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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!

A Future for Pets

Creating a brighter future for dogs and cats through legacy planning

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6:30 pm
Valley Humane Society, Pleasanton

You care about animals, and you want your donations to make a lasting difference for homeless and rescued dogs and cats. You may even have wondered about your own pet’s future should something happen to you. Yet there are so many options, it’s hard to know which is the right one for you.

Join Valley Humane Society and Nick Tooliatos of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP for an informative, FREE presentation on the best way to achieve your philanthropic goals.

Learn about relevant topics such as:

  • Current Estate/Gift Tax Law Updates
  • Charitable Planning Strategies to Reduce/Eliminate Estate Taxes
  • Estate Planning for Pet Owners

Reserve your place in A Future for Pets, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton.

RSVP Now

About Nick Tooliatos:

Nick started his career as a Tax Attorney with Touche Ross & Company (now Deloitte), a major international accounting and consulting firm. He did extensive individual, corporate, and estate tax planning for owners and key executives in start-up high-tech companies. Since joining Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos LLP in 1987, his practice has emphasized individual, partnership, and corporate taxation, estate planning, probate and business law and planning.

He is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. He has worked extensively with emerging closely-held businesses in the Silicon Valley, dealing with matters ranging from choice of business form, compensation and capitalization to the intricacies of tax planning. He has extensive experience in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, exchanges and leases. Nick limits his litigation to complex civil and criminal tax matters and probate and trust issues. Over the past thirty years, he has tried and settled several cases saving taxpayers in excess of $30 million.

Education
University of Santa Clara School of Law (J.D., 1983)

United States Army War College (Master’s Degree, Strategic Studies, 2002)

University of Santa Clara (B.S., cum laude, 1980)

Memberships
Nick was admitted to practice law in 1983, and to the U.S. Tax Court in 1984. He is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, a Past President and Director of the Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council, and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 6th ed. He was a Major General in the United States Army Reserve where he last commanded the 63d Regional Support Command. He was mobilized three times since 9/11, including deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

 

Announcements

Feline Freedom Days Extended Through July 31st;
All Cat Adoption Fees Reduced at Valley Humane Society

July 15, 2019 – Let freedom keep ringing! Due to the overwhelming success of Feline Freedom Days, Valley Humane Society announces the extension of this special adoption event. Now through July 31st, take home any feline friend for only $25. It’s your last opportunity to join in the celebration of feline independence.

While the festivities of the Fourth came and went in a flash, Valley Humane Society’s tribute to tabbies (and other types) cannot be confined to a single day. For the rest of the month, you have the opportunity to match up with the perfect cat or kitten. Take advantage of a fantastic adoption rate, save a furry life, and add a new member to your family before the end of July!

All adoptable cats have been assessed by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for FeLV/FIV, and microchipped, as well as given appropriate vaccinations, dewormer and flea treatment. Adoptions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified adopters. Please allow approximately one hour to complete the adoption process. Located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton, Valley Humane Society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Visit valleyhumane.org or call (925) 426-8656 for more information.

Blackout Bingo to Benefit Valley Humane Society Dogs;
Community Invited to Play Along and Help Find Homes

April 3, 2019— Valley Humane Society is asking for the public’s help in finding homes for two very special dogs. Miles and Lady Valentina have been in residence at the organization’s Pleasanton adoption center more than four times as long as the average adoptable dog. To help raise their visibility, Valley Humane Society has organized a game of Adoptable Pet “Blackout Bingo,” and invites the community to play along.

In Adoptable Pet “Blackout Bingo,” players choose a dog and download a special game card filled with specific actions to promote and benefit the animal, marking off each action as they perform it. Actions include items such as “Tell a friend,” “Post on Facebook,” and “Hang a flier at work or school.” Once a card is filled, or the dog is adopted, players may submit their card for entry into a prize drawing, which will be held at the end of April. Participation is free, and players may fill a card for each dog. Three winners will be drawn at random to receive Valley Humane Society gear or pet store gift cards.

