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Press Release

Laura Fulda
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Humane Society Silicon Valley
(408) 262-2133 ext. 159


HSSV Launches the PUP (Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies) Program

PUP ProgramMILPITAS, Calif., March 11, 2010 – – In an effort to help control pet over-population in Santa Clara County, HSSV has launched the PUP (Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies) program.  Dr. Julia Lewis, director of medical services for HSSV, says the PUP program provides a resource for owners whose dogs have had a litter and are unable to find good homes for the puppies.  As part of this program, Dr. Lewis says pet owners can bring their unwanted litters to HSSV and surrender them at no charge, and arrange for the canine parents of the litters to be spayed and neutered for free through HSSV’s Medical Center.

"The pet owners benefit because they no longer have the financial burden of feeding and providing initial veterinary care for the puppies, and can rest easy knowing the puppies will go to good homes through the HSSV adoption process. Plus, we'll spay and neuter the parent dogs free of charge."  Dr. Lewis says HSSV and Santa Clara County benefit by making sure that the dogs that were the sources of the unwanted litters do not produce further unwanted puppies and that the next generations of dogs are responsibly spayed and neutered before adding to the pet over-population problem. "It's a win-win for everyone."

HSSV will actively promote the PUP program through our volunteer ambassadors.  These ambassadors will peruse local newspapers classified sections and other online sources where puppies may be advertised, and reach out to these advertisers to inform them of this program and encourage them to participate.  HSSV also encourages members of the public who are concerned with pet over-population in our county to inform people they may see selling or giving away puppies to take advantage of the PUP program. For more information, or to schedule an appointment please e-mail or call 408-262-2133 x110.  Visit the PUP Program at:

About Humane Society Silicon Valley
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit agency offering quality adoptions, medical care, education programs and pet care services to enhance the human-animal bond.  Established in 1929, HSSV has served Silicon Valley for 81 years and found homes for more than 500,000 animals. All animals in HSSV’s adoption program are sheltered until they are placed in a loving home. HSSV is an “open door” facility and accepts animals’ 24-hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of any temperament or health related problems. In April 2009, HSSV opened its new Animal Community Center in Milpitas. HSSV also operates a satellite adoption center in PETCO in the El Paseo Shopping Center in San Jose.