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November 12, 2008 > The best place to adopt, learn about, engage with, and celebrate animals

The best place to adopt, learn about, engage with, and celebrate animals

By Meenu Gupta

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is all set to develop a new Animal Community Center in Milpitas in spring 2009. The center proposes to set new standards by providing a community dog park and training center. Other services will include a doggie daycare, boarding and grooming, a pet friendly cafe' and a pet store.

To save animal lives pet adoptions will also be offered. Strengthening the human-animal bond is the driving force behind HSSV's innovative Animal Community Center.
"We wanted to make Humane Society Silicon Valley not only the best place to adopt a pet, but the best place to learn about, engage with, and celebrate animals," says Laura Fulda, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, HSSV.

The 48,000 square-foot facility will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 animal adoptions a year. "We are an independent nonprofit organization that has been serving people and pets for 79 years. We are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States and depend on donations from the community. We are building a new Animal Community Center at 901 Ames Avenue in Milpitas that will be twice the size of our current facility in Santa Clara," said Fulda. "The Santa Clara facility will go away once we move into the new facility in Spring 2009. It will serve the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and the Tri-City area."

The new Milpitas Animal Community Center will reuse more than 90 percent of the materials from the old building. A high-performance, sustainable "green" structure, which is energy-efficient, will be created meeting the standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) set by the national Green Building Council.
One of the first environmentally friendly LEED certified Green animal shelters in the country, the Animal Community Center will offer services not traditionally found at animal shelters like daycare and boarding. "The new center will break the traditional mold of animal sheltering and serve as a model facility for animal shelters across the nation," said Fulda.

Heat recovery technology will be installed on all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to reduce the amount of energy utilized by the building's climate control systems. Photovoltaic (solar power) arrays will also be installed on the building's roof over the dog park and parking areas to generate some power and provide shade simultaneously.

"We want to build a sustainable, environmentally friendly Animal Community Center that will not only promote animals but promote water savings and energy efficiency," says Kate Mulligan, HSSV board chair.
HSSV will be one of the first animal welfare agencies to combine a full spectrum of services with an adoption program under one roof: a spay/neuter medical center, a veterinary hospital with a public viewing room, an education center, and a live performance alcove.

"Addressing pet overpopulation and euthanasia in Silicon Valley calls for a revolutionary approach to the way animal facilities interface with people in our community," says HSSV President Christine Benninger. "We believe our new Animal Community Center will be an inspiring model of humane care and community involvement for shelters nationwide." To get more information about the center visit http://www.hssv.org and click on the Animal Community Center link.

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