The average length of stay for an adoptable adult dog at Valley Humane Society is around 9 days. Miles and Lady Valentina have been at the adoption center since mid to late February, and have had a hard time connecting with families due to personality traits that keep them from showing well within the kennel environment. Miles loves long walks, but suffers from some anxiety and grows nervous when kenneled. Lady Valentina plays well with other active dogs, but becomes easily excited in her kennel and can bark loudly when viewed.

Outside their kennels, the dogs are playful, and enjoyable. One-year-old Miles is a large, blond mixed-breed with an endearingly comical face and super snuggle power. Lady Valentina is a spunky black mixed-breed who sometimes sports a silly grin. She is approximately two years old. Both dogs are housebroken.

Community members who would like to help by playing along can download a Blackout Bingo card online at valleyhumane.org/adoption/bingo.

Paris Beckons at Valley Humane Society’s Tails at Twilight Gala;
5th Annual Event Serves up Diner en Blanc March 1st

January 23, 2019—Take a break from the ordinary to rendez-vous with friends and animal lovers at Valley Humane Society’s 5th annual Tails at Twilight gala on March 1, 2019. Celebrate our bond with companion animals while raising funds for animal rescue, humane education, and community service efforts at an elegant Parisian-themed soiree. Tails at Twilight will be held at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton from 6-11 pm.

Enjoy the evening from start to “finis” with a champagne reception, passed hors d’oeuvres, a full no-host bar, and a sumptuous Diner en Blanc, seated and served family style. Live and silent auctions and dancing complete the evening. Tickets are available at valleyhumane.org for $150 per person. All white attire is encouraged.

An array of incredible auction items will be offered, including several packages which have become crowd favorites. A homemade dinner with Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department firefighters will again be featured, as will the chance to name an Eight Bridges Brewing Company beer after your pet (with custom label design). For Pleasanton residents only, the exclusive Ambassadog package is back, naming the winning bidder’s canine as City of Pleasanton Ambassadog for 2019, complete with declaration, Pleasanton Weekly feature, community television interview, and a spot in the Hometown Holiday Parade.

Proceeds from Tails at Twilight benefit Valley Humane Society’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, veterans, and more.

Tails at Twilight is presented by Livermore Subaru, Pleasanton Weekly, Heritage Bank, and Jean King. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please call (925) 426-8656 for more information.

Special Needs Cat Hopes for an Extra-Special Home in Time for Holidays;
Valley Humane Society Seeking a Home for Senior Orange Tabby

December 4, 2018— Animals express their gratitude in many ways. Some jump up to give a big sloppy kiss; others are subtler, leaning in with a meaningful gaze. For Monet, an orange tabby available for adoption from Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, showing appreciation involves burying her head into someone’s chest and pressing in with the whole of her strength. Monet has a lot to be thankful for already. But the 7-year-old special needs feline is also hoping to find a home of her own.

Life hasn’t been easy for Monet. She was found wandering stray with her tail dragging limply behind her. A large gash mid-tail was so severe that total amputation was recommended. She also tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), an immune disease which requires that she live indoors to prevent infecting other cats. While Monet could learn to live with gentle housemates, the territorial fighting that outdoor cats often engage in would put other animals at risk. On top of it all, she’s considered a senior.

These things pale in comparison, however, to Monet’s biggest challenge. Whether due to nerve damage from her injury or a pre-existing condition, Monet leaves an occasional urine drip. Similar to a person who might experience a tiny leak when they sneeze, though, she is not truly considered incontinent. Monet holds her bladder and uses her litterbox as needed. The best potential home might be one with hard floors as opposed to carpet, but Monet is a loving cat who needs to engage with people regularly and not be isolated by herself.

Despite the multiple challenges she faces, Monet will make a wonderful companion, and Valley Humane Society is confident that the right home is out there. The organization asks for the public’s help in finding Monet a forever home perfectly suited to her unique needs. Thanks to a Senior Pet Adoption Grant awarded by Petfinder Foundation, Monet’s $100 adoption fee has been waived. The grant will also provide an easily-cleaned plastic Kuranda cat tower, a high-sided Modkat litterbox with washable liners, and assistance with her prescription diet for approximately two years.

