Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HSSV Sunnyvale Grand Opening

by Sherry Hung, HSSV Volunteer

Last Saturday was the grand opening of Humane Society Silicon Valley's Sunnyvale Satellite Center, located in Sunnyvale's PETCO store. I dropped by to see the festivities and visit the animals in their new adoption suites, and I was so impressed by the enthusiasm of HSSV's staff and the public.

Similar to the first satellite center (located in Saratoga PETCO), the newly-opened Sunnyvale location is a great place for the public to meet animals available for adoption. Cats, kittens, rabbits, and other small animals are housed in adoption suites at the satellite centers. These include a kitten play room where, on Saturday, guests got to enter and visit with several rambunctious kittens as they explored their new surroundings and toys.

In addition, dogs regularly visit satellite centers on Dog Adoption Days, and on Saturday the dogs and puppies vied with the kittens and cats for attention and coos of excitement.

Jamie Emming, HSSV’s satellite adoption manager, told me that Charlotte, a 7-year-old Pomeranian mix, was the first dog to be adopted. After that, “it seemed like an endless kitty parade of adopters leaving with carriers.” By the end of the day, 17 cats, 2 rabbits and Charlotte, the dog, were adopted.

I'm so glad that HSSV makes itself so accessible to the public through its satellite centers and other programs. It seems like serendipity that the new location has opened in November, when HSSV is offering $10 adoption fees for cats and kittens. With the new Sunnyvale location so close to where I live, I'll definitely be dropping by again to visit the animals.

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