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February 11, 2009 > Animal Community Center open house

Animal Community Center open house

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Laura Fulda

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is all geared up to open its new facility in Milpitas at the end of March. HSSV is an independent, non-profit agency offering quality care to pets. The Animal Community Center has built the nation's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified center. The new center will officially open its doors at 901 Ames Avenue in Milpitas. On March 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., HSSV will hold an open house for the public to showcase the center's new programs and services.

The 80-year-old non-profit is the first animal agency in the country to offer both adoption programs and varied pet and community services in one place. "We believe our new Animal Community Center will be an inspiring model of humane care, community involvement and green building design for shelters and non-profits nationwide" said Christine Benninger, HSSV president.

A cage-less animal care, affordable spay/neuter medical center, community dog park and training center, doggie daycare, boarding and grooming, veterinary hospital with a public viewing room, education center with programs for children, teens and families, community events center, pet store & pet-friendly cafe are just a few of the new center's facilities.

The animal habitats provide environments like home, reducing animal stress and behavioral issues created by traditional shelter designs. The 48,000 square foot center will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 animal adoptions a year.

The center is environment-friendly, water conserving, energy efficient and built in harmony with nature. In the "green building," an extensive onsite solar system generates 40% of the center's energy needs. A highly efficient kennel cleansing system ensures proper disinfecting while reducing water use. A reflective "cool" roof reduces solar heating of the building in the summer to lower air conditioning bills.

Stained concrete flooring helps to reduce the amount of chemicals and water needed for cleaning. This lowers power bills by retaining heating and cooling. Artificial turf and native plants in the dog park areas help to lower the demand for irrigation water. So that means spending less on operational costs and more on the animals.

The Animal Community Center is built on 4.8 acres of land near Milpitas Boulevard and Montague Expressway and is easily accessible to Highways 101 and 237 and Interstates 680 and 880. "The $25 million project breaks down as follows: $5M for the land, $20M for construction, which includes a decision to incorporate our green LEED building aspects. To date, a majority of the money has been raised for the project through public donations. We are continuing to fund raise for the project and naming opportunities are still available" said Laura Fulda, Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

HSSV has found homes for more than 500,000 animals. Join the cause, support HSSV to break the cycle of pet abandonment and neglect. HSSV accepts animals 24-hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of any temperament or health related problems. Visit for more information.

Animal community center open house
Saturday, March 28
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
901 Ames Avenue, Milpitas
(408) 727-3383

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