Interested adopters are encouraged to stop by Valley Humane Society and meet Monet. For her part, Monet is grateful for any kind touch; a visit with ear rubs, head butts and chin scratches is precious time spent with someone sharing their love with her.

Throughout the month of December, adoption fees for all adult dogs and cats are half-off in an effort to find each one a home for the holidays. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

Dogs Promote Wellness At East Bay Stand Down;
Valley Humane Society’s Pet Therapy Teams Comfort Homeless and At-Risk Veterans

August 22, 2018— Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy teams are once again stepping up to participate in East Bay Stand Down. Hundreds of homeless and at-risk Veterans from across the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to experience the healing power of dogs on September 14 and 15 of a four-day event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Every two years, East Bay Stand Down organizes community groups to provide needed services to homeless and at-risk Veterans. Canine Comfort Pet Therapy teams will be on-hand sharing their unique brand of unconditional love and support as part of a Wellness group focusing on mind and body healing.

Overseeing the Wellness group is Valley Humane Society board member Paul Wankle. “I look forward to each Stand Down as an opportunity to serve our Veterans in honor of my parents who served during WWII,” said Paul, “and to joining the rest of the Canine Comfort team with my latest dog Enzo in providing the Vets emotional support.” Of Laura Morrison, the Valley Humane Society volunteer coordinating this year’s therapy dog teams, Paul said, “Laura has done a wonderful job increasing the number of teams for 2018.” Laura and her dog Marleau visit Veteran’s Affairs in Livermore weekly as part of their regular Canine Comfort activities.

Countless research projects have shown animal interaction to be 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 nearly 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.

Pleasanton Names New Ambassadog;
Valley Humane Society Auction Winner Takes Title for 2018

May 2, 2018— At its May 1 meeting, the City Council proclaimed Red Haas as Pleasanton’s 2018 Ambassadog. Red takes the title from canine Amber Hall, who served as the City’s first Ambassadog. The title was on the auction block at Valley Humane Society’s annual Tails at Twilight gala in March.

“Valley Humane Society has been saving animal lives and supporting our community for 30 years, so we are pleased to have the City participate with them in recognizing the Pleasanton Ambassadog,” said City Manager Nelson Fialho. “Having an official canine representative highlights our dog-friendly community, while recognizing a valuable local non-profit organization and its rescue efforts.”

The City of Pleasanton recognizes that creating a livable community means supporting the entire household. For those canine family members, City parks have dog-friendly policies, trails, and parks, including a 1.5 acre dog playground called Cubby’s Dog Park.

“Our entire family has volunteered or worked with animals for over 15 years, in one way or another,” said red’s guardian, Anne Haas. “Red makes us all remember what’s important. He is always ready to go for a walk, but then stops a thousand times to smell the roses and everything around him.” 12-year-old Red is a rescued Golden Retriever/Chow mix who hates water, but loves his two feline housemates.

In addition to being presented with a copy of the City proclamation, Red and his family will also receive special attention on a Tri-Valley Community Television program and a featured article in the Pleasanton Weekly. The City of Pleasanton has also designated a place of honor for Red and his family in the City’s annual Hometown Holiday Parade.

Neglected Bulldog Needs $10,000 in Medical Treatment;
Valley Humane Society Asks Community for Help with Beatrice

April 24, 2018—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, Valley Humane Society is 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, she 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,” said Executive Director Melanie Sadek.

Even $5 or $10 contributions will help restore Beatrice to health, says Sadek. 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.

To donate toward Beatrice’s care, please visit valleyhumane.org or call (925) 426-8656. Donations may also be sent by mail, care of: Beatrice/Medical Fund, Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Valley Humane Society Not Affiliated with National Group; Operates Independently of Humane Society of the United States

February 2, 2018—In light of recent controversy affecting the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Valley Humane Society feels it important to remind the public they are not affiliated with the national organization. “People often assume a funding connection between national groups and smaller local humane societies, but Valley Humane Society is supported primarily by our local community. Those are donations which stay local and help animals and people right here in the Tri-Valley and surrounding areas,” said Executive Director Melanie Sadek.

