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Giving Tuesday Now

We invite you to join us in celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow, a global initiative of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Make your gift today.

From the beginning, Valley Humane Society has remained true to our mission of creating a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening their shared bond with people. Your support during this special day of giving will help ensure that the work you are passionate about bringing to the community, continues:

Adoption Continues

Even as we scrambled to meet shelter-in-place guidelines, we recognized that the work of rescue could not continue if the flow of animals into loving homes ceased. So, while reducing staff presence and sending our four-legged charges into foster care, we also sought a way to safely conduct adoptions. As result, more than 80 dogs and cats have joined forever families since March 17.

Rescue Continues

With animals being adopted at the usual pace, we have room to rescue! Our team brings in new dogs, cats, kittens and puppies every week from municipal shelters. Those with special medical needs are cared for in our facility, while others head to foster caregivers. This is especially important as kitten season begins…we already have more than 3 dozen thriving in our care!

Education Continues

Distance learning is challenging for kids and parents. We immediately launched online videos featuring our Canine Comfort pet therapy dogs so students could maintain their hard-won reading fluency with anytime, at-home Paws to Read sessions direct from our YouTube channel. NBC Bay Area recently featured this program on the evening news.

Healing Continues

Isolation is tough for all of us (yes, even cats!). For those already living apart from family, it can be even lonelier. We created a “A Moment of Comfort” videos to connect our Canine Comfort pet therapy teams with individuals in high-risk living situations who rely upon the teams’ regular visits to fill their lives with joy and companionship.

Outreach Continues

Struggling to pay the bills can mean struggling feed yourself and your pets. AniMeals pet food pantry exists to meet this very need. Valley Humane Society is working through community food banks to distribute dog and cat meals to those who need help…so pets can stay in the loving arms of their family, and out of shelters.

These are just some of the essential services you can provide to the community through Valley Humane Society. Your donation will help save and enrich the lives of animals and people during this crisis, and beyond. Together, let’s continue to meet the need!

Make Your Gift Today

  • Donate online now.
  • Use the Venmo payment app @valleyhumane-society.
  • Mail a check to Valley Humane Society at 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 with Giving Tuesday Now on the memo line.
  • PayPal users can select Valley Humane Society from the PayPal Giving Fund at PayPal Giving Fund.

Tips for Change To-Go

Each year you support some great local restaurants while raising funds for animal rescue during Tips for Change! This year we’re offering two locations on different Mondays in May with pre-orders by phone and web for takeout only. 10% of sales will be donated to Valley Humane Society by participating restaurants, along with 100% of any tips you leave.

See below for pickup times and ordering information. Tips can be left any time with an online donation or to @valleyhumane-society using the Venmo payment app.

Monday, May 4

Gianni’s Italian Bistro
Order Pickup: 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Order online or by phone at (925) 820-6969
Orders Due By: Saturday, May 2

Join us for a very special takeout event at Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon on Monday, May 4, 2020! Order in a delectable meal full of authentic Italian dishes with a creative twist of California freshness; the evening is dedicated to support Valley Humane Society.

Please place your orders by Saturday, May 2 ahead of the Monday event to ensure participation. Gianni’s is located at 2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583.

Call the restaurant today at 925.820.6969 or go to their website to place your order!

Tip with an online donation or using the Venmo payment app to @valleyhumane-society

Monday, May 11

Order Pickup: 11 am – 2 pm and 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Order by phone at (925) 399-6789
Orders Due By: Sunday, May 10 (limited same-day orders available)

Join us for a very special takeout event at Sidetrack in downtown Pleasanton on Monday, May 11, 2020! Order lunch or dinner from a delicious menu; the day is dedicated to support Valley Humane Society.

Please place your orders by Sunday, May 10 to ensure participation in the event.  Sidetrack may be able to accommodate some same day orders. Sidetrack is located in downtown Pleasanton at 30 W Angela St.

Call the restaurant to order your meal at 925-399-6789 and view their online menu here.

Tip with an online donation or using the Venmo payment app to @valleyhumane-society

AniMeals Pet Food Pantry

Valley Humane Society’s AniMeals program assists low-income pet guardians in keeping their beloved animals at home. Donated dog and cat food is redistributed within in the community through partner organizations such as food banks. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food in any brand, even opened or expired are accepted. During this time of shelter-in-place, which may limit people’s ability to deliver items, monetary donations directed to the AniMeals program will be used to purchase food.

