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Adoption Inquiry Response

Thank you for submitting an Adoption Inquiry Form!

What’s Next?

Your form will be reviewed and one of our adoption counselors will be in touch to set up a phone interview. We are reviewing forms in the order they are received.

If approved, the adoption counselor will schedule a meet and greet with the animal, adopter and adoption counselor. All adoptions are currently by appointment only.

Review our Safe Adoption Guidelines to see how we’re handling our adoption appointments while adhering to Alameda County safety guidelines. Please remember that all visitors are required to wear a mask prior to entering the adoption center.

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Adoption Inquiry Form

Please answer the following questions to submit your interest in adopting a pet from Valley Humane Society. This information is a starting point for our conversation about the needs of a particular animal, and assists us in making an appropriate match between adopter and pet.

Potential adopters must be at least 18 years old and (if under 21) have a co-adopter age 21+ at the same residence.

Adopters 18-20 years of age must have a co-adopter age 21+ at same residence.



Please list each pet including the following information: Type/Age/Years in Family.

Please list each pet including the following information: Type/Age/Years in Family/What happened to this pet?


Primary and co-adopters ultimately bear the responsibility for the adopted animal's care and keeping, but frequently one family member assumes daily care. Who will that be?*

What do you estimate will be your annual cost to care for this animal?*

Where will the animal be kept during the day?*





Safe Adoption Guidelines

Here are the steps we are taking to continue serving the pets and people in our community during shelter-in-place, while adhering to social distancing recommendations and sanitation procedures to help prevent the spread of this virus.

The Shelter-in-Place Adoption Process

  • Animals that are available for adoption are posted on our website, and
  • Potential adopters should read the animal’s profile to determine if the pet would be a good fit and review steps on how to apply. Applications are specific to a single animal. Copy and paste the application URL from the animal’s profile or click here:
  • Once the application is received by Valley Humane staff, an adoption counselor will call the applicant for a phone interview.
    • After you submit your application, be ready to answer the call from Valley Humane.  Animals posted to the website are ready to go home and applicants are typically called the same day the application is received.
  • If approved, the adoption counselor will schedule an adoption appointment with the animal, adopter and adoption counselor.  Adoption appointments are typically scheduled within 24 hours of approving an application.
  • Adoptions are scheduled at staggered times throughout the day to minimize social interaction between each visiting family.
  • Before entering, all visitors are asked to take a 5-question health check and sign a household waiver acknowledging that they understand and agree that upon entering the premises of VHS, there exists a risk of injury or sickness due to infectious diseases, viruses or other harms, including, but not limited to COVID-19.
  • Visitors will be asked to wear masks while visiting the adoption center.
  • Once the adopters leave with the animal, the room and associated touch points are disinfected

Meet Your Match® Cat Adoptions

mym_logo_2009Introducing Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™, an adoption program for adult cats 9 months and older! MYM helps adopters fall in love with a cat that will be a good match for their personality and lifestyle. Each adult cat that comes to Valley Humane Society for adoption into a new family will undergo a short behavior assessment and be assigned one of nine Feline-alities. Adopters simply fill out a brief survey to quickly see which cats will be a good fit for their home.

If you’re planning a visit to VHS to adopt an adult cat, please download a copy of the Cat Adopter Survey and bring it with you. We will score your results at our front desk.

Of course, sometimes there’s no accounting for love… If you have your heart set on a kitty that doesn’t match your recommended Feline-ality, there’s still hope! Our adoption counselors can speak with you about what to expect in bringing that cat home and how you can provide the best experience for your new pet.

The MYM program was developed by the ASPCA® to increase the potential for successful, permanent placements of adopted cats. Find your match today!

The Feline-alities

 feline-1 private investigator

Private Investigator
I’m working undercover to keep an eye on you and your household. You may not even know you’re under surveillance. I can vanish into thin air if anyone or anything interferes with my investigation. If you need a cat who knows how to stay out of trouble and will always keep your secrets, I just might take your case.

