‘Nix the Nuts’ Campaign Seeks to Increase Spaying, Neutering


Nix the Nuts HSSV Spay and Neuter CampaignUsing a very to-the-point message—”Nix the Nuts”—the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is partnering with 20 local veterinary offices to provide reduced spay and neuter services throughout the month of February. Clients can receive up to 40% off the regular price of procedures in some cases.

“Increasing spay and neuter efforts at this time of year heads off hundreds of homeless litters in the spring and summer months,” says Dr. Cristie Kamiya, HSSV Chief of Shelter Medicine.

In addition, HSSV officials say there are a number of added benefits to spay or neuter your pets, like living a healthier and longer life. For example, it can completely eliminate the risk of testicular cancer in male animals and also reduce the risk of ovarian and other cancers in females. There is less desire for animals to roam, minimizing the interest to mate, spray or mark territory while also decreasing the chances of an accident with a vehicle and fights with neighboring animals.

The HSSV “Nix the Nuts” webpage, hssv.org/snmonth, lists where to find participating veterinary offices. Appointments can also be made with HSSV directly. Residents in several zip codes may even be eligible for free spaying and neutering services; see the webpage for more information. [Read more…]

Silicon Valley Animal Shelter Sends Out Urgent Call for Help Finding Homes for Dogs


Jojo needs a home.

If you’re a dog lover prone to adopting pets in need, proceed with caution. A “drastic” increase in recent weeks of the number of homeless dogs in local animal shelters has Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) officials asking the public to consider fostering or adopting dogs.

San Jose Animal Care and Services has 59 dogs up for adoption, more than twice as many as there is space. In addition, another 200 dogs are waiting for spaces to open up in the adoption area. Humane Society officials brought 15 dogs from San Jose to their center in Milpitas to help with the overflow. The HSSV center has a whopping 11 puppies and 55 dogs available for adoption. Other local shelters are also overflowing.

Acknowledging that “times are tough” the Humane Society is offering a special “Your Price is Right” deal, where adopters name their own adoption fee. Training deposits and licensing fees still apply. The deal is good through December 31.

The organization is also looking for experienced “dog guardians” who will foster dogs for short periods of time.