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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French - February 2016


Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2016

by Deborah Taylor-French

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” —Abraham Lincoln

Animal Legal Defense Fund: ”The only lawyers on earth whose clients are all innocent.”

Ever wondered about the Animal Legal Defense Fund located on East Cotati Avenue? I admire their mission and their work. Started in 1979 by attorneys shaping the field of animal law, they have led the fight for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws plus a more humane treatment of animals in the U.S.A. Their efforts have grown into forward thinking support and training for students wanting to join this legal specialty field. “There is overwhelming evidence that [animal abuse] is linked to crimes against people, including violent crimes and domestic violence...It’s not about protecting people or animals, it is protecting them both.” Stephen Wells, Executive Director ALDF.                                                                                                    

Both federal and state-by-state petitions plus current legal cases can be found on the ALDF Website ( In addition to their main office in Cotati, ALDF also have offices in Portland and Los Angeles. Sign up for their email newsletter. Did I mention that they now have an online shop? They also keep an active Facebook Page, get their updates at

Cotati K-9 Team Officer Brian Deaton and Remo 

Remo, a mixed breed of German shepherd and Belgian Malinois, came to Cotati Police Department funded through the generous support of the non-profit “Sean M. Walsh Memorial K-9 Foundation.” Officer Deaton said, “Remo and I are considered a dual purpose K-9 team which means he’s not only certified to detect the odors of narcotics but trained for patrol duties as well.”

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter brings you “No more lost pets”  

FREE pet tags at R.P. Animal Shelter (Rohnert Park & Cotati residents)  

Residents of other cities may obtain a personalized pet ID tag for a cost of only $5. They offer a selection of popular tag shapes and colors to choose from. Please protect your pet and support the animal shelter by buying pet tags at our local shelter.

To get your pet micro-chipped, stop by the shelter during open hours. This free service for residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati costs only $10 for non-residents. Micro-chipping comes with free lifetime access to your pet’s information on the website – no fee for changing/updating your personal contact information. This also gives shelters access to an automated alert system – if your pet ends up in any shelter you will be notified immediately by email, text message and/or voice message. The Rohnert Park shelter is located at 301 J Rogers Lane just behind the Press Democrat building.  (707) 584-1582,

Cotati Large Animal Hospital assists rescued animals 

“Dr. Harlan and Dr. Bowen teach students of the Equine Medicine Club at UC Davis with a hands-on dental lab at a local rescue... 18 happy horses now have improved dental health.” As I read more about these veterinarians I discovered more to love. During the Lake County fire, Dr. Amber Bowen assisted large animal rescue at the Calistoga Fairgrounds, preparing for an unknown number of horses and livestock that were rescued and moved to safety.” Dr. Bowen grew up in Forestville and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary Medicine. She is certified as a veterinary acupuncturist. Find the Cotati Large Animal Hospital at 8079 Gravenstein Hwy. Cotati, CA 94931.

American Maltese Assoc. Rescue in Cotati 

Started in 1995 for rescuing homeless or soon to be homeless Maltese and Maltese mixes, including those found in animal shelters and those relinquished by their owners. 

Every rescue Maltese is provided with necessary medical care including spay/neutering. All of our dogs reside in foster homes where they are socialized and treated as loving pets until adopted. The AMA consists of all volunteer staff and foster care providers. Contact them at: