Special Stories

***SHILOH UPDATE***

Shiloh is still waiting for a home.

***ONYX UPDATE***

ONYX TRANSFERRED TO RESCUE FOR ADOPTION!

***LILAH UPDATE***

Lilah is still waiting for a home.

***TITUS UPDATE***

Titus is still waiting for a home.

***PYRITE UPDATE***

PYRITE FOUND A HOME!

***LUCY UPDATE***

LUCY FOUND A HOME!

***SUMMER NIGHT UPDATE***

SUMMER NIGHT is still waiting for a home.

***OLIVER UPDATE***

OLIVER FOUND A HOME!

***AMER UPDATE***

AMER FOUND A HOME!

HOMES FOUND AT CINCO DE MAYO FAMILY FESTIVAL

We arrived with 10 hopeful doggies and 6 found their forever homes at the May 2 Cinco de Mayo Family Festival - Two Chihuahua siblings, two Shih Tzu siblings, Freckles and Lizzie, pictured with her new family.  Thank you families for opening your hearts and homes to our precious pups. 

***VVAPL AT AV WINTER WONDERLAND***

       VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie had a wonderful time at Apple Valley's Winter Wonderland helping children write and mail their letters to Santa.  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more photos.

 

***VVAPL IN VV CHRISTMAS PARADE***

       The year's theme was "Christmas Morning."  Our float depicted what our animals want for Christmas...a forever home.  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more photos.

 

***QUEEN BEES OF COUPONS HAVE A HEART FOR ANIMALS***

       Queen Bees of Coupons held a fundraiser for VVAPL Humane Society.  Members spent a fun afternoon playing bingo to help our animals.  In addition to raising $60, members also donated a number of items from our “Wish List,” including dry and canned food, biscuits, paper towels, softener sheets and detergent.  Thank you Queen Bees of Coupons for paw-sitively making our day with your generous donation. 

***OPHELIA THE PIG GETS HER KISS!!***

       VVAPL Humane Society Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz made good on her promise to kiss Ophelia the Pig because she sold 200 tickets in 11 days.  Thank you Adelanto Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to participate in the High Desert Diva Contest.  Thank you again to everyone who purchased tickets and helped VVAPL Humane Society WIN $250, and of course, Ophelia to get her kiss.  We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

***TERRY SAENZ CROWNED HIGH DESERT DIVA 2014***

       VVAPL Humane Society Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz was crowned Adelanto Chamber's High Desert Diva 2014, which means the humane society will receive $250. Thank you to everyone who voted for her.  We can't thank you enough for your support.  And Ophelia the Pig.....she gets her kiss.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for pictures of the High Desert Diva Finale.

 

***GREAT TIME AT SEARS SAFETY EVENT***

VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie got a special treat from these children....a bellyrub!

VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie get a special treat...a belly rub!

       VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie had a wonderful time at Sears on Saturday for their National Safety Weekend event.  She enjoyed greeting everyone who stopped by our table and taught a number of children how to pet a dog safely.  It was a fun day!

***MILLIE ATTENDS HELENDALE SENIOR FAIR***

VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog networks with the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinarian from Isa Companion Animal Clinic

       VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie attended the 4th Annual Helendale Senior Outreach Health Fair.  She had a wonderful time greeting visitors who stopped by our table.  She also did some networking with the Veterinarian and Veterinary Assistant from Isa Companion Animal Clinic.  It was a wonderful event, and we look forward to attending next year.

***VVAPL AMBASSADOR DOG GOES OUT TO THE BALL GAME***

       VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie and VVAPL Humane Society Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz attended Friday night’s High Desert Mavericks game.  Ambassador Dog Millie always enjoys going out into the community to spread the word about the many animals waiting for their forever homes at the humane society.  She also never misses the opportunity to teach kids, and even adults, how to pet someone else’s dog safely.  Millie says thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hi.

 

***THANK YOU PALMDALE & KENTWOOD STARBUCKS***

VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie presents a Certificate of Appreciation to (from left) Manager Ashley Roderick, Barista Kara-Linda Roof and Barista Victoria Bowser

       This is our final week of Starbucks recognitions.  We are so thankful for everything each of these Starbucks has done to help our animals.  The next time you crave something yummy, stop by one these Starbucks for something delicious and say thanks for helping so many of our furry friends.

       The Starbucks on the corner of Palmdale Road and Kentwood Boulevard in Victorville has been a wonderful friend to the humane society.  Every week we post a “Pet of the Week” flyer on the bulletin board to give our animals more exposure to prospective pet families.  This store is also planning on joining in a donation drive during next year’s Global Month of Service.  Thank you Palmdale & Kentwood Starbucks!

 

 

***THANK YOU ROY ROGERS AND CIVIC DRIVE STARBUCKS***

VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie presents a Certificate of Appreciation to (from left) Barista Victoria Nod, Store Manager Allie Crosswhite and Barista Jeremy Lunasco.

