Silicon Valley Pet Project

Community Compassion Life

aka Silicon Valley Pet Project   |   San Jose, CA   |  www.svpetproject.org

Mission

Silicon Valley Pet Project is dedicated to reinventing animal rescue by involving the community in new ways to help save the lives of homeless cats and dogs. Our mission is to create a new kind of animal rescue organization – one that will have a large impact on our local shelter pets, engage and educate the community in new ways, and apply sustainable business practices so that the organization will last for years to come.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Melissa Lisbon

Main address

PO Box 6145

San Jose, CA 95150 USA

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EIN

47-2361690

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is working to redefine what animal rescue is and its evolving role within the community. SVPP provides a variety of services and opportunities to educate, support and allow for greater interaction with rescue cats and dogs. SVPP partners with the local municipal animal shelter to rescue vulnerable shelter pets who need medical care and time in a foster home as well as program development to include taking dogs out of the shelter for a day to decrease their kennel stress and provide them more exposure to the community so they can find a permanent home. SVPP also educates the community about pet adoption, pet guardianship and animal welfare topics such as community cat care and the importance of spay/neuter. SVPP offers rehabilitative services thru our foster home network and educates our public thru innovative initiatives such as The Dancing Cat (2016 - 9/2018) and Pup Plaza, our dog community center (10/2018 - present).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption and Placement Services

Silicon Valley Pet Project is a foster based animal rescue organization whose primary goal to rescue at risk pets from Silicon Valley's largest animal shelter and to place them in loving, adoptive homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The companionship and devotion of a pet is something that brings joy to life. Golden Paws Program is designed to give our older animals the opportunity to be placed in a loving home by matching them with senior citizens who are 65 years +. An older animal would be a great choice for an older person that needs a buddy! Adoption fees are discounted 50%

Population(s) Served
Seniors

All U.S. Veterans are eligible to adopt a pet at the reduced fee. Adoption fees are discounted 50% with military ID.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Our new popup space in San Jose allows dog lovers to celebrate, bond and learn with their dogs, or maybe find a dog to join their family. Our one-of-a-kind community space will host adoption events where you could meet your future best friend and offers many opportunities to get involved in animal welfare in our community.

All proceeds from our various programs at Pup Plaza benefit homeless dogs we rescue from the shelter, and we hope to have a positive impact on the community by providing resources and support for dogs and their people.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption and Placement Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pet adoption is a core aspect to our mission. SVPP rehabilitates homeless pets in foster care, and matches them with loving families. We strongly advocate and educate the public about pet adoption.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption and Placement Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SVPP is a rescue partner with the San Jose municipal animal shelter. We rescue dogs and cats from the shelter, place them in foster care and provide them with necessary medical and behavioral support.

Number of dogs walked daily by our volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Pup Plaza, Silicon Valley's First Dog Community Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Shelter Dog Day Out is a weekly program held at Pup Plaza . Volunteers provide shelter dogs exercise and enrichment outside the shelter environment to improve dogs' wellbeing and adoptability.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community outreach is a core aspect of SVPP's mission. SVPP creates public spaces hosting events that engage and educate the pet-loving community about animal welfare.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Silicon Valley Pet Project takes a creative approach on problem solving by investing in a sustainable organization of professional and business minded community members who are committed to improving animal welfare in Santa Clara County.

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) works with the entire community (including shelters and other rescue organizations) to put an end to the problem of homeless pets. Our goals include:

Partner with the San Jose shelter in creative ways to promote adoption and fostering of homeless pets in the community;

Increase awareness of adoption options and value of rescued pets thru partnerships with other animal welfare and community organizations/businesses who share the goal of #adoptdontshop;

Partner with community businesses and organizations to celebrate pets through sponsored activities and events and facilitate fun new ways for the community to learn about and interact with adoptable dogs;

Provide an inclusive and positive community space for interaction with pets and other like-minded people in addition to providing guidance and ongoing support for education and training that help set up adopters, fosters and volunteers for success;

Create a social space(s) and community resource for meetings, educational events, workshops and animal centric activities for animal lovers in Silicon Valley.

SVPP strives to create and support innovative ways to positively impact the local animal welfare landscape. We believe that our ongoing work is best served by providing a permanent venue to deliver innovative and progressive solutions that connect people with homeless pets through venues that serve to unite pet lovers, celebrate pet adoption, and educate the public about pet guardianship to improve animal welfare in Santa Clara County.

Launched in May, 2016, Silicon Valley Pet Project successfully operated San Jose’s first cat adoption lounge, The Dancing Cat. The Dancing Cat is a unique adoption venue for SVPP that focuses its efforts on finding loving homes for adult cats. Over 300 adult cats (many senior and special needs) have been adopted from this venue. The Dancing Cat also provides a creative space for educational activities and community-building events that are open to the public. To date, over 7,000 members of the community have come to spend time at the lounge or attend over 70 events.

In an effort to create a similar environment to benefit dogs and the dog lovers in the community, SVPP has recently opened a pop up dog community center called Pup Plaza. The goal of this initiative is engage the community to advance dog adoption efforts, local animal welfare activities, education and celebration of dogs; combining an adoption center venue with dog-friendly events, classes and a small retail operation.

We will continue to build a sustainable organization staffed with business professionals and powered by talented volunteers with the goal of making a significant impact on the community for years to come.

Silicon Valley Pet Project was founded in November of 2014 and over the past 5 years, we have built the following capabilities:

Rescued and rehabilitated over 1200 cats and dogs from the local animal shelter, many special needs pets

Forged important partnerships with City of San Jose, local business associations, other animal welfare organizations, corporate and community organizations

Demonstrated strong leadership and cultivated a professional business-minded board, with a wide range of mentors in all areas of business, including a veterinarian

Successfully executed over 400 community events

Launched and operated The Dancing Cat, San Jose's first cat adoption lounge for two years (May 2016 - September 2018)

Built a strong base of dedicated volunteers

Invested in technology (accounting and donor database) to streamline practices and to be better positioned for growth

As an innovative, business and people minded organization with significant impact in the local animal welfare landscape in the past 5 years:

1200+ lives saved (many special needs and elderly)

Innovative adoption programs, such as Golden Paw adoptions for senior citizens, Healing Paw adoptions for people affected by cancer

Opened and operated San Jose’s first cat adoption lounge, The Dancing Cat for two years

First San Jose based Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner

Vibrant volunteer workforce of 200+ in all areas of the organization

Runner-up for “Best Rescue Group, South Bay” in Bay Woof’s 2016, 2017 Beast of the Bay Awards

Created and launched Silicon Valley's first dog community center, Pup Plaza (www.pupplaza.org) in October 2018 to present

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Silicon Valley Pet Project

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maureen Cunningham

Bank of America

Term: 2020 - 2022

Lisa Guadagna

OConnor Hospital

Samantha Williams

Apple

Maureen Cunningham

Bank of America

Stacy Hare

VCA Blossom Hill

Melissa Lisbon

Silicon Valley Pet Project

Janet Casamento

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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