Ramona Needs Your Help

Hi. 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!

Halloween Safety Tips

cookieOur 2016  and 2017 calendar girls, June and Cookie, wish you and your pets a Happy Halloween.  They want to share some safety tips for your ‘best friends’ so they enjoy a safe holiday.  

Cautious Costumes: If you dress up your pet, choose your costume with care.  Make sure it fits well and doesn’t restrict his breathing, movement, eye sight, barking or meowing.  Be mindful of and dangling pieces of fabric or buttons that can be chewed off and swallowed.   If your pet seemed distressed when dressed up, it’s best to avoid the costume.

Stash the Goodies: Keep the Halloween candy far out of reach of Fido and Fluffy. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is dangerous for pets, and Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar free candy and gum, can also cause very serious medical problems for your pets. If you think your pet has eaten something toxic, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.june-as-cow-2

Prevent Spooked Pets: With ghosts and goblins knocking on your door, this can be a scary and stressful time for your pet. To reduce anxiety and keep your pet from fleeing, most pets do best when kept in a separate room away from the front door. Remember, the best dressed pets this Halloween are wearing a collar with an ID tag and a microchip!

Thank you to Dr. Walter Cailleteau at the Sierra Madre Animal Hospital for these great tips!  Check them out on their website at


Family Health Fair

sgvmc-health-fair-2016_7-5x9-5-ad-pdfDon’t miss this weekend’s Family Health Fair at the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9am to 1pm in the hospital parking lot at the corner of Broadway and Santa Anita Street.  The address is 438 W. Las Tunas Drive.

There will be Free Flu shots, health screenings, raffle prizes and face painting!!   Fun for the whole family.

Everyone knows how beneficial pets are for our health and we will be there to let you know how great it is to have a best friend!   They keep us in shape, help reduce our blood pressure and bring a smile to our faces.   See you then!

SGVHS Goes To The Races

September 10th (2)

Meet your friends this Saturday, September 10th at the Irwindale Speedway.  The shelter will be there with an outreach booth spreading the word about our good work.

Gates open at 4; first race at 7pm.   Look for number 41  with the SGVHS logo!   Cheer driver Todd Conrad to victory!




Let’s Raise Some Dough

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Love pizza!  So do we!

Animal lovers will help raise funds for the shelter on Sunday, September 19th at the PizzaRev on 3455 E. Foothill Blvd in Pasadena from 1100am to 10:00pm.

Mention the shelter when you check out and 20% of your purchase will support shelter animals!

See you there!      PizzaRevLogo


Fourth Annual Dog Park Festival


Join us in La Crescenta on October 29 from 10 am to 2pm for the 4th annual Dog Park Festival in celebration of their community Dog Park!

There will be free giveaways, raffles, dog boutiques, mobile grooming, veterinary care and much more.

Come to the Crescenta Valley Park at 3901 Dunsmore Avenue and bring your dog for a special day out!!

See you then!



Grassroots Health Expo

grassroots-v3Don’t miss the Grassroots Health Expo at the Grassroots Market & Kitchen, located in South Pasadena  on Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM to 4 PM.   This major health expo features many local  businesses and organizations including the shelter.

Stop by and learn more about the vegan movement.    Check out their website for more information at     For event information, check out this link: veghelp101-logo_7

Pumpkin Run Outreach

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Runners will want to sign up for this year’s Pumpkin Run in Alhambra.   Choose from the 10k, 5k and 1k races for all ages.

The first race is at 7:30am; Registration begins at 6am.

Music, food and local vendors make this Saturday a fun family event.

We will have an outreach booth there and hope to see you!  Stop by and say hello!