Friday, August 6, 2010

HSSV Saves 229 Feline Lives this July

By Jamie Emming, Satellite Adoption Manager

Mid-July, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) was bursting at the seams with 83 adoptable adult cats. Any cat who could share an apartment was already with a roommate, rollaway cat condos lined every hallway, and one special 10-year-old girl was bunking in an executive’s office. We knew we had to do something special to help our adult cats find homes during our busy “kitten season." We decided to include all our cats over a year in HSSV’s Homeward Bound Adoption Scholarship for the remaining two weeks of July.

HSSV’s Homeward Bound program waives the adoption fee on shelter guests who have been waiting the longest for a home of their own. These adoptions are no cost to the new family and include all of our matchmaking and follow-up services.

I’m happy to announce that, as a result of this two-week special, we found homes for 83 adult cats in July! And, the extra media buzz around the adults led to 146 kitten adoptions, making a record-breaking month for our felines! Our adoption staff was thrilled to meet so many caring families. As one counselor put it, “I love it when we’re busy, because I know we are helping more animals.”

We still have adult cats in the Homeward Bound program, so when you visit us, look for the bright yellow Homeward Bound tags letting you know that a particular pet is a long-term resident. Take a stroll down by the cat adoption apartments at our Animal Community Center and say hi to Snow who has been with us since November. He'll be the fluffy white kitty looking out from his window perch; maybe you are just what he's searching for?

Stay tuned next week to learn Iggy’s story – one of the kitties who was adopted during this special promotion.


  1. What great news for the older kitties! And that is an amazing record number of cat adoptions! Great job!

  2. What a heartwarming and joyful work HSSV is doing!