How to Help

  • Order online from pet supply outlets and have it delivered straight to Valley Humane Society! Our adoption center is located at at 3670 Nevada St, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
  • Make a monetary donation to the program online, or to @valleyhumane-society using the Venmo payment app, that can be used to purchase food at wholesale.
  • Leave pet food donations at the rear entrance of the building if it’s not raining. Unfortunately our adoption center is closed to the public at this time, but staff is present and will collect donations regularly.

Distribution Locations

In Pleasanton:
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 3 pm

In Livermore:
Livermore Community Center
4444 East Avenue
Every Wednesday from 1 – 3 pm


Coronavirus Information

Updated June 1, 2020

To ensure our community’s safety, Valley Humane Society remains closed to walk-ins at this time.

Pet adoptions are being conducted by appointment only. To adopt a dog or cat, please review our safe adoption guidelines and inquire about an animal using their profile link, emailing, or calling (925) 426-8656.

Donations are accepted. Please check our wishlist online to find out which items are needed or not currently accepted. Physical items may be left outside the rear entrance between 8 am and 7 pm daily in the box marked for that purpose. Please do not ring the doorbell for donation drop-offs.

May 19, 2020

During COVID-19, spay and neuter surgeries across the country have been put on hold to allow human healthcare to take priority for surgical supplies. Due to this restriction, Valley Humane is prioritizing the spay and neuter of adult animals, and adopting out some unaltered puppies and kittens. Adopters will be required to work with Valley Humane to schedule spay and neuter appointments once the surgery restriction is lifted and due to this we will only be accepting applications from local adopters for unaltered pets. The cost for spay/neuter is still included as part of the adoption fee.

For more information on the adoption process during COVID-19: Safe Adoption Guidelines

April 29, 2020

Here are the latest CDC guidelines for pet guardians during COVID-19 :

  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside your household.
  • Keeps cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other people or animals.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least six feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

If you or a member of your family are sick with COVID-19, the CDC recommends doing your best to restrict contact with your pets, just like you would do with people. It also suggests the following:

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

As of now, the CDC says that there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading COVID-19 in the U.S.

For more information from the CDC regarding pets and COVID-19 please visit

March 25, 2020

Yesterday our Executive Director, Melanie Sadek, joined Senator Steve Glazer and other animal welfare professionals, on the Senator’s 7th Coronavirus Town Hall to discuss pets and COVID-19. Learn more about how shelters are operating during this crisis, options for safe exercising with pets, and updating your preparedness plan should you be unable to care for your own pets.

To listen:

March 23, 2020

We are thankful that Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, deemed ACO’s, humane officers and workers at animal care facilities essential. This will help ensure continued support for California’s animals and communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

March 16, 2020

With today’s order for Alameda County to shelter-in-place, Valley Humane Society is effectively closed until further notice. We will continue checking email ( and telephone messages during this time. Please continue reaching out to us, even about pet adoption. All our Humane Education and Canine Comfort activities have been cancelled until further notice, and we are delaying the start of our summer Critter Camp registration until April 15, when we will hopefully know more about the progress of the Coronavirus outbreak. We ask for your patience as we shift to a remote work model; some communications, such as postcards and printed gift acknowledgments, may experience a delay (though you may still receive our April fundraising letter, which was written and printed some time ago). Rest assured all the animals will continue to be cared for. We will address each inquiry in the timeliest manner possible, and we are out here working to serve our community just as always.

March 12, 2020

Among concerns about the coronavirus, many people are wondering how the virus affects animals. Valley Humane Society wants the public to be aware that, according to the AmericanVeterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as well as infectious disease experts such those at the CDC and WHO, there is currently no evidence that pet dogs and cats can spread COVID-19 to humans.

As a nonprofit organization that provides valuable services to a variety of human and animal populations, Valley Humane Society is tracking the situation in an effort to stay up-to-date on developments. The organization recognizes the careful balance needed to continue critical services while remaining sensitive toward the needs of volunteers, staff, and other constituents.

