Nike will give you a run for your money! Bounding with energy, the one-year-old rat terrier mix is on the fast track to a new home…it could be yours! Don’t wait for a signal – just do it. Visit Nike at Valley Humane Society (VHS) Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm and Sundays from 12 noon – 4 pm, 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. For more information please call (925) 426-8656. Be sure to cast your vote for cutest pet in our 2013 photo contest, Is Spot Hot…or Not?
Vote for your favorite pet today!
Show off the furry, feathered, freckled or scaled faces in your life with our 2013 Pet Photo Contest, Is Spot Hot…or Not? Whether your companion is decidedly dapper or happily homely, they are undoubtedly adored (and probably spoiled). All types of pets are welcome in this fun photo contest to spotlight our belief that every pet is loveable and worthy of love.
The entry period for this contest has ended, but you can still help a pet by voting!
Entry is free. There is an awesome prize package for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Share your entry with family and friends using the easy social media and email links on your pet’s profile page. Winners will be decided by public voting, so the more support you generate, the better your pet’s chance of winning!
Votes are $1 each, with a minimum donation of $5 (five votes). Votes can be split amongst entries or placed all on one, and even saved to apply later.
Contest begins Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 12:01 am. The photo entry period runs until Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12 noon, and the voting period ends Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm. See contest site for complete rules, prize package details, and entry information.
Two Local Businesswomen Appointed to VHS Board of Directors
December 6, 2013—Valley Humane Society (VHS) is pleased to announce that Elisabeth Au-Yeung and Gina Piper have been appointed as new members to the board of directors.
Ms. Au-Yeung is vice president of marketing at Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF), a leading Northern California-based CPA and business consulting firm. She looks forward to working with the VHS board to leverage her more than 17 years of experience directing global and domestic marketing departments in such high-caliber companies as KPMG LLP, Deloitte Consulting, and PeopleSoft, and “contribute to this wonderful organization.” Ms. Au-Yeung and her family have lived in the Valley for more than 10 years.
Ms. Piper is a successful realtor of more than 18 years and a Pleasanton native. She has served in multiple leadership roles, including President of the Valley Marketing Association, President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Director of the Bay East Association of Realtors, and Director of the California Association of Realtors. Ms. Piper is currently a member of the City of Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee, a board member of Pleasanton Rotary North, and creator of the local Facebook page “Living in Pleasanton.” Giving back to the community which has given her so much is important to her.
Ms. Au-Yeung and Ms. Piper join a board of well-respected Tri-Valley professionals and animal lovers, including Board Chair Pamela Ott, the City of Pleasanton’s Economic Development Director; Treasurer Scott Paull, Senior Vice President of global supply chain and corporate operations at KLA Tencor; Secretary Phillip Vermont, partner at Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos LLP; and Executive Committee Officer Lisa Hazlewood, Senior Manager of Human Resources at Equinix, Inc.
Feature Room Murals Celebrated November 6 with Artist’s Reception & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 31, 2013—Please join Valley Humane Society (VHS) and Tri-Valley city dignitaries for a formal ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 pm at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. The event marks the introduction of five newly-decorated animal feature rooms to the public, highlighting colorful murals coordinated by Carly Krakauer.
Krakauer arranged the project to beautify VHS, brightening the walls for both animals and visitors and encouraging a positive experience for pet adoption. Each mural represents one of the five cities served by VHS: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville. Krakauer’s efforts took over one year and more than 600 volunteer hours to complete, and will net her a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony is a reception to honor Carly and the local artists who contributed their time and talent to design and paint the murals, including Debbie Wardrope, Megan Parks-Haller, Yang Liu and Kathleen Hill.
Combined with an existing mural painted by Chikako in Kitty City, the feline adoption room, the newly-vibrant feature rooms complement the happy atmosphere found at VHS.
Animal Lover’s Holiday Boutique Set for November 2
September 19, 2013—The Animal Lover’s Boutique, which is located year-round in the lobby of Feline Medical Center (FMC), 3160 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, will hold their 14th Annual Holiday Sale for the Animals event on Saturday, November 2nd. Proceeds from the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. boutique will benefit Jackie Barnett’s Just Like New (JLN) Fund, a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets.
The one-day Holiday Sale will showcase a book-signing by local author, Fern Dahlstrom, of A Home For Charlie. Additional items will also be available during the Holiday Sale, including animal-themed and holiday gift items such as planters, garden art, wind chimes, ornaments, home and kitchen decor, purses, jewelry, greeting cards, handmade items and much more. “Stella and Dot” jewelry and unique pet-themed vendors will provide more shopping choices. For pampering your pet, browse the cat and dog toys and dishes while seeking opportunities to win several gift baskets.
