Helping Animals in Need Just Feels Right


Sabrina, Joan’s beloved companion today

Outside our Animal Community Center, the tribute bricks near our fountain each tell a story of love. Joan Coffman’s bricks—one in memory of Sidney, Bailey, and Chelsey, and a second beside it for her mother and a beloved cat named Toahla Bianca—illustrate the impact HSSV has had over much of Joan’s life.

Born and raised in Santa Clara, Joan remembers our shelter on Lafayette Street as a kid; once an adult, when she had a backyard of her own, she adopted her own “family” from HSSV—a cat, Sidney, and two large dogs, Bailey and Chelsey. Over the years, she experienced our positive evolution and impact on the community.

“I have seen the amazing change the shelter has gone through after the move to Milpitas because of support from many wonderful people,” Joan says.

On her inspiration for supporting HSSV, Joan says, “Donating is a great stress-reliever, because I know what good it’s doing.”

That good feeling was even stronger with her recent generous gift to our Regional Rescue program, with a match by Sue and John Diekman. “Knowing my contribution would be doubled and do twice as much good was a big incentive,” Joan says. “And I know that by supporting HSSV, I’m also supporting other shelters.”

Today Joan shares her home with her Shepherd/Boxer mix, Sabrina. “I wish everyone could enjoy the unconditional love of a pet in their home,” she says. But if they can’t, Joan hopes they will support organizations like HSSV to ensure these animals ultimately find a loving home.

“I encourage everyone to tour the shelter, and see the beautiful, colorful environment that was created for these wonderful animals while they wait for their forever homes,” she says. “The employees and volunteers are amazing and it shows how much good work is being done.”

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