Humane Society Silicon Valley Responds to the COVID-19 Crisis

“We were lucky that we were considered an essential service,” relates Humane Society Silicon Valley President Kurt Krukenberg. HSSV has been able to remain open to care for Bay Area animals in need. “There was an overwhelming amount of support from our volunteers and supporters immediately. Our much-anticipated Fur Ball was to take place in March at Levi’s Stadium. We had to cancel that, move the auction online on March 28, and quickly take stock of how we were going to run HSSV under shelter-in-place rules. It was incredibly humbling; we had an outpouring of offers to foster pets—over 2,000 people/families volunteered!”

That love and support has helped the HHSV see record adoptions, especially for puppies, in the last few weeks. How might one adopt a pet with social distancing mandatory right now? HSSV pivoted quickly to Virtual Adoptions—a five-step process that begins with setting up a virtual appointment with a HSSV Adoption Counselor who will arrange a virtual video appointment to meet your potential pet matches. At the end of that appointment you may make arrangements to pick up your new pet within 24 hours. “The process has been working incredibly well,” notes Krukenberg, who along with his wife Charu is the proud owner of HSSV alum Cooper, a pittie/chihuahua mix.
While dog adoptions have a waiting list right now, Krukenberg points out, “It’s kitten season and we’ll have plenty of kittens, rabbits, and pocket pets (think hamsters) ready for adoption in the coming weeks.”

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