Last year Valley Humane Society rescued and rehomed nearly 600 dogs and cats. The group also launched a new free online service to help pets find new homes without burdening the public shelter system (Home to Home), and distributed 120,000 meals to low-income families via the AniMeals pet food pantry. Countless hours were spent visiting those in need of a pet’s healing presence during Canine Comfort Pet Therapy sessions at hospitals, senior centers, schools, and the like. Valley Humane Society has been active in the community for more than 30 years. For more information about programs and services offered, please visit valleyhumane.org.

Save Big When You Save a Life on Black Cat Friday Weekend, November 24-25

November 2, 2017—Following the Thanksgiving glut of gravy and gratitude is Black Friday, where frenzied shoppers hope to score the best deals. For those who really want to save big, though, there is Black Cat Friday, a two-day feline adoption event at Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton. All cats and kittens with any black fur go home fee-free to qualified adopters between 10 am and 4 pm on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25.

Talk about specials! Black cats are always in style. They go with everything, and have vibrant personalities that suit any lifestyle. Valley Humane Society carries all sizes and can help find the perfect fit for any family. Save more than money this year…save a life!

Adoption fees for other shades of cat will be 50% off. All cats have been checked by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for FeLV/FIV, microchipped, and given appropriate vaccinations, dewormer and flea treatment. 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 approximately one hour to complete the adoption process. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton. Visit valleyhumane.org or call (925) 426-8656 for more information.

Valley Humane Society Celebrates 30 Years of Change on September 21, 2017; Community Invited

September 1, 2017—For the past 30 years, Valley Humane Society has made positive impact in the lives of cats, dogs and people in the Tri-Valley region. On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the organization will mark this special anniversary with a birthday bash from 5-8 pm at their Pleasanton adoption center, located at 3670 Nevada Street. The community is invited to stop by and join the celebration with cake and ice cream, refreshments, and 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.

Valley Humane Society is also asking interested individuals to contribute $30, or $1 per year as a celebration donation to help continue the lifesaving work for another 30 years.

Pleasanton Names First Ambassadog; Title Auctioned at Annual Gala

May 17, 2017—At its May 16 meeting, the City Council proclaimed Amber Hall as Pleasanton’s 2017 Ambassadog. The City of Pleasanton recognizes that creating a livable community means supporting the entire household. For those canine family members, City parks have dog-friendly policies, trails, and a new 1.5 acre dog playground called Cubby’s Dog Park. Now the City has created a new position for this canine-loving community at the request of Valley Humane Society.

“Valley Humane Society has been saving animal lives and supporting our community for 30 years, so it is fitting that we participate with them in designating the first Pleasanton Ambassadog,” said City Manager Nelson Fialho. “Having an official canine representative highlights our dog-friendly policies, while recognizing a valuable local non-profit and its rescue efforts.”

In March, Valley Humane Society held its annual Tails at Twilight gala at which the new Pleasanton Ambassadog title was on the auction block. The Hall family of Pleasanton was eager to be high bidder, as they felt their dog Amber would make an excellent canine representative.

“We are active supporters of animal rescue and proud to support the great work being done by Valley Humane Society. Amber is such an incredible dog and family member. We just knew that she needed to hold this prestigious title,” said Alejandra Hall.

In addition to being presented with a copy of the City proclamation, Amber and her family will also receive special attention on a Tri-Valley Community Television program and a featured article in the Pleasanton Weekly. The City of Pleasanton has also designated a place of honor for Amber and her family in the City’s annual Hometown Holiday Parade.

Take Action to Help Local Animals, People at East Bay Gives on May 4

April 19, 2017—A friend in need…needs a friend in deed! Valley Humane Society invites the community to become friends in “deed” by taking action Thursday, May 4 during East Bay Gives, a 24-hour online local giving day sponsored by East Bay Community Foundation. Visit valleyhumane.org for information on donating, contests, and participating through social media to provide help and homes to hundreds of local dogs and cats and healing comfort to thousands of people.