The Just Like New Fund was founded in 1995 by Pleasanton animal advocate Jackie Barnett, who passed away in 2009. The fund, which now bears Jackie’s name, provides financial assistance to Tri-Valley residents who cannot afford emergency, lifesaving veterinary care for their pets. Since its beginning, the JLN Fund has helped save the lives of nearly 500 companion animals.
Today volunteers are continuing Jackie’s work. Volunteers raise money for the JLN Fund by making and selling catnip toys and other handmade items and by operating the Animal Lover’s Boutique at Feline Medical Center. Although FMC does not offer veterinary services on weekends, it is opening its lobby on Saturday, November 2 for the Holiday sales event. For more information, please contact Cindy Ferrin at (925) 323-8517.
VHS Volunteer Receives Red Cross Hero Award
September 10, 2013—Valley Humane Society (VHS) is pleased to announce that volunteer John Flotten will be honored by the Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross as a Community Service Hero. John’s work on behalf of VHS community programs recommends him as “one whose actions exemplify the spirit of heroism through courage, dedication, and character.”
Giving thousands of hours of his time each year, John coordinates VHS’s AniMeals and Canine Comfort Pet Therapy programs. Under his leadership, AniMeals, which distributes dog and cat food and animal supplies to eligible low-income families, has grown from distributing a few thousand pounds of food each year to more than 30,000 pounds annually. His efforts have allowed VHS to help hundreds of loving companions remain at home with their families and out of the county shelter system.
John oversees recertification for Canine Comfort dogs and handlers and forges relationships with new facilities, schedules therapy visitations, and mentors new teams. An active handler with his dog Miles, John has helped start visitations in local school districts and city libraries, allowing thousands of school-age children to improve their reading skills through the gentle companionship of dogs. John and Miles also visit the Veteran’s Affairs Health Care Center in Livermore and work with Hope Hospice to sharing the unconditional love unique to dogs with individuals facing death.
John has been a lifelong volunteer, jumping at the chance to educate school children about the business world, teaching computer skills at the local Senior Center, sitting on education boards, and coaching sports. Valley Humane Society is proud to have him working on our behalf.
The award ceremony will take place during the 13th Annual Heroes Recognition Breakfast on Friday, September 27 from 8-10 am at the Hilton Oakland Airport, One Hegenberger Road, Oakland. Community members are invited to attend the award ceremony in support of John and other honorees; tickets may be purchased at www.redcross.org/ACHeroes.
Teen Marketers Have Chance to Hone Skills, Help Animals
August 22, 2013—Possessing real-world experience in one’s desired field can make all the difference to a student in stiff competition for college admission. Valley Humane Society (VHS) announces a new program offering future marketers the chance to work with industry experts and hone their skills while helping animals and people in the community. The Teen Marketing Program kicks off September 9, 2013, and is limited to 20 students in each of three available sessions. Additional sessions begin December 2, 2013 and March 17, 2014.
Funded by a grant through the City of Pleasanton, the Teen Marketing Program is currently open only to Pleasanton high school juniors and seniors; there is no fee to participate. Marketing professionals will offer instruction and advice, which students will use to create and launch their own marketing campaigns to promote VHS animals, programs, and services. Campaigns will be featured in local media outlets.
Topics include graphic design, videography, social media outreach, and brand development, presented by experienced individuals from a range of both corporate and nonprofit environments: Robert Half International, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Ogden Costa Creative Group, Spring Street Studios.
Each session is comprised of twelve weekly 90-minute classes, plus 2 hours to be determined. Students interested in enrolling must commit to attending all meetings in the session to qualify for the program. In addition to hands-on marketing experience, participating students will earn 20 community service hours toward their high school civics graduation requirements. Please visit this page for class dates, downloadable application, and additional information.
Festival Makes Helping Animals a (Dog) Walk in the Park
August 1, 2013- It’s time to get moving and register for Paws in the Park, Valley Humane Society’s charity dog walk and animal festival! Scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2013, the 3rd annual Paws in the Park offers animal lovers a fun, dynamic, easy way to support the rescue, care, and adoption of Tri-Valley dogs and cats. The walk begins at 10 am at Amador Valley Community Park in Pleasanton, followed by a free, family-friendly community celebration until 4 pm.