       The Starbucks on the corner of Roy Rogers and Civic Drive in Victorville has been very supportive to our animals.  Every week we post a “Pet of the Week” flyer on the bulletin board to give our animals more exposure to prospective pet families.  In April during Starbucks’ Global Month of Service, this store was one of three Starbucks to hold a dog food drive, which garnered over 300 pounds of food.  In addition, we held an adoption event at the store, with 2 dogs finding their forever homes.  In May, we also had a place to meet prospective donors during our one day “Give BIG” campaign.  Thank you Roy Rogers Starbucks!

 

***THANK YOU ADELANTO STARBUCKS***

VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie presents a Certificate of Appreciation to (from left) Barista Nicole LaFlower, Shift Supervisor Hannah Caracciolo and Barista Christina Cintora.

       The Starbucks on the corner of Palmdale Road & Highway 395 has been a fantastic friend to VVAPL Humane Society.  The management staff has been very welcoming, inviting us to hold events at the store.  Every week we post a “Pet of the Week” flyer on the bulletin board to give our animals more exposure to prospective pet families.  In April during Starbucks’ month of service, this store was one of the three that held a food drive for our animals in which we collected over 300 pounds of much needed food.  Thank you Adelanto Starbucks!

***THANK YOU APPLE VALLEY & BEAR VALLEY ROADS STARBUCKS***

VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Brenda Maccleary, Anastacia Fajrado, Kali Rueger and Store Manager Phil Amador

       The Starbucks on the corner of Apple Valley and Bear Valley roads in Apple Valley was the first Starbucks to offer their support, and they are helping us again.  For the next two weeks, from Monday, July 28 through Monday, August 11, the store is holding a “Bucks for Bones” donation drive.  Make a donation, and you’ll get a dog bone to post in the store with “I helped feed an animal in need” on it. 

       Manager Phil Amador is big animal lover, and he started our fantastic relationship with Starbucks.  Every week we post a “Pet of the Week” flyer on the bulletin board to give our animals more exposure to prospective pet families.  We also had a place to meet prospective donors during our one day “Give BIG” campaign in May.  In April during Starbucks’ month of service, the store held a food drive and collected almost $75 with their “Bucks for Bones” donation drive.  Thank you Apple Valley and Bear Valley Roads Starbucks!

 

***THANK YOU HIGHWAY 18 STARBUCKS***

VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie presents a Certificate of Appreciation to (from left) Barista Apryl Gonzales, Store Manager Jessica Mushaney, and Supervisor Kelsea Hodgson

       We are extremely thankful to a number of Starbucks for helping our animals find their forever homes.  We are highlighting one each week to say thank you.  When you’re feeling like something yummy to eat or drink, head over to a Starbucks that is truly a friend to animals.  First up…..

       The Starbucks on the corner of Highway 18 and Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.  Every week we post a “Pet of the Week” flyer on the bulletin board to give our animals more exposure to prospective pet families.  We also had a place to meet prospective donors during our one day “Give BIG” campaign in May.  Thank you Highway 18 Starbucks!

 

More pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.  The loud whizzes, bangs and flashes of exploding fireworks can terrify pets to the point of panic causing irrational behavior, such as jumping fences and chewing through leashes to escape.  Scared pets can become disoriented and travel long distances away from home or get injured or killed by darting into the street.

  • Keep pets INDOORS in a secure, quiet and comfortable room or crate.  A screen door cannot always stop a terrified, charging pet. 
  • Block out the outside noise by turning on the television or playing soothing music.
  • DO NOT take your pets to firework shows.
  • Make sure your pet has identification.  Collars tags can come off, so microchip you pet.  Even inside cats can and should be microchipped.  It’s easy, safe, inexpensive, and permanent and always keep your information current with your microchip provider.

***STUDENT THANK YOU’S***

       VVAPL Humane Society’s C.A.R.E.S. Animals Safety/Responsible Pet Ownership program was recently presented at 7 Adelanto Elementary Schools.  VVAPL Humane Society’s Ambassador Dog Millie along with Adelanto Animal Care & Control and Rescue Dog Jake taught students the responsibilities of pet ownership, the job of animal control, and animal safety tips.  We wanted to share a few of the wonderful thank you letters we received.

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more letters.

 

***SCHOOL VISITS WITH MOJAVE RIVER WATERSHED***

Millie demonstrates to Eucalyptus Preschoolers how a microchip works.

       VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie finished another year of teaching children “Doggie Doo Doo is a Stormwater Don’t” with the Mojave River Watershed Group.  Millie and PR Representative Terry Saenz had a wonderful time speaking with elementary students about the importance of doing their part to keep our water supply clean by properly disposing of their pet’s waste, as well as providing tips on responsible pet ownership and demonstrating how a microchip works.  The students especially loved Millie showing off her dancing skills.  Thank you Mojave River Watershed Group for inviting us to participate in these important assemblies.

 

***FAIR ADOPTIONS HUGE SUCCESS***

 

Mikah was adopted at the fair.

