We all have friends who call their dog their “child” or post a thousand pictures a day of their cat doing completely unremarkable things on all available social media sites. Even on dating sites, it is an important factor in a “match” if someone likes cats and dogs, or if they don’t like animals at all (a complete deal breaker, obviously). We have dog spas and diamond collars, luxury cat hotels and pet psychologists. Lassie, Milo and Otis, and Mr. Bigglesworth are all considered celebrities of sorts, taking on some kind of featured role in big time movies (or having the movies named after them!). All signs point to a nation that is not only treating her animals very well, but also adoring and idolizing them at every turn.
Unfortunately, despite society’s modern day love affair with everything furry and four-legged, it is not feasible to determine exactly how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States, but the estimate for stray cats alone is around 70 million according to the ASPCA. Sadly, many of these homeless animals will die of environmental factors, like starvation or disease. Most of them will never experience the love of a human. And all of them will have endured unimaginable hardship, such as lack of shelter and food. While this is reality, we are not willing to accept that things cannot be better! We are Friends of SVACA, a group of animal lovers striving to find homes for the animals who need them. We are a non-profit group associated with the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), a completely cageless shelter for dogs, cats and small animals located in Santa Clara, California. In addition to raising money that directly benefits SVACA and it’s animals, our focus is to reduce the companion animal overpopulation problem through neutering and spaying, ensure the well being of animals through education and outreach, and help find loving families for adoptable animals.
This blog will be used to update people on upcoming events, fundraisers, adoptions and volunteer opportunities for both Friends of SVACA and SVACA. It will also be a great educational tool for animal owners, those thinking of adopting an animal and of course, for all animal lovers. We are excited to share with you what we do and spread the word about our number one passion: animals!
Friends of SVACA Mission Statement:
Our mission is to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), increase awareness of its programs and services, and to work to reduce the companion animal overpopulation problem. Our goal is to ensure the well being of animals through education, outreach, and fund raising. We also aim to establish programs which will support SVACA and benefit the animals in its care. We aim to help SVACA find loving families for every adoptable companion animal, assist with financial support for ill and injured animals, and work to reduce the companion animal overpopulation problem in our area. We are always looking for volunteers!
We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 formed in 2008. We have no paid officers or staff and are a completely volunteer organization.