Senior Pets Rule: 10 Reasons Senior Pets Rule


  1. When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.

  2. A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.

  3. You can teach an old pet new tricks (I do every day with my own pets!): Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.

  4. A senior pet may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night) anyway!

  5. In particular, senior pets are often already litter trained and house broken and are less likely to “forget” where they do their business.

  6. A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much pet you’re getting.

  7. Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

  8. Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.

  9. Senior pets often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.

  10. Senior pets are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior pet, you’re truly saving a life.

Clear The Shelters

Nearly 700 shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 that helps find loving homes for animals in need.   Over 54,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016.

The shelter will be participating in this year’s event.   Stop by, adopt and save a life!!

Eat For Change


Meet your friends on Friday, August 25th at the Temple City Chipotle on  5809 Rosemead Blvd. from 10:45 am  to 10:00 pm.

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society.

Enjoy good food and support the shelter!

National Night Out

Stop by our booth at this year’s National Night Out on August 1st in San Gabriel.
 We will be there with other community organizations on Tuesday evening from 5 pm to 9 pm in the historic mission district at 320 South Mission Drive between Santa Anita and Broadway.
The entire community is invited to join together for an evening of Food, Music and Fun! Members of the military, fire department and other city leaders will also be participating.  the evening

2018 Calendar Photos Wanted

Your pet could be the celebrity on the cover of our 2018 calendar!    Do you have a great photo of your best friend?

Enter our photo contest!    Send in your favorite pet photos and yours could be one of twelve lucky pets to be featured in our 2018 calendar.   Submission deadline is June 18, 2017!

Email your photos to  Photos should be high resolution, horizontal shots that show off your best friend.   We welcome your best photos in our calendar contest.  Tell your friends, family and co-workers!

Ramona Thanks You For Your Help

I have very good news to report!  You came through for me.   Thanks to your generosity, I have enough money for my surgery with a bit left over.  My friend, Meg, is being evaluated at a specialist and she may need an expensive procedure so she can be healthy.    I am looking forward to my surgery on May 16th.    I can then put my best paw forward and find my forever home.    Don’t forget about me!    Here is my story.   My name is Ramona.   I came to the shelter in May, 2014 with my litter of young kittens.  My babies kept me very busy and I was happy to see them find their forever homes.  I’ve made many friends here but still haven’t met that one special family.   It’s stressing me out and now I have stomatitis, a periodontal disease.   When the inflammation is severe, it is very painful for me.  I don’t feel I can be my best every day and I am missing out on meeting my forever family.   I need specialized surgery in order to relieve my pain and sore gums.   They tell me that feline stomatitis is a painful and chronic condition of the tissues in my mouth.  My only relief is specialized surgery that can’t be performed by the shelter clinic staff.  I need a veterinary specialist do to the surgery and need your help to raise $950. With your help and the surgery, I can look forward to a happy life in a furrever home.   My surgery is scheduled for May 16th and I don’t want to suffer any longer.   Please follow this link and type Ramona in the message box and your generous donation will go toward my surgery.  If I get more money than I need, (thanks to you), I will make sure that any extra goes to my other animal friends who need special medical care. 


I am a 4 year old girl with torbie markings, big eyes and a great sense of curiosity.   I love head scratches, being brushed and full body massages. I respond with a big yoga stretch reaching my back high to the sky with a contented smile on my face. After playing with my favorite string toys, I am happy to sit on a favorite lap for attention.  My friends say I am well behaved and a pleasure to be with.   I don’t even get fussy when my nails are trimmed!  By now, you are probably wanting to meet me.   If you are the perfect family for me, please stop by the shelter and let’s get to know each other!



Canine Distemper 2017

Canine Distemper Alert 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed that a local raccoon was infected with the deadly Canine Distemper virus.   We have handled several dead or diseased raccoons over the past two weeks and suspect these were infected with the virus.  While we have not seen the disease in coyotes or skunks, they too can become infected.

This disease is highly contagious to dogs and puppies. And there is currently no treatment that will kill the virus inside the animal.  Veterinarians can only provide medications that fight secondary infections and prevent seizures while the dog works to heal itself.  Distemper is often fatal.  Dogs that survive usually have nervous system damage.

The good news is that Distemper is preventable in dogs and puppies with a simple vaccination.

Veterinarians offer the Distemper vaccination typically as a part of a dog’s annual physical exam/new puppy’s vaccination protocol. San Gabriel Valley Humane Society’s low cost vaccination clinic also offers the vaccination to the public.  Our clinic hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 2 pm to 4 pm.  No appointment is necessary.

Additionally, residents should be encouraged to keep their dogs away from sick dogs and wildlife and keep all pet food and water bowls indoors. The virus is airborne and can also be transmitted by shared water and food bowls.

More information about Canine Distemper can be found on the following Health Department link:

The 2014-2015 Distemper outbreak in raccoons, located in the southern area of Los Angeles County, had a total of 129 documented cases, 6 confirmed and 123 suspected. This year, in addition to our cases, we have heard that Distemper has been reported in Azusa, Covina, and West Covina.

Protect your dogs and puppies from this deadly disease by a simple vaccination!



Healthy Pet Expo

Mark your calendar!
Saturday,  May 6th 
9am to 3pm

Whittier Narrows Park
Meadows Picnic Area
750 Santa Anita Avenue
South El Monte   91733

We will be joining animal lovers for this year’s Healthy Pet Expo.   Bring your dog or cat and take advantage of the many free services for your pet, including nail trims,  vet consults, giveaways and free and low cost vaccines.

There will be a dog contest with prizes for the best outfit, coolest trick and pet owner- look alike.  Spend a fun day with your best friend and learn how to keep your pet healthy!

2017 Calendars Are Ready to Go

2017 calendar cover  The 2017 calendars are here!    Filled with adorable photos of man’s best friends, you will want one for yourself and a few for your friends!

Pick one up at the shelter today or order on line using our Paypal account.

If you would like to order a 2017 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.    Calendars are $15 to cover the cost of mailing.