On August 21, 2012 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Health Services to work with cities, partners, and other interested organizations to develop recommendations for a governance model and shared services that foster collaboration to deliver the highest quality, cost-effective animal care and control services for Sonoma County.
The Department convened an ad hoc Sonoma County Animal Services Workgroup with representatives from the County of Sonoma and each of the nine cities in Sonoma County that met monthly from November 2012 through July 2013. The group reviewed existing data and identified draft goals and objectives for a countywide system of animal services. The workgroup conducted a public input process during March, April, and early May 2013 to receive feedback on the draft goals and to identify opportunities for collaboration.
After reviewing public input, the Animal Services Workgroup refined the goals and objectives, developed a Sonoma County Animal Services Action Plan (ASAP) with first steps for collective action. The Sonoma County Animal Services Partnership met from October 2013 through June 2014 to develop initial collaborative initiatives to achieve the vision and shared goals identified in the Sonoma County Animal Services Action Plan.