Santa Maria Valley Humane Society Increases Hours and Expands Services to Save More Animal Lives

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society announced today that beginning August 1, 2017 it’s Animal Adoption Center will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday for pet adoptions, its Spay & Neuter Clinic will be operating from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and its Animal Wellness Clinic will be open from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Wednesday and Saturday with new services added to keep pets healthy and in their homes.  The Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Animal Care Complex, which houses the Animal Adoption Center, the Spay & Neuter Clinic and the Animal Wellness Clinic, is located at 1687 West Stowell Road, Santa Maria, CA 93458 and its telephone number is (805) 349-3435.

“Expanding our animal adoption hours to include time after work during the week and being open on Saturday and Sunday is a strategic move to accommodate more families who want to adopt pets but might not be able to visit the shelter because of job and school schedules,” says Sean Hawkins, Executive Director for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.  “We have set a goal to adopt 1,000 homeless animals into new homes this year and to do that we have to be open for adoptions when people are off work or when they have free time on weekends.”

Also starting August 1st, the Spay & Neuter Clinic will be performing affordable spaying or neutering surgery for animals belonging to the general public by appointment only on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Patients will be dropped off for surgery between 7:30 am and 8:30 am and picked up between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm the same day as surgery.  Wellness and vaccination services will be available on a walk-in basis on Wednesday and Saturday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm through our Animal Wellness Clinic.  “We have greatly expanded health care services offered through our wellness clinic for pets to now include an optional limited examination by the veterinarian, healthy pet lab work, as well as treatments and preventions for fleas and intestinal parasites,” Hawkins continues. “We want to work with families who already have pets to keep those pets healthy and in their homes. We know that when a pet becomes unexpectedly ill and a family cannot afford treatment for services at a private practice veterinarian, those pets often end up as a stray on the streets or relinquished to an animal shelter.  Our Communities that Care initiative works with families to provide needed services to keep pets safe and in their homes.” 

Further enhancing our Communities that Care initiative includes hiring an Animal Behavior Specialist  who will be joining the staff in August and moving the owned animal intake process to a managed admission model.  “Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is a community resource for families when they can no longer care for their pets,” said Hawkins.  “We are creating a managed admission process at the shelter so we can assess and accept the most adoptable animals possible and help those pets find new homes quickly.” Animal intakes for owned pets will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm by appointment only.  “Team members from our Animal Behavior and Veterinary Medical departments will be available during those hours to assess animals at intake and make sure that we have the resources available to help those pets find homes. If we are able to provide needed medial treatment and implement any needed behavior modification plan, we will accept animals in need of re-homing.  Our responsibility to the community is to place safe and healthy pets as anyone’s potential animal neighbor,” according to Hawkins.  Stray animals in our community are received by Santa Barbara Animal Services and not by the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. To schedule an owned animal intake appointment at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, the public should call the shelter at (805) 349-3435.

For the most up-to-date information about Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, visit our web site at www.smvhs.org.  For featured pets and daily information, become a fan of our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SantaMariaValleyHumane.  All of the animals available for adoption at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society can be viewed online at http://smvhs.org/adopt-pet.