Walkers are encouraged to register early at valleyhumane.org and get a good start on collecting donations to help the animals. Registration fees include a t-shirt and goody bag, and cost $25 for individuals, $40 for couples, and $10 for youth age 12 and under, ARF alumni dogs with guardian, and “virtual” walkers. Children age 12 and under who do not wish to receive a t-shirt may also register for free.
Collar your friends and family to create a dog pack for extra fun, and don’t forget to bring Fido! The team that raises the most money toward the $25,000 goal will be treated to a private Yappy Hour for 20 people at Valley Humane Society. Paws in the Park also makes a great teambuilding activity for employees and coworkers. Create or join a pack today!
Everyone is invited to enjoy the afternoon’s animal festival, featuring pet-friendly vendors, canine demonstrations like rally/obedience and Frisbee, performing dogs, pet contests, children’s activities, music, and fabulous gourmet food truck fare.
Paws in the Park is presented by Pet Food Express, NBC, Contra Costa Times, and 101.7 KKIQ. Additional sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths are still available; please contact Lori Rice at email@example.com for more information.
Free Cat and Dog Adoptions June 1 and 2 during Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days
May 16, 2013— Daisy dreams of undivided attention. Brisco wants active adopters. All the animals at Valley Humane Society (VHS) are hoping to go home during Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, June 1-2, 2013. All weekend long, cats and dogs will go home fee-free to qualified adopters. Located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton, VHS will be open Saturday, June 1 from 8 am to 6 pm and on Sunday, June 2 from 10 am to 6 pm in an effort to find a loving family for each animal in our care. VHS will also be performing adoptions at Stoneridge Mall from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday.
Animals will be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis during the event and may not be placed on “hold.” Standard adoption criteria apply. Potential adopters are encouraged to visit VHS ahead of time to fill out paperwork and have their adoption applications preapproved to speed the process. VHS will be open for adoption preapprovals Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 from 10 am to 6 pm, as well as Thursday, May 30 from 10 am to 2 pm, but is closed on Friday, May 31.
Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is being held to increase awareness of shelter animals, boost adoptions, and support local shelters. Now in its fourth year, the event has spread to more than 200 participating organizations in eight communities nationwide. Maddie’s Fund has set aside $4 million dollars to provide shelters and rescues with an adoption stipend ranging from $500 to $2,000 for each pet adopted during the event.
“VHS is grateful for this opportunity from Maddie’s Fund® to showcase the many wonderful dogs and cats that deserve loving homes,” said VHS executive director Melanie Sadek. “We would be thrilled to find our entire facility empty come Monday morning.” For more information, please visit www.valleyhumane.org or the Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days website at http://adopt.maddiesfund.org.
In preparation for the event, VHS is seeking individuals and families who would be willing to foster dogs in their home for approximately two weeks. Interested parties should contact Operations Manager Yayoi DaCosta at (925) 426-8656.
Temporary Foster Fomes Needed for “Springtime Six”
March 26, 2012— Six cats plucked from a crowded hoarding situation are counting on VHS to cultivate a brighter future for them this spring. Yet with the possibility of a viral infection overshadowing that future, VHS is asking for the community’s help to make sure the “Springtime Six” have a chance to blossom.
VHS is looking for individuals and families willing to foster one of these special cats in their homes for approximately one month, while they complete testing for the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) virus. Spread primarily through contact with infected saliva, FeLV is not transferrable to dogs or humans, but potential fosters should have no other cats. As potential carriers of FeLV, the Springtime Six must be kept separate from all other cats, including each other, during the testing phase. Holding six cats for that length of time in separate quarters at VHS would burden the facility’s space availability and send rescue operations into hibernation.
Ordinarily Sunny, Ribbons, Ruffles, and their former housemates would have no trouble finding new homes; adorable and engaging, their attention-seeking antics would attract adopters like bees to a flower. Should they be diagnosed as FeLV-positive, however, they could only be adopted to homes with other FeLV-positive cats or no other cats, and would have to be kept indoors to prevent transmission of the disease to neighborhood cats.
Families and individuals with room in their heart and homes to foster one of the Springtime Six for a one-month period should contact VHS at (925) 426-8656. All necessary training and supplies will be provided. Fosters may be asked to transport animals to and from VHS periodically as needed for testing and/or vet exams.
March 30, 2012 – UPDATE – The Springtime Six have all been placed! Thank you to our media friends who helped spread the word, and to everyone who stepped forward to assist. If you are still interested in helping to save the life of an animal by fostering a dog or cat, please sign up for our Foster Families Workshop.