       The fair is over, and our final adoption count is in…..50, an un-Bee-lieve-able 50 animals found their forever homes during our un-Bee-lieve-able special fair adoption fee.  Thank you families for opening your hearts and homes to our animals.  We can’t thank everyone enough for helping us spread the word about this special fair adoption fee.  YOU helped make this a success.  YOU helped us save 50 more lives.  YOU are helping us continue on our mission to…..Make A Difference One Life At A Time!!!

 

***AMBASSADOR DOG MILLIE HAS GREAT DAY AT KID’S FAIR***

       VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie had a wonderful time at the Apple Valley Police & Apple Valley Police Activities League’s 2014 Kid’s Fair last Saturday.  A number of children and parents learned the A.S.A.P. procedure to safely pet someone else’s dog.  CHP Mascot Chipper also stopped by to talk safety tips with Millie.  It was a fun afternoon, and Millie looks forward to attending again next year.

***MEYERS NAMED 2014 VOLUNTEERS OF YEAR***

Jason Hutson, Linda and Steve Meyers, Scott Knoll

           Hesperia Volunteer Network held their 3rd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 10.  VVAPL Humane Society honored four of their volunteers:  Steve and Linda Meyers, Scott Knoll, and Jason Hutson.  The Meyers spend 2 to 3 days a week socializing, playing with, grooming and exercising the cats in our cattery to help prepare them for their forever homes.  Knoll and Hutson walk dogs, clean kennels and help prospective pet parents in the adoption center.

           Hesperia Volunteer Network is a website nonprofit agencies can post volunteer opportunities, and people can search for ways to serve in their community.  This is the second year VVAPL Humane Society has attended this wonderful dinner.

            The end of the evening culminated with the announcement of some special awards.  VVAPL Humane Society volunteers Steve and Linda Meyers were honored as the 2014 Volunteers of the Year.  Due to their dedication and commitment to our cats, our adoption rates have increased significantly.  We thank the Hesperia Volunteer Network Committee making the purrfect choice for the 2014 Volunteers of the Year.

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures from the awards dinner.

***AMBASSADOR DOG MILLIE TEACHES KIDS A.S.A.P. AT HEALTH FAIR***

 

VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie had a great time at the 2014 Kid’s Health & Safety Fair at Sunset Hill Memorial Park on Saturday.  Ambassador Dog Millie taught kids the importance of A.S.A.P. before petting someone else’s dog (Ask, Sniff, And then, Pet)….Ask – Is your dog friendly?  May I pet your dog?...Sniff – Let the dog sniff the back of your hand to get to know you….And then….Pet – Pet under the chin or on the chest.  Never bring your hand over a dog’s head because it can feel threatened.  It was a wonderful event for kids and parents.  We hope to see you again next year!

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more Health Fair pictures.

 

 

***HIGH DESERT PARROT HEAD CLUB DONATES TO VVAPL***

       The High Desert Parrot Head Club, a nonprofit organization, enjoys the Jimmy Buffett Band and partying with a purpose…raising money to donate to charities.  VVAPL Humane Society was the recent recipient of their generosity.  Club members recently delivered a pallet of paper towels to the shelter.  Thank you High Desert Parrot Head Club for helping our animals.

 

 

***VVAPL VISITS VILLAGE ELEMENTARY TO TALK DOGGIE DOO DOO**

Millie loves being the center of attention.

Millie loves being the center of attention.

      VVAPL Humane Society’s Ambassador Dog Millie recently spent three days at Village Elementary School to help Mojave River Watershed Group teach the students how they can help keep our water clean.  Millie’s skit on the proper way to dispose of animal waste always brings down the house, along with the mantra…Doggie Doo Doo is a Stormwater Don’t!

***THANK YOU LETTERS FROM DISCOVERY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS***

       We recently visited Discovery School of the Arts with Mojave River Watershed Group to teach students how they can help prevent water pollution.  We also provided tips on how to be a responsible pet owner.  We received some wonderful thank you letters and wanted to share a few.  I guarantee they’ll bring a smile to your face.  Thank you Discovery School of the Arts students. 

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more letters.

 

***GIRL SCOUT TROOP 786 EARNS A PATCH HELPING VVAPL***

Victorville Girl Scout Troop 786 loves animals, so they chose a service project to help the animals at Victor Valley Animal Protective League Humane Society.  The girls, ages 5 to 10 years old, collected items from the shelter’s “Wish List.”  The troop presented VVAPL Humane Society with a number of much needed items – paper towels, food, treats, and distilled water.  By giving back to their community, the girls earned their Community Service Patch.

After presenting their donation to the shelter, the girls, leaders and family members were treated to a tour of the shelter, and then attended a brief workshop on responsible pet ownership and animal safety.  VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie was on hand to help demonstrate how a microchip works and the proper way to greet someone else’s dog.  Thank you Girl Scout Troop 786 for your generous donation to our animals.  VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie gives you Two Paw Up!

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for photos of the Girl Scouts' visit.

