Established 51 years ago, the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley provides low-cost veterinary care for basic care and vaccinations, investigates reports of animal cruelty with two aid workers on staff, and offers programs human education for young people.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, HSSBV continued its work, including serving the community in its veterinary clinic and offering virtual training. Educational programming has included pet appearances and online clinic visits, giving students an interesting break from normal distance learning. The organization has also created pre-recorded videos that provide teachers with on-demand content for students on YouTube.
The demand for services at the veterinary clinic has increased over the past year as more households have adopted pets and vaccines for their new pets are expected, according to the director of development and research. organizational outreach, Jill Henderson. During this fiscal year, the organization is on track to see more than 54,000 pets. This is an increase of over 4,000 visits from a typical year.
“The pet owners who come to our clinic were so grateful that they could still come during a time of high stress,” said Henderson. “It was heartwarming to see a lot of love between clients and their pets and to still be able to provide these services.”
Currently, the clinic lobby is open to people with an appointment. Those who are more careful can always wait outside. HSSBV recommends that clients who need vaccines or any other service to call as soon as possible as there is a bit of delay for appointments.
There is also a higher demand for low cost veterinary care. Many clients needed additional help due to job loss and reduced hours throughout the pandemic. HSSBV has a variety of programs that offer some financial assistance.
HSSBV currently has funding for the elderly to help them cover the costs of veterinary services for the care and treatment of their animals. These funds are made possible by a grant from the Albert and Anna Herdina Memorial Fund through the Inland Empire Community Foundation. Assistance is open to residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are 66 years of age and over and have a maximum income of $ 1,700 per month for one person.
The organization depends on donations and grants to support its operations and programs. In the past, HSSBV had four in-person fundraisers, but had to cancel them due to pandemic restrictions. The organization looks forward to the return of events in person.
“The absence from our in-person events has been disappointing and that’s a big part of fundraising,” said Henderson. “We have been really moved by the support we have received with virtual events, but we are really looking forward to seeing the faces of our supporters again.”
Saturday September 25 marked the 50th anniversary of the HSSBV and was to be celebrated at the Golden Paws 50 Gala at the DoubleTree Hilton in San Bernardino. The organization also planned to honor 30 years of human education specialist Lynn Hildebrand with the organization.
HSSBV also depends on volunteers to help it with its clinic and with administrative tasks. Those interested in gaining some experience to work in the veterinary field or those who wish to help animals and volunteer their time are encouraged to apply. Interested volunteers can find more information and apply on the HSSBV website.
Information: https://www.hssbv.org/ or 909-386-1400.
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