Benicia Vallejo Humane Society Becomes Humane Society of the North Bay on Januaury 1, 2011

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Vallejo, CA October 11,2010 The Benicia-Vallejo Humane Society today announced a name change for the organization, founded in 1987, that continueshas to served the local community of homeless animals and their adoptive families since 1991. The new name will be Humane Society of the North Bay.

The Benicia-Vallejo Humane Society today announced a name change for the organization, founded in 1987, that continueshas to served the local community of homeless animals and their adoptive families since 1991. The new name on 01-01-2011 will be Humane Society of the North Bay.

But it’s going for a new look in the next few months with a marketing campaign that includes an increased number of fundraising events, more community outreach, an updated website, and even a new name.

That’s right, the Humane Society is about to reintroduce itself as the Humane Society of the North Bay, a move that’s intended to better reflect the extent of its reach.

The new name is “truly going to represent the area we serve,” Director of Humane Service Peter L. Wilson says. Thanks to the internet, the Humane Society draws potential adopters not just from Benicia and Vallejo, but from the entire North Bay area and even from out of state, Wilson notes. “People can see on our website what great animals we have.”

The initial ambitions of the Humane Society were more modest in scale. The Humane Society was created in 1987 by an independent group of local business people who saw the need for a haven for homeless animals that also gave the community adoption opportunities.

Although the name will change, the mission stays the stays the same: providing a safe place for homeless animals, and offering those animals and their adoptive families a lifetime of rewarding, loving companionship. In addition to the second chance at life for these animals, the Humane Society’s other goal is to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare in general.

But even with such a serious mission, the Humane Society is the source of plenty of lively activity, and not just the pitter-patter of little cat feet or galloping puppy paws.
Because the Humane Society is an independent nonprofit organization, it depends entirely on contributions from the community, and one way to bring in that support is through fundraising events throughout the year.

In early December, the popular “Photos with Santa” returns, providing the holiday memory of your bewildered animal companion managing to sit still in the lap of a white-bearded, red-suited stranger.

But when it comes to parties, “Barkitecture” is the big dog. The annual event, next up on April 1, 2011, is a gala with dinner, silent and live auctions, and the dazzling sight of dressed-up dog, cat and bird houses from inspired amateur designers. Anyone interested in creating their own eye-popping pet Humane Society for the 2011 competition is welcome to enter it into the auction information is available on line at http://www.barkitecture.net . Barkitecture 2010 raised a significant amount of money even in a depressed economy, and this year’s event is likely to be bigger than ever, especially if the community gets busy with hammer and nails, a glue gun and glitter, tassels and satin tufts and sea shells and……well, whatever makes it work!

Something new, the Humane Society is soon releasing a 2011 companion animal calendar that will be available for sale at the Humane Society and online. Produced by Vallejo’s Georgia House Graphics, each month will feature animal companions from the Humane Society adoptees, but future calendars will open up to photos from the public of their pet through our pet photo contest. The calendar has ad space for sale, for businesses, or people who’d like to honor their animal companions information is available online at http://www.bvhumane.org . (pre-orders are being taken now at http://www.bvhumane.org)

The Humane Society is located at 1121 Sonoma Boulevard, at the corner of Sonoma Boulevard and Solano Avenue, and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Humane Society events and activities, call 707-645-7905, or send an email to plwilson(at)bvhumane(dot)org.

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