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HSNB - 1211 Sonoma Blvd.

Vallejo is not in first place anymore — and it’s wonderful news!

For many years, Vallejo was in the unenviable top spot of sending the highest number of homeless animals to the Solano County shelter. This year, for the first time, we’ve dropped our numbers below the two other largest cities in the county.

This time last year, the City of Vallejo, Solano County and the Humane Society of the North Bay (HSNB) started on this journey to create a new model and a new public-private partnership in Solano County — and the numbers show it’s working. While this is great financial news for the city (it costs $249 per animal that is sent to the county shelter), these extraordinary adoption and “return to owner” rates have outpaced the revenues HSNB has to care for this many animals. In addition, our aging facility and equipment and the ever-rising cost of utilities continue to create financial challenges that could ultimately affect the ability of the shelter to stay open.

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Vallejo first graders learn about animals at local shelter

The cats and dogs and other animals at the Humane Society of the North Bay received a few visitors Friday.

Little human fingers and faces greeted the cats at the shelter, trying to contain their excitement.

About 50 Vallejo Charter School first graders came to the shelter to learn more about the animals, how to safely handle them and about how the weather affects them.

“I learn that (the animals) come here when they run away,” said Kylie, one of the students.

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Preparing for an Emergency

Your pet needs you even more when disaster strikes. Essential services are often unavailable and  families are frequently displaced. 

Here are important safety tips:

  • Plan Ahead. You'll have little to no time to organize in the midst of an emergency.
  • Identify a safe place where your pets can go if you need to evacuate or seek shelter. NEVER leave animals behind.
  • Be sure that ID tags have current contact information and are properly affixed to your pet’s collar.
  • Tags and collars can get lost, so be sure your pet has a microchip with current information and an out-of-area contact.
  • Always keep your pets’ vaccinations up-to-date.
  • Prepare a disaster kit that includes pet carriers, food, bowls, bedding, kitty litter and box, a list of contacts, the name of your veterinarian, and copies of proper licensing and vaccinations.

For more information on keeping your pets safe, visit, http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness

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