Partnership in Action: Valley Humane Society

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Pleasanton, CA; Serving the Tri-Valley

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All in for four-legged friends

You can tell a lot about a person and a community by the way they treat their pets. Just ask Valley Humane Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, working to save and improve the lives of Tri-Valley cats and dogs.

In 1987, a group of passionate volunteers came together to provide better options for animals. Melanie Sadek, the president, who has been with the nonprofit for nine years, explained that Valley Humane Society provides support for animals as well as the people in our community. They encourage the bond between people and pets because we need animals as much as they need us.

All 16 employees share a passion for animals and making a difference with the services they provide; they rescue and rehabilitate companion animals, champion responsible caretaking, help share pets’ soothing affections with people in need of comfort, and work on preserving existing pet-guardian relationships.

A community organization, a community effort

Melanie and her team appreciate the amount of community support they receive every day. Nearly 500 active volunteers do everything from cleaning to dog walking and much more. 

These volunteers selflessly give their most valuable resource, their time, to support the animals at the Society. "I love that we do great work, but truly recognize that it's only because of the people around us who make it happen," said Melanie.

Valley Humane Society hosts school field trips, birthday parties and even Critter Camp during the summer. Kids and adults attending can expect to learn about kindness, compassion, and responsible pet care. Visit their website for more information or to enroll.

Hands on for nonprofits, in more ways than one

Valley Humane Society became a Fremont Bank client in 2015, attracted by our strong and long-standing relationships with the nonprofit community. 

Valley Humane Society worked with the City of Pleasanton to install a temporary Veterinary Hospital, the Sandy St. Dennis DVM Hospital, to provide spay and neuter surgeries and other services to their organization’s animals and possibly other rescue groups. For the past 31 years they have relied on the local vet community to perform these services offsite, as their current facility doesn’t include a surgical suite. But the popularity of the local vets is making it difficult for them to secure the number of appointments needed to move their adoptable animals into new homes. In 2023, we all celebrated as the Phil Scholz Veterinary Surgery Center opened its doors.

Fiscally responsible for our furriest friends

Valley Humane Society claims a Candid Platinum rating as well as four stars from Charity Navigator for financial transparency. We are thrilled they became a Fremont Bank client in 2015 — attracted by our strong and long-standing relationships with the nonprofit community and our own track record of stability and success. 

While it isn’t a prerequisite to own a pet to work at Fremont Bank, Valley Humane knows every member of the team will have their backs. They also know Brian Gentry, Senior Wealth Management and Private Banker at the Pleasanton Branch, will be there to offer expertise of the sector with deep, hyper local knowledge of the community.

As a nonprofit, Valley Humane Society benefits from another relationship with Fremont Bank. Our Foundation is a proud sponsor of their most significant annual event fundraiser – Tails at Twilight. From sock hops to Roaring ‘20s, we love a themed gala, especially when it goes to benefit the organization offering lifesaving community programs and services for the pets who touch our lives.