The Ron Swanson of HSSV

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Ever met someone that’s a little…standoffish at first? That’s Whiskey. He doesn’t tend to make a great first impression. He can be grumpy, and would prefer not to be bothered with your petty issues. But he does have a softer side. After a while, he starts to open up – in his way, of course. He reserves his best side … Read More

Naked Nuggets Descend in Droves!

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They came, regal and hairless, like a band of naked mole rats with only slightly more dignity. Excuse me? Dignity is my middle name.   This group of nude canines needed to make a point. Yes, tell them.   Their message? Bald is Beautiful.   Nailed it.    In all seriousness, these bare babes came from a hoarding case. We … Read More

The Most Interesting Dog in the World

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He could disarm you with his looks…or his paws. I call this my “blue steel.” He has inside jokes with complete strangers. The jokes! You’re killin’ me! I’m killin’ me!   He once ran a marathon because it was “on his way.”  What can I say? I’m an opportunist.   Marcel is the most interesting dog in the world.  He’s … Read More

The Official Sarah Armes Cute-O-Meter.

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This is Sarah. She works in our Development Department as a Campaign Manager. Ruth Vader Ginsburg. She usually doesn’t dress like this but, you know, Halloween was this week. So there you go. Yes, there we go. And make Halloween stay gone until next year.  Anyhoo, as you might have noticed we tell a lot of stories here at HSSV. … Read More

The Skinny On Model Shelter: Where The Rubber Meets The Road

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You probably have questions. We keep talking about this Model Shelter thing. What is a Model Shelter? Why are we so proud to be the first Model Shelter in the country? What does this have to do with all the fuzznuggets and snugglemuffins you guys are so used to seeing on our social media?   Aforementioned poopies/snugglemuffins. Relax, friends. We … Read More

A Big Blog: A Rundown On A Big Week And A Big, Big Ask.

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We need to ask you for some favors right now. Before we do, we’ll explain why we need them. Just follow us here for a second. This is Tiffanie. Tiffanie, though you wouldn’t know it to look at her, is having a pretty rough week. I still like cookies, though. So that’s something. On Saturday morning, she was in New … Read More

Looking For The Helpers

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This isn’t our usual kind of blog but this hasn’t been a usual kind of week, either. It seems important, after the news of the past week, to remember how overwhelmingly much good there is out there. So we have some really good news for you today: people are awesome. People are awesome and wonderful in big ways and small … Read More

Test Drive Your Very Own Knucklehead!

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The ever-popular backseat-grinning model. Ladies and gentleman, have we got a deal for you. We’ve got all sorts of knuckleheads in all models, ages and colors for you to take home on lease. And it will cost you nothing! That’s right we said nothing, nada, zip. Totally free! We’ll even provide the food and medical care! Like this one right … Read More

Suns Out, Buns Out!

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We know, you’re not a bunny person. We had to lead with the super sensational headline to get you guys to open this at all. After all, if you never had a rabbit why would you open it? Folks tend to think they know everything there is to know about pet rabbits but as a famous TV show once said… … Read More

Chis Make Great Pets. Cheese, Not So Much.

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We get a lot of chihuahuas and mixes. So many that they even have their own verbal shorthand: chis. Chi generally means anything small, usually tan and having some traits in common with a chihuahua, which constitute the majority of their lineage. As a group, chis and chi mixes dominate shelter populations in California. So we talk about them a … Read More