***WILD WEST CORVETTES CLUB DONATES TO VVAPL***

(Left) President Jim Chandler, Jack Yeghoian, Chris Collier, and Herb Batory present donation to VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie

Members of the Wild West Corvettes Club of Victor Valley donated a pallet of paper towels to the animal shelter.  Established in 1985, the club has the distinction of being the first Corvettes Club in the Victor Valley.  The club donates everything they make from their yearly fundraisers to help their Victor Valley communities.  This year the members chose to help the animals at VVAPL Humane Society.  Thank you Wild West Corvette Club of Victor Valley for helping our animals.

***VICTORVILLE LOWE’S DONATES TO VVAPL***

       The Victorville Lowe’s located at 14333 Bear Valley Road donated a number of much needed items to VVAPL Humane Society including cat and dog flea and tick products, dog biscuits, toys, animal waste disposal products, and Bitter Lime.  Thank you Victorville Lowe’s for your generous donation to help us meet the needs of our animals.  Lowe's Never Stops Improving.  We give you TWO PAWS UP!!

 

 

***VVAPL RINGS IN 2014 WITH A BANG THANKS TO DISNEY***

       VVAPL Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz (left) and Executive Director Kathy Williamson (right) holding Ambassador Dog Millie, accept a $5,000 Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund grant from Rachelle Allen for VVAPL’s C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Animals, Responsibility, Education, and Safety) Animal Safety Program.  The interactive session of information, skits and games is taught by VVAPL Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz and Adelanto Animal Care & Control Supervisor Steve Peltier, along with VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie.  Thanks to the DVCF grant the shelter will be able to provide attendees with informational handouts, stickers and prizes, in addition to purchasing a projector to enhance their presentation with a PowerPoint slide show. 

       Walt Disney Parks and Resorts cast member Rachelle Allen has been instrumental in VVAPL Humane Society receiving around $10,000 in grants over the past 4 years.  Allen nominated the shelter to received one of the 114 grants given to Southern California nonprofits by the DVCF, which is entirely funded by cast members through payroll deductions or one-time donations.

       Thank you Rachelle Allen and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts cast members for the grant from the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund and believing in our dream of a safe environment for children and animals.
 

***VVAPL HONORED***

 

***MOJAVE RIVER WATERSHED ASSEMBLIES HAVE BEGUN***

PR Representative Terry Saenz shows students Ambassador Dog Millie's microchip number after demonstrating how a scanner works.

       Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz and Ambassador Dog Millie joined the Mojave River Watershed Group December 18 at the Discovery School of the Arts in Victorville to teach students how they can protect the Mojave River Watershed.  Saenz, along with Ambassador Dog Millie, stresses the importance of picking up pet waste, microchipping pets and how a microchip scanner works, which is also part of being a responsible pet owner.  We are thrilled to be invited back to participate in these fun-filled educational assemblies

***AV KIWANIS AND AV FEED BIN SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER***

       The Apple Valley Kiwanis Club (pictured) and Apple Valley Feed Bin brought holiday cheer to VVAPL Humane Society with their 26th annual cat and dog food donation.  The over 700 pounds of food was almost double their 2012 donation.  VVAPL Humane Society thanks Apple Valley Kiwanis Club and Apple Valley Feed Bin for their generous donation and continued support of our animals.  Apple Valley Feed Bin is located at 21942 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley.

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more photos.

 

***VV CHRISTMAS PARADE***

It was a cold, windy, windy day, but Santa’s Buddies weren’t deterred.  VVAPL staff, their families, Ambassador Dog Millie, and some of her four-legged friends braved the elements to wish all creatures big and small a warm home for the holidays during Victorville’s Christmas Parade.  Our float theme was “Santa Buddies” – Ambassador Dog Millie and Lead Kennel Attendant Billy drove the sleigh, led by cats and dogs, flying over a starry sky to deliver toys to all the dogs and cats for Christmas.  It was a fun morning and a great way to start the Christmas Season!

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.

***AV CHRISTIAN STUDENTS HELP DECORATE FLOAT***

       Students from Apple Valley Christian School volunteered to help decorate our float for the Victorville Christmas Parade.  The students painted the sides black and cut stars out of aluminum foil, which will be placed on the black sides to depict a starry sky.  The students did an awesome job!  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety to see more photos of the students at work.

***AV CHRISTIAN SERVICE CLUB HOLDS DOG FOOD DRIVE FOR VVAPL***

VVAPL Humane Society Ambassador Dog Millie gratefully accepts the dog food donation from Apple Valley Christian's Student Leadership Team.  (Left) Advisor Tami Singery, Chaplain Sydney Murphy, VP Community Service Sydney Ricker, Secretary Haley Richart, and Advisor Amy Murphy

       The middle school Student Leadership Team at Apple Valley Christian School answered Victor Valley Animal Protective League Humane Society’s urgent plea for dog food by holding a dog food drive.  The fifteen member service club, consisting of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, chose VVAPL for their first monthly service project because they are all dog people.

       The members posted flyers and donation boxes around the school and sent letters to local businesses.  The team effort paid off because the donations rolled in.  Two of the largest donations came from Walmart, donating 225 pounds of dog food, and Petco, donating over 50 pounds.  In total, the Student Leadership Team collected over 400 pounds of dog food.

