Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is the world’s first model shelter, accomplished by meeting the guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Established in 1929, the organization offers quality adoptions, affordable spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping services, pet care services and education programs to enhance the human-animal bond. HSSV operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are also the first animal community center in the nation to receive Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Becoming the World's First Model Shelter

No organization had ever completed all 543 standard-of-care guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians to give animal welfare organizations a roadmap to improve their care of animals. In 2017, that changed, when Humane Society Silicon Valley was able to reach this accomplishment. Soon after meeting this milestone, our leadership team was interviewed along with Dr. Kate Hurley, an ASV guideline author, by the Humane Society of the United States.

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A Day in the Life of HSSV

Humane Society Silicon Valley is a shelter that is like no other shelter in the country. Not only is it an amazing place for animals, it’s an amazing place for people. At Humane Society Silicon Valley we’re building a more compassionate community by saving homeless pets.

Mission Impact

Fiscal Year 2019

Animals Found Loving Homes
Active Volunteers
Spay & Neuter Surgeries

Our Mission

To save and enhance lives – both  two-legged and four-legged!


Through compassion and collaboration, we are building a community in Silicon Valley where every pet has a home.


HSSV is a non-profit organization supported by individual donations, program fees, foundation and corporate grants, and special events.



Board of Directors

The agency is governed by a volunteer board of directors, which oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million. In addition to our board of directors, we have an honorary board and a group of board alumni ambassadors who are committed leaders in our organization and share our mission to save and enhance lives.

Learn more about our board of directors

Staff Leadership

Humane Society Silicon Valley’s executive team share an endless love for animals and work tirelessly to build a compassionate community that enriches lives – both two-legged and four-legged.

Learn more about our leadership staff

Volunteer Advisory Committee

The Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) is a team of staff management and volunteers with the purpose of completing initiatives that sustain Volunteers and Staff working effectively together.

Their goals are:

  • Proactively and timely resolving areas of confusion and conflict to include actively working on identified problems as a team as well as creating standards of behavior for both staff and volunteers
  • Creating an educational and engagement forum to foster a long-long connection to HSSV and animal welfare in general


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