Santa Maria Valley Humane Society Joins Purina® Shelter Champions® Program

Every Adopted Pet Goes Home with Free Purina® Pet Food

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society – one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in California’s Central Coast – announced today that it has accepted an invitation to join the prestigious Purina® Shelter Champions® program, an offer that has been extended to only 100 top animal welfare organizations in the United States.  The Purina Shelter Champions program was created in 2017 by Purina to achieve a mission shared by Purina and animal shelters across the United States to find more homes for more adoptable pets. Through the program, Purina works with participating shelters to provide assistance in feeding the pets in their care and marketing their organizations to promote local pet adoption.  

In addition to a shelter feeding program, which allows participating shelters continual access to a broad line of nutritious Purina pet foods, Shelter Champions members are provided with professional marketing materials to excite communities about adopting pets from shelters. The program also provides educational materials for new adopters with tips and information related to the health and training of their new pets to help make the transition home smooth. 
“We want every pet adopted from a shelter to be happy and healthy and to adjust seamlessly to their new home,” says Sean Hawkins, Executive Director of Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.  “With extremely limited financial resources, parting with Purina allows our organization not only to feed a consistent and healthy diet to our shelter pets, it also increases the quality of the post-adoption experience with professional education and training materials that are made available to every family adopting a pet.” 
Pets adopted from Shelter Champions participating organizations go home with a free supply of Purina dog or cat food to keep animal diets consistent and to avoid an abrupt change of food in a new home, which can lead to digestive issues.

“Pets are our passion at Purina, and we are excited to support the great work that Santa Maria Valley Humane Society does to help local pets find families through providing quality nutrition for the pets in their care and marketing support for their organization,” said Cat Small, Shelter Champions Program Coordinator for Purina and owner of 1-year-old rescue dog, Carrot.  “When we can work together with innovators in animal welfare like Santa Maria Valley Humane Society to support our collective missions, we can help more pets find forever homes and live longer healthier lives together with people who love them.”

Every animal adopted from Santa Maria Valley Humane Society has been examined by the shelter veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.  Families adopting pets from Santa Maria Valley Humane Society also receive discounted pet health insurance and a free post-adoption health exam provided by community partner private practice.  Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, located at 1697 W. Stowell Rd., Santa Maria, CA and is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday.  Pets available for adoption are visible at