A non-profit that is near and dear to many people’s hearts recently changed its name. Formerly known as the Benicia Vallejo Humane Society, the non–prof t is now the Humane Society of the North Bay. Humane Service Director Peter Wilson says the name better represents the larger area they serve and reaches adopting families and the animals that come to them from all over the North Bay.

The Humane Society provides care and shelter to animals in need, supports good Samaritans who bring in animals and works with animal guardians. The non-profit began service in 1987, staffed by volunteers. Currently, the Humane Society is made up of two divisions: the Animal Control Division and the Humane Service Division, which is funded through individual and corporate donations, fundraising and grants.

Some of the most common ailments animals are treated for are upper respiratory infections in felines, Kennel Cough in dogs, and foxtails on stray dogs. They advise not to forget that your pets need lots of water during warmer weather. Other services include:
— Adoption for homeless animals
— Necessary medical care for animals up for adoption
— Micro-chip IDs
— Low cost or no cost spay/neuter vouchers
— Emergency Medical Care
— Disaster Relief—rescued animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina

For a complete list of services visit bvhumane.org. To volunteer or donate visit hsnb.org or contact Lacey Garza at lgarza@hsnb.org.