New Spay and Neuter Clinic Now Open
It started as a dream. Could one man truly make a difference in the number of companion animals found suffering daily in Ventura County without food or shelter?
Mr. Harry Valentine was one man who gave considerable thought to these questions and decided to leave a legacy that would assure the answer to these questions could be a resounding “yes”, one man CAN make a difference. To be sure that his dream and legacy lived on, Mr. Valentine left his estate in the care of the Ventura County Community Foundation to distribute to the Humane Society of Ventura County for the purpose of increasing spay and neuter services.
On Saturday, July 30th, 2011 we came one step closer to realizing his dream when the ribbon was cut and the Harry Valentine Visitiors Center opened so that we could move administrative operations out of the soon to be remodeled clinic.Guests of our Shelter and Adoption Center are now welcomed in a beautiful new building which houses our administrative staff and adoption center and features a new gift shop which will help raise needed funds for the Shelter.
The Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC), who for years has been providing low cost spay and neuter services, shares Mr. Valentine’s dream to make spay and neuter services available to families county-wide at an affordable cost. Each week, all new arrivals at the shelter are spayed and neutered in preparation for adoption. In addition, four days each week, the clinic is a-buzz with responsible families who bring their animals to be spayed or neutered. As of July of 2012, spay and neuter services are now performed in our all new, state of the art clinic thanks to Mr. Valentine’s bequest.Being a locally funded private nonprofit, not supported by government funding or funding from national animal welfare organizations, the HSVC operates on a tight budget funded by local resident donations and would likely have continued to only dream of such an expansion of spay and neuter services for years to come.
To help keep our new clinic and two veterinarians funded so that low cost services can be offered to all who need them, engraved paver stones are being offered to anyone who would like to donate for one to share Mr. Valentine’s dream and leave a legacy of their own. They make a wonderful gift, honoring someone special, a loved pet, or just a show of your own support. Fax or mail the form below to reserve yours! Or give us a call and we’ll take your order over the phone with your credit card. 805 646-6505.
A timeline of the new Harry Valentine Visitors Center and the Remodeled Spay and Neuter Clinic
The completion of the required soils report made way for groundbreaking to begin on August 20, 2010. Elton Gallegly joined eager staff, board members and volunteers as ground broke on construction.
In October, the sites and sounds of dirt moving stirred up a great deal of excitement at the shelter. Heavy equipment began to tear up the ground and it was apparent that it really was happening!
Footings are framed for concrete pouring in early November, creating a buzz as we begin to visualize the new building. We can’t wait to see framing begin by the end of the month!
Moving right along! Only a few short months later we were able to move into our new building! Drywall, heating, electrical and plumbing are done on the inside and the stucco is going up on the outside.
The stucco is all up, the building is being painted and a roof is going on. They kept telling us it wouldn’t be ready until November of 2011, but we always thought it would be sooner.
The entire building was gutted for the remodel so that plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, phone and internet systems and surgical equipment could all be upgraded. This is a view of the surgical room under construction.
Early in 2012
Our all new cat room was one of the first areas to be completed. We now have separate areas for the adult cats and kittens, both with their own outdoor play yards. The floor of the cat rooms is equipped with drains to make cleaning a breeze.
The new grooming room provides a large sink for bathing and lots of storage for supplies.
At last! Our new Clinic is open for business. Dr. Lewis celebrates by giving low cost vaccinations on Grand Opening day.