I first became familiar with Humane Society Silicon Valley when I decided I needed to do something about the 25 scrawny and suffering feral cats living in my apartment complex and the many kittens they were producing every year. The Humane Society helped me with everything including a class on the TNR program, loaning me the traps, giving me trapping advice, doing the spay/neuter surgeries, microchips, vaccines and treatments - not to mention finding homes for all the kittens. Now the colony has stabilized at 5 healthy and robust adult cats which I care for and the program is working better than I ever imagined. I couldn't be happier with the help I received from HSSV. They really know what they are doing.
I have supported the Humane Society of Silicon Valley for the past many years and hope to continue my support. My concern is that less than 80% of expenses go to actual program activities and fundraising is over 14%. In addition, for a charity of this size, the CEO compensation is on the high side: 2.4 cents of every dollar go to the CEO. I hope future fundraising costs can be reduced and the CEO compensation be more in line with similar charities.
Review from CharityNavigator
HSSV euthanizes [kills] young, healthy animals in order to make room for animals that are more easily adopted. This new policy began under the current CEO, Carol Novello. This is nothing but bean counting at the expense of helpless animals. Under the previous CEO, Chris Benninger, animals were kept util adopted [except under extremely unusual circumstances, such as a dog that bites everyone who gets near]. Young, healthy animals were never killed for convenience, until Novello came on board. Now HSSV kills healthy young animals -- for Novello's bragging rights for having adopted out "X" number of animals.
Review from Guidestar
My girls took a six-month class there and they absolutely loved it. They have learned so much, from handling the kittens, to petting dogs, to making toys for the kittens, etc. They are so happy to go there. The staff is friendly, lets us know what they have done, and what to expect before each class (we receive an email). I am considering becoming a volunteer there myself! We will continue going next school year. It's great to see such amazing, selfless, dedicated staff and volunteers there.
Humane Society Silicon Valley's Animal Community Center is a beautiful facility for animals and people who love them. The leaders and board members of this organization are awesome -- dedicated, visionary, compassionate, innovative and great communicators. A true asset to the community.
My first experience with HSSV was in 2006, when I visited their old facility in hopes of adopting a dog. While my husband and I did not end up adopting my dog through HSSV but through another shelter, the staff were friendly, professional, and thorough in their advice. After we adopted our dog, we revisited HSSV to purchase new puppy supplies (based off their very helpful new puppy checklist) from their well-stocked pet store. What's great about their store is that all proceeds benefit the shelter, so your purchases are going back to helping more animals. I made a pet supplies donation last year when we moved and had the chance to visit the brand new facilities in Milpitas. I was very impressed with the care and attention that was put into the design! The building is bright, clean, and open. It was clear that the dogs, cats, and critters we saw were quite comfortable in their temporary homes. Overall, HSSV is a great local organization with staff and supporters that care deeply about the animals they serve.