Valley Humane Society’s programs and services are made largely possible by the contributions of individual donors. Zorro was an affectionate cat who went from homeless to home-at-last thanks to Valley Humane Society’s adoption program. Milo was a sweet young pup who went from laid up to patched up once his liver condition was treated. And last fall Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort teams helped first responders to the Ghost Ship fire move from grief-stricken to hope-given by sharing the soothing comfort of companion dogs. The minimum donation to participate in East Bay Gives is $20.

For a donation with more impact, explore one of several contests available to help Valley Humane Society win a cash prize from East Bay Community Foundation. Special times of day offer opportunities for gift matching, a prize for first donation of the hour, or greatest number of donors at a specified time. Visit valleyhumane.org for more information about contests and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

 East Bay Gives is a 24-hour online giving blitz supporting Bay Area nonprofits working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, community improvement, health and human services, youth development and much more. The East Bay Community Foundation (www.ebcf.org) is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs.

Gala Promises Magical Night; 3rd Annual Tails at Twilight Set for March 3

January 24, 2017—A  sell-out event for its first two years, Valley Humane Society’s Tails at Twilight gala is practically a “best kept secret.” Scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017, the festive and elegant soiree celebrates our deep connection with companion animals and raises funds for animal rescue, humane education, and community service efforts. Tails at Twilight will be held at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton from 6-11 pm.

This year’s Tails at Twilight will be a magical, memorable evening with a champagne reception, passed hors d’oeuvres, a full no-host bar, and a sumptuous medieval feast, seated and served family style. Live and silent auctions and dancing complete the evening. Tickets are available at valleyhumane.org for $125 per person. Dress to impress!

An array of incredible auction items will be offered. Live auction packages include dinner for six made by Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department firefighters and the chance to name an Eight Bridges Brewing Company beer after your pet (with custom label design). The San Francisco package includes a two-bedroom suite for two nights at the Fairmont Ghirardelli Square and a day sailing on the Bay, with a car and driver for in-City transportation. For Pleasanton residents only, the exclusive Ambassadog package names the winning bidder’s canine as City of Pleasanton Ambassadog for 2017, complete with declaration, Pleasanton Weekly feature, community television interview, and a spot in the Hometown Holiday Parade.

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.

Tails at Twilight is sponsored by Pleasanton Weekly, Gina Piper Beyond Real Estate, Pet Food Express, Ogden Costa Creative Group, SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, Four Paws Veterinary Clinic, and Fremont Bank Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please call (925) 426-8656 for more information.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Businesses

Valley Humane Society thanks the following business partners for their donation on significant or ongoing services and support. We encourage you to show appreciation for their compassionate contributions by supporting them in turn.

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About VHS

Valley Humane Society has worked to save and improve the lives of Tri-Valley companion animals since 1987. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our programs and services are made possible by the generosity of private donors — we receive no government funds, tax dollars, or money from national humane organizations.

Our Vision

A world in which every animal is loved and every person knows the love of an animal.

Our Mission

Valley Humane Society (VHS) creates a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening the bond between people and pets. VHS rescues and rehabilitates companion animals, champions responsible caretaking, shares pets’ soothing affections with people in need of comfort, and supports and preserves existing pet-guardian relationships.

Our Values

Compassion

Kindness is at the core of our mission. At VHS we treat everyone with respect and understanding. Animals at VHS are treated individually with the sensitivity and caring they deserve.

Companionship

Everyone deserves a friend. VHS creates opportunities for people to experience the love of a pet, as well as connect with others. We believe that life lived as part of a loving family is richer, happier, and more fulfilling.

Optimism

VHS is a warm, happy place, a feeling reflected by the well-being of the animals in our care. We believe visiting, volunteering, and working here should be a fun, positive experience, a vibe we carry out with us into the community. Our good spirits cultivate enthusiasm for our mission and keep us hopeful when things get challenging.

