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December 16, 2009 > Humane Society Silicon Valley Launches 'Team-Raise for the Animals'

Humane Society Silicon Valley Launches 'Team-Raise for the Animals'

Submitted By Kelly Grant

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has launched "Team-Raise for the Animals", a new 'group' approach to raise funds for its new Animal Community Center. The HSSV board of directors is challenging the Silicon Valley community and the surrounding area to raise $150,000 by December 31, 2009 specifically to go toward the new Animal Community Center. Established in 1929, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has served Silicon Valley for 80 years and found homes for more than 500,000 animals. As an added incentive, the board will match each dollar raised with an additional dollar. The fundraising challenge is part of HSSV's larger effort to raise $4.5 million to complete the building campaign for HSSV's new Animal Community Center that opened in April 2009.

"We know our community is all about taking on challenges and we are confident that our community will help us reach this goal," says HSSV President Christine Benninger. "We have built an Animal Community Center that truly is an inspiring model of humane animal care, green building design and community involvement for shelters nationwide. We have raised the bar for animals everywhere. This type of giving opportunity comes along once in a lifetime so we wanted a creative way to harness the power of the Internet to get people involved at all levels of giving."

HSSV is asking animal lovers to make a donation to the New Beginnings Building Campaign either as an individual or by forming a team or joining a group. Supporters are encouraged to create their own HSSV personal fundraising page on Through their Team-Raiser page, individuals or groups can send emails and post information on their Facebook pages asking their family, friends and co-workers to support them in their effort to help the animals. By teaming up to raise funds, individuals or groups can earn permanent donor recognition awards such as a spot on HSSV's Circle of Friends Community Wall, a brick at the entrance to the new Animal Community Center, a 16" x 16" personalized paver with their animal's name and paw prints, or their name (s) on a doggie drinking fountain, kitty, doggie, or bunny playroom. "So often people say 'all I can give is $50 so why bother to give to a building campaign?'" Benninger explains. "This Team-Raiser approach empowers people to collectively make a significant gift to help the animals by involving friends and family.

"The cats, dogs and rabbits of Silicon Valley are counting on us to finish this campaign so HSSV can continue to save these precious and deserving lives for years to come," Benninger says, adding that the campaign is about far more than just a new building. "It's about breaking the cycle of abandoned pets and animal overpopulation and offering services to strengthen the human-animal bond."

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