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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In my experiences with HSSV, the leadership has always been OUTSTANDING, and the current CEO, Carol, continues to handle her leadership and management role in the same outstanding manner as her predecessors. It is indeed unfortunate that some slanderous individual has attempted to belittle her performance by making totally untrue remarks on this web site. Such individuals only serve to denigrate the entire non-profit community, HHSV in particular, and serve no useful purpose at all. Keep us the good work Carol and make sure HSSV remains a world leader in the care and maintenance of stray and unwanted animals in the bay area.
We have been donating to this organization for a couple of years now because we are impressed with their whole approach to the treatment and placement of animals.
I have been nothing short of impressed by the caliber of the staff, programs, events and stewardship I have received through my association with HSSV. This is an organization that cares DEEPLY for the well-being of animals and to a person I can tell that the staff are part of this organization to make a difference. There are many animal welfare organizations that exist, and I support them to a lesser degree, but I have chosen to focus my giving specifically on HSSV because of the caliber of excellence that it represents. I encourage my friends, colleagues and even people I meet briefly to get to know HSSV and the staff and programs. Once you know them you will love them and you will want to support them in the vital work that they are doing to help save animal lives. During this holiday season I would STRONGLY encourage you to make a donation and support their important mission!
I am passionate about animals, but need to know that the organizations I support are also well-run and will steward my dollars well. Over the past several years, I have been impressed by the efficiency of HSSV's expenditures and the ratio that they spend on administrative costs. I feel good that the majority of my giving actually goes to programs, even though I know that administrative costs are necessary. I also am very impressed with the new facility and how welcoming it feels. It's QUIET there and the animals seem much less stressed out than at the older facility in Santa Clara. I love the education programs at HSSV and that snazzy Community Room that is rentable by corporations and groups. What an innovative way to invite the community into the center - and who knows!? When people come to the center, I'm sure more animals get adopted!
A good friend of mine recently told me about a wonderful experience her son had at HSSV. Her son's girlfriend had been so very upset for weeks because she felt she could no longer keep her 2 year old doberman mix because of issues at her apartment etc. etc. After exhausting all possibilities for finding another family to take her dog, they decided to give their dog up a certain animal shelter on the Peninsula. But they couldn't bring themselves to leave the dog at this particular shelter because the staff was not at all sympathetic, the staff was quite abrupt and very blunt in telling this couple that they would very likely not keep the dog more than a few days before putting it to sleep, and they weren't willing to study the dog for adoption suitability. So the couple brought the dog home, thank goodness! Fortunately the boy's mother, my good friend, found out what was going on and, because of her knowledge of HSSV through me, asked them "Why didn't you go to the Humane Society Silicon Valley?!?". They did the next day. Their experience could not have been better. The staff was courteous and compassionate and professional. This couple left feeling so very positive that HSSV would do everything possible to find their dog a new home and in the meantime, would make sure it was well cared for. They were finally at peace with their decision and could move on. But I am certain they will return to HSSV when the time is right for them to adopt a pet!
I am a supporter and part of their ambassador team. I've also donated towards their capital campaign. The facility itself is absolutely amazing. That aside, their staff, mission, and impact on the community is already making a huge difference since opening their new location in Milpitas. HSSV reaches ~1,000 students per month as part of their education outreach program. They teach compassion, tolerance and respect. As children learn these attributes, our broader society benefits long-term.
I have been a supporter since 1996. They are an organization that has really made a differnce for the animals in Santa Clara Valley. The new building in Milpitas is beautiful and I am impressed that not only have they improved the facility but also they have raised the bar for the care of the animals, my donation has made a difference in this organization. I read the stories about the animals like Katie and know that "I" helped them to save her life and find her a home!
Beautiful building for the animals! A fun place for family/friends to meet with their dogs in the doggie park! Wonderful educational programs for children of all ages. A MUST place to see and share.
These people are fantastic (especially Stephanie and Chris) and have an absolutely stunning new facility in Milpitas. Go down there and visit. You will be amazed.