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Animal Shelter details for Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
Please visit Santa Maria Valley Humane Society and adopt a homeless pet
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Every year several million cats and dogs are euthanized by organizations like Santa Maria Valley Humane Society because the population is much higher than the number of families and homes willing to properly take care of these animals. When you adopt a pet from Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, you give a dog or a cat a second chance at life. Not all shelters euthanize animals, you can contact your local animal shelter to find out if there are any animals in need of rescuing before they are put down.
When you adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter you also create additional space for another lost or abandoned pet who needs a safe environment.
Shelter pets are given the chance to interact with other animals and humans every day. While shelters can be noisy and overwhelming for some animals, it also provides a good environment for dogs and cats to learn to adapt and tolerate other animals. This can be particularly important if you already have a pet or even small children in your home.
Most animal shelters are provided, as required by law, for the safety and healthy well-being of the community. Additionally, individuals may choose to open private animal shelters. Despite popular belief animal shelters do not have to accept all animals. There are many shelters that will accept any animal, but sometimes shelters will have to turn away animals because of over population.
There are two types of animal shelters: traditional animal shelters allow animals to be euthanized if they are unhealthy or if they have been residents of the shelter for a specified amount of time. While this may seem heartless to many, most animal shelters are restricted on the amount of space and money they have to work with. To help prevent the euthanization of an animal, families and individuals looking for a new pet should try to adopt from their local shelter.
A no-kill shelter is an animal shelter that will take pets in but will not euthanize dogs and cats to make room for new animals. No-kill shelters are much more likely to run out of space and turn down new animals if pets are not being adopted.
Animal shelters like Santa Maria Valley Humane Society are a great benefit to communities, pets and families. Shelters step in and provide a safe environment for lost and unwanted pets until they are able to find a home from them. The shelters help keep animals healthier and protect the community by keeping stray cats and dogs from overrunning the streets. You can help the mission of animal shelters by adopting pets responsibly and spaying or neutering your pet to help control the growing pet population.
The mission of the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is to further the interests and improve the lives of dogs and cats by educating and influencing public opinion in respect to the care, treatment and welfare of animals; to provide shelter, food and medical care for those dogs and cats surrendered to us for adoption and to find appropriate homes for them; to offer informational programs in the community's elementary schools; to operate a low cost spay and neuter clinic offered to the public; and to take an active part in the enforcement of those laws of the State of California enacted for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. We are a volunteer based organization working together with a much appreciated staff to provide shelter and care for homeless cats and dogs. We presently operate the facilities with 23 inside/outside dog runs and accommodations for 20 cats, our shelter accepts pets from people who are either no longer able or willing to care for them. We also operate a clinic providing reduced fee spaying and neutering for our community's dogs and cats.
We are supported by membership donations, fundraiser's, grants, and donations from individuals and businesses wanting to make a difference. Our members and volunteers staff the shelter by helping in the office, answering phones, and showing animals to the public. Potential adopters are screened for compatibility with the needs of the pet. There are no same day adoptions.
Other volunteers help by exercising, grooming, and spending time with the animals. Some volunteers like to work at our thrift shop selling donated items. We also have a project called Outreach offering education classes in our local schools, participate in community activities to promote animal awareness, and when able to do so, take dogs and cats to visit senior residences.
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Santa Maria Valley Humane Society directions and map
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Animal Shelter Facts
Did you know that three in ten (or 34,700,000) households own at least one cat?