       Thank you Apple Valley Christian School Student Leadership Team, Walmart, Petco, and all the individuals who donated dog food for our animals at the shelter.  We are grateful for your generosity. 

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.

***ASPIRING VETERINARIAN VOLUTEERS AT VVAPL HUMANE SOCIETY***

       Oak Hills High School ninth grader and AVID student Jason Rodriguez completed 10 volunteer hours at VVAPL Humane Society as part of his AVID studies.  Since he plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian, Rodriguez volunteered at the animal shelter to get hands-on experience with animals.  During his time with VVAPL Rodriguez worked in a variety of areas including office work, walking dogs, cleaning kennels, and helping with the goats.  Rodriquez was a wonderful volunteer, doing whatever job he was asked with a smile on his face.  He has two dogs, a Labrador named Molly and a German Shepherd named Major.  Thank you Jason Rodriguez for doing such a great job!

 ***PAWS N CLAWS PET FAIR***

Adelanto Animal Care & Control Supervisor & Officer Steve Peltier and VVAPL Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz with McGruff The Crime Fighting Dog.

       Thank you Adelanto Animal Care & Control for letting us share a booth with you at Saturday’s Paws N Claws Pet Fair.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed talking to everyone who stopped by the booth.  Thank you to everyone who went by our adoption center on Zuni Road after receiving information about our wonderful animals waiting for their forever homes.  

***BAXTER UPDATE***

Baxter and his new family....Tracie, Cory, Jacub, Jaidyn and Gwen Goodridge.

 

***VVAPL ATTENDS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT***

VVAPL Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz with new friends Jake and Janie.

VVAPL Humane Society had an informational booth at Victorville’s National Night Out held in Brentwood Park on August 6.  It was a fun event…good food, good music, seeing some old friends, and making new ones.  We enjoyed speaking with everyone who stopped by our booth, especially the furry four-legged ones.  Thank you Crime Prevention Officer Stella Hodson for inviting us to be part of your event.  We look forward to attending again next year.

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more photos.

 

***MONSTER RESCUED FROM BUSY STREET***

Officer Steve Peltier, Adelanto Animals Care & Control Supervisor, hands Monster to VVAPL Lead Kennel Attendant Billy Lee Reddington, Jr.

       A male approximately 10-week-old small mixed breed puppy was recently rescued from a busy Adelanto street by Good Samaritans.  After almost hitting the little guy, the driver stopped so the passenger could scoop him up.  The couple delivered the uninjured pup to the care of Officer Steve Peltier, Adelanto Animals Care & Control Supervisor.  Officer Peltier nicknamed the puppy Monster and handed him over to Billy Lee Reddington, Jr., Lead Kennel Attendant with VVAPL Humane Society.  Monster will soon be available for adoption.  THANK YOU GOOD SAMARITANS FOR RESCUING MONSTER!

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more photos.

 

***STUDENT THANK YOU’S FROM RIO VISTA ECO CAREER DAY***

       For several years VVAPL Humane Society Executive Director Kathy Williamson has traveled to Rio Vista Elementary School in Canyon Country, California for their annual Eco Career Day.  The 800 students go from room to room to learn about protecting our planet and jobs in environmental science fields.  Williamson educates students about careers with animals such as being a veterinarian and animal shelter worker and the importance of microchipping pets, along with taking some animals for the students to see.  We wanted to share some of the wonderful thank you letters we recently received from the school.  Thank you students!

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more letters.

 

***AV LIONS PRESENTS AWARD TO VVAPL PR REP***

     Apple Valley Lions Club President Jim Peugh presented Victor Valley Animal Protective League Human Society’s Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz with a Certificate of Appreciation at their Recognition and Officer Installation Dinner on June 24 for volunteering and supporting their events:  California Lions Friends in Sight Volunteer; Shake, Rattle & Roll Volunteer; Networking Group Supporter; and Friend of Lions.  Thank you Apple Valley Lions Club.

For information about Apple Valley Lions Club meetings and events, visit their website at www.avlions.org.

 

***THANK YOU STUDENTS FROM DISCOVERY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS FOR YOUR THANK YOU LETTERS***

 

       We recently received some great thank you letters from Penny Edmiston’s fourth grade students at Discovery School of the Arts about our May visit with the Mojave River Watershed Group.  They were so wonderful we wanted to share a few with you.  Thank you students.  We had a great time and hope to visit again next year!  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more letters.

 

***HD ART N FRAME HOLDING FUNDRAISER FOR VVAPL***

HD Art N Frame is holding a fundraiser for VVAPL Humane Society as part of its Grand Opening celebration.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please stop by HD Art N Frame located at 11850 Hesperia Road #7 in Hesperia (1/4 mile South of Bear Valley Road at Donert Plaza) and purchase a $1 raffle ticket  for your chance to win a beautiful Phillip Crowe 14 x 25 framed canvas called The Dropouts.  100% of the proceeds will go to VVAPL Humane Society.  Please help us spread the word….tell your family, friends and co-workers about this wonderful way to help our shelter animals. 

