HSSV makes such an incredible difference in the lives of our special animals in need of security, love and a forever home. The Animal Community Center is amazing in its environmental design (earned the LEED's designation), attractiveness and comfort. The "guests" live in glassed and airy condos while they are with us. The organization and staff of HSSV are so incredibly professional and compassionate. The huge family of volunteers and foster care homes are so significant to the heart of the HSSV Mission. HSSV has incredible community outreach/educational programs including Camps that always have a wait list for the young people. HSSV is instrumental in helping and working with other shelters in the area to save lives and increase adoptions with great success. The medical facility and vets and staff are state of the art and so integral in saving so many precious lives. The Kitty Nursery is special and allows the needed extra care, love and attention that these babies at risk require. I am so very proud of the HSSV community and the many lives that are saved and enhanced--both human and animal--because of the incredible work of HSSV. I am honored to be on the Board of this outstanding organization.
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has formed a coalition of all shelters in Santa Clara County and together they have done extraordinary work in saving the lives of homeless animals. The HSSV staff, under the professional, caring leadership of Carol Novello, works tirelessly to improve and excel every day - everyone is on the same page with regard to the mission and it shows in the results. I couldn't be more proud to be associated with HSSV.
The allegation in the most recent post could not be farther from the truth. I have served on the HSSV board since 2008, when Chris was President, and I recently became board chair. I can attest to the fact that under Carol's leadership, HSSV is continuing the excellent lifesaving work that Chris began and is saving the lives of a great percentage of all animals than ever before. Sue Diekman
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I have served on HSSV's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the entirety of my high school career, with my service culminating in my role as board co-chair in my senior year. Before joining YAB, I had already held HSSV in high esteem, as it was the most notable animal shelter in my area, and I would frequently beg my parents to stop by and let me visit each of the cages. HSSV's move to the new Milpitas facility was certainly a dream come true not only for me, but for all involved with helping animals in the area...and of course, the animals who were, are, and will continue to experience the care of HSSV. Through my experience here, I wish to particularly highlight two aspects of this organization. Firstly, HSSV is a model for animal shelters everywhere in its resources and the genuine love HSSV staff and volunteers have for animals. From simply taking a tour around the facility, you can experience this for yourself. The dedication of the people here truly makes all the difference in the lives of the animals--from ensuring that every shelter guest gets individual attention and playtime, to ever keeping a watchful eye on the animals' health, and most of all, to never giving up on the search for the perfect home. Animals at HSSV stay as long as it takes to find new families right for them, and the foster care system provides important support as well. At HSSV, each happy ending is celebrated. Staff and volunteers are always rooting for each adoption. Secondly, I believe that one of HSSV's greatest treasures lies in its well-managed, thoughtfully conceived education programs. The education department was my guide in my years of involvement here, and I speak for every young person who has been in an education program at HSSV when I say that this humane society helps the community to grow in its stewardship, knowledge of, and love for animals. I have been involved in every educational program available for the teenage age group, including YAB, Compassion In Action (CIA), Amazing Animals summer camp junior volunteer counseling, and volunteering at other sessions for children and special events. YAB has given me a chance to lead other high school students and exercise our voice for animals at HSSV. CIA was community service for the HSSV animals, while making friends and hosting our own educational event. Summer camp counseling allowed me to take responsibility in helping animal-loving children learn and have fun, and re-live my own animal-centric childhood (that was a bonus). Volunteering in other events simply enabled me to offer my time to many worthwhile causes to sustain the organization, and be surrounded by animals too! Behind every activity in every session of every program lies meticulous planning, consideration, and care on behalf of the education department. Many people my age seek to help animals, and all of these programs provides opportunities to directly help the animals (such as making needed supplies), forge new friendship with peers with the same passion and drive, become empowered to educate others about the plight of homeless animals, and of course, playing with the animals! I have never seen a sad face in these programs, except when it comes time to leave. I will be forever grateful for the role HSSV has played in my life, as without it, I wholeheartedly believe that my senses of leadership and responsibility would not be as they are today. So is HSSV a "Great Nonprofit?" My answer is yes, and everything more. When it comes down to everything this organization does to impact both human and animal lives, the word "great" simply doesn't do it justice.
I have always had an interest in animals and in giving back to society, but with every organization I tried to join, I was told I was too young. When I came to know of the HSSV however, I was able to join their Compassion In Action program right away, subsequently volunteering at their summer camp for kids, and now being on their Youth Advisory Board for a year (and going into my next year). Not only are its facilities the cleanest I've ever seen, but it is the best place where so many animals can be taken care of at once. Furthermore, it has a variety of activities for everyone, allowing each and every one of us to find where our interest in giving (to animals) lies. I am a very proud member of the Humane Society and the extreme success that it is today.
I became involved with HSSV as a donor a few years back. My husband and I were favorably impressed with the staff and management and their dedication to improving the lives of the animals they serve.We consider our donations well directed to the care and adoption of wonderful pets and their potential owners and have a deep sense of pride in being able to support such a special organization.
I waited to get involved with a non-profit until I found one that I thought was exceptionally well-managed. When I was introduced to HSSV, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be involved with. The leadership and the staff are passionate, committed, and extremely competent. The new animal community center which HSSV opened in Milipitas is the best evidence of their efforts. It is truly a wonderful place for animals and for people to interact with animals in need. Come visit and have a look. I think you'll be impressed.
I have been a board member of HSSV for four years and can not say enough good things about the job they do. They are extremely well managed and very progressive/cutting edge in their approach to animal welfare and improving the human-animal bond. Their new animal community center will serve as a model for animal welfare organizations throughout the country. This organization is a board member's dream and one all bay area animal lovers should get behind and support.
The recently opened Animal Community Center sets a new standard for animal care in our country. It is an amazing "green" facility that provides so much for the community beyond being a great place to adopt a pet: you can play with your dog in the dog park, sign up for doggy day care, take advantage of the boarding and grooming services, or buy supplies at Whole Pet Foods. On top of that, HSSV has wonderful educational programs for children, does life-saving work helping feral cat colonies, and offers a number of services in their state of the art medical center.