Gratitude

We appreciate the many talents brought to bear by our volunteers and staff to achieve our mission. The mental, physical, and emotional gifts offered to VHS are as important as the financial contributions, both large and small, of our many donors. We recognize that these gifts, taken together, are what allow us in turn to serve the animals and people of our community.

Collaboration

The task before us is greater than any one person. Our relationships with the community, business, and other rescue organizations increase our capacity and amplify our impact. We work together to achieve a common goal. At VHS we lead the way by actively cultivating cooperative partnerships.

Integrity

Our path is paved with more than good intentions. At VHS we strive to act with integrity and honesty. Decisions are based on sound judgment and careful reasoning. We are fiscally responsible and understand our commitment to our animals, donors, volunteers, and community.

Sponsorships & Corporate Giving

Join Valley Humane Society as a sponsor, and demonstrate your corporate compassion to employees, clients, and the community! With many opportunities to get involved in both our animal welfare and community programs, it’s easy to give back, feel good, and spotlight your philanthropic contributions.

Please contact Development Manager Will Anzenberger today for more information on any of these opportunities.

Program Sponsorship

Link your name to one of our three community outreach programs: Canine Comfort Pet Therapy, Animeals, Humane Education. Each program reaches thousands of community members every year and offers a wonderful way to support a great cause while meeting your social responsibility goals.

Event Sponsorship

Join us for one of our annual fundraising events, including the gala event Tails at Twilight or Yappy Hour series. Select from a variety of sponsorship levels to fulfill your sponsorship objectives.

Event Coordination

Valley Humane Society is lucky to have wonderful community partners who coordinate events throughout the year to benefit the organization. Events like a raffle, a dog wash, or Santa Pet Photos are some examples of great partner-based fundraising activities. Bring us your idea for a community event to benefit VHS, and we’ll explore our many cross-promotional channels to help you reach your goals.

Holiday Giving

Let VHS help you decorate for the holidays! Contact us by November 1 and we will supply you with a set of adorable ornaments bearing much-needed wish list items to directly benefit our programs and adoptable animals. Everything from pet bedding, treats, and toy mice to small financial contributions or assistance for lifesaving surgeries is included. Hang ornaments on your lobby Christmas tree or whatever else you display for the holidays and encourage staff and clients to help you fulfill all the wishes.

Donation Matching

Spread the good by encouraging your employees in their personal charitable contributions or volunteer work. Donation matching doubles their efforts and has twice the impact for our rescue and community programs. If you already offer a matching program, please consider endorsing VHS as one of your preferred charities. We are also available to speak during giving campaigns, and would love to share our passion for pets with you in a specially-tailored presentation of whatever length is desired!

Teambuilding Projects

Looking for a teambuilding project to unify and energize your group while supporting a great cause? Valley Humane Society offers volunteer teambuilding activities for up to 12 employees at our adoption center. Projects can include indoor or outdoor work. Our classroom can be used before or after the project for additional projects or offsite planning sessions. A minimum donation is requested.

Food Drives

Valley Humane Society’s AniMeals program relies on community donations of cat and dog food. Coordinating a food drive to help meet the programs food goals is an excellent way to get your team involved, support a wonderful program, and help thousands of families in the Tri-Valley. More than 20,000 pounds of food is needed each year to meet the demand of low-income families who need assistance feeding their pets.

 

Hope Hospice

Those who know the love and support of a pet can understand how important that relationship becomes to individuals in hospice care. Through a unique partnership with Hope Hospice, VHS allows patients to enjoy the loving company and comfort of their beloved cats and dogs for as long as possible by providing in-home pet care during this critical time. Then, if no other family member is able to assume guardianship of an animal once the patient dies, VHS takes that pet into our adoption system to find a new forever home.

Animeals

AniMealsWe would much rather see pets in homes than in shelters. That’s why Valley Humane Society operates AniMeals, a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for the dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Read this great article about our collaboration with Meals on Wheels delivery.

Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired, and can be dropped off at VHS during open hours. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed.