Tickets can be purchased through July 31. Drawing will be held August 1.  Winner need not be present.

Every Monday we'll give a ticket sale update on Facebook.

www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety

 

***THANK YOU HD ART N FRAME***

       Thank you Byron Ward, Master Certified Picture Framer, from HD Art n Frame in Hesperia for donating a frame and framing for our recent article in the Daily Press.  You did a beautiful job!
 

***APPLE VALLEY KIWANIS DONATES CAT FOOD***

       The Apple Valley Kiwanis Club is a long-time supporter of VVAPL Humane Society.  Throughout the year club members donate needed items to the animal shelter.  Today the members donated over 70 pounds of cat food.  Thank you Apple Valley Kiwanis Club Members for supporting our animals.  Our awesome felines give you a big MEOW!!

***PUPPIES ADOPTED AT TRIBUTE TO HEROES 5K CHALLENGE***

       King (pictured above) was one of three puppies adopted at Saturday's Tribute to Heroes 5K Challenge & Safety Fair at Victor Valley College.  We had a wonderful time speaking with everyone who stopped by our booth.  We are grateful to everyone who gave our three puppies their forever homes.  Thank you to the Police/Fire Activities League for inviting us to be part of this fun event, and thank you Officer Stella Hodson for helping promote our animals.  We look forward to returning next year.

***VVAPL RECOGNIZES TOP VOLUNTEERS FOR 2013***

Reyna Sisneros, Mary Hanlon and Christine Meyers were presented their VVAPL Top Volunteers For 2013 Certificates at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner hosted by Hesperia Volunteer Network.

       Victor Valley Animal Protective League Humane Society has recognized Mary Hanlon, Christine Meyers and Reyna Sisneros as the Top Volunteers for 2013.  The three volunteers were recognized during the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner hosted by Hesperia Volunteer Network.  Hanlon is a seven year volunteer, traveling from Barstow to make kennel signs and help with off-site adoptions.  Meyers is a two year volunteer, grooming dogs and fostering animals.  Recent high school graduate Reyna Sisneros is a one year volunteer, whose main focus is learning to groom dogs under the guidance of Meyers.

       As a nonprofit, volunteers are essential to helping us in our mission to find homes for as many unwanted animals in the Victor Valley as possible.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your selfless acts of kindness, and congratulations to Mary Hanlon, Christine Meyers and Reyna Sisneros for being selected as the Top Volunteers for 2013.

Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety to view photos from the appreciation dinner.
 

***ROCK SPRING HEALTH & RESOURCE FAIR***

Max Alarid President of Senior Transition Assist with VVAPL Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz

       Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table at the May 18, 2013, Rock Spring Health & Resource Fair.  It was an informative and fun morning for the residents and public with raffle prizes, vendor giveaways, and snacks.  We had a wonderful time talking about our animals and services and making new friends in the business community.  Thank you Rock Spring for inviting VVAPL Humane Society to this important event for the senior community.  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.

 ***VVAPL SPEAKS AT PHOENIX ACADEMY WITH THE WATERSHED PROJECT***

Millie loves being the center of attention while waiting to perform some tricks.

       VVAPL Humane Society Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz along with Ambassador Dog Millie spoke about the importance of picking up animal waste to the students at Phoenix Academy in Apple Valley on April 26, 2013.  The enthusiastic students enjoyed the presentation, playing the trivia and “find the microchip” games, and watching Millie perform some tricks.  Thank you Phoenix Academy for your warm welcome.  Millie gives the students “Two Paws Up!”  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.

***PETSMART ADOPTION WEEKEND WAS A SUCCESS***

       We had a wonderful adoption event Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at the Apple Valley PetSmart during PetSmart’s National Adoption Weekend.  Seven dogs were adopted Friday, thee on Saturday, and one was adopted Tuesday, May 7 after being seen at the adoption event for a grand total of eleven dogs finding their forever home.  Thank you to everyone who adopted our cute canines.  Visit www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.

***PLAN & PREPARE! EXPO***

Rob and Kat greet visitors.

       We enjoyed speaking to everyone who stopped by our booth April 27 & 28 at the Plan & Prepare! Expo.  We appreciated the positive feedback concerning our Power Talk on microchipping and emergency planning for your pets.  And a heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to our medical fund.  It was a wonderful weekend!  Visit our Facebook page for more photos.  www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety

 

***FILL THE HYRANT WAS A SUCCESS***

(Left) Volunteer Kat, PR Rep. Terry Saenz, Starbucks Shift Lead Chelsey Santos, Exec. Dir. Kathy Williamson, Volunteers Heather & Braiden.          (Front) Foxy and Ambassador Dog Millie.

       Thank you to everyone who donated spare change for our Fill the Hydrant event at Starbucks on Saturday, April 20.   We raised $450 for our medical fund.  Thank you Starbucks (on the corner of Apple Valley and Bear Valley roads) for hosting our event.  Thank you to everyone who dropped off rolls of paper towels for our paper towel drive that will continue through the month of April at this Starbucks location.  Thank you PaPa John’s Pizza for providing pizza for our volunteers and donors.  We enjoyed talking to everyone who stopped by.  Ambassador Dog Millie and Foxy give the event TWO PAWS UP!!  Visit our Facebook page for more pictures.  www.facebook.com/vvapl.humansociety.