The public can assist with this effort by limiting visits to the adoption center unless they intend to adopt a dog or cat. Valley Humane Society is closely following recommendations issued by the City of Pleasanton and Alameda County, and will remain open as long as non-essential travel is permitted. The organization has increased its already stringent cleaning protocol in an effort to protect guests and team members. Anyone feeling sick is asked to remain at home, and those in high-risk populations are encouraged to limit their exposure through self-quarantine.

Symptoms of coronavirus are usually mild and can begin gradually. They include:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea

Even though people can’t contract COVID-19 from pets, washing hands is always recommended before and after interacting with animals, since there are other diseases animals can spread to people (and people can also spread diseases to animals). Frequent hand washing is currently recommended to prevent contracting the coronavirus. Please visit for a full list of recommended protective actions. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed.

Those planning to self-quarantine should arrange to accommodate their pet’s needs as well, whether that means food, medication, or other supplies. It also recommended for pet owners identify someone who can take care of their animal in case they become unable to do it themselves. More information on being prepared for emergencies with your pet can be found at under Resources & Links/Disaster Preparedness.

Planned Giving While Living

Many people think a planned gift is something that is given through a will or estate plan and only benefits the organization after you are deceased. However, there are several gift options that allow you to see the impact of your contribution immediately. Valley Humane Society calls these types of planned donations “planned giving while living.”

Gifts of Stock

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to Valley Humane Society is easy. We work closely with our investment banker to receive and sell your transferred securities, then put the proceeds of the sale to work saving animals and issue you a letter that serves as a receipt for your tax-deductible gift. Donating appreciated stocks can reduce the amount of capital gains tax you may be paying, so please consult with your broker on making this gift in the appropriate way.

IRA Distribution – Qualified Charitable Distribution

At the end and beginning of the calendar year, seasoned donors sometimes ask about making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) to Valley Humane Society, a direct transfer from their custodian individual retirement account (IRA), once they turn 70½ years old.

While a QCD is not a tax-deductible donation, it is a distribution that counts towards satisfying your required minimum distribution so long as certain rules are met. A QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. When you keep your taxable income lower, this may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare. With the passage of the SECURE Act in December 2019, starting January 1, 2020, those donors turning 70 1/2 that make a qualified charitable distribution to Valley Humane Society will have to wait until they turn 72 to have that distribution count towards this year’s required minimum distribution. For those donors that turned 70 1/2 prior to January 1, 2020, your qualified charitable distributions to Valley Humane Society can still count against your required minimum distribution.

Please contact Development Manager Will Anzenberger at (925) 426-8656 ext. 123 or to see if you meet the requirements for making a qualified charitable distribution.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are becoming an increasingly popular way for donors to provide financial support for the causes they care about. The likely effect of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act is that this trend will continue. While a DAF separates the tax decision from the giving decision Valley Humane Society is still here to help.

To see what other options work for your age, stage of life, assets and the size of gift you wish to make, please visit our planned giving toolkit.

Dog Day Cabernet

Raise your glass in support of animal rescue! Valley Humane Society has forged an exciting partnership with Darcie Kent Vineyards to benefit local dogs and cats through the sale of Dog Day Cabernet, which is newly available at eight Northern California Costco warehouses.

One of the winery’s six Give Back Wines, the sale of each bottle of Dog Day Cabernet contributes $5 to the lifesaving and life-enriching programs of Valley Humane Society. The distinctive red label featuring Darcie’s faithful beloved Shepherd, Brunello, and the Valley Humane Society logo make it easy to spot “the bottle that benefits.”

Dog Day Cabernet was created when Valley Humane Society helped a mother cat and two kittens Darcie found in the vineyard. “I was so impressed with their programs, how they serve the community and our animal friends that I wanted to do something that could help in a big way.” The winery has donated $5 of every bottle of Dog Day Cabernet sold for the last three vintages.

Costco stores in Livermore, Danville, Concord, Fremont, Tracy, Manteca, Almaden, and Santa Clara are now carrying the playful cabernet sauvignon for enjoyment by pet lovers and wine lovers alike!

Beatrice Needs Your Help!

UPDATE 6/19/18: Our delightful friend Beatrice has been quite the trooper during her ear surgeries! Having healed nicely, though, she visited the doggie dentist this week for a much overdue cleaning and 16 tooth extractions. Next up is an appointment with the eye doctor to correct her ingrown lashes.

