Pet Therapy Dogs Take Active Role at East Bay Stand Down, Offer Solace to Homeless and Veterans
September 13, 2016—More than 400 people will experience the healing power of dogs at this year’s East Bay Stand Down event, thanks to Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy program. Members of the San Francisco Bay Area’s local homeless population and at-risk Veterans community will have a chance to interact with therapy teams on September 16 and 17 of the four-day event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
East Bay Stand Down organizes a variety of community groups biannually to provide needed services to homeless citizens and at-risk Veterans. This year’s pet therapy offering more than doubles the amount of individuals who will have access to the unconditional love and support that only a dog can provide. Taking the lead on coordinating therapy dog teams for 2016’s expanded program is Valley Humane Society volunteer Paul Wankle. Paul observed the need for expansion to better serve the large number of event participants during a previous volunteer experience at the event.
“Participating in East Bay Stand Down is an honor for me and my therapy dog, Buddy. I am proud to be associated with East Bay Stand Down since both of my parents served during World War II, with my mother being an early member of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) supporting our troops. As an active Canine Comfort Pet Therapy dog handler for Valley Humane Society, I have the pleasure of watching Buddy make a deep emotional impact on those he interacts with,” said Paul.
The effect dogs have on humans has received increasing attention, with countless research projects concluding dogs are great medicine for humans. Interacting with a dog has been proven to change a person’s brain chemistry by increasing chemicals like oxytocin, endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. The release of these chemicals has a direct effect on those suffering from a number of physiological and mental illnesses. “When I started working at Valley Humane Society, I was surprised how many doctors prescribed time at our facility cuddling with animals to their patients suffering from depression,” said Valley Humane Society Executive Director, Melanie Sadek.
Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy program boasts a roster of 200 therapy dog teams and an excellent reputation in pet therapy, thanks to a thorough screening process which requires background checks on handlers and annual veterinary check-ups for participating dogs. Canine Comfort teams visit locations all over the East Bay, including Veterans Affairs in Livermore where Valley Humane Society is the VA’s exclusive pet therapy provider.
Valley Humane Society Teams Up with NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 to Clear the Shelters
July 13, 2016—Valley Humane Society has teamed up with NBC Bay Area/KNTV and Telemundo 48/KSTS to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters second annual nationwide pet adoption drive. Valley Humane Society will offer the public fee-free adoptions on Saturday, July 23, as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to find new homes for homeless pets.
Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton, and will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on July 23. Standard adoption criteria apply. For more information and to view adoptable pets, please visit valleyhumane.org.
A full list of participating shelters is available at nbcbayarea/cleartheshelters.com. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ClearTheShelters or #DesocuparLosAlbergues. Event-themed Snapchat filters will be activated on July 23 and a real-time pet “Adoption Tracker” at ClearTheShelters.com will record the total number of pets that are adopted nationwide.
This year’s Clear the Shelters event comes after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in nearly 20,000 pets finding new homes through an unprecedented partnership between the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and hundreds of animals shelters located all across the country and in Puerto Rico. The nationwide day of action literally emptied dozens of animal shelters across the country and inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need.
FutureCATS Forecast Predicts Amazing Companions; Discounted Kitten Adoptions July 5-30
June 23, 2016—There’s a chance of love today at Valley Humane Society, your “Kitten Authority.” Current conditions show above average cuteness; adopt any kitten (up to 8 months old) from July 5-30, and receive a discount on adoption fees. Located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton, Valley Humane Society is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Kitten adoption fees will be discounted up to 75% off. Adopters can spin the weather wheel to reveal their discount. Fees for adult cat adoptions will be waived entirely. Tune in to our FutureCATS Forecast at valleyhumane.org to find out what’s coming your way! We predict amazing companions will develop out of these sweet and spunky kittens.
Standard adoption criteria apply; please allow one hour to complete the adoption process. All cats have been checked by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for FeLV/FIV, microchipped, and given appropriate vaccinations, dewormer and flea treatment. A cardboard carrier and goody bag including a sample of the animal’s current diet, coupons, and free introductory vet check go home with each kitten adoption.
