Humane Society in San Bernardino….a Good Place for all of your Pet Needs.
In 2005, the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley moved into their beautiful new building at 374 W. Orange Show Road, San Bernardino, CA 92408. 909-386-1400.
History: This facility was first opened in 1978 in an older building in downtown San Bernardino. It was basically a low-cost spayed/ neuter clinic. The building they have now was built with donations. The land was donated and in 2005, the dream became a reality when this wonderful building opened up to service the public. This is not a city, county or state facility.
Servicesinclude Vaccination appointments daily, Vaccination Clinics on Saturday, Neutering and Spaying for dogs and cats, Vet exams, and Microchips.
One special service they offer is to assist owners with gravely ill pets. They have a nurse who wears normal clothes, a room that looks more like a living room than a office visit room (these scare pets), and the owner can sit and hold their pet while the two shots are given. It is a very peaceful experience and your pet goes to sleep while in your arms feeling your love and support. They also offer Pet Loss Bereavement Classes to deal with the loss of your pet. Both of these above services are free of charge.
Speakers from HSSBV go to the schools and teach children from a young age to be kind to animals and also go to most organizations and speak on a variety of subjects involving animals. They also attend many city sponsored events to teach and assist the public. Every month there are several businesses that sponsor events to help to educate the public and get donations.
Other classes offered are 1) Obedience Classes 2) Rattlesnake Avoidance Training 3) Walk-a-Thons to raise money for numerous pet needs which include assisting pet owners who cannot afford to pay for shots.
Indigent Pet Owners: The last time I was there, I was waiting in line to check in when a sweet senior citizen walked in with a cat in a carrier. She walked up and said she had come on the bus and her cat needed shots but she did not have the money to pay. Snoopy me, I would have butted right in and paid but the receptionist at the desk said “No problem, let me get your pet’s name and the vet will see you shortly”. The lady asked how long it would take. Someone will see you next and they did exactly that. They called her right in and she came out smiling and the cat came out moaning….. I was so touched by this that I was sniffling. WHAT A GREAT SERVICE. She was a proud lady and they treated her with respect.
Their main goals are:
1) Promote good health for all animals
2) Have your pets spayed and neutered to keep the over-abundance of homeless pets out of the shelters and off the streets.
3) Teach people how to be responsible pet owners.
4) Help with pet owners obedience problems.
5) Educate the public to have their pet’s shots and licenses yearly. Having shot records/city licenses help to locate your pet if it gets out and gets lost.
6) Promote others to Volunteer at the HSSBV and other events held.
7) Assist with “Animal Cruelty” reports as they have an officer to investigate.
8) Animal Legislation and Advocacy; support and educate others to help establishing laws.
I go there with my pets once a year for their vaccinations and have tags made for their collars. I have gone through the End-of-Their-Life program twice and it was a very nice ending for both of my 15 year old dogs.
Also, my beloved mother loved animals and so when she passed on, I requested donations to be sent to the HSSBV instead of flowers. I think she would have been happy knowing that she helped to enrich some animal’s lives.
These pictures were taken in San Bernardino, CA by Kristin Hamilton. All pictures are copyrighted ©.
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