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October 11, 2011 > Empty Our Shelters challenge

Empty Our Shelters challenge

Submitted By Jennifer Simonsen

The Silicon Valley animal population is pushing area shelters to their limits and adopters are needed urgently to "empty the shelters" and provide these dogs and cats with homes. Too many animals and insufficient adoptions result in euthanasia of potential pets. The Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) estimates almost 9,000 animals were euthanized in area shelters in 2010 due to overcrowding.

October 2011 is National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month and the ideal time to save the life of a shelter animal. HSSV is working with area shelters to find homes for these animals from October 1 through October 16, 2011.

HSSV provides dogs and cats with a second chance and acts as a "safety net" for Silicon Valley but cannot continue its mission unless the public continues to adopt pets from HSSV and area shelters.

All dogs and cats at HSSV have had personalized medical or behavioral care, so they are ready for a forever home. Many of these rescued animals arrive at shelters as puppies or kittens and HSSV volunteers have bottle-fed, held, nurtured and trained them. Others have been relinquished by their owners.

HSSV is a community in which people can connect and share experiences with their animals and each other. As an animal community center, HSSV offers medical care (spay/neuter, vaccinations, micro chipping) and behavioral training including animal socialization and other classes.

Five other shelters in Silicon Valley and HSSV are working together for the first Empty Our Shelters Challenge from October 1-16, 2011. Each shelter is offering some form of special pricing. Dogs and cats can be adopted immediately at: HSSV, Santa Clara County Animal Shelter, City of Palo Alto Animal Services, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, City of San Jose Animal Care and Services and Town Cats.

The public can help by adopting a sweet, loving dog or cat a family pet. Six shelters, one goal: find as many homes as possible for the homeless animals in Silicon Valley:

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