 

***SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL OUT***

       VVAPL Humane Society’s Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz volunteered to help the Apple Valley Lions Club during the 4th Annual Shake, Rattle and Roll Out event held Saturday, April 13.  Saenz joined Lion Fred Caldera (left) and Lion Mike Weil (right) in handing out emergency whistles.  Thank you Apple Valley Lions Club for inviting VVAPL to participate in this important event.

 

***VVAPL ADOPTIONS AT ROCK SPRINGS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY***

Executive Director Kathy Williamson shows Aaron to his prospective owner.

       VVAPL Humane Society was at Rock Springs Retirement Community in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 6, 2013, with animals for adoption.  The Rock Springs residents and staff were wonderful.  Many stopped by to say hello and interact with the animals, and two animals found their forever home.

       Thank you Rock Springs for your warm welcome, tasty snacks and donations to help our animals.

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.   

 

***VVAPL AND WATERSHED PROJECT AT MOUNTAIN VIEW MONTESSORI***

Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz with Foxy shows the plastic bag used to pick up pet waste.

       VVAPL Humane Society and Mojave River Watershed Group visited Mountain View Montessori Charter School in Victorville on March 28, 2013, to educate Kindergarteners through Sixth Graders on ways to keep the water supply pollution free.  First time participate was Foxy, filling in for VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie.

       Foxy performed her part perfectly as owner VVAPL Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz used a skit to show the proper way to pick up and dispose of pet waste, which is a major pollutant to the Mojave River Watershed.  Saenz explained that water pollution affects all desert animals and plants, not just people and pets.

       As always, the assemblies are not only informative, but fun.  One of the highlights was the trivia game, which reinforced the information presented.  Then Foxy showed off her bag of tricks.  The students especially enjoyed her “high five” and ringing the dinner bell.

       Thank you Mountain View Montessori Charter School for your warm welcome.

 

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for more pictures.

 

***VVAPL TALKS DOGGIE DOO DOO TO EUCALYPTUS PRESCHOOLERS***

Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz talks while Ambassador Dog Millie and Executive Director Kathy Williamson performs a skit, and Education Specialist Kelly Koehler looks on.

       VVAPL and the Mojave River Watershed Group stopped by Eucalyptus Preschool in Hesperia on March 29, 2013, to educate preschoolers and their parents on ways to keep our water supply free from pollutants.  Mojave River Watershed Group Education Specialist Kelly Koehler used an interactive model to show the children how things such as oil, chemicals and pet waste can mix with urban runoff and pollute our water supply.  The preschoolers also helped Koehler make an environmentally friendly solution to rid gardens of bugs.

       Ambassador Dog Millie and Executive Director Kathy Williamson acted out a skit on the importance of picking up and properly disposing of pet waste, and Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz led the enthusiastic preschoolers and their parents in the mantra…”Doggie Doo Doo is a Stormwater Don’t.”  One of the highlights for the children was getting to use the microchip scanner to find the microchip hidden in another classmate’s hands, while stressing to the parents the importance of microchipping their pets.  Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vvaplhumanesociety for more pictures.

 

***MACY’S CHARITY SHOPPING DAY***

Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz and Executive Director Kathy Williamson say “GET LUCKY” by microchipping your pet today!

Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz and Executive Director Kathy Williamson say “GET LUCKY” by microchipping your pet today!

       VVAPL attended Macy’s Charity Shopping Day this past Saturday, March 16, 2013.  Executive Director Kathy Williamson and Public Relations Representative Terry Saenz manned VVAPL’s exhibit table “GET LUCKY” ----Don’t rely on luck for the safe return of your pet…Microchip Today!  Williamson and Saenz showed attendees how a microchip works and stressed the importance of microchipping their pets.  Attendees used the scanner to try to find the hidden microchips behind pictures of VVAPL’s adoptable animals.  Everyone was a winner going away with a small token for stopping by the table.  Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vvapl.humanesociety for our photo gallery of the event.

 

Millie patiently waits to perform for Juniper Elementary

VVAPL AND MOJAVE WATERSHED GROUP VISIT JUNIPER ELEMENTARY

        VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie once again did her part to spread the word on ways to keep water going to the Mojave River Watershed pollution free.  Millie and VVAPL Executive Director Kathy Williamson joined Education Specialist Kelly Koehler on February 8, 2013,  at Juniper Elementary School in Hesperia.  Using a Power Point slide show, skit and games, the students learned what the watershed is and how substances such as paint, bug spray, and animal waste pollute our water supply.  They also learned they can do their part by disposing of their pet’s waste in the trash and reminding their parents to dispose of harmful substances at a hazardous waste site.