Join VHS on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Amador Valley Community Park in Pleasanton for the 3rd annual Paws in the Park, a charity dog walk and animal festival benefiting our animal rescue and community programs. Walk with or without your dog, form a “dog pack” with family and friends for added inspiration, even participate virtually. Paws in the Park also offers a great teambuilding experience, as well as sponsorship opportunities.
Enjoy canine demos like flyball and nose work during the festival. Browse pet-themed vendors, buy a raffle ticket, eat at one of the yummy food trucks, and be sure to enter one of our pet contests! Paws in the Park is fun for the whole family.
Registration fees include a t-shirt and goody bag, and costs $25 for individuals, $40 for couples, and $10 for youth age 12 and under, ARF alumni dogs with guardian, and “virtual” walkers. Children age 12 and under who do not wish to receive a t-shirt may register for free.
Take it a step further by forming a “dog pack” with your family and friends! The pack that raises the most money towards our $25,000 goal will be treated to a private Yappy Hour for 20 people at Valley Humane Society.
Register to walk today!
2013 PRESENTING SPONSORS
Cinema Series at Wente Formula
Enjoy a family evening under the stars this summer with The Cinema at Wente Vineyards. Dine at the Reel Classics Cafe, where casual offerings are served outdoors on our terraced lawn, or make reservations in The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. All dining options are available before the start of feature presentation. All movies are complimentary and begin at Twilight. Come early and enjoy music performed by various winners of Livermore’s Got Talent competition. Cafe and seating open at 6:30pm!
- Wizard of Oz 6/30 Costume Contest and Humane Society Pet Adoption
Tiantian Lan (Viola) 7:30 performance. 18 and over 1st place winner of Livermore’s Got Talent.
- Young Frankenstein 7/28
Belinda & Virginia Yan, Gu-zheng music (Chinese harp) 7:30 performance. 17 and younger 1st place winner of Livermore’s Got Talent.
- Dirty Dancing 8/25
Ryan Flynn – Flamenco guitar 7:30 performance. Text Vote winner of Livermore’s Got Talent.
VHS Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour Will Benefit Homeless Animals
The sixth annual “Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour,” a fund-raiser for Valley Humane Society, will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
The event features a self-guided tour that will take participants to 10 unique and outstanding gardens at private homes in Pleasanton. The tour provides an excellent opportunity to gain ideas and inspirations for garden designs, fountains, flower and shrub combinations, decks, patios, gazebos, outdoor kitchens — and more.
Television personality Buzz Bertolero, the “dirt gardener,” will be on hand at one of the tour locations to chat and answer gardening questions.
Non-refundable tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online at www.valleyhumane.org and at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton. Cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at VHS. Tickets are also available at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore; Armstrong Garden Center, 7360 San Ramon Road, Dublin; and the following Pleasanton locations: Murphy’s Paw, 410 Main Street; Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street; The Wine Steward, 641 Main Street; and Western Garden Nursery, 2756 Vineyard Avenue.
Garage Sale for the Animals
Valley Humane Society will hold a fundraising Garage Sale for the Animals on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3229 Curtis Circle, Pleasanton (in Parkside near the Pleasanton Sports Park). All proceeds will benefit Valley Humane Society’s building campaign and animal care programs. The two-day sale will feature a wide variety of donated items including furniture, small appliances, home decor, housewares, linens, books, jewelry, toys, sports equipment, and gently used children’s and adult’s clothing. We also have a well-maintained and very clean Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator, as well as a stereo system and computer equipment. For more information contact Vicki Zeigler, garage sale chairperson, at (925) 872-7668; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Fling- Animal Lover’s Boutique
A special one day boutique featuring gifts for pets and the people who love them, will be held at Feline Medical Center (3160 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton). Proceeds will benefit Jackie Barnett’s Just Like New Fund, a VHS program that provides financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford emergency life-saving veterinary care for their pets. The Animal Lover’s Boutique which is located year-round in the FMC lobby will be expanded for this special Saturday event that will showcase new items for spring and Mother’s Day including animal themed garden art, wind chimes, scarves, handbags, and much, much more. The Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 17th from 10AM-4PM.
Pet First Aid Fundraiser
The American Safety Academy is hosting four different ‘Pet First Aid’ sessions at their Dublin location late February. The sessions costs $50 and all of the proceeds benefit Valley Humane Society. You can reserve your spot in one of these classes at 1.877.380.4CPR. The two dates offered are February 26 and February 27.
