Humane Society Silicon Valley is the world’s first model shelter. We not only make it our mission to save animals, we do so with an eye to the future, providing innovative service and standards of care to serve both people and animals.

Model Behavior

Find out how HSSV reached the milestone of becoming the first model shelter in this article by Animal Sheltering Magazine, featuring Carol Novello, HSSV President, and Dr. Cristie Kamiya, Chief of Shelter Medicine.

Press Releases

June 2019

Humane Society Silicon Valley Partners with the Petco Foundation to Celebrate National “Foster a Pet” Month

April 2019

Humane Society Silicon Valley President Authors Book About How Adopting Animals Transforms Human Lives

March 2019

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) Vying for Finalist Spot in the 2019 Innovation Showdown

October 2018

Humane Society Silicon Valley Awarded $200,000 Grant for Maddie’s Executive Leader Fellowships

August 2018

Humane Society Silicon Valley Announces Successful Completion of Their “Paint a Better Future” Campaign

January 2018

Petco Foundation Continues Its Support of Model Shelter Humane Society Silicon Valley

October 2017

Humane Society Silicon Valley Becomes the World’s First Model Shelter

September 2017

HSSV Meets BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Accredited Charity, Earns GuideStar Platinum Status

July 2017

Yahoo! Employee Foundation Gives Parting Gift to Nationally Renowned Animal-Welfare Group Humane Society Silicon Valley

June 2017

Petco Foundation Invests $250k in Humane Society Silicon Valley

March 2017

Professional Boxer Promotes Canine Spay/Neuter Programs

February 2017

Humane Society Silicon Valley Honored with Grant Award to Save Kitten Lives

July 2016

Humane Society Silicon Valley Acclaimed as Innovator in Animal Welfare

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June 2014

240 Pets Adopted at Humane Society Silicon Valley during Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days: Maddie’s Fund® Exceeds National Goal with More Than 15,000 Adoptions in Two Days

May 2014

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Sets Goal of 10,000 Homes for Pets: Little Dog’s Big Legacy Leads to $10 Million Pledge for Nation’s Largest Free Pet Adoption Event

April 2014

Humane Society Silicon Valley’s Eleventh Annual Gala, “The Fur Ball,” Raises Record-Breaking Funds

January 2014

Cookie Saved: Residents Rally To Find Humane Society Silicon Valley Alum With the Help of Social Media

Humane Society Silicon Valley and San Jose Animal Care Center Offers Free Spay and Neuter Services in San Jose

November 2013

Senior Labrador Retrievers Mickey and Minnie are Made of Happy

October 2013

Humane Society Silicon Valley Has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency


Maddie’s Fund: Chew on This, Why animal welfare organizations should fail fast and often, leverage volunteers and make data driven decisions – interview with Carol Novello

Asia Pacific with Robert Handa on NBC Bay Area, Interviews with Dr. Kamiya, Chief of Shelter Medicine:

KQED Forum, Pet Adoption with Carol Novello & Dr. Delmasso


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