The Inland Valley Humane Society (the Humane Society of Pomona Valley) has played a an critical role in the welfare of this community for many, many decades. I have supported this organization since 2001 and am extremely happy and proud of the and initiative they are taking to solve the overwhelming problem of animal neglect and animal overpopulation.
I have been a proud supporter of The Inland Valley Humane Society for as long as I remember. My parents and their parents have also supported the IVHS and we have nothing but positive experiences with the staff and shelter as a whole. My family have rescued all their dogs, past and present, from IVHS and every time we are pleased with the shelter and the staff efforts to help the animal community. The staff and volunteers really do have a big heart to be able to save and rescue the countless animals that are found lost or abandoned. My heart goes out to them, and I will continue to support their mission to find loving homes for every animal that they rescue.
I work with rescues. I aid in helping them pull mostly dogs from shelters to put them in foster care. I am seen an amazing commitment by IVHS to help rescues and help people. IVHS is working on becoming no-kill which is a huge undertaking considering all of the challenges that community faces (over population, irresponsibility of pet owners and funding), but IVHS has remained steadfast in their commitment toward saving every animal. I wish more open-admission shelters would get their butts in line and follow in IVHS's footsteps.
I have lived in this area for 35 years after moving here from Central California. I have visited this shelter many times over the last 35 years for many reasons: licensing my pets, when I found kittens, to adopt family pets, you name it. I have seen what the shelter looked like in 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 and what it looks like today and the difference is night and day. I have never seen another shelter committed to spaying and neutering like IVHS. If you have an animal, they'll fix it, often for free, no questions asked. I have visited other dog pounds like Baldwin Park and San Bernardino and Riverside. I like the direction this shelter has chosen to take over the last 10 years, especially the last 3 or so years. I have never been treated rudely. I have however, been witness to some tremendously mean and angry people who do not understand that the people and shelter do everything in their power to save every single animal. I give credit to the employees for not blowing their lids when confronted by these people. This shelter has far less animals every year, and that is a good thing. I think people will always hate shelters that perform euthanasia. I was impressed when I received a letter form IVHS stating the had decreased cat euthanasia by 26% and increased adoption by 25%. I was also informed that they are trying to stop euthanasia by becoming no kill and I think that is marvelous.
I am more and more impressed with this organization and the commitment they have and the progressive programs they have created in light of the recent pit bull, chihuauhua breed over population problem. I recently volunteerd with their transport program that send smaller breed dogs (who are in demand in other parts of the country). California has such a surplus of small breed dogs that it's a great fit! I helped send 40 dogs across scountry to New Mexico. T
I have been a Animal Rescuer and Activist for more than 35 Years !! I have 20 cat colonies throughout southern California, which includes six in Pomona. I am up at one in the morning taking care of my cat colonies and feeding Homeless Cats in Dirty Back Alleys, while most people are sleeping in their nice warm beds. I work with four Veterinarians and Spay / Neuter Clinics and have Spay and Neutered more than 1,600 ( One Thousand and Six Hunderd Animals ). I have been Employed by one of the wealthiest families in th Country as one of their Pet Care Sepcialist. The reason I give you my Animal Rescue History is not to give myself praise,but to NOT let the Humane Society Of Pomona Valley discount me !! I have been battling with a cat hoarder in Pomona for 20 years who at one point had more then one Hunderd Cat that was in filthy deplorable conditions. One night when I was at his place of business I saw four small kittens on his property with their eyes glued closed with layers of mucus, malnourished and dying. I raced them to a Emergency Animal Hospital at 3 am, when the Vet examined the kittens and cleaned there eyes,their Eyes Popped Out Of The Eye Sockets, really bad upper respirtory, bad nasal discharge and tested positive for ( F I P ) feline infectious peritonitis. Three of them sadly had to be EUTHANIZED, I cried for two days. The one kitten I Named ( Saddie ) that was the protector of her siblings did not have to be euthanized, but died 1 1/2 years later. I will continue in a second posting ......
Certainly among the WORST animal control agencies in California, it is difficult not to feel extreme pity for animal under their care and the people they serve. The kennels are crowded and dirty with animals with obviously untreated illnesses and injuries.
I observed a whole block of dogs suffering from sarcoptic mang which is readily and cheaply treatable but highly courageous. When I pointed this out to shelter staff I was told that because they would not recover swiftly enough, these poor animals would be euthanized anyway so it would be pointless to treat them. I offered to do so myself (treatment is a measure dosage of an OTC cattle insecticide but was told I could not because I was not a veterinarian (Iam an epidemiologist). I offered to supply the insecticide to their vet but was told that they contract with vets for specific procedures and would not pay to they dogs injected.
I have personally contacted IVHS several times with complaints animal cruelty and abandonment. IVHS is always reluctant to become involved unless they can garner newspaper coverage.
The staff is notoriously rude and uncooperative. Once I had an escaped dog. They would provide no information over the telephone even though the dog was easily recognizable. I was told to come when the kennels opened in the morning (too bad for those of us with jobs). Then to see the "dead on arrival" list I had to wait on a long line. I suggested to the employee at the incoming receiving desk that it would be more efficient if she obtained this list each day so anyone could see it; she shrugged and said "not my job".
The animals in this td the oversight from the directors so inefficient, it is impossible to recommend that the public it so effectively alienates donate money. I donate every year to Upland and Los Angeles County animal control. IVHS will never voluntarily get a penny from me so long as present administration remains. I actively discourage others from donating as well and I know LOTS OF PEOPLE.
Sue, I am sorry I did not see this review earlier (when it was written). We are sorry you feel the way you do regarding our organization. I am very perplexed how you could possibly say that kennels are dirty and that all of the animals in our care suffer from diseases and receive no treatment. Our kennel technicians our tirelessly everyday cleaning the kennels inside and out. In fact, the kennels are cleaned and maintained 3 times a day. The stray animals in our care are our first priority and EVERY animal is medically cared for. We have a veterinary staff of over 8 who work day after day providing medical care to the animals. And as far as your comment about mange, I can guarantee you any animal that is diagnosed with mange is treated. We do not turn our back on animals in need. Our Veterinarians conduct shelter animal evaluations twice a day, so you're suggestion that we do not provide treatment is baseless and absurd. In regards to your complaint that we do not respond to complaints of animal cruelty, all I can think is that you're thinking of some other agency. Our animal investigative department is one of the best in state of California and we have the highest animal cruelty conviction rates of any full-service animal welfare organization in California as well. Again, baseless and absurd. We would like to encourage you to reach out and learn more about the real work the Inland Valley Humane Society. Please feel free to contact us at (909) 623-9777, ext. 608 and we will be more than happy to give you a tour, introduce you to our veterinary hospital (which is onsite by the way) and meet with our animal cruelry investioagtors. Sincerely, Inland Valley Humane SOciety & SPCA
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AFter several failed attempts to catch a loose, scared and injured dog by myself, I called the Inalnd Valley Humane Society. They arrived immediatley and were professional and caring. They caught the poor Sharpei mixed breed and handled him with compassion.
I later inquired to the status of the dog and found out he had a broken leg and was treated by the veterinarians at the HUmane Society. He was fosted back to good health and found a home a few weeks later.
I will support this organization and the wonderful work they do on a daily basis.
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