6500 Dublin Boulevard, Suite 100 Dublin, CA 94568
The course will cover topics such as recognizing an emergency, performing CPR and first aid, treating common illnesses or poisoning, administering medications, stocking a first aid kit and more!
Pet Food Express Dog Wash Fundraiser
Throughout the whole month of January, Pet Food Express hosted a ‘Pet Bath’ Fundraiser. Anybody who visited the Pleasanton store anytime in January and purchased tokens for a dog bath, all of the proceeds went directly to Valley Humane Society. The tokens could be used at anytime, not just January, which was the best part! Pet Food Express is located on 1737 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.
After taking time to tally up all of the monetary donations, the event raised $7,950.
Here is an update for the Top 15 (currently) in the Calendar Contest! 1. Photo 15 Sydney (590 votes) 2. Photo 14 Dublin & Zoe (431 votes) 3. Photo 18 Buddy C (420 votes) 4. Photo 67 Mocha (336 votes) 5. Photo 16 Buddy W. (305 votes) 6. Photo 58 Buddy A. (215 votes) 7. Photo 29 Martini (181 votes) 8. Photo 36 Alfie (146 votes) 9. Photo 60 Lucy (130 votes) 10. Photo 31 Bichette (121 votes) 12. Photo 12 Three Brothers (110 votes) 12. Photo 13 Moses (110 votes) 13. Photo 19 Betty & Wilma (105 votes) 14. Photo 27 Licorice (85 votes) 15. Photo 15 Cookie (78 votes) Total votes: 4169 Keep voting folks! The contest doesn’t end for another 10 days! http://www.valleyhumane.org/index.php?s=contest
Here is an update for the Top 15 (currently) in the Calendar Contest!
1. Photo 15 Sydney (590 votes)
2. Photo 14 Dublin & Zoe (431 votes)
3. Photo 18 Buddy C (420 votes)
4. Photo 67 Mocha (336 votes)
5. Photo 16 Buddy W. (305 votes)
6. Photo 58 Buddy A. (215 votes)
7. Photo 29 Martini (181 votes)
8. Photo 36 Alfie (146 votes)
9. Photo 60 Lucy (130 votes)
10. Photo 31 Bichette (121 votes)
12. Photo 12 Three Brothers (110 votes)
12. Photo 13 Moses (110 votes)
13. Photo 19 Betty & Wilma (105 votes)
14. Photo 27 Licorice (85 votes)
15. Photo 15 Cookie (78 votes)
Total votes: 4169
Keep voting folks! The contest doesn’t end for another 10 days!
As you may have heard, VHS is in a tough spot right now financially, and we risk closing!
First off, thank you to those who have already donated to help “Save our Shelter”. Your dedication and support is extremely appreciated.
Wanna Make Your Pet a Star?
Submit photos of your favorite companion from
July 1, 2011 through July 22, 2011 and enter your cute pet into our 2011 Calendar Contest!
Photos may be submitted to Melissa at VHS via email to email@example.com
or mail them to
VHS Calendar Contest, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Each submission is $15. (please note: not all photos submitted make it into the top 50 for voting)
- No cell phone photos are accepted.
- No people in photos.
All companion animal photos are welcome: dogs, cats, birds, pigs, reptiles, etc.
Online public voting for the Top 50 photos will begin at midnight on August 4, 2011 and end at midnight on August 31, 2011.
Calendars will be available for purchase in November.
All proceeds from the calendar contest benefit the homeless pets of Valley Humane Society. Give us a call for more information at 925.426.8656.
Jell-o was adopted today!
TOP 13 PHOTOS:
1. Photo 47 Sweetpea-1312 votes
2. Photo 7 Cookie- 1300 votes
3. Photo 40 Jordie- 1173 votes
4. Photo 45 Buddy- 1162 votes
5. Photo 14 Mac- 1122 votes
6. Photo 6 Socrates- 900 votes
7. Photo 3 Mo- 862 votes
8. Photo 37 Chesney- 825 votes
9. Photo 35 Daisey- 802 votes
10. Photo 22 Roxy- 742 votes
11. Photo 36 Dante- 705 votes
12. Photo 23 Wanda- 646 votes
13. Photo 26 Izzy- 636 votes
14. Photo 29 Huey with 550 votes
15. Photo 13 Tigger Atop Potekke with 541 votes
16. Photo 21 Kris with 500 votes
The final voting tally will be posted tomorrow, but we raised over 16,000 dollars!