GivingTuesday is the perfect excuse to celebrate the bond people have with their pets and to acknowledge the impact that the love of a pet can have on a person.

Thanks to a deeply-held belief that animals and people are two equal parts of a reciprocal relationship, Valley Humane Society invites the community to help connect those halves wholeheartedly by making a compassionate contribution on GivingTuesday, Dec. 3.

Valley Humane Society’s programs are specially designed to serve both sides of the equation. The organization has already adopted more than 600 animals this year into loving families, and is slated to dish out more than 120,000 pet meals to financially-struggling pet guardians. Thousands of children and adults have experienced life-changing acceptance and healing by interacting with Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort pet therapy teams.

Donations to Valley Humane Society support lifesaving and life-enriching programs and services right here in the Tri-Valley area — meaning local dollars stay local. The organization does not receive funding from national humane groups or tax dollars. Gifts may also be made online, in person, or by mailing to 3670 Valley Humane Society, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

GivingTuesday ( is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday, held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good.

Envisioning a world in which every animal is loved and every person knows the love of an animal, Valley Humane Society (VHS) creates a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening the bond between people and pets. VHS rescues and rehabilitates companion animals, champions responsible caretaking, shares pets’ soothing affections with people in need of comfort, and supports and preserves existing pet-guardian relationships.

Whether you’d like to adopt an animal, share your passion for pets, or meet like-minded people, VHS is Your Means to a Friend.