Since 1985, the Valley Humane Society has found homes for abandoned and stray cats and dogs. In January, the group found itself a new home at 3670 Nevada Street in east Pleasanton after searching for a larger facility for some time so that they could shelter more animals. The former location on Spring Street in downtown Pleasanton was too small to provide the kind of care and service they wanted.
"We now can house twice as many cats than at our old location," says Campaign Manager Melissa Adkins. "For the first time, we have a full exam room." The new location, though larger, is still not able to provide shelter for dogs that instead are sent to foster homes until adopted. "We hope to someday build a permanent building on our Nevada Street property that will have enough space for dogs," added Adkins.
The new shelter capacity comes just in time as spring and summer are known as "kitten season" at the shelter. "This is the time of year when litters of kittens are abundant and need homes," explains Adkins. "We are always looking for families to take in kittens and socialize them so that they grow to be good pets for adoption."
Valley Humane Society is a non-profit organization with a "no-kill" policy, dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals in the Tri-Valley and surrounding communities. The organization provides a safe and nurturing environment for homeless dogs and cats until they can be permanently placed into loving homes. The group spays or neuters animals in order to fulfill the organization's commitment to breaking the cycle of pet overpopulation.
There are many events and activities Valley Humane Society hosts for the purpose of adoption, educating the community and fundraising. For example, pet adoptions are held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pet Extreme at 4500 Arroyo Vista Drive in Livermore. They also conduct new volunteer orientation classes at the new Nevada Street location the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.
Fundraising events occur throughout the year. On May 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour, a self-guided tour through ten local gardens, will give participants an opportunity to pick up ideas for their yards. Each home on the tour is named for the owner's pet. The cost is $35 with proceeds to benefit the shelter.
On June 30, it's the Wiggle Waggle Dog Wash at the Nevada Street location from 12 noon to 4 p.m. where dogs can get a bath. Donations will be accepted.
Though the shelter is still in transition, staff hopes to open for regular business by early May. Hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.
In the meantime, learn more about Valley Humane Society by calling (925) 426-8656 or visiting the website at www.valleyhumane.org . You can view adoptable pets online, check the Wish List of needed items, and find out about upcoming events.
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