 feline-2 secret admirer Secret Admirer
When it comes to relationships, I’m very level-headed. I don’t leap in paws first, if you know what I mean. But give me a little time, and then I’ll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the meantime, you may not see a lot of me – but I’ll be thinking of you.
 feline-3 love  bug Love Bug
Do you seek affection? I do! If you also like petting, purrs, and paws kneading your lap, I think we might have A LOT in common. I’m looking for “someone who enjoys quiet times and togetherness.” Could that someone be you?
 feline-4 the executive The Executive
I have to say, I’m a busy cat. First, I’ve got to check out what’s happening out the window. Next, I’ll see if any closets or cupboards need looking into. And then there are my naps – can’t be late for those. I can fit a little socializing into my schedule. Shall we plan on breakfast and dinner? I hope you like kibbles.
 feline-5 sidekick Sidekick
Like all sidekicks, I’m just plain good company. I like attention, and I also like my solitude. I don’t go looking for trouble but I’m no scaredy-cat, either. If you are looking for a steady companion to travel with you on the road of life, look no further.
 feline-6 personal assistant Personal Assistant
You’re working on the computer? Let me press the keys. Reading the paper? I’ll hold the pages down for you. Watching TV? I’ll just plop in your lap so you can pet me. I love an orderly household, don’t you? I’ll help you with all your chores, and I’ll help you relax when we’re done. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without me.
 feline-7 mvp MVP
I’m a savvy cat who knows the score. I’m pretty unflappable, too. I don’t mind entertaining myself, but a human companion at the other end of the couch and a nice scratch behind the ears always make my day. If you’re looking for a resourceful addition to your team, think about signing this Most Valuable Pussycat.
 feline-8 party animal Party Animal
I’m a cat on a mission: PARTY! I love to play and explore and test my limits. I’d love to play with you, but I can make a toy out of anything: pencils, post-it notes, potatoes. If you’re looking for some laughs and someone to liven up the party, think about inviting me.
 feline-9 leader of the band Leader of the Band
I’m a cat who does everything in a big way. I not only like to be in the middle of things – I like to lead the parade. I’m an adventurous cat, but I’ll still make plenty of time to show you my affectionate side. I’m the demonstrative type, you might say. Want a cat who’s brimming with confidence? That’s me.

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

Free Pet Adoptions May 30 and 31

mpad-logo-vert-smlJoin us the weekend of May 30-31, 2015 for Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, a nationwide adoption event to place all our cats and dogs in qualified homes. It’s all “Thanks to Maddie,” and the goal this year is to empty out to the whole place!

Free adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at the following locations and times:

Valley Humane Society • 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton (map)
Saturday, May 30 • 8 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 31 • 10 am – 4 pm

Stoneridge Mall • 1 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton (map)
Saturday, May 30  • 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 31 • 11 am – 5 pm

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Handsome Dan

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 fill out an adoption application ahead of time to speed the process. For more information about what to expect the day of the event, please read our Adoption Days FAQ sheet.

Available animals will be displayed online beginning one week prior to the event, and will indicate the location where the animal will be physically located. Online listings and locations will be kept as up-to-date as possible, but please understand there may be delays between the virtual and the actual.

Special Hours Prior to Event



VHS will have slightly altered hours the week leading up to the adoption event to accommodate the preparation involved:

Tuesday, May 26 • 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, May 27 • 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday, May 28 • 10 am – 2 pm
Friday, May 29 • CLOSED

About Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days

Thanks to Maddie, a sweet Miniature Schnauzer who brought her owners tremendous joy, the non-profit organization Maddie’s Fund® is proud to bring the 2015 Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, a free adoption event geared toward saving companion animals to Alameda County. Valley Humane Society, along with surrounding area shelters and rescue groups will come together at locations throughout our county for one goal: to empty the shelters over two days, May 30-15, 2015.

Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is a two-day, fee-waived collaborative effort of countless people trying to save the lives of shelter animals, and testament to what can be done when people come together and rally for a common cause. For each pet adopted, Maddie’s Fund gives participating shelters from $200 to $2,500. This funding enables the shelters and rescue groups to save and treat more animals throughout the year, all thanks to the love and inspiration of one little dog, Maddie.

For a complete list of adoption locations and to see the available pets, go to

For more informaiton on Maddie’s Fund® or Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, visit www.maddie’s

About Maddie’s Fund ®

Maddie’s Fund is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a start-up company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987-1997 and continues to inspire them today.

Since its creation in 2010, Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days has donated $24.6 million dollars to participating adoption groups and successfully rehomed a total of 31,819 dogs and cats across the country.

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Are you ready for a new pet? It’s a big commitment! At Valley Humane Society, our goal is to find a permanent home for each dog and cat in our care.

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Pet Adoption

Our goal is to find a permanent home for each dog and cat in our care. We start by using our knowledge of the animal’s individual needs and personality to make the best possible match with a new family. Then we stick around to provide support and counseling during your pet’s transition to its new home. View our currently available animals.

Animal Intake

At Valley Humane Society we strive to save as many lives as possible. In order to do so we accept animals from a mixure of sources. We prioritize rescuing animals in imminent risk of euthanasia from other rescue groups and our local County shelter. We are the only no-kill facility in the Tri-Valley region offering any private owner surrender of pets. All private surrender requests will be screened and we reserve the right to deny these requests based on certain circumstances. Acceptance of surrendered pets depends on available space, animal’s age, health & socialization. All owner surrendered animals will be placed on a 4-6 month waiting list. Once our wait list gets to a point of extreme length we will close it in order to fairly communicate our abilities to the public. At Valley Humane Society we reserve 10% of our kennel space & foster homes for geriatric & special needs animals. Once the 10% is filled we can not accept anymore animals of this description until a spot becomes available. Following these guidelines helps us to maximize our life saving capabilities.

