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May 13, 2009 > Bring home a pet this Pet Week

Bring home a pet this Pet Week

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Dustin Findley

To promote responsible pet ownership the American Veterinary Medical Association founded National Pet Week in 1981. This year it is celebrated in the week of May 3 through May 9.

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) celebrates the tradition with a grand opening adoption event at its new Animal Community Center on Saturday, May 16. All adopters will receive a $20 gift card good at HSSV's Whole Pets Store and the 100th adopter will receive a gift card waiving the $175 adoption fee for a cat or dog.

"We do have criteria for people who adopt pets from us. Each adopter meets with an Adoption Counselor who helps guide that person or family through the adoption process. They fill out a simple survey and that helps our counselors match them with a pet that's right for their family," said Laura Fulda, VP, Marketing & Communications.

Those interested should bring the following documents for adopting: Landlord approval (if applicable), identification and proof of address (driver's license, ID, checkbook) this is for all members of the household including children; cash, MasterCard, Visa, or imprinted check. Also bring your current dog if you are planning on adopting a new dog, a transport carrier for a cat or rabbit. For fees and policies visit

Last month, HSSV opened the doors of its new Animal Community Center, being the first environmentally certified "green" animal facility in the country to couple an adoption program with a full spectrum of pet and community services under one roof. The Center is unique in offering animals cageless habitats and loving homes to abandoned pets.

"Adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue group, donate old towels and blankets to a nearby animal shelter, hold a fundraiser at your school to help homeless pets," said HSSV President Christine Benninger.

HSSV is an independent, non-profit agency offering quality adoptions, medical care, education programs and pet care services to enhance the human-animal bond. Built near Milpitas Boulevard and Montague Expressway the new center is easily accessible to Highways 101 and 237 and Interstates 680 and 880.

On a different note, HSSV's Education Department will offer five weeks of Amazing Animals Summer Camp at its new Center for kids who love animals and want to learn more about them. "During the five, one-week camps that will go on from July 6 to August 14 students kids will meet tons of animals: dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, tarantulas, tortoises and more" said Senior Assistant, Jamie Christianson.

Kids from grade second to grade sixth will create habitat boxes, make toys for the center cats, learn how to train a dog, to mention a few from the spectrum of activities. Sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cost per session is $250 that can be paid by check, money order or at the facility in cash during registration.

Fill out the Summer Camp Online Registration Form at and click on education. Print out the form and post it to the Education department of the HSSV facility. "Registration for the summer camps has started," said Jaime Allen, director of HSSV's education programs.

For questions about the camps contact Christianson at (408) 262-2133 ext. 137. While there is still time for the camps to start, applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your application and payment are received, education department staff will notify you within 7 days by either email or phone of your child's acceptance. If you do not receive a confirmation within 7 days, please email

Additional information about HSSV can be found at Join the cause, support HSSV to break the cycle of pet abandonment and neglect. HSSV accepts animals 24-hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of any temperament or health related problems. "Addressing pet overpopulation and euthanasia in Silicon Valley calls for a revolutionary approach to the way animal facilities interface with people in our community," says HSSV President Christine Benninger. "We believe our new Animal Community Center will be an inspiring model of humane care and community involvement for shelters nationwide."

Grand Opening Adoption Event
Saturday, May 16
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Animal Community Center
901 Ames Avenue, Milpitas
(408) 262-2133 x 150

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