The SMVHS is holding their annual Picnic on the Lawn Chicken Barbeque fundraiser at the Santa Maria Elks on Saturday October 9, 2010. This annual event, held at 1309 N. Bradley from 11:30am to 2:30pm, is an important fundraiser for the agency that provides low cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats and places hundreds of dogs and cats in loving homes. Tickets for the event are $9 per meal which includes a half chicken, salad, beans and bread. Vegetarian meals are available as well. Tickets are available in advance from SMVHS or can be purchased at the event. All proceeds go to help SMVHS and the animals they serve.

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is located at 751 Black Road in Santa Maria, between Stowell Road and Main Street, west of Blosser.  The Adoption Facility is open Monday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm with extended hours on Thursday until 6pm, and the low cost spay and neuter clinic accepts appointments for procedures Monday – Friday.  Visit them on the web 24 hours a day at www.smvhs.org or give them a call at 805-349-3435 to learn more about the programs and services they offer and to view adoptable animals.

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The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society was founded in 1981 as a privately funded 501 c3 entity.  It has been in operation at its current location on Black Road in Santa Maria since 1990, and in that time it has served the community by accepting and adopting out thousands of dogs and cats.  In 1998, the Society built and opened a clinic facility in order to offer affordable spay and neutering services performed by local veterinarians.  The Humane Society is a “no kill” animal facility and is committed to helping the community find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets and to reducing the population of unwanted animals through its spay and neuter education program.  A large volunteer team works in conjunction with paid staff to care for the animals, educate the community, and raise funding and awareness for this important community service.