Pet First Aid Workshop – Dates Announced for 2013

Would you know what to do if your dog or cat stopped breathing? What are the first steps you should take to help them make it to the vet? Your pet depends on you for his or her well-being. Come learn what you can do for them in an emergency, including recognizing and emergency situation, administering medications, performing CPR, and more. Minimum six attendees; maximum twelve. Hosted by American Safety Academy.

This program will be offered 4 times in 2013:

  • Sunday, February 17
  • Sunday, May 5
  • Sunday, August 11
  • Sunday, November 17

11 am – 2 pm
$50 per person/$40 active volunteers

Registration Information

Save the Date! Just Like New Valentine Crab Feed

Saturday, February 9, 2013
6-10 pm
Shannon Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin

$45 per person until January 19
$50 per person after January 19

All proceeds benefit Jackie Barnett’s Just Like New Fund to assist sick and injured pets in the Tri-Valley. Order your tickets today!

Black Cat Friday 2013


Today marked our second annual Black Cat Friday event. It was a thrilling day where dozens of community members came to visit our animals and where 12 cats found their forever homes. When our doors unlocked at noon, there was a line waiting outside. Some folks knew exactly who they wanted and went straight to that cat, while others spent the day with us, assuring they made the right decision.

Our goal of the event was to find homes for black or mostly black cats and also some kitties who really needed to get out of the shelter. Cats (older than 8 months) who had been at the shelter longer than 6 months were only $49.99, kittens (2-8 months old) who had been at the shelter longer than 6 months were $99.99, and cats (older than 8 months) who had been rescued and brought to our shelter within the last 3 months were $124.99.

Overall, it was a wonderful event and we look forward to next year.

Congratulations to Posey, Timmy & Sienna, Amber & Leif, Twizzler, Bert, Oscar, Heidi, Pebbles, Cody & Forrest on your forever homes!

Clearance tags for all of the cats.
Posey with her new mom.

Black Cat Friday

Come on down to Valley Humane Society on Black Friday, November 25 for Black Cat Friday. We will be adopting out our black cats for free in hopes they finally find good homes! Our other cats will have reduced adoption prices!
Check out the flyer here:

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Paws in the Park

We invite you to attend our First Annual Paws in the Park on Sunday, October 2nd from 1-4PM. This walk will be located at Lion’s Wayside Park in downtown Pleasanton.
Paws in the Park is a pledge- driven dog walk and community-wide animal celebration. It will feature agility demonstration, pet and health-themed merchandise and service, music, and dogs available for adoption. Paws in the Park is a fun-filled event for the whole family.
There are three ways that you can participate in our Paws in the PArk dog walk:
1) As an individual walker (with or without a dog!),
2) As part of a Dog Pack, or
3) As part of a Cat Walk
Click HERE to get started!
Once you register online, you will have access to many resources that will help you raise funds for Valley Humane Society including your own web page to post photos and messages to your supporters.
For a list of fundraising tips, click here.
For a copy of the pledge form, click here.
For more information, please contact the Event Chair, Lori at
Thank you!

Save Our Shelter, Events and Fundraisers

Hi everybody!
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.

Second, I wanted to let you all know of some upcoming fundraisers and events that you can participate in to help save Valley Humane Society.

Here is a list and please feel free to “Like” our VHS Facebook page by clicking here, for more current updates and events.

Electronic Waste Fundraiser
Saturday, August 6 9AM to 4PM
Concord High School
4200 Concord Blvd, Concord, 94521
Donate your e-waste and part of the proceeds go back to VHS!

TGI Fridays Fundraiser
Tuesday, August 9 & Thursday, August 11 11 AM to 12 AM
Pleasanton TGI Fridays
3999 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton 94566
Hand the waiter the TGI Fridays/VHS flyer when you pay and 20% of your bill will be donated back to VHS.