These last procedures, while important, were technically not considered critical for Beatrice’s survival…but she is able to receive them thanks to the generosity of our community, who raised just over $20K for her medical expenses. Anything not used for Beatrice will go to meet the medical needs of other rescued dogs and cats. Thank you so much for your compassion and kindness!

UPDATE 6/5/18: Our friend Beatrice has come through several of her surgeries with flying colors. Thanks to the Dr. Selmeyer and the folks at SAGE Dublin – Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care Emergency Care for their excellent care! Once Beatrice is recovered from her latest ear surgery, she will have visits with the dentist and eye doctor to look forward to. She is doing quite well. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to help make this possible! We raised TWO TIMES our goal, and will be able to provide for Beatrice and many others as well!


With most rescued animals, their background is a complete mystery. But for Beatrice the bulldog, her past is written all over her body…and the story it tells is one of neglect. From raging ear infections to toenails so long they wrap around her feet, Beatrice has a number of ailments that make it clear the two-year-old English bulldog mix has suffered a lack of care for some time. With veterinary cost estimates running upwards of $10,000 for just the urgent work, we are asking for the community’s assistance in helping Beatrice.

The list is long. In addition to the toenails, Beatrice has terrible gingivitis, difficulty breathing, and a cherry eye which has turned black. Her ingrown eyelashes are a constant source of irritation, and she has never been spayed. Worst of all, however, are her ears. What likely began as a simple ear infection has turned into a massive inflammation that will require the removal of both ear canals and eardrums, leaving Beatrice completely deaf. To top it all off, she must first recover from an upper respiratory infection before any treatment can begin.

Still, Beatrice is a relatively young dog, and can enjoy a good life with the proper care. Though the $10,000 price tag is unusual for a single animal, and only covers the urgent issues, all Beatrice’s complaints are treatable. Once an animal is in our care, Valley Humane Society is committed to providing what is needed. But beyond that, Beatrice deserves a shot at a long and happy life!

Even $5 or $10 contributions will help restore Beatrice to health. If enough money is raised, Valley Humane Society plans to perform the non-critical work as well. Funds not needed for Beatrice will be similarly used for other rescued animals. Beatrice will be available for adoption in two to three months when her medical treatments are complete.

Click to donate online toward Beatrice’s care. Donation may also be made by phone at (925) 426-8656 or by mail, care of: Beatrice/Medical Fund, Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

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Tips for Change

Monday, May 13
5-8 pm
30 W. Angela St., Pleasanton

Join us for a very special seating at Sidetrack! On Monday, May 13, 2019 the evening is dedicated especially for Valley Humane Society supporters and guests.

Our own volunteer “waitstaff” will vie for the biggest tips, serving up the restaurant’s delicious appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Money raised from tips will benefit Valley Humane Society’s lifesaving and life-enriching programs and services, so be generous! 15% of the evening’s sales will also be donated.

While you’re there, be sure to get in on one of our great raffles.

Sidetrack is located at 30 W. Angela St. in Downtown Pleasanton.

Call the restaurant today at 925-399-6789 to reserve your seats!

Can’t attend but want to “tip?” Donate here.

A Second Chance for Ewok

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30th Birthday Bash


Thursday, September 21, 2107
5-8 pm

Come party like an animal at Valley  Humane Society’s 30th Birthday Bash! We’re celebrating 30 years of saving and enriching the lives of pets and people in the community. Everyone is invited to join the festivities and enjoy cake, refreshments and various activities to mark the occasion with a furry fun time!

Valley Humane Society was initially formed as a private surrender resource for pet guardians who needed to relinquish their animals but didn’t want to place them at risk of being euthanized in a high-volume public shelter. In the three decades since, the organization has consistently worked at saving and enriching lives, with numerous evolving programs that strengthen the bond between people and pets.

Thousands of animals have received direct assistance from Valley Humane Society over the years. Generations of children have learned humane compassion, and countless local residents have had their lives touched by the unconditional acceptance of a Canine Comfort Pet Therapy visit. Annually, more than 120,000 meals are distributed through the AniMeals pet food pantry to pet guardians struggling to care for their beloved animals.

Want to help? Make a donation to help continue our lifesaving work for another 30 years! (We’re suggesting $1 for each year.) Make your $30 for 30 donation today!

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