Volunteer opportunities with AniMeals are ongoing; please contact Volunteer Programs Manager Shoshannah Reed for more information.

Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks:

In Pleasanton:
Valley Bible Church
1st Thursday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

In Livermore:
Asbury United Methodist Church
4743 East Ave
1st Monday of the month 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Tri-Valley Haven
3rd Wednesday of every month 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Saint Bartholomew’s Church
678 Enos Way
4th Friday of every month 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Critter Camp

Camper_boy with catWhether you’re curious about cats or dedicated to dogs, we have the camp for you! Join VHS for a hands-on humane adventure teaching kindness, compassion, and responsible pet care. Each week-long camp runs from 10 am – 2 pm daily and includes a camp t-shirt and journal.

Cost: $300 per student per session

Download Application

2019 Summer Camp

Paw Partners

Ages 6-8
June 10-14, 10 am – 2 pm – FULL
June 17-21, 10 am – 2 pm

Join us for indoor and outdoor Humane Education activities and games, animal yoga, and critter crafts to take home or for shelter enrichment. Learn the elements of responsible pet guardianship and what it takes to keep a pet happy and healthy. Practice acting safely around pets, including how to greet and play with animals by paying attention to their body language. Team up for the week with an adoptable kitty for Paws and Tales, practicing reading fluency while helping the cats to be more comfortable during their stay. Meet a variety of animal ambassadors and learn from accompanying guest speakers. Discover what you can do to help our fellow creatures and the environment, while strengthening skills in empathy, compassion, mindfulness and social responsibility. Includes Critter Camp t-shirt and Journal. Bring a lunch, snack, and reusable water bottle each day.

Animal Allies

Ages 9-11
June 24-28, 10 am – 2 pm – FULL
July 8-12, 10 am – 2 pm – FULL

Join us for indoor and outdoor Humane Education activities and games, animal yoga, and critter crafts to take home or for shelter enrichment. Learn the elements of responsible pet guardianship and what it takes to keep a pet happy and healthy. Practice acting safely around pets, including how to greet and play with animals by paying attention to their body language. Team up for the week with an adoptable kitty for Paws and Tales, reading out-loud to your feline partner to help them be more comfortable during their stay. Meet a variety of animal ambassadors and learn from accompanying guest speakers. Discover what you can do to help our fellow creatures and the environment, while strengthening skills in empathy, compassion, mindfulness and social responsibility. Includes Critter Camp t-shirt and Journal. Bring a lunch, snack, and reusable water bottle each day.

Humane Heroes

Ages 12-14
July 15-19, 10 am – 2 pm
July 22-26, 10 am – 2 pm

Explore careers working with animals, learn pet first aid tips, relax with animal yoga, and review responsible pet guardianship, and what it takes to keep a pet happy and healthy. Practice pet safety, including how to interpret pet communication, interact with and train them. Team up for the week with an adoptable kitty for Paws and Tales, researching animal topics while socializing with your feline partner. Meet a variety of guest speakers who work in animal-related fields as well as their accompanying animal ambassadors. Discover what you can do to help our fellow creatures and the environment while developing your creativity, mindfulness, leadership and critical-thinking skills. Includes Critter Camp t-shirt and Journal. Bring a lunch, snack, and reusable water bottle each day.

Other Camp Programs

Critter Camp Leadership Program

Ages 15-17 • $30 per applicant
Critter Camp Leaders love working with children and animals, and are able to engage the attention of campers while they supervise activities and games.

Applications will be available April 1, and are due May 31, 2019. Not all applicants will be accepted into the Leadership Program. Accepted applicants must attend an Orientation before camp begins; orientation is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon.

Download Application

Please contact our Humane Education department for more information about the CC Leadership Program.