Recent Adoptions

We have had a lot of great adoptions lately!
First, Sunset went home on the 26th. Sunset was a gorgeous kitty who was only in Kitty City a few days before she was swept up. Her new family was here at the center for quite some time before they knew Sunset was a perfect fit.

Then, Reggie was adopted! Reggie was rescued from Kings County Animal Services and brought to us by a rescue we work with. Like Sunset, he was only in Kitty City for about a day. His new family absolutely adores him. It is great to see.

Reggie was a favorite here and will be missed. He loved sleeping on his back and lounging in the sun.

Then, Bart was finally adopted! Bart was one of the “Simpsons” litter we rescued early in January. His mom was adopted right away and so was his sister Maggie. His foster family adopted Homer. Lisa and Bart stuck around at the shelter for a while though. It was very sad. We put them as Pet of the Week in the local papers and on our home page. Lisa was adopted after being seen in the newspaper, but Bart still stuck around. Finally, one of our staff member’s friends came in to meet him and fell absolutely in love. She swooped him up! His new name is Jib, and he lives with a cat. Congratulations Bart!

Lastly, Angus found his forever home. He now lives with two Black Labrador Retrievers who adore him. The three of them are best friends and it seems like they always will be. Congratulations to this awesome dog!
* For those that don’t know, Angus was a Labrador/Dachshund blend 🙂

Adoption Follow Up: Swiss

“Pounce de Leon (AKA Swiss) is absolutely wonderful! These pictures were taken shortly after Christmas. I’m still trying to get some action shots of Pounce leaping, jumping and charging around the house like a freight train but he is so fast that I get mostly a blur. Pounce is content to be held and cuddled, preferably soon after he wakes up. He has stopped consenting to being held upside down though.

John and I have acknowledged that “Cat Ownership” means that we are Pounce’s people, and we do notown Pounce. It is true that cats have staff, and only dogs are owned.

Pounce sleeps on my bed if he is ready to go to sleep when I am. Otherwise he sleeps on his tower – at least until I get up in the middle of the night and go get the sleepy cat to bring to my bed. One of his most active periods is from about 10:30pm to 1:30am and fortunately he is good at playing by himself with his toys either in the living room or upstairs in the computer room ( third bedroom). John gets up at 5:00am to go to work and Pounce will leave my bed to greet John for a belly rub and then come back to bed with me after John leaves. When Pounce decides it is time for us to get up he will literally pounce on the bed right beside my head. If that does not work, he pounces on me or on and off the bed. Most mornings he will mercifully let me sleep until 7:00am.

Pounce’s favorite toy is a green snake with a bulbous head, stretchy red “antlers” and a crimped tail. If you pull the tail out straight it vibrates as it contracts. Pounce’s favorite game is to have us nudge snake off the top step so it bounces all the way down the stairs. He runs to try to get it before it gets to the bottom. When he catches up with it he pushes it through the stairs to the underside of the staircase, usually at the bottom though sometimes a few steps higher. Then he dives under the stairs to get it and carries snake back up to us in his mouth.

Other times Pounce bats Snake around and them picks him up in his mouth. Then he throws his head back and tosses Snake high in the air. Pounce plays with a few other toys, the crunchy shiny foil-like balls are another favorite. He’ll play with the jingle ball and curly springs.

Pounce has been generally well behaved, clawing only his scratching devices. A squirt of water has discouraged him from pawing the window screen or pulling the computer mouse off the keyboard try by pulling the cord from the back. No question – he is a smart little devil.

I’m feeding him Premium Edge – Kitten. He eats well. Occasionally he gets flatulence – phew! It doesn’t seem to bother him at all – only us. He drinks water and his eliminations seem normal.

We have not taken him to the vet as he seems to be doing fine. Pounce does sometimes have a little coordination problem, usually when he is bursting with energy and racing around. Then he may jump up on a chair and not get his hind legs up and under him. Or he takes a corner too fast and runs into something. In these instances he just shakes it off and keeps going. The one thing that did cause us some concern: a few evenings ago he fell off the top of his tower. We did not see it happen but were in the room, heard the thud and he was lying on his side. We think he was stretching, maybe sleepy, and rolled off sideways over the lip of the platform. He showed no sign of discomfort as we ran hands over his ribs and hips afterward. He seemed a little dazed and that night he went straight to bed with me and did not do his nightly running around. He has seems to be very normal since. Had shown any signs of hurting or if I had felt anything wrong I would have gotten him to the vet immediately.

We have put a cushion on the floor beneath is tower in case he falls again. He has no trouble getting down from the tower when that is what he intends to do and the route he takes down is predictable. The mid-height platform would catch him if he rolls off the other side. (See the photo of him complaining about the noisy birds.)

I almost forgot – Pounce really enjoys the laser pointer. He keeps trying to find out where it is hiding when we turn it off. We are very careful to keep it away from his eyes.”

– Stephanie and John