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Humane Society Silicon Valley is setting a national example for leadership and innovation at the local level. We have shattered the notion of what is possible for the guardianship of homeless animals and we have established new standards for what can be accomplished.

Humane Society Silicon Valley plays an invaluable role in finding solutions to end homelessness of companion animals. We provide vital programs that pick up where the constraints of local government agencies leave off.

We are the safety net for animals in our community because:

  • We offer innovative and accessible spay/neuter services that ultimately reduce the number of animals coming into community shelters. The ongoing success of these programs provides the foundation for preventing homelessness of companion animals.
  • We operate regional rescue, foster care, and owner surrender programs that save lives by providing critical additional services in the community to care for homeless animals. This enables the number of animals saved in Silicon Valley to continue to increase year after year.
  • We invest in and deliver medical services and behavior treatment necessary to give homeless animals the chance to be adopted. This includes unrelenting perseverance to find creative solutions that give animals the chance to heal, blossom, and thrive.
  • We have multiple adoption center locations to make it easier for animals to be seen and chosen by new families. We also provide opportunities for other rescue groups to showcase their animals at our facilities. This makes it possible for even more animals to find loving homes more quickly and in turn creates more opportunities to save others.
  • We offer pet retention services, including owner counseling and support, that help keep animals in homes. This decreases the number of animals needing to enter community shelters in the first place.
  • We provide education programs that teach children, including economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth, the value of animals. All of our education programs provide social and emotional learning through animal interactions that contribute to a more compassionate community for animals and humans alike.
  • A vital part of our success is how our community helps us in bringing these innovative solutions to fruition.

Our mission is strengthened by:

  • A cadre of over 18,000 caring and generous annual donors who provide private funding that is unconstrained by government bureaucracy and the often-conflicting demands of public works.
  • Relationships with five key local agencies whose common, aligned goals create the eco-system necessary to advance the work of saving companion animals in Silicon Valley.
  • 56 animal rescue groups and 46 veterinary practices that partner with us to extend our mission work and further increase our community’s capacity to save lives. An active, robust volunteer base of over 1,000 individuals whose passion and participation make our work possible through over 120,600 hours of volunteerism annually.
  • Over 660 corporate volunteers whose enthusiasm for our programs is spurring grassroots philanthropic support and involvement in more than 30 companies throughout the Bay Area.
  • Our commitment to collaboration and community ignites the passion of individuals and groups who generate tremendous word of mouth about our life-saving work. This ultimately brings to bear a significant, collective force that consistently delivers on our mission.

Specific examples of our leadership and innovation include:

  • We founded and lead the WeCARE coalition, an interagency partnership to save the lives of companion animals in Silicon Valley. We founded this coalition because public animal-care agencies rarely work together of their own volition. Visionary leadership is igniting these organizations to collaborate in achieving goals previously thought unattainable.
  • We developed, in conjunction with Petco and PetSmart, a new operating model that demonstrates the power of non-profit/for-profit partnership. We are the only organization in the nation with multiple adoption centers that are permanently co-located inside their stores. They have partnered with us to create these adoption centers because we provide consistent, on-going staffing and comfortable living environments while animals await adoption. These centers make adoptions more accessible because we become part of local neighborhoods and maintain hours convenient for potential adopters.
  • We crafted and spearhead a first-of-its kind spay/neuter pilot, operating across multiple local agencies, that targets reversing the runaway trend of Chihuahua overpopulation. This pilot has already inspired another community outside the Bay Area to begin efforts to launch a similar version of this program.
  • We built our regional rescue program on the spirit of community and collaboration. We focus on animals most needing help in our community and save animals that would otherwise not have rescue options. We also rescue animals that have been made available for adoption at our partnering agencies but are not thriving or are being overlooked by potential adopters. In addition, we collaborate with local rescue organizations to save lives when they become overburdened from situations such as hoarding cases or taking in large numbers of animals from research facilities.
  • We built the first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly Animal Community Center. This facility sets new standards for the care of homeless animals and the way that people learn about, engage with, and celebrate animals. Our facility brings together and leverages the power of individuals and groups to make a difference in the lives of both companion animals and people.

The quality of these mission outcomes is a direct reflection of the quality of our organization and its people.

  • We combine compassion and commitment to our mission with professionalism and competence. We attract and retain subject matter experts in animal care and experienced leaders from the for-profit and non-profit worlds who are drawn to our approach and philosophy.
  • We believe in transparency and accountability in our operations and financials. Our financials and operating outcomes are publicly available through our website at www.hssv.org.
  • Incorporated in 1929, we are an independent, non-profit organization that was originally established as a safe haven for working horses retired from the rural farms of the South Bay. Over the years, our mainstay has evolved to focus on companion animal rescue and homelessness prevention.

Our leadership and expertise are revolutionizing companion animal care in Silicon Valley and setting an example for what is possible across the nation. We are demonstrating on a local level that inspiration and determination can drive community collaboration that saves and enhances lives.

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