VHS In the News

Pet of the Week
In: The Independent
http://www.independentnews.com/community/pet_of_the_week/

Tri-Valley Pet Rescues Need Help to ‘Clear the Shelters’
By: Julia Baum/Pleasanton Weekly
https://pleasantonweekly.com/news/2019/08/12/tri-valley-pet-rescues-need-help-to-clear-the-shelters

Trivia in the Tri-Valley
By: Samantha Laurey/Pleasanton Weekly
https://pleasantonweekly.com/news/2019/07/11/trivia-in-the-tri-valley

Jeffrey Williams Becomes Pleasanton’s New Ambassadog
By: Jeremy Walsh/Pleasanton Weekly
https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2019/07/09/jeffrey-williams-becomes-pleasantons-new-ambassadog

Community Partners, Staff, and Students Celebrated LMA Annual Awards Breakfast
By: The Independent
http://www.independentnews.com/community/community-partners-staff-and-students-celebrated-at-lma-annual-awards/article_696e3d7c-8247-11e9-8951-c3a5f3b756ee.html

East Bay AniMeals Program Comes to Rescue of Pets and Their Owners
By: Beth Jensen/East Bay Times
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/02/04/animeals-program-comes-to-rescue-of-pets-and-their-people/

Dog Embarks in New Role as “Ambassadog” to Pleasanton
By: Angela Ruggiero/East Bay Times
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/17/dog-embarks-in-new-role-as-ambassadog-to-pleasanton/

Kids’ Projects Turn into Big Donations to Valley Humane Society
By: Crayons and Collars–Life with Kids and Pets
http://www.crayonsandcollars.com/kids-projects-turn-into-big-donations-to-valley-humane-society/

Canine Comfort Offers Pet Therapy to Vets, Others
By: Amy Moellering/Pleasanton Weekly
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/11/03/around-pleasanton-canine-comfort-offers-pet-therapy-to-vets-others/

Injured Pup Found by Pleasanton Police is On the Mend
By: Julia Reis/Pleasanton Weekly
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2016/09/09/injured-pup-found-by-pleasanton-police-is-on-the-mend

Adorable Dog Surviving Off of Restaurant Scraps Rescued by Pleasanton Animal Service Officer
By Autumn Johnson/Pleasanton Patch
http://patch.com/california/pleasanton/adorable-dog-surviving-restaurant-scraps-rescued-pleasanton-animal-service

Pets and Wildlife Calendar, March 5 and Beyond
In: San Jose Mercury News
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29596337/pets-and-wildlife-calendar-march-5-and-beyond

Sweater Tree Forest Returns to Downtown Livermore
By: The Independent
http://www.independentnews.com/community/sweater-tree-forest-returns-to-downtown-livermore/article_4c2b8710-5ce4-11e5-9e47-67bb93c9236d.html

Pet Predicament
By: Meredith Bauer/ Pleasanton Weekly
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2015/07/23/pet-predicament

Tails at Twilight Raises Funds, Recognizes Value of Pets
By: Carol Graham/The Independent
http://www.independentnews.com/community/tails-at-twilight-raises-funds-recognizes-value-of-pets/article_d98b4f7e-eeb6-11e4-b015-0b5fc91da6b1.html

Tri-Valley Animal Shelters Brace for Feline Flood
By: Beth Jensen/Contra Costa Times
http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_27865628/trivalley-animal-shelters-brace-for-feline-flood

Warm and Fuzzy Foster Families
By: Dolores Fox Ciardelli/Pleasanton Weekly
 http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/print/story/2015/02/13/warm-and-fuzzy-foster-families

A Feline’s Playground in Pleasanton
By: Cierra Bailey/Pleasanton Weekly
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2014/10/26/a-felines-playground-in-pleasanton

Volunteers Help Make Camp Arroyo An Exceptional Experience
By: ABC 7
http://abc7news.com/274062/

Humane Society Helps with Hoarding Case
By: ABC 7
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8083028

Animal Hoarders Ask for Help: 10 mixed breed dogs removed from home
By: Dolores Fox Ciardelli/Pleasanton Weekly
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/show_story.php?id=6699

Discover Lovely Gardens on Self-Guided Tours
By: Dolores Fox Ciardelli/Pleasanton Weekly
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/show_story.php?id=6823