 

STUDENTS LEARN THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mesquite Trails Elementary Fifth Grade Class and teacher Gabrielle Sims displays Certificate of Appreciation

       Hesperia’s Mesquite Trails Elementary Fifth Grade Class elected to help VVAPL’s animals by collecting money and wish list items for a month-long philanthropic project.  Teacher Gabrielle Sims helped the students engage in a number of activities to bring awareness to their cause….writing and giving shout-outs during morning announcements, putting posters up around campus, setting up a collection can and box in the front office, manning a table during morning recess to collect donations, taking flyers home, and giving Power Point slide presentations in a few classrooms.

       These dedicated, hardworking students collected $200 and a number of items on VVAPL’s wish list.  VVAPL presented the class with a Certificate of Appreciation for helping their animals, and the fifth-graders learned a valuable lesson, simply stated by student Julia Nava….. “We Can All Make A Difference.”

 

VVAPL TEAMS WITH MOJAVE RIVER WATERSHED GROUP TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT STORMWATER POLLUTION

Williamson gives a "thumbs up" as Koehler show a "Pick Up After Your Pooch" poster each classroom received.

       VVAPL Ambassador Dog Millie, VVAPL Executive Director Kathy Williamson, and VVAPL Public Relations Director Terry Saenz joined Mojave River Watershed Group Education Specialist Kelly Koehler at Village Elementary School January 28 and 29, 2013, to educate children about the Mojave River Watershed and how they can help keep it pollution free.

       After Koehler explained what the watershed is and different types of pollution, Millie and VVAPL staff performed a short skit to show the proper way to pick up and dispose of their pet’s waste.  VVAPL staff explained that pet waste contaminates drinking water not only for people and their pets, but also for the desert wildlife and plants.  The children especially enjoyed learning the Mojave River Watershed mantra….Doggie Doo Doo is a Stormwater Don’t.

       The students also participated in some fun activities.  Koehler led the students in a rousing trivia game to reinforce the information presented, and VVAPL staff played “Find the Micro-chip” to teach the importance of micro-chipping their pets.  Millie was also able to show off some of her tricks.

       Thank you Mojave River Watershed Group for inviting us to participate in this valuable educational project.

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vvaplhumanesociety for more pictures.

 

AMBASSADOR DOG AND ANIMAL CONTROL VISIT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

VVAPL Executive Director Kathy Williamson, with Ambassador Dog Millie, Adelanto Animal Control Officer Jake Fritz, and VVAPL Public Relations Director Terry Saenz greet the youngsters at the Boys and Girls Club of the Victor Valley.

       Ambassador Dog Millie and Adelanto Animal Control recently spent an afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club of the Victor Valley educating the children about pet ownership and animal safety.  The youngsters were treated to a tour of Officer Fritz's vehicle, a number of demonstrations, and Millie's bag of tricks.  Visit us on Facebook for our photos of the afternoon.

 

AV KIWANIS CLUB AND AV FEED BIN DONATE FOOD TO VVAPL

Apple Valley Kiwanis Club President John Doran (standing far left) and Apple Valley Feed Bin Manager Denise Peabody (kneeling far left) along with Kiwanis Club members present cat and dog food to VVAPL staff (standing on the right).

 

Apple Valley Kiwanis Club and Apple Valley Feed Bin brought some HO! HO! HO! cheer to the animals at Victor Valley Animal Protective League with their cat and dog food donation.  The club started their annual holiday food drive 23 years ago, and VVAPL says a heartfelt THANK YOU to The Apple Valley Kiwanis Club and Apple Valley Feed Bin for their generous donation again this year.  Visit our Facebook page for more pictures.

 

VVAPL INVITED TO APPLE VALLEY LIONS CLUB

Apple Valley Lions Club President Jim Peugh thanks VVAPL Public Relations Director Terry Saenz for speaking at their meeting on November 26, 2012.  Saenz spoke about the 1958 beginnings of the shelter and the current services and programs in place for the residents and animals of the Victor Valley.  The club members also had an opportunity to ask questions.  It was a fun, informative evening.  Thank you Apple Valley Lions Club!

 

VVAPL PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR AT
APPLE VALLEY OPTIMIST CLUB

Terry Saenz, VVAPL’s Public Relations Director, spoke at the Optimist Club of Apple Valley on October 23, 2012.  She informed the members about the shelter and how VVAPL’s programs improve and save the lives of animals.  Saenz’s talk culminated with a lively question and answer period with Optimist members and pictures with VVAPL Board President Charles Mills, VVAPL Board Member Curtis Slater, and Apple Valley Optimist Club President Pat Reeder.

 

 POINTILLISM ARTIST DONATES PAINTING FOR EVENT!!!

 Clint Carl Cearley is a pop artist renowned for pointillism, paisley, calendar art on canvas, and portraits of everything from celebrity pets to rock stars.  As one of the most prolific original pointillist artists in the popular art arena today, Clint has a singular eye for the colorful, ironic and humorous aspects of contemporary art. Using acrylic paint as his favorite medium, he creates his paintings from childhood memories and his own unique world view of popular culture.  He's been professionally shown numerous times and often featured on LosAngeles television programs.

 

 

 

Artist Clint Cearly poses with painting he donated to help animals at the shelter