Includes:

Unlimited free office visits

Routinely recommended vaccines

Comprehensive physical exams

Early screening for serious illnesses

Discounts on most Banfield products & services

Predictable, reasonable monthly payments

Convenient drop­offs, evening & weekend hours

Online access to your pet's health records

PLUS! You can personalize your plan to fit your pet's unique needs with custom plan options.

Click here for a coupon:

This coupon is good for a free exam and consultation. If you decide to enroll on any Optimum Wellness Plan, you also recieve 50% off the membership fee.

PLUS using this coupon will give $20 back to Countryside Animal Rescue to help even more adoptable pets!


Wikiup Veterinary Hospital:

130 Wikiup Dr Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: (707) 573­8252 Fax: (707) 573­-0674

Rufferals: Daycare / Boarding

Four Paws Pet Ranch

3410 Guerneville Road

Santa Rosa CA 95401


At Four Paws Pet Ranch we know that pets are family members. They capture our hearts, share our homes,

and in many cases, are given the same status as our children. That's why choosing the right care for them is


Loving owners know that dogs, even the smaller breeds, require a fair amount of exercise and stimulation to

stay happy and healthy. Canines by nature are very social creatures and they crave companionship.

We understand you can't be with your friends all day, every day, but you can help them to be more content during the times that you are away with day care or boarding at our award­winning ranch.

Our dedicated team delivers service that is designed to make all the difference in the world to the little ones who are blue without you.


How can I correct an unwanted animal behavior?

At Countryside Animal Rescue we use squirt bottles filled with water. ( If the animal likes water, some vinegar can be added not to exceed a 30% mixture ) If the animal is exhibiting unwanted behavior, squirt the animal with the water bottle. Most dogs catch on very quickly and just the sight of water bottle will alter their intended behavior.


What is a normal dog temperature?

103.5 ° F

Fever, referred to medically as pyrexia, can be defined as a higher than normal body temperature in dogs. With the normal range falling between99.5-102.5 Fahrenheit, a body temperature of at least 103.5 ° F (39.7° C) can be considered a fever.

What is a dogs heart rate supposed to be?

A normal heart rate for dogs is between 60 and 140 beats per minute. To determine your dog's heart rate, put your hand to his chest and count how many pulses you feel in 15 seconds, then multiply by 4 to get the number of beats per minute

How can I tell if my dog is dehydrated?

Signs of Dehydration in Dogs

Dehydration occurs when the total body water is less than normal. Usually it involves loss of both water and electrolytes, which are minerals such as sodium, chloride and potassium. Dehydration is caused by either a lack of food or water intake or an increase in water loss through illness or injury. A fever further increases the loss of water.

When there is not enough body water, fluid shifts out of the body cells to compensate, leaving the cells deficient in necessary water. This leads to dehydration. The severity of the dehydration is based on the magnitude of these body water shifts. Dogs lose fluid through: breathing, panting, elimination, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and evaporation through the feet and other body surfaces. Dogs replenish fluid by drinking water or other liquids and by eating moist foods.

Beginning Signs

Visibly tired Slowed pace/ Less animation

Excessive panting, signs of warmth

Changes in attitude (i.e. appears more apprehensive)

Eyes appear sunken and lack moisture

Dry mouth, gums, nose

The skin loses elasticity- Pinch a little skin between your thumb and forefinger on your dog's back. When you release it, it should pop back into place immediately. As the tissue under the skin loses moisture, the skin moves back more slowly. In extreme cases, the skin doesn't pop back.

Delayed capillary refill time- Place your index finger firmly against the gums so that they appear white. Remove your finger and see how quickly the blood returns to the gums. The time it takes for the gums of a dehydrated dog to return to their pink state will be slower than normal. Rectal temperature remains > 105° F

Final Signs

Weak in the hind end

Wobbly and unsteady on feet

Tips To Avoid Dehydration

Maintaining a constant fluid level is as important in dogs as it is in humans.

1. Dogs lose a lot of water while panting. Leave two or three bowls filled with water around the house, so that he gets enough to drink.

2. If he has not had a good drink for a long time, start re-hydration slowly ... allowing your dog a few sips every few minutes. Overdrinking after a dry spell can quickly lead to vomiting and he may end up losing more fluids than he had.

3. Don't let your dog drink excessive amounts of water after a strenuous exercise session.

4. Wait a few minutes after your dog has exerted in very heavy exercise and then allow frequent but small amounts every few minutes.

5. If your dog is showing some signs of dehydration, give him electrolyte mixed in water. While water helps in replenishing a lot of nutrients, electrolyte can do the job more quickly.

6. Dogs who have gone a long time without water have a problem holding it down. So let him lick ice, he hydrates himself with licking the ice.

7. If your dog refuses to drink for any extended period of time, consult your veterinarian immediately!


Blood tests such as a complete blood count and biochemistry profile are important to try to find the underlying cause of the dehydration but may not reveal if dehydration is present.

The most important tests are a packed cell volume and total blood protein test. These tests are done on a blood sample and can help reveal if dehydration is present. If the packed cell volume and total protein are elevated, dehydration is present.

Determining the concentration of the urine can also help determine if the pet is dehydrated and if the kidneys are affected.


The treatment for dehydration is to supplement the body with fluids. It is often not possible for an ill pet to ingest sufficient water to correct dehydration. Fluids are typically administered as an injection. The most efficient method of rehydration is through intravenous fluids. This requires hospitalization as well as an intravenous catheter. Fluid replacement is done slowly to allow the body to compensate and slowly replenish tissues starved of fluid.