Celebrate the Chinese New Year

chinese new year  goatThank you for joining us at the Lunar New Year Street Festival in Temple City  on January 24th and January 25th.    Sing Tao Newspapers hosted its 5th Annual Lunar New Year Street Festival from noon to 10 pm on both days.  Thousand of people enjoyed fun activities for all ages, gourmet cuisine, car displays and great entertainment in both English and Chinese Mandarin.   

The Festival took place at Las Tunas Drive, between Temple City Boulevard and Rowland Avenue.  Thanks to Temple City, Temple City Chamber of Commerce and Century Entertainment, the Festival sponsors.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast Sunday, as volunteers were preparing to walk the dogs, John spotted what he thought were two empty cardboard boxes in front of the shelter.  He went over to throw them away and realized they were not empty. He opened them and found 14 pairs of sleepy eyes  staring up at him and realized they were 14 German Shepherd mix puppies snuggled together to keep warm.   They quickly woke up when they saw him and began yelping and trying to get out of the boxes.

He called for help and shelter staff carried the now squealing boxes of excited puppies to the clinic.  They were examined and to everyone’s relief were in good health and found to be about 8 weeks old.  There are 8 girls and 6 boys.   For our shelter, a handful of dogs is a big day…but 14 puppies at one time is huge.    What a Christmas gift for us!!   John graciously agreed to be photo-ed with the puppies to everyone’s delight including the happy pups who couldn’t stand still!  They will be available to lucky adopters the middle of January after they are old enough to be spayed and neutered.


New Years Resolutions

Shelter pets can help with your New Year Resolutions. Exercise more….Love more…Read more and Relax more.Flyer_Find Love Cat for website

If one of your resolutions is to ‘exercise more’, why not adopt a friend who will help you every day to meet your goals.

If your resolution is to ‘love more’, why not check out our wonderful pets eager for love and affection.


WE LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS:   Sometimes it takes a while to meet that ‘special someone’…… for Weebo- it was over 2 ½ years and for Athena over 3 ½ years.   Thanks to the patient, loving care by staff and volunteers, these two wonderful dogs were ready to embrace their new future with their new families.

 Athena     Athena Val 10 (2)                                                                                                                         WeeboWeebo (2)big

 For Weebo, it was Mike who visited several times to give him time to get to know him, trust him and bond with him.  For Athena, a loving couple with the patience to introduce her to her new feline ‘sister’ and give her time to fit into her new home.

It was amazing that our two friends left us in the same week and after bringing us so much happiness over the years, it’s now our turn to be happy for them.     Their new families are already sending pictures and videos and promise to stay in touch.    We believe that all healthy, adoptable animals be given every chance to find their forever homes and for Weebo and Athena, their Christmas wish for a “Home for the Holidays” has come true.

On behalf of Weebo and Athena, we thank our many supporters who make it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of so many animals who might not otherwise have a chance.   ‘Putting people and pets together’ is what we do and we couldn’t do it without you!



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The good news continues…..Until the end of November, the adoption fee for all cats will be $24.   If a cat is in your future, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to make it happen.   There is plenty of time to welcome a feline into your family for the holidays!

Our cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, house-trained, micro-chipped and ready to make a move.   The adoption fee also includes a free wellness exam at participating veterinarians.   Check out our happy cats by clicking on ‘Adoptions’ and then ‘Available Pets’ at the top of the home page.kid and cat saying


2015 Calendar Now Available

2015 calendars are available at the shelter for a $10 donation.  The photos were selected among hundreds submitted by shelter supporters.  They make great holiday gifts for the animal lovers on your list!  If you would like to order a 2015 calendar on line, you can do so through Paypal.  Toward the top of the Home Page in the ‘How To Help’ section, click on 

the Donate link.  This will take you to the donation page.  Then click on the Paypal logo and fill out all requested information.  Select the option to ‘review your donation and continue’ and in the box labeled  ‘add special instructions to the seller’, write in that you want to order calendar(s) and list the address(es) you want them shipped to.    We’ll do the rest!   Add $2.50 shipping and handling for each calendar requested.

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month

In recognition of ‘National Adopt A Senior Pet Month’, meet some of our lovable pets looking for a loving home.

Peso & Dollar  on leashMeet Dollar and Peso.   They are 9 and 8 year old Chihuahua mixes.  The two are very popular with the weekday volunteers as they have a very calm temperament and are great little walkers.   They are loving and devoted and would make wonderful companions.


Meet Millie.  She is 9 years old and was surrendered to the shelter along with her siblings when the owner had to move.  Millie likes people and attention, and will come right over to say hello.   She will sit on your lap and loves to be brushed.   She is playful and enjoys batting her string toy.


Stella  srMeet Stella, a very sweet, 8 years young chocolate Labrador retriever.   She was found as a stray and is a lovely girl who likes  people.  She also loves the water, and enjoys a dip in the wading pool at the shelter. Stella just wants a family and home to call her own, so if you have room in your life for this big girl, please come and meet her.

Also, check out Taco, Gracie, Nana and Sookie.    Click on each name for more information!

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Taco                                                                         Gracie                                                    Nana



Wells Fargo Donates $1,000

On October 9th, Wells Fargo Bank presented the SGVHS with a $1,000 donation as part of their Community Connections program. Each year, Wells Fargo Branch Managers select a non-profit as their choice for the program and, this year, Elaine Chan, Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Wells Fargo Valley selected the SGVHS for this generous donation.  Thanks to Wells Fargo for supporting our mission of ‘putting people and pets together!  1000 check


Pictured are (left to right) Wells Fargo Executives David DiCristofaro, Jonathan Weedman, Alhambra Branch Manager Elaine Chan, SGVHS Board Member Doreen Hudson, and Wells Fargo Executive Sandy Walia.

October Is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month


To celebrate, we will be at the Westfield Santa Anita mall every Saturday beginning October 11th through November 1st from noon to 3pm on the Promenade.   Come and meet friendly, adoptable dogs looking for a family to call their own.   Please stop by and support our mission of ‘putting people and pets together’.

Girl Scouts Rock

Girl Scouts  9121  San MarinoThanks go out to Girl Scout Troop 9121 from San Marino for visiting and bringing the animals hand made blankets, cat nip toys and extra cat nip!   Scouts are awesome!