A Second Chance for a Special Cat

Alexandra BaggsCats, News3 Comments

Despite the pain he was clearly in, Mr. Pipp was affectionate. He purred, arched his back, and leaned into pets from the staff in our medical center. But he was clearly injured. The young tuxedo cat’s pelvis was fractured and his hind leg was injured. He walked extremely carefully on his back legs, feeling the pain with every step. Soon … Read More

Lex Finds a Friend – and His Confidence

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Just a week after the statewide shelter-in-place mandate was announced due to COVID-19 concerns, many parts of Humane Society Silicon Valley looked quite different than usual. Our public-facing programs and services were suspended, and many of our animals were moving out of the shelter into foster homes. But one thing hadn’t changed – continuing to support our rescue partners and … Read More

Winnie: A Story of Dedication

Alexandra BaggsAdopt, News2 Comments

It was Tuesday, the day after the first shelter-in-place mandate arrived in the Bay Area. We were scrambling to quickly suspend most of our services, reassign some of our staff to animal care duties, and find foster homes for the animals in our shelter. And then we got the call. One of our shelter rescue partners in the area needed … Read More

Update to Services and Programs Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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Update as of 6/5/20: Thank you to all who have supported us during this challenging time. We have continued to reopen some of our services, and will continue to make changes to our programs in accordance with public health guidelines and local ordinances. The following is a full list of services and programs that are currently open: Adoptions: Our adoptions … Read More

Why Missing Clear the Shelters Is a Bad Idea

Alexandra BaggsAdopt, Cats, Dogs4 Comments

Thinking of skipping this year’s Clear the Shelters event? We don’t suggest it. Unless, of course, you’re not a fan of amazing animals, being part of a community, and joy. Then you should definitely, definitely not come. If you’re not Ebenezer Scrooge, and you do like those things, we hope to see you there! We’ll be celebrating Clear the Shelters … Read More

Dad Jokes – Not Just for Dads

Alexandra BaggsAdopt, Cats, Dogs1 Comment

Dad jokes. They can be hilarious, gag-inducing, or just downright embarrassing. The true tell of a good dad joke is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. We have a few beholders here who are more than happy to share their true-blue reactions to some of the best dad jokes we could find on the internet (in honor of … Read More

Celebrating 25 Years of Maddie’s Fund

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This year, Maddie’s Fund celebrates 25 years of helping homeless pets and advancing the animal welfare sector. By partnering with shelters, rescues, and other animal welfare organizations all over the country, they have helped advance the sector as a whole and increase lifesaving. We’re so grateful to be a Maddie’s Fund partner, and to work closely with them to save … Read More

A Big Blog Update on Fire Efforts

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Our hearts are with the people and animals who have been affected by the fires in Butte County. This disaster was devastating, and though the fires are officially out, hundreds of animals remain in the fire-affected area, homeless and needing care. Temporary shelters have been set up to house these animals, and organizations from all over the country are pitching in … Read More

A Week of Fires, and a Big Ask

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At a shelter about 170 miles north from us, dozens and dozens of animals were waiting for their forever homes. Some had been waiting for weeks, while some were waiting to finish up treatments for kennel cough or upper respiratory infections before being placed up for adoption. But all were looking forward to a bright future. Then, the fires hit. … Read More

A Puppy Palooza Story

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We have a story to tell. It’s about mama dogs, puppies, and some amazing humans. A few months ago, something started happening. We started getting lots of calls asking if we could take in pregnant mama dogs. But mamas and pups need to go into foster and stay there until their pups are about 8 weeks old. So we reached out … Read More