Enhancing Our Community Outreach: Meet our Bilingual Pet Education Associate Sofia!

We are thrilled to start an exciting new chapter for Napa Humane!  Thanks to The David and Jane Gotelli Family Fund, a Field of Interest Fund of Napa Valley Community Foundation, we have the funds to create an important new staff position – Bilingual Pet Education Associate. We are so excited to welcome Sofia Vargas,Keep Reading

Saving Lives and Opening Doors

Though less than a year old, Napa Humane’s new Shelter Medicine and PAWS initiatives are already having an amazing impact on local shelter animals and pets of our unhoused community. By stepping in to assist our most vulnerable furry friends, we are dramatically improving their lives as well as their human connections. Our PAWS programKeep Reading

A Month in the Life of Napa Humane

February may be the shortest month of the year, but you wouldn’t know it from all the activity at Napa Humane. Clinic Staffing We have hired a new Clinic Assistant Manager, Hayley, who comes to us with management and animal welfare experience. I am beyond excited to add this depth to the Clinic team, andKeep Reading

Napa Humane’s Big 3 from 2023

2023 was definitely one to remember. As Napa Humane celebrated 50 years – half a century! – of caring for animals in our community, we also launched three exciting new programs to serve our local pets. Dog training classes, shelter medicine, and case management for pets of Napa Valley’s unhoused now round out Napa Humane’sKeep Reading

50 Years: How Times Have Changed

A Golden Milestone in Compassion and Changes Animal Welfare In 1973, the year Napa Humane was founded, Richard Nixon was the President and a gallon of gas cost $0.39. How times have changed! Back then, dogs were rarely purchased or adopted – usually people just knew someone whose dog had puppies. Dogs often spent mostKeep Reading

Meet Napa Humane’s New Pet Education Manager

Meet Napa Humane’s New Pet Education Manager As we mentioned a while back, Napa Humane is launching a new dog training program to help address one of the leading causes of canine surrenders at the shelter: behavioral issues. Proper training makes it easier (and therefore much more likely) for dogs to get the exercise andKeep Reading

Alternatives to Dog Parks

Did you know there are three dog parks in Napa? While this might seem a great resource to exercise your dog, these meet-ups aren’t for every pup. Dog parks can be crowded, unpredictable, and downright overwhelming for even a socialized dog. Various dogs, and breeds, have different play behaviors. While some may enjoy a gameKeep Reading

Putting Paws to the Pavement

It’s National Walk Your Dog Month! Dogs are active, curious animals, so a walk is just about the best thing in the world for a dog. Not to ignore all the obvious physiological health reasons walking is good for both you and your furry friend, several unexpected benefits come with a daily walk. It KeepsKeep Reading

Feeling Grateful!

This month marks a jaw-dropping seventeen years since I first joined the Napa Humane team – and I couldn’t feel more blessed. In the last seven years since I stepped into the Executive Director role, we’ve weathered two giant wildfires, multiple PSPS events, a global pandemic and now an acute veterinary shortage.  Needless to say,Keep Reading

They Came, They Wagged, They Walked for Animals 2022!

After two years of pandemic virtual events, Walk for Animals returned in person for 2022. We weren’t sure what to expect, given the circumstances – besides some lingering covid-anxiety, we also had to contend with some new challenges this year. The Oxbow River Stage had taken over the east side of Oxbow Commons, with eventKeep Reading

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Napa Humane’s mission is to promote the welfare of companion animals through protection, advocacy, education, and by example.