A High-Rise For Hamsters

arianna.melahn@hssv.orgUncategorized6 Comments

In early September, a shelter in Fresno reached out to us asking if four of their hamsters could hitch a ride on our transport for the day. We didn’t know any background about them or if they were male or female, so we had to find a way to separate them. Our amazingly talented ACT, Dani, jumped in and built … Read More

Mission Impawsible

arianna.melahn@hssv.orgUncategorized5 Comments

It’s not every day you find a pair of cats in your ceiling! Or in this case… rafters! Gemma (orange & white) & Frannie (grey tabby) wanted a taste of the world outside of holding. Bored of the confines of their own space, they decided to make a break for it, but how? After some searching, they found it. A … Read More

A Long Road for a Sweet Kitten

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized9 Comments

When the tiny kitten was brought to our medical center, she came with a traumatic backstory. Her and her sister had been found on the side of the road by an extremely caring man. Their mom had been hit by a car and passed away. Opal, as the kitten would be named, had an injury to her front right leg … Read More

Creating a Path Forward, Together

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized3 Comments

The Start of a New Chapter It’s hard to believe that it has been almost five years since the first time I visited Humane Society Silicon Valley. I distinctly remember the warm February afternoon when I arrived at the Animal Community Center to kick off a volunteer consulting project. I was surprised by the welcoming campus and the beautiful building, … Read More

The Unstoppable Duo

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized5 Comments

It started with Pirate. He came to us at just two weeks old, underweight, and with one of his eyes ruptured. One of our veterinary assistants, Stephanie, took him home for the night to monitor and bottle feed him. The next morning, his weight was down and his eye was looking worse. His prognosis didn’t look good, but our medical … Read More

Gooey’s Journey

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized18 Comments

When we got the call from one of our rescue partners in the Central Valley, we were told the mama dog had six puppies, all just under a week old. “She’s blind and deaf,” they said. “Can you take her?” We rushed to take her and her puppies in  Despite not being able to hear or see us, she was … Read More

A Rough Road for Puppies

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized4 Comments

“Pup is still not eating on her own,” read the medical notes written by one of our veterinarians after an exam with Deb. The puppy, one of six littermates brought in three days prior from a rescue partner in the Central Valley, had parvovirus. Our shelter partner reached out to us when the litter of puppies was brought to them … Read More

Lex Finds a Friend – and His Confidence

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized10 Comments

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

Update to Services and Programs Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Alexandra BaggsUncategorized131 Comments

Update as of 6/16/21: We are now open for puppy adoptions in-person! The following is a complete list of programs and services that are currently open: Adoptions: In-person dog/puppy adoptions are open! Visit our Milpitas ACC from 10am-1pm daily to adopt. In-person cat/kitten adoptions are open! Visit our Milpitas ACC from 2pm-5pm daily to adopt. Apply for specific animals available … Read More