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Roundtable Pizza Fundraiser
Sunday, August 14 11AM-9PM & Thursday, August 18 4PM-9PM
Downtown Pleasanton Roundtable
530 Main Street, Pleasanton, 94566
Hand the waiter the Roundtable/VHS flyer when you pay and 25% of your bill will be donated back to VHS.

Animal Blessing
Sunday, August 28 3 PM
Methodist Church
4444 Black Ave, Pleasanton 94566
Have your animal blessed this special day and help support VHS and a local church.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Calendar Contest Voting August 4– August 31
Place your bets for the pets and vote online for the top 13 photos to be placed in a 2012 Valley Humane Society calendar. Votes are just $1 and ALL proceeds go directly to the orphaned animals of VHS.

Precision AutoRepair Donation Matching August 1-August 31
164-A Wyoming St, Pleasanton
Precision Auto Repair is matching all donations made to VHS during the month of August (up to a predetermined amount) by visiting their business.

Lia Sophia Fundraiser August 1– August 21​/vivianbrandt/how-to-purch​ase and type in “Gwyn Bailey”
Shop online at Lia Sophia and 10% of sales is donated back to VHS!

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon

By: Cheryl Palange

How much is that doggie in the window? This weekend, the answer was “nothing.” Thanks to the generosity of Dave and Cheryl Duffield of and who pledged $2 million to save 2,000 pets across more than 40 shelters in a single weekend, we were able to place 88 lucky kittens, cats and dogs in their new forever homes. Last year we placed 56 in two days, which we surpassed by four o’clock on day one this year.

Adoptions were free to families adopting animals during the event. Maddie’s Fund will pay each shelter or rescue group $500 for every dog/cat adopted. And to make sure no pet is left behind; $1000 will be given for every adoption of a senior or treatable pet and $1500 for every adoption of a senior pet with a medical condition. VHS anticipates receiving $45,000 from this year’s event.

The unseasonable June storm didn’t damper our spirits or enthusiasm on what turned out to be an incredible weekend to debut our beautiful, new facility to the public. VHS held adoptions at our new facility as well as at Stoneridge Mall with several other rescue groups. Rescue organizations with kittens, cats and dogs were located in the mall’s center court and proved to be at least as popular as Santa and his elves at the holiday.

The kittens were very popular and were scooped up quickly. Other notable rescues for the weekend include:

  • Phoebe – a senior kitty who was adopted from VHS about 5 years ago, but returned recently after losing her owner to cancer. Roberta lives on her own and had been looking for a kitty to keep her company for quite some time. Congratulations to Phoebe and Roberta… we wish them a lifetime of happiness together! You can read more of Phoebe’s story here.

  • Sarabi and Pumba – Rescued from the county shelter, our “Lion King” 1-year old Calico mom and 7 week old son were adopted together Sunday afternoon. We are always thrilled to see moms adopted, and more so when they get to go home with one of their babies.

  • Rosco – a striking 6-year old purebred Coon Hound who came to us from East County after escaping from his original home one time too many. This handsome guy was a center favorite because of his mellow personality and unmistakable howls. He went home Sunday with the Ricafuente family who pledged to give him plenty of room to roam and use that incredible nose.

  • Apollo- a 4 year old orange tabby who was long overdue for a home. When he was surrendered to us late October, we thought he would get adopted quickly due to his kind demeanor. As time kept moving forward, we were not sure why he was still here. During the Adoptathon, he waited patiently in a cardboard carry away box until his family came Sunday looking for a cat that fit his personality perfectly.

  • Pluto – a shy and sweet 6-month old poodle mix rescued from East County Animal Shelter a few months ago. This little guy was flea infested when we got him, but cleaned up beautifully in the care of our wonderful volunteers. Pluto was adopted by his foster mom, Kathy.

We couldn’t have done it without the nearly 150 volunteers who generously gave of their time to help the weekend run smoothly. Visit our Facebook page by clicking here. From the many greeters, runners, front office helpers, kitty city, doggie drive, adoption processors and everyone else who helped… thank you so much! This weekend would not have been the success it was without all of you.