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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Veterinary Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To save and enhance lives - both two-legged and four-legged.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area and beyond

Programs: HSSV adopts rescued, abandoned and surrendered companion animals into new, loving homes.  Through our Regional Rescue, Behavior and Foster Programs, we collaborate with other shelters and rescue groups in Silicon Valley to save dogs and cats who are out of time, or need special medical and/or behavioral treatment to become adoptable.  These animals are cared for at HSSV's Animal Community Center until they are ready for a new home.  Oftern, animals who need a bit more time or need a quiet place to recover will stay in a foster home until a permanent home is found.  We also have a robust Lost/Found program and operate a behavioral helpline.  We invest our efforts in extensive behavioral assistance for people who might surrender their pets if we don't intervene.   Our goal in Adoptions and Placement services is to find homes for the animals we save, and to keep animals in homes, so they never see the inside of a shelter.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caroline S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in the Humane Society of Silicon Valley for several reasons. First off, it truly supports the welfare of animals. Secondly, whenever I am there, I have a smile on my face because of what a welcoming place it is. Last but not least, all the volunteers at HSSV are so dedicated and passionate about what they are doing. I fully support and believe in the mission of the HSSV an would choose this humane society out of any others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that through volunteering one can help elevate their community. My experience at HSSV was powerful in the sense that I felt the passion that everybody had for the animals and could connect with them. I am eager to continue to volunteer and help these great animals with other great people who have a passion like me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started off at the Humane Society to fulfill requirements for school, but almost immediately I fell in love with volunteering at it. It's been a wonderful experience being able to work with animals and help the students in the CIA program learn what the program has to offer! I can't wait until my next opportunity to volunteer here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student volunteer, it's hard to make the time to focus on both schoolwork and community service, but rearranging my schedule for the purpose of the Humane Society's Compassion in Action program was worth the effort. During the short amount of time I spent in this 8-session time, the message of the HSSV was clear. The team there is so compassionate and so loving, I felt welcomed and I couldn't wait to come back to see what more this shelter had to offer to the people and the animals. The facility was clean, the smiles on the staffs' and volunteers' faces were welcoming, and the animals in safe hands couldn't have made me feel happier for them. I cannot wait to come back soon to see how far those animals have progressed, thanks to the Humane Society of the Silicon Valley.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the HSSV for about a year and a half as a dog socializer and assistant to behavior staff. They have a fabulous training program to promote consistency in handling of dogs across all the volunteers, and although many dogs are adopted quite quickly, I have seen the incredible difference HSSV staff and volunteers can make working with an animal over time. One dog in particular went from 75 pounds of jumping up, dragging people on leash, overwhelming exuberance to a dog who could sit to be leashed, walk nicely, knew basic commands, and was a pleasure to be around. And it was all done with only positive reinforcement, and a dog with only positive associations with people. These folks take in overflow from other shelters, and dogs that need more work than other shelters can give (medical or behavioral), and love them till they can find their "forever homes." The facility itself is marvelous, with two dog parks (for big and little) and daycare, and summer camp programs, and lots of beautiful animals to visit. I love having "TLC a dog" as part of my volunteer duties!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for HSSV for 6 years. The staff and other volunteers are there to save and enhance lives, not only for the animal guests, but for people, too. With the new Animal Community Center in Milpitas, they are creating new bonds with people in the community. Because they have so many different volunteer opportunities, there's something for everyone. And the animals that are up for adoption are behavior and medically tested and microchipped. Come experience it for yourself.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen such a loving and well organized volunteer organization. I am a dog socializer with HSSV and from the very first day I felt the love and sincerity the team of employees and volunteers feel for the animals. The wonderful conditions the animals are kept in, cared for and how each person involved with this organization feels responsible for the animals. The dogs have individual rooms with music playing to calm them, clean quarters with food and a great deal of TLC. The cats have their own royal rooms with amply space and corners for them to feel comfortable. I am extremely impressed and honored to be a part of such a noble organization.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at HSSV. I have never seen an organization so committed to animal welfare. Our family has a personal experience to share. About 6 years ago we finally gave in to our 12 year old and agreed to adopt a pet. We went to HSSV and out of all the loving animals my daughter fell in love with a 9 year old mutt. She had her own story. She was at her third shelter and had not been considered adoptable by the other shelters because of her age. HSSV saved her from euthanasia by giving her a chance at their shelter. Our dog is now 15 years old and she has grown old with us. She walks slowly, sleeps most of the day, but she loves us with all her heart and we are glad that HSSV saved her for us.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These people are seriously dedicated to their mission - To Save and Enhance Lives! Positive spirit and enthusiasm are matched by their appreciation for their volunteers. As a volunteer dog socializer they provided training, resources, and flexibility to allow me to help these wonderful animals at my own pace, and on my own schedule. I've been able to make a difference in my community (four-legged, and two-legged), and I sincerely thank Humane Society Silicon Valley for that!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for HSSV for almost a year now. The physical shelter itself is what every shelter should strive to be: a community center. It's certified green and everything has been designed with the animals' happiness in mind. For example, the cats aren't cramped in little cages, but have huge rooms to explore and live in. I mentioned the facility first because I think it is representative of the organization as a whole: progressive, professional, and a leader in the community. While other shelters get by doing what they've always done, I truly feel that HSSV is always looking towards the future. The animal community and it's problems aren't static - they are constantly evolving. We need more animal welfare agencies like HSSV, who constantly innovate to stay in tune with what is going on in the community. The one thing I think HSSV should continue to improve is its live save rate, the percentage of orphaned animals who leave HSSV alive. Congratulations to HSSV staff for December 2009's highest live save rate of 91%. Now let's get it into the upper 90's, where an organization of HSSV's caliber should be. My wish is that this review inspires you to donate, support and volunteer for HSSV, and--as you should with any animal shelter--critically examine the organization's save rate and ask tough questions about it.