Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to save lives, keep families together, and create a better future for pets and their people.


Our vision is a world where all animals can thrive, all people experience the magic of the human-animal bond, and all families are able to care for their pets.

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.

Mission Impact

Fiscal Year 2022

Animals Found Loving Homes
Healthy and Treatable Animals Saved
Spay & Neuter Surgeries

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.

Board of Directors

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Humane Society Silicon Valley is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $15 million. We are also grateful for the support of our Honorary Board Members and Board Alumni Ambassadors, distinguished leaders who are passionate about our mission to save and enhance lives.

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Leadership Team

Humane Society Silicon Valley’s executive staff shares a love for animals and works tirelessly to build a compassionate community that enriches lives, both two-legged and four-legged.

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