To view available kittens, please visit valleyhumane.org/adoption/cats. Animals may not be placed “on hold.” Adoptions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified adopters. Additional information is available by calling Valley Humane Society at (925) 426-8656.
Love of Pets Lights the Night March 4
February 16, 2016—Pets illuminate our lives with their special brand of unconditional love and companionship. Light a candle for the animal friends who live in your heart or home at Valley Humane Society’s Tails at Twilight gala on March 4.
Celebration candles are just $25 each, and each jar will bear the name of a beloved pet, past or present. Candles will be used to create a sparkling atmosphere at the sold-out event, and will be available for pickup at Valley Humane Society starting March 8. Proceeds benefit the organization’s lifesaving animal welfare programs and life-enriching community services, such as Canine Comfort pet therapy, which offers therapeutic pet visitation to grieving children, veterans, Alzheimer’s patients, and more.
This is the second year for Tails at Twilight, which sold out within a month of opening ticket sales. Tails at Twilight is sponsored by Corporate Visions, Inc., First Tech Federal Credit Union, Pleasanton Weekly, Ogden Costa Creative Group, SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, Four Paws Veterinary Clinic, and Pet Food Express.
Visit valleyhumane.org to order your Celebration Candles today. Limit 10 per person.
Adults Only Cat Adoption Event Extended Through February 27
February 10, 2016—Cat lovers looking for the purrfect playmate now have extra time to find that special someone. Valley Humane Society’s cat adoption affaire, Adults Only, has been extended through Saturday, February 27. During the event, the adoption fee for cats 9 months and older is just $14 to qualified adopters.
Whether your heart desires a shy amore or a frisky playmate, you’ll find adults cats to be captivating companions. Just as playful, snuggly, or coy as kittens, adult cats make loyal and affectionate pets. Swing by and take a peek at Winks, or cuddle up to Coretta for a little catnip pillow talk.
All adoptable cats have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and given current vaccinations; take-home goodie bags include a fleece bed, catnip pillow, playthings, pet coupons, and—for humans—a certificate for one complimentary truffle at Gourmet Works in Pleasanton.
Trust your heart to someone a little more experienced this February! Adopt an adult cat today. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. Adoption hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Call (925) 426-8656 for more information or visit valleyhumane.org to view available animals.
Gifts of Home and Hope Brighten Futures; Holiday Giving
November 6, 2015—Among the trappings of the season lay the best gifts of all: shining opportunities to spread goodwill, share hope, and find peace in simple charity. Starting with Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015, Valley Humane Society is kicking off a month’s worth of giving programs to assist dogs and cats in our community.
Giving Tuesday (#givingtuesday) is a national day of giving created in response to the shopping flurry of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is Valley Humane Society’s first year participating, and the organization hopes to raise $6,000 to support their lifesaving rescue work.
Also beginning Tuesday, December 1 is Home for the Holidays, a month-long adoption campaign offering half-price adoption fees for adult animals. Standard adoption criteria apply, and animals are sent home with qualified adopters on a first-come, first-served basis. Having already sent home 38% more animals than in all of 2014, Valley Humane Society hopes to place an additional 50 animals into loving homes by the end of the year.
If a home seems too big a gift, stop by the adoption center and select an ornament from the Giving Tree. Each ornament bears an item from the animals’ wish list, and will help make their shelter stay that much merrier: toys, treats, and other supplies. Gifts can be wrapped (or not!) and placed under the tree. Too many tasks on the to-do list? Double your giving when you shop online through Amazon Smile! Select Valley Humane Society as your charitable organization of choice and each eligible purchase automatically results in a 5% donation.
To support existing pet guardians, AniMeals distributes dog and cat food to help low-income residents feed their animals, keeping them at home and out of the shelter. In December, Valley Pet Loss Center is sponsoring a pet food drive collecting new canned pet food and new or opened dry pet food at their offices in Livermore.
