VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY INC

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Animals, Human Services

Location: 3670 Nevada St. Pleasanton CA 94566 USA

Mission: Valley Humane Society is an animal welfare organization advocating responsible pet ownership. We seek to provide our community with educational outreach and collaborative programs that enrich the bond between people and companion animals and eliminate unnecessary euthanasia.
Programs: Valley Humane Society's programs include cat and dog ADOPTION; KEELER'S KIDS humane education program; PET THERAPY dog visitation to hospitals, rehab units and seniors; HOPE HOSPICE PARTNERSHIP to keep pets at home during a patient's critical hours; JUST LIKE NEW FUND emergency veterinary expense assistance. And coming soon: ANIMEALS pet food pantry for seniors and low-income pet owners.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I live on Cape Cod, MA. but travel to my home town of Oakland Ca. and while there every yr. I stop in and visit the shelter. I started when they were still working/adopting out of a trailer and did such a wonderful job with the conditions they had at that time. I witnessed such love and care for all the animals that were in their care. I volunteer at a shelter here on the Cape so I am fully aware of the dedication it takes to be a volunteer. Their new facility is awesome and so much healthier for both the pets and volunteers.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Valley Humane Society is a very amazing place to either visit or actually volunteer/work at. I am a volunteer medical assistant and I appreciate everything they do for the cats and dogs they take in. They make sure they are well taken care of. When someone comes in wanting to adopt an animal, they make sure that they are compatible together before they let them go to their permanent home. I respect VHS so much that I do whatever I can to support them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Years ago, my daughter and I volunteered at many VHS events through National Charity League. ...Pictures with Santa, Wag & Wash dog washes, home tours, etc. It was a great introduction to this wonderful organization (we were new in town).

Since then, I have independently volunteered directly with VHS. My main participation is with the Paws to Read program in conjunction with the Pleasanton public library. Children are eager to read aloud for 30 minutes to their assigned dog (and the dogs like it too!).

VHS is committed to certifying dog-therapy teams in the area to help spread the cheer that comes from a dog to seniors and children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the children who are eager to read aloud to the dogs in the Paws to Read program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope they continue to look to the future and plan accordingly to build a strong donor base in order to serve the animals and people of our community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Valley Humane Society is quite possibly the best thing that has happened in my life. I started volunteering there over three years ago and felt the magic immediately. The staff and other volunteers are caring and there is a sense of pride and love that lingers in the air. I've never seen anybody working there without a smile on their face.
Not only are they helping hundreds of animals yearly, but they educate the public on humane education, responsible pet ownership, and others.
Five huge stars for this incredible rescue organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adoptions, customer service, happy families, great animals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

No changes.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned an incredible amount.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

AMAZING!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Valley Humane Society(VHS) in Pleasanton for about 7 years. I adopted my two current cats from VHS. They were so well assimilated to humans that they are friendly with almost everyone who visits us. VHS was voted the charity of the year about 3 years ago, by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

VHS is a dedicated group of individuals who are dedicated to saving animals and to improving human life through the animal/human bond. I highly recommend VHS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Too many ways to describe--but--I have been a board member, volunteer, and fundraiser. I have spent much time meeting the animals in Kitty City and Doggie Drive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization with people who are genuinely dedicated to saving animals and educating the community. The employees and volunteers of the organization offer a wealth of knowledge and advice to those who come in with questions/concerns. As a volunteer, I find my experiences there very rewarding and inspiring. It is truly refreshing to go from a corporate environment (on the weekdays) to a non-profit org that is driven by a common goal to improve animal welfare.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting advice about caring for my own pet. The people working at VHS has taught my a great deal about how to improve the environment for my cat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Organize. I think that higher efficiency can always be achieved through increased organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It has taught me great deal about animal welfare, as well as how much effort and support is required to maintain a no-kill shelter like the Valley Humane Society. It's also been very touching and inspirational to see so many people who genuinely care for animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I find it very rewarding to know that I am contributing my time to such a great organization, operated by a group of individuals who are genuine, honest, and truly care about animal welfare.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This shelter was amazing, it was a clean and friendly environemnt, unlike many other shelters. It was great to know that when I adopted a cat that it was up to date on all its vaccines,had been tested, spayed or neutered, and even has a microchip!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be proud of what we do!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How that cats wern't locked up in their kennels. They were out and able to play with eachother.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and knew the animals well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a bigger building and save more lives.

Ways to make it better...

I could adopt more kitties!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The small space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you are looking for a well socialized, healthy kitty this is the place to go!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I totally love this place. I already have too many pets as it is but I wanted to check it out cause I saw this super cute cat in the newspaper and couldn't resist just a peek. By the time I was able to visit the cat was already adopted. But it didn't really matter cause there were so many other awesome cats there. They had a cute little dog there too. I think it was a pug breed. My favorite part was how friendly the cats were. It almost seemed like they were in homes or something. Lots of purring. Then I met this young girl that works there and she was so into all the cats. So I kind of think that is why the cats are so happy. This girl and all the Volunteers that I saw were very genuinely caring towards the cats. It was really a cool experience. Now, if I can just convince my husband that we need another pet!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the animals. They were so happy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have too many pets! But seriously I would love it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how into the animals that staff member was, and all the Volunteers. It was great.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Like I said earlier, really into the animals. They really seemed to genuinely love them all.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a bigger building and expand and maybe have more space for the cats to run around. Or maybe have more dog. Not sure, I only saw one.

Ways to make it better...

My husband would let me adopt one of those cats!! Or that little dog!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably money. I use to Volunteer at a women's shelter at a church and we always needed money to pay our bills for electricity and food etc. Plus these cats probably need medicine and stuff. I bet they come in sick sometimes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Go visit!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

A clean, friendly, welcoming animal shelter. The animals are well taken care of and well-socialized. Our experience was lovely. We would recommend VHS very highly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the quality of the treatment of their animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be very happy there.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendly people and welcoming atmosphere. This is not a dirty, scary shelter. It is homey.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a great new building.

Ways to make it better...

I could have adopted more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they need more space in order to help more animals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are really wonderful. We would highly recommend them to anyone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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