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October 21, 2009 > Adopt a dog this month

Adopt a dog this month

Submitted By Laura Fulda

You can save the life of a homeless dog, and find a faithful companion for all of life's adventures by adopting a dog from Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) during American Humane's Adopt-A-Dog Month in October. It is the perfect time to visit HSSV's new Animal Community Center, meet potential sidekicks and discover how much fun and happiness a dog can add to your life. "Companionship, improved physical and emotional health, social interaction and devoted love are just a few of the super-size benefits of having a dog," said Beth Ward, vice president of animal and customer care for HSSV. "Dogs also encourage people to exercise, enhance family and social relationships, promote laughter and act as a nonjudgmental audience and sounding board."

"Adopting a dog from HSSV or your local shelter is a simple, yet heroic deed," said Christine Benninger, HSSV president. "By providing a home to an animal that didn't have one, you not only save the life of that animal, but create space for another homeless animal to find a forever home." "So many people write us to tell us how they adopted a shelter dog to save that dog's life but later found it was the dog who saved their life. The human-animal bond is truly magical." Millions of people across the country are already enjoying the many rewards of dog companionship. According to the 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, more than 45 million households in the United States have at least one dog.

HSSV's animal community center also offers a comprehensive suite of services to help dog adopters start off on the right paw. There is a doggie daycare, boarding, grooming and training facility run by A DOG'S LIFE; a members only dog park that offers fun play dates and group activities, a Whole Pets store offering human-grade pet foods, bedding, plush toys and humane training aides; a medical center specializing in neuter surgery and offering affordable vaccinations, microchips and DNA Test services; and an education center offering programs for children and youth that promote the human-animal bond.

Proceeds from all of HSSV's pet care services and education programs help save and enhance the lives of thousands of animals that come through HSSV's doors every year. HSSV is open for adoptions Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adoptions and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can view photos of all adoptable dogs online at www.hssv.org. For appointments or more information, call the adoption information line at (408) 262.2133 ext. 150. More information about HSSV can be found at www.hssv.org.

Adopt-a-dog month
Now through October 31
Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
901 Ames Ave., Milpitas
(408) 262.2133 ext. 150
www.hssv.org

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