Their needs are simple, but the love they share is a priceless reward! Meet an adoptable animal at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. For more information on any of these programs, please visit valleyhumane.org or call (925) 426-8656. Valley Humane Society is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, but will be closed December 24-25.
Find Your Best Fit During Black Cat Friday Weekend, November 27-28
November 17, 2015—Scratch the shopping list and spend Black Friday (and Saturday) at Valley Humane Society picking out the perfect little black cat. Black Cat Friday Weekend runs November 27-28 from 10 am to 4 pm, and all black or mostly black cats go home fee-free to qualified adopters.
Black shoes, coats, dresses and handbags fly off the shelves, but black cats are often the last to be adopted. We don’t get it! They go with everything, and have vibrant personalities that suit any lifestyle. Valley Humane Society carries all sizes and can help you find the perfect fit for your family with our Meet Your Match survey.
Adoption fees will also be reduced on other styles of cats. All cats have been checked by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for FeLV/FIV, microchipped, and given appropriate vaccinations, dewormer and flea treatment. A cardboard carrier and a goody bag from Unleashed by Petco go home with each new pet. Standard adoption criteria apply, while “supplies” last. Stock up and save a life!
Adoptions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified adopters; animals may not be placed “on hold.” Please allow one hour to complete the adoption process. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. Call (925) 426-8656 for more information.
Discounted Cat Adoption Fees, November 10-21
November 6, 2015—Shrug off chilly mornings with the comfort and warmth of a fabulous feline lap warmer! With a veritable cornucopia of cats to choose from, Valley Humane Society is discounting adoption fees on all felines adopted from Tuesday, November 10 to Saturday, November 21. Located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton, Valley Humane Society is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Fall in love with one of our choice companions, then draw your discount from our basket of leaves – 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% off! Standard adoption criteria apply; please allow one hour to complete the adoption process. All cats have been checked by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for FeLV/FIV, microchipped, and given appropriate vaccinations, dewormer and flea treatment. A cardboard carrier and goody bag including a sample of the animal’s current diet, coupons, and free introductory vet check go home with each new pet.
To view available cats and kittens, please visit valleyhumane.org/adoption/cats. Animals may not be placed “on hold.” Adoptions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified adopters. Additional information is available by calling Valley Humane Society at (925) 426-8656.
Registration Open for 5th Annual Paws in the Park Charity Walk
July 21, 2015—Lace up your sneakers and leash up your dog for the Tri-Valley’s only animal festival! Paws in the Park is scheduled for Sunday, September 27 and registration is now open for the 5th annual charity walk. Activities begin at 10 am, the walk starts at 11 am. Then play, shop, and eat your way through the free, family-friendly celebration until 3 pm. Paws in the Park will be held at Amador Valley Community Park on Black Avenue in Pleasanton.
Sign up to walk at valleyhumane.org today. Invite your friends and family to join you in a “dog pack” and get a leg up on the fundraising competition! Proceeds from the event support the rescue, care, and adoption of local dogs and cats who have been abandoned or otherwise made homeless, and this year’s goal of $50,000 will significantly impact lifesaving efforts.
Registration fees are $25 for individuals, $40 per couple, and $10 for youth age 12 and under, and include a t-shirt and goody bag. “Virtual” walkers may register for $10, and youth who don’t wish to receive a t-shirt can walk for free. Starting your own dog pack is also free, and it’s a great way to have fun and support the cause as a group. Pick out your own pack name and stand out from the crowd with crazy hats or funny glasses. Paws in the Park makes a great teambuilding activity for employees and coworkers!
Everyone will find something to enjoy at the festival. Pet-friendly vendors, canine demonstrations like Frisbee dogs, and contests will delight pet guardians and their four-legged friends. Children’s activities, music, delicious food truck fare, adoptable rescue pets, and a beautiful park setting offer plenty to see and do for all ages.
