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Valley Humane Society Begins Construction Process for a New Animal Shelter in Pleasanton

Original post made by Love My Pets, Ruby Hill, on Mar 10, 2010

Valley Humane Society (VHS) has begun the process to build a new, 5,000 square foot animal shelter on Nevada Street in Pleasanton.

Founded in 1987, Valley Humane Society has saved thousands of homeless pets through its animal adoption program. Other programs include a pet food pantry for low-income families with pets, a pet visitation program that benefits seniors and wounded veterans, humane education programs that educate children about responsible pet ownership, and a fund that provides financial assistance for emergency veterinary care.

“Last year was a turning point for VHS,” said Wendy McNelley, VHS General Manager, “Thanks to the hard work of our Board and the support of our volunteers we are now poised to make our dream of a new building come true.”

In April 2007, VHS moved from a small building on Spring Street in downtown Pleasanton to a modular building at 3670 Nevada Street. The construction of a new building will allow them to expand their services to the community and triple the number of animal’s lives saved every year.

Thanks to a bequest from the late Joyce Keeler, a former Livermore teacher and animal lover, VHS has acquired a significant portion of the funds needed to begin building. A Capital Campaign will run in tandem to the building process to help raise additional support. Naming right opportunities for certain portions of the building will be available through this campaign.

Proforma Construction of Pleasanton will be the contractor for the project.

In other news, Valley Humane Society has elected Lori Rice, President of the Amador Valley High School Athletic Boosters and active community volunteer, to the office of President of the Board. The former President, Cindy Vallar, had to step down unexpectedly after accepting a job position in Ohio. The Board wishes to thank Cindy for her dedication to VHS. Lori is looking forward to a productive leadership term and to leading this building project.

For information, call Wendy McNelley, General Manager of Valley Humane Society at (925) 426-8656 or by email at

Valley Humane Society Mission

Valley Humane Society is an animal welfare organization advocating responsible pet ownership. We seek to provide our community with educational outreach and collaborative programs that enrich the bond between people and companion animals and eliminate unnecessary euthanasia. We are the only no-kill facility in the area to accept animals by private surrender.

VHS is located at 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton, CA. The phone number is (925) 426-8656. Visit

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Posted by Scott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

This is great news...congrats to VHS!

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Posted by Nan
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:35 am

Fantastic news! The girls and I will be there with you guys, watching the building go up, and are more than happy to help out wherever we can. Just give us some green aprons and put us to work!!

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Posted by Sharon Crompton
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

As a volunteer there I can hardly wait. I've been hearing about a new shelter for years now and to think we may actually have it by next year is certainly a dream come true. There are so many animals in our community in need of our care that it will be a wonderful experience to be able to care for so many more than we can right now. I am so excited thinking about all the dogs and cats lives we will be able to save.

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