Vallejo is in Third Place and We Couldn’t be Happier

Vallejo is not in first place anymore — and it’s wonderful news!

For many years, Vallejo was in the unenviable top spot of sending the highest number of homeless animals to the Solano County shelter. This year, for the first time, we’ve dropped our numbers below the two other largest cities in the county.

This time last year, the City of Vallejo, Solano County and the Humane Society of the North Bay (HSNB) started on this journey to create a new model and a new public-private partnership in Solano County — and the numbers show it’s working. While this is great financial news for the city (it costs $249 per animal that is sent to the county shelter), these extraordinary adoption and “return to owner” rates have outpaced the revenues HSNB has to care for this many animals. In addition, our aging facility and equipment and the ever-rising cost of utilities continue to create financial challenges that could ultimately affect the ability of the shelter to stay open.

Read the Vallejo Times Op-Ed»