By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 6:48 am in Valley Humane Society.
Dear readers: Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, CA, is in trouble. We can’t afford to lose the valuable services of this special shelter. Please donate what you can to help them survive. Go to http://www.valleyhumane.org for information on how you can help. Thanks for caring (and helping!). There’s lots more details below, explaining this serious situation. /Gary
WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE HELP US SAVE OUR SHELTER!
To Gary’s readers:
Valley Humane Society urgently needs your help. The poor economy and the increase in demand for our services bring us to the point where we no longer have the funds to continue operating at our usual capacity.
We have already reduced by half the number of animals we care for. If VHS doesn’t receive significant funding in the next 30 days, we will be forced to cut staff and programming, after which our final option will be to close the shelter. These measures will directly affect hundreds of cats and dogs in the Tri-Valley and thousands of residents who depend on our programs.
We are determined to save the shelter by raising $125,000. After 25 wonderful years in Pleasanton, Valley Humane Society has rescued thousands of animals. As an organization that receives no local, state, or federal funding we have always relied on community donations to survive.
Without Valley Humane Society hundreds of animals won’t have the chance at the new beginning we provide. County animal intake facilities will no longer be able to depend on us to rescue the cats and dogs on their list to be euthanized.
Our community will no longer receive the benefit of our Pet Therapy programs, providing the healing powers of canine companionship. This will affect residents at the VA, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and battered women and children shelters.
People depending on assistance from local food banks and participants in the Meals on Wheels program will no longer receive the benefit of thousands of pounds of free cat and dog food we provide through our AniMeals program. This program helps families keep their beloved pets in their homes until their situation improves.
Nearly 2000 children in the Bay Area won’t have the opportunity to read to our therapy dogs to help increase their literacy skills through our Paws to Read program.
Valley Humane Society serves the community utilizing the exceptional skills of more than 250 volunteers and a small staff (2 full time employees and 4 part time employees.) Our resources might be small, but we make a tremendous impact on those we serve.
You can make a difference. A monetary donation of any amount can be made by visiting http://www.valleyhumane.org. You can also visit us or mail in a donation to 3670 Nevada St. Pleasanton, CA 94566. If you have any questions, please call 925-426-8656.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation from the cats, dogs, and community members we serve. With sincere appreciation,
Melanie Sadek, Executive Director & Lori Rice, Board President
Valley Humane Society, Pleasanton, California