News and Announcements
WOW! What an unbelievable year 2020 has been. Through it all San Gabriel Valley Humane Society continues to care for the animals of our community.
San Gabriel Valley Humane Society is happy to report that 145 dogs, 220 cats, 18 rabbits, and 20 birds, fowl or reptiles were adopted into homes and 23 (including 2 pigs!) were placed with rescue partners. For those that are data driven, this equates to live release rates of 94% for dogs and 64% for cats, as compared to 2019 rates of 94% and 55%, respectively. Among these, 37 were senior (over 8 years old) animals! We are elated to know that these animals will spend their golden years in loving homes!!
In addition, there were some very special 2020 success stories. Three highlights that helped keep our staff and volunteer spirits up through this difficult year -
Darby, a 16 year-old-Dachshund, came to the shelter when a concerned citizen reported an animal in distress. We found Darby with duct tape around his muzzle and severely damaged eyes due to untreated eye conditions.
But none of this dampened Darby’s spirit or his love of people and other dogs. After other treatments failed, we surgically removed both eyes. Darby was undeterred - his senses of smell, touch and taste took over and Darby flourished. He loved cuddling and was a master at “nosing out” food and treats wherever they were hidden.
Darby’s recovery took time, but 7 months later he found his forever home with wonderful people and a younger sibling, Darla, to help him navigate his new abode!
Darby upon arrival and Darby going home!
Bueller came to the shelter in a feral cat trap. We immediately discovered this
handsome 8-year old boy was the opposite of feral. He loved being on a lap or
held in arms purring contentedly. Bueller appreciated belly rubs and chilling in
But he spent a lot of time being treated for chronic ear infections. Lots of tests,
lots of treatments - Bueller was a trooper through it all.
Then, after 7 months, a fantastic couple came to see Bueller and fell in love.
Knowing Bueller’s issues they adopted him and are continuing to care for his
special medical needs.
Then there was Max with extreme trust issues. He loved other dogs but distrusted people, displaying fearful aggression.
Once he was able to trust an individual, he became playful – and his loyalty to those he trusted could not be questioned. We were determined to save this beautiful 2-year old mix and depended not only on staff, but also our volunteers to help modify his behavior.
Then COVID hit so our volunteers could no longer participate, slowing the process substantially.
10 months later, a couple committed to working with shelter staff and a rescue partner to build a safe environment enabling Max to join their family – which includes two smaller dogs, both SGVHS alumni.
With your support, abandoned animals have become beloved pets. In this extremely challenging year, we hope you will consider a gift in any amount to support these efforts. Our grateful thanks from all of us here at San Gabriel Valley Humane Society!
Smokey is a 4 1/2 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier with a gorgeous sleek blue coat!
Smokey loves to play fetch and get lots of pets. He also loves to go on long walks and loves to play with toys!
He would do best in a household with an active family to keep him busy and he would prefer to be the only pet in the household.
He has been at the shelter for over 7 months now and would really benefit from a home of his own.
Olaf is a 10-year-old domestic short haired male cat who could not be sweeter!
Olaf is a stunning boy with a snow white coat, who has been at the shelter since November.
Senior cats make excellent pets and if you are a senior too... adopting Olaf will qualify for our Senior to Senior Adoption Discount.
If you are looking for a loving companion, schedule a visit with Olaf!
To help combat the spread of COVID-19
we have temporarily chosen to "Shelter In Place."
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please see our limited services listed below.
PUBLIC SERVICES TEMPORARILY LIMITED
Effective immediately, visitor access to the shelter will be limited. If you need assistance during normal business hours (Tuesday - Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) please call 626-286-1159 or email: email@example.com.
The following services continue to be offered by appointment only:
• Adoption Services: View adoptable pets HERE on our website and call us to inquire about a specific animal, discuss an adoption application and make a Meet & Greet appointment.
• Lost Pet Redemption: Call or email us to search for a lost pet and arrange for it’s redemption.
• Owner Surrender: Call or email us to provide information and make an appointment to surrender.
• Stray Animals: Call or email us to provide information and make an appointment to bring the animal to the shelter.
• License Issuance or Renewal: Licenses will be processed via US mail.
•Vaccination services by appointment only. Please call (626) 286-1159.
The following non-essential services are temporarily suspended:
• Spay/neuter appointments.
• Intake of healthy stray cats.
• Shelter tours, events and volunteer orientations.
Thank you for your patience as we all work together to combat the spread of COVID-19. Rest assured, we will continue to provide our essential services of caring for the animals. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
See below to find out ways you can help support our mission during this time!
how you can help
Many of you have asked how you can help during this time so we put a list together below. Most importantly, ADOPTIONS are still being coordinated! Please call us at 626-286-1159 between 8am and 5pm to discuss the adoption application and make a Meet & Greet appointment. Thank you all and please be safe ❤️
🐾 PayPal Donations - We understand this is an uncertain time but if you are able to donate monetarily, please use the PayPal link.
🐾 Amazon Wishlist - Our Amazon wishlist is updated frequently to reflect the items we need most. We are ALWAYS in need of non-clumping cat litter; we are also still in need of sensitive food for dogs (see wishlist). As a precaution, we will not be accepting in-person donations until further notice.
🐾 Amazon Smile - The shelter will receive 0.5% when you select San Gabriel Valley Humane Society as the charity of your choice through Amazon Smile. All products, prices, and shopping features remain the same at no extra cost to you. Every bit counts!
🐾 WoofTrax Walk For A Dog App - This is a FREE app for your phone that can be used to raise funds for the shelter just by walking your dog. The app counts your steps similar to a Fit Bit. Download in the App Store.
🐾 Ralph’s - Sign up for Ralphs Community Giving Program, and designate SGVHS (NPO 94102) as your donor organization. The shelter will receive a percentage of eligible purchases every time you use your Ralph’s card!
🐾Social Media - Please share, share, share! We are relying on social media now more than ever to bring our adoptable animals to the attention of their future furever families. Follow us on Instagram @sgvhumanesociety and please subscribe to our YouTube channel, SGV Humane Society.
🐾Donate a Vehicle - Donating your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane has never been easier! Simply visit https://careasy.org/nonprofit/San-Gabriel-Valley-Humane-Society to donate, or call CARS (Charitable Adult Rides and Services) at 877-721-7387 and specify your donation for San Gabriel Valley Humane Society.
Found a Healthy Cat or Kittens that Live outside?
Please don't kitten-nap: Watch and wait!
🐾 In order to comply with the #SaferAtHome directives, we have temporarily suspended elective surgeries, which includes spay and neuter and TNR. Due to this situation, we will not be accepting cats/kittens that live outside, unless they are SICK or INJURED.
🐾 FIND A LITTER: BE A SITTER! Mother cats often leave kittens for hours at a time, and will likely return soon. The only time to interfere is when you are sure the kittens are ORPHANED (left alone for over 8 hours), INJURED or ILL, and in that case, please give us a call at (626) 286-1159.
🐾 If you think kittens have been abandoned, you can help support us by raising them in your home!
For more information on caring for kittens, visit the Kitten Lady web site at: https://www.kittenlady.org/webinar
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, all events are postponed until further notice,
we thank you for your support!
We appreciate your help, no donation is too small!
1. Dog Food (wet and dry)
2. Cat/Kitten Food (wet and dry)
3. Cat Litter (non-clumping type)
4. Amazon Gift Card
5. Home Depot Gift Card
You may donate via our Amazon Wishlist.