By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– As VVAPL Humane Society closes out a “Pawtastic” 2015, tails are waggin’ in anticipation of 2016.
Finding forever homes is always top priority, and VVAPL left no stone unturned attending many off-site adoption events and partnering with rescues to find homes for their pets. The four PetSmart National Adoption Weekends alone garnered homes for over 200 cats and dogs, and rescue organizations from California and Nevada found homes for 170 dogs. In total, 1,472 pets found their forever homes in 2015.
The Holiday Food Drive raised close to 6,000 pounds of pet food, resulting in the 2nd annual FREE pet adoption event. Thirty dogs and 102 cats found forever homes at no charge to their pet parents.
VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie educated over 3,000 children through the C.A.R.E.S. Animal Safety/Responsible Pet Ownership program with the help of Adelanto Animal Care & Control and Mojave River Watershed Group.
The humane society continues to work to end pet overpopulation through community outreach and their spay/neuter clinic, performing 3,200 surgeries in 2015.
With a generous truck donation from Southwest Gas, VVAPL’s Dogs on the Go Mobile Adoption Vehicle will travel to their inaugural adoption event in February 2016 – Apple Valley PetSmart’s National Adoption Weekend.
Returning pets to their owners continues to be a huge obstacle due to lack of pet identification. March 2016, VVAPL will launch Chip & Return, a low-cost microchip program. Microchipping, a permanent form of identification, increases the chance a lost pet will be returned to their owner if found.
VVAPL Humane Society is thankful to everyone who had a part in the many successes of 2015 and looks forward to more in 2016 as they continue to…Make A Difference One Life At A Time.
VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley. For information call 760/247-2102, visit www.vvapl.com to view animals, and like us on Facebook.