Paws in the Park is presented by Pet Food Express and Pleasanton Weekly. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available, and applications for vendor booths are being accepted. Please contact Event Chair Lori Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cover Cats from Tip to Tail as a Kitty Caretaker
June 11, 2015—Young pet-lovers seeking the purrfect summer activity won’t want to miss Valley Humane Society’s Critter Camp! Starting June 22, Critter Camp offers fun, friendship, and rewarding animal interaction. There’s still time to register for the first session, Kitty Caretaker, an in-depth introduction to everything feline. Kitty Caretaker runs June 22-26 from 2-5 pm at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton.
Tailored to ages 12-15, Kitty Caretaker is a feline-focused camp covering cats from tip to tail. Through hands-on activities, campers learn shelter care and feeding procedures, explore cat behavior, and practice cat-socializing techniques to keep their feline friends happy and healthy. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to create an adoption campaign to help their favorite feline find a forever home.
Critter Camp offers three different week-long day camps in six sessions throughout the summer, emphasizing compassion, respect for life, and responsible pet care. Pet-loving youth ages 7-15 will interact with adoptable cats and find inspiration and education through games, art, and craft projects that influence a shelter pet’s chances of adoption. Visits from animal experts will cover a variety of topics such as veterinary work, animal control services, the environment, police K-9 units, and therapy dogs.
Critter Camp is $250 per child, per session, and includes a camp t-shirt. Sign up with a friend today and save $25 off the cost of both tuitions! Register online for Kitty Caretaker or other Critter Camp sessions, or call (925) 426-8656 for more information.
Tails at Twilight Gala Promises Night to Remember
March 12, 2015— Celebrate the special lives that have touched your heart during Tails at Twilight! Valley Humane Society’s gala benefit is set for Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6-11 pm, and will be held at the beautiful Bella Rosa center at Garré Vineyard and Winery, located at 7986 Tesla Road in Livermore. Tails at Twilight will be a memorable evening supporting local animal rescue, humane education, and community service efforts.
Dance and mingle with friends and animal lovers under a galaxy of celebration lanterns, each marked with the name of a beloved pet, past or present. Savor scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres, a full no-host bar, and an elegant sit-down dinner. Tickets are $100 per person until April 15, and $125 thereafter. Add one or more celebration lanterns for $25 each to recognize or remember a special pet. Dress to impress!
Live and silent auctions will offer an interesting array of enticements to raise funds for Valley Humane Society. Proceeds benefit the organization’s lifesaving animal welfare programs and life-enriching community services, such as Canine Comfort pet therapy, which offers therapeutic pet visitation to children with cancer, Alzheimer’s patients, autistic campers, and more.
Visit valleyhumane.org to reserve your tickets today. Tails at Twilight is sponsored by Pleasanton Weekly, Pet Food Express, Ogden Costa Creative Group, Wente Vineyards, and Four Paws Veterinary Clinic. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please call (925) 426-8656 for more information.
“Adults Only” Valentine Event, February 14-28
February 9, 2015—Looking for a committed, experienced partner who won’t crowd your space? Or would you prefer a frisky friend who likes toys…and won’t mind if you’re married? Visit Valley Humane Society and find your own very special valentine during Adults Only, a cat adoption affaire running February 14-28. Adoption fees are just $14 for adult cats, and each new pet will go home with a bag of playthings!
The captivating qualities of adult cats are sometimes overshadowed by kitten cuteness, but they can be just as playful, snuggly, or shy. Four-year-old Cara Meow is a perky Japanese bobtail mix who craves attention but follows her own heart. Handsome Dan comes on like a real ladies’ man, but the two-year-old black shorthair has a sensitive soul and gives his heart carefully. Whatever your desire, you’ll find them loyal and affectionate companions.
All adoptable cats have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and given current vaccinations; take-home goodie bags include toys, fleece bed, catnip pillow, coupons and—for humans—a certificate for one complimentary truffle at Gourmet Works in Pleasanton. Cats 9 months and older qualify for the promotion; standard adoption criteria apply.
Skip the games (unless it’s cat-and-mouse) and trust your heart to someone a little more experienced this Valentine’s Day! Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. Adoption hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Call (925) 426-8656 for more information or visit valleyhumane.org to view available animals.