Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education.
Silicon Valley Pet Project was founded in November of 2014 and is a San Jose based organization. Inspired by the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, our goal was to create a professional, sustainable animal welfare organization that celebrates rescue pets.
Our organization is structured into dedicated teams focused on rescue operations, foster parent support, marketing and communications, volunteer management, development, administration and more.
We embrace teamwork, professionalism, and flexibility in our organization, all with the goal of helping more animals in our community. We are proud to be the first San Jose based network partner of Best Friends Animal Society.
SVPP strives to make the experience of volunteering, fostering, adopting and/or donating to our organization rewarding, educational, supportive and community-focused. We are an animal welfare organization that is first and foremost a people organization. We could not do what we do without every person who volunteers, fosters, adopts or donates to SVPP.
SVPP is a rescue partner with the San Jose Animal Care Center (SJACC), Silicon Valley’s largest municipal animal shelter. In 2020, we expanded our rescue efforts to include animals from nearby Tricity Animal Shelter in Fremont. SVPP rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes both cats and dogs of all breeds, as well as senior and special-needs pets, that are at risk of euthanasia. These animals may need medical or behavioral care. We value our partnership status with the San Jose Animal Care Center and Tricity Animal Shelter and work closely with them on special-needs cases.
As we have no central facility, rescued pets are fostered and nurtured in volunteers’ homes in the Bay Area. SVPP’s growing network of compassionate and skilled volunteers provide individualized support and advice to these foster families every step of the way.
While a significant portion of our time and resources goes to assessing, rehabilitating and rehoming these at-risk animals, we are also focused on bringing awareness to the plight of homeless animals in Silicon Valley through local outreach events. One day soon we hope to have a space that will serve as a community gathering place for like-minded people to meet our adoptable animals, learn more about our mission, and unite in a desire to assist our local shelter in achieving no-kill status.
SVPP's lifesaving work is fully funded through private and public donations, grants and partnerships with other local organizations. With your generous support, we will continue to make a significant impact for homeless pets in our community.
SVPP is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie's Fund, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie.
Pet Awareness and Welfare Society for San Jose Animal Care and Services, and San Jose Animal Care Center provide funding for specific animals who require medical treatment.
SVPP has also been the recipient of grant funding from local foundations to include Silicon Valley Cares, Farrington Historical Foundation among others. We are grateful to all of our supporters who make it possible to do the life-saving work we do.
Our Goal – A Community Center
Our five-year plan includes procuring a facility to supplement our foster home network, as well as providing a valuable resource for pet guardians in our community. We envision this facility as a community center offering support services, obedience, and behavioral training, educational opportunities, volunteer training, etc.
In May of 2016, Silicon Valley Pet Project reopened The Dancing Cat adoption lounge in San Jose. From May 2016 to August 2018, SVPP supported The Dancing Cat operations to achieve sustainability. We are proud to have achieved this goal and The Dancing Cat operates as an independent organization offering a creative space for the cat-loving community and finding loving homes for adult cats.
In October 2018, Silicon Valley Pet Project opened Silicon Valley's first dog community center, Pup Plaza. Core to our mission is community involvement and education, and we can only truly achieve that mission by having a presence in the community. Our new pop-up 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.
Silicon Valley Pet Project aspires to be a community catalyst for changing the lives of shelter pets.