Program areas at Humane Society Silicon Valley
Programs to save lives - adoption and animal care:-adoptions - facilitates adoptions by matching prospective pet owners with the right pet for their family, supplying information on pet care to ensure a successful adoption placement, and providing post adoption support to adopters. Adoptions take place at multiple locations, including the animal community center in milpitas and the petco neighborhood adoption center in west san jose. The organization provides several ongoing discounts to make adoption more affordable to members of the public, including:(see schedule o for continuation)--60+ discount offers half-priced adoption fees to adopters who are age 60 and older and adopt a senior pet.--veterans discount waives the adoption fee of one feline and/or canine within a six-month period for military personnel and veterans.--mommy & me pricing when adopting a mother cat, adopters can also take home one of her kittens at no additional cost.--felv+ cats (feline leukemia virus) positive cats have an adoption fee of $10.-behavior - performs behavior assessments on all shelter animals to assist with matching individual animals' needs with new families and determining when behavior modifications can help an animal's behavior improve in preparation for adoption. Assists the adoptions process by providing pre-adoption counseling to adopters considering adopting an animal with challenging behaviors. The behavior department also oversees the organization's kitten nursery, which housed and socialized nearly 200 under socialized kittens to increase theiradoptability in the year ended june 30, 2021.-animal care - furnishes food, exercise, training, care, enrichment and support for animals awaiting adoption.-intake - provides shelter for animals, including incoming stray animals brought in under contract with the city of sunnyvale. Assists in providing shelter services to other organizations impacted by local disasters. Offers pet surrender services to the public by appointment as well as pet retention and rehoming counseling. Provides end of life services for pets owned by members of the public.
Community programs for people and pets:- dog training provides obedience training focused on developing the human-canine bond with special attention on new adopters. Programs promote a positive, force-free philosophy to dog training. In the year ended june 30, 2021, over 1,000 participants attended approximately 180 classes.- pet store offers products and information in areas like nutrition, basic behavior and training tools, grooming, developmental toys, supplements, and other products. (see schedule o for continuation)- animal behavior counseling counseled just under 165 post-adoption and pre-surrender pet owners experiencing behavioral challenges with their pets in the year ended june 30, 2021. Support is provided via email, telephone and in person. The organization's team educates pet owners on behavior management and training options.- lost and found provides proactive services for people who have either lost a beloved pet or found an animal, including lost pet recovery counseling, lost and found tours, and other resources.- pet pantry provides dog food, cat food and other supplies at no charge to community members who cannot afford to feed their pets or homeless cat colonies.- temporary emergency pet boarding provides pet boarding for people looking to remove themselves from domestic violence situations or people experiencing homelessness who are hospitalized for medical treatment or rehabilitation.- wellness clinics are held monthly to provide spay/neuter and other wellness services to animals belonging to people experiencing homelessness in the community.- grief counseling offers, on a regular basis, a support group facilitated by a licensed marriage and family practitioner for people who have suffered the loss of a companion animal.- volunteer programs engages community members in a partnership to save and enhance the lives of animals. This partnership is achieved by including volunteers in nearly every aspect of the organization through a variety of volunteer positions. The volunteer board members serve as leaders in the organization, and volunteers also assist as animal socializers, adoption assistants, medical center assistants, foster parents, animal transporters, and special event coordinators.- education offers a variety of programs, including a virtual summer camp, virtual field trips, and a program for high school students to volunteer in a range of roles.
Programs to save lives - medical services:-hospital and triage - performs initial health exams, vaccinations, microchipping, and if needed, long-term medical care for all incoming adoptable shelter animals. Over 2,300 animals required medical treatment and rehabilitation by medical staff and fosters in the year ended june 30, 2021.-medical center clinic - provides low cost medical services to the public, including spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, disease testing, deworming, microchipping and other medical procedures. (see schedule o for continuation)-free spay and neuter services -- portia's targeted spay/neuter program provides free spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip services to pets of owners living in five targeted zip codes in order to decrease the numbers of unwanted animals entering shelters in santa clara county. This program is fulfilled at Humane Society Silicon Valley's medical center and through mobile clinics.-- the prevent unwanted pregnancies (pup) program allows members of the public to surrender healthy, unintended litters of puppies and kittens with no surrender fee, and the organization also spays or neuters the mother and father at no charge and returns them to the owners.-- homeless client services provided 85 spay/neuter and wellness services to the pets of people experiencing homelessness in the community in the year ended june 30, 2021.-- trap-neuter-return (tnr) services for community cats includes spay/neuter surgery, fvrcp (feline distemper combo) and rabies vaccinations, internal/external parasite treatment, an ear tip, and optional microchip and/or felv/fic combination testing.
Mutual rescuemutual rescue is a national initiative created by Humane Society Silicon Valley to change the conversation around animal welfare from "people or animals" to "people and animals." Mutual rescue brings stories about how shelter animals have changed the lives of people for the better to the world stage. It raises awareness that when people donate to a local animal shelter, they are helping to transform the lives of people in their community for the better through life-changing, human-animal relationships. It also drives engagement with local shelters throughout the country by promoting programs like doggy day out that benefit both animals and humans.programs to advance animal welfare: apprenticeships for knowledge transfer the organization, through the chief of medicine and staff, provided consultations for a range of organizations, from national education programs to local shelters across the country. Topics ranged from medical protocols and practices, to shelter processes and operations, covidrelated adaptations to programs and processes.