Humane Society Silicon Valley

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A Leader in Animal Welfare: The World's First Model Shelter

Compassion, Community, and Service:
Enhancing Animal and Human Lives in Silicon Valley

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has been serving people and pets for over 90 years. Having facilitated more than half a million animal adoptions into permanent, loving homes, HSSV is leading the charge for animal welfare through their creative marketing techniques, community education programs, and effective homeless animal prevention strategies.

In 2017, HSSV became the first organization ever to meet the model shelter standard-of-care guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. They also opened the country’s first Animal Community Center in 2009 — a place where people can come together to learn about, engage with, and celebrate animals. More recently, premier animal-welfare endowment group Maddie’s Fund granted Humane Society Silicon Valley their newly created Maddie Hero Award, recognizing HSSV as an innovative leader in animal rescue.

A driving force in the communications and marketing of homeless animals and animal rescue, HSSV uses outside-the-box marketing techniques to showcase shelter-animal personalities, leveraging both individual pets and the shelter’s work at large. For example, their “Eddie the Terrible” campaign took a satirical approach to finding Eddie the Chihuahua a home. Eddie’s “terribleness” reached more than 5 million viewers when Good Morning America and Inside Edition picked up his story. Due to the “creative, innovative and counterintuitive tactics executed on behalf of all animals in Eddie’s position,” HSSV and “Eddie the Terrible” earned a Shorty Award for Best Social Good Campaign, beating out heavy hitters like AT&T and Jet Blue.

Another noteworthy example is the shelter’s “Meet the Chunknuggets” campaign, which earned a Communicator Award from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. This social media campaign showed foster puppies growing up, week by week. The campaign culminated in a video that showed the impact fostering homeless animals has, not only on the animals, but also on the people who take them into their homes.

Humane Society Silicon Valley also launched the Mutual Rescue initiative in early 2016. Mutual Rescue is an inspiring new national effort highlighting the life-changing power of human-animal relationships through an ongoing series of short films.

The Importance of Shelter Medicine

Shelter medicine is a new, specialized field within veterinary medicine that is focused on the care of homeless animals. Only a handful of veterinarians have completed residency programs in this area, and one such vet, Dr. Cristie Kamiya (say Kuh-ME-Uh), serves as Chief of Shelter Medicine at HSSV.

Managing the care of homeless animals in shelters is unique compared to managing care for animals in privately owned veterinary practices. Shelter medicine has emerged as a specialty in the veterinary field in order to elevate and promote a better quality of life for shelter animals, increasing shelters’ capabilities to save more lives more efficiently. Humane Society Silicon Valley believes shelter medicine is an integral part of the highest standard of shelter care, which is why the organization has prioritized its inclusion in their programs.

Innovative Animal-Care Services

With the goal of finding a home for every pet in Silicon Valley, HSSV delivers a broad range of services to the public. These services include:

* Pet Adoptions
* Free Spay/Neuter Services for Targeted Zip Codes
* Owner Surrender Services
* Volunteer Programs for Individuals
* Low-Cost Microchips and Vaccinations
* Pet Supply Store
* Training Classes for Dogs
* Humane Education Programs for Children and Teens

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PRESS RELEASE 10/19/21 New $10 Million Multi-Year Investment in HSSV from the Detkin Family
PRESS RELEASE 1/11/21 PetSmart Charities® Grants $16,000 to Humane Society Silicon Valley
PRESS RELEASE 7/30/20 Petco Foundation Grants $100,000 to Humane Society Silicon Valley
New Endowment Program Makes Enduring Commitment to People, Animals
PRESS RELEASE 4/9/19 HSSV President Authors Book About How Adopting Animals Transforms Human Lives
PRESS RELEASE 3/5/19 HSSV Vying for Finalist Spot in the 2019 Innovation Showdown
PRESS RELEASE 12/05/18 Help Save a Patient and a Homeless Pet in Just an Hour!
HSSV Awarded $200,000 Grant for Maddie’s® Executive Leader Fellowships
HSSV Announces "Paint a Better Future" Campaign Success
Petco Foundation Continues Its Support of Model Shelter
PRESS RELEASE 10/05/17 HSSV Meets BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards
HSSV Becomes the World’s First Model Shelter
PRESS RELEASE 07/20/17 Yahoo! Employee Foundation Gives Parting Gift to HSSV
Petco Foundation Invests $250k in HSSV
Pro Boxer Promotes Canine Spay/Neuter
PRESS RELEASE 02/24/17 HSSV Awarded Grant to Save Kitten Lives
HSSV An Acclaimed Animal Welfare Innovator

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