Valley Humane Society has a variety of programs designed to help pets and people. We find loving new homes for more than 500 dogs and cats in our community annually, most rescued from overcrowded area municipal shelters where they are at risk of being euthanized. Hundreds of volunteers work within our adoption center and out in the community to promote love of pets. They help to care for these animals until adoption, educate youth about humane ideals and pet care, and share the unconditional love of pets with those in need. AniMeals offers pet food assistance to struggling guardians so that beloved dogs and cats might remain at home and not enter the shelter system due to financial challenges. Canine Comfort Pet Therapy sends dogs and their guardians into children's cancer wards, senior centers, veteran's hospitals and school campuses to soothe those in need of comfort; in 2016 we were honored to bring the dogs' healing love to first responders and survivors of Oakland's Ghost Ship fire, and to veterans and homeless individuals at East Bay Stand Down.