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Delta Humane Society is no-kill shelter for pets

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Delta Humane Society is no-kill shelter for pets

Patrice Davidson is the Delta Humane Society’s executive director. She’s shown here visiting the cats at the adoption center located at 4590 S. Highway 99, Stockton.


POSTED January 21, 2012 2:30 a.m.

Patrice Davidson recalled the scruffy black lab mix that finally found a home.

“I want to say his name was Barney,” said Davidson, who is the Delta Humane Society executive director.

The dog that no one wanted had been at the Stockton SPCA adoption facility at 4590 S. Highway 99 for about two years and was a favorite among the staff. Yet he found a home in what appeared to be an unlikely pairing.

“It was a man driving a nice car,” said Davidson, who has worn a variety of different hats during her 18 years with the Delta Humane Society. “He was sad and lonely – his wife had left him and she took the kids.”

The man not only requested but took home the dog that no one wanted so he could care for it.

“Everyone cried. We had become attached to that dog,” Davidson said.

Caring and promoting a bond between humans and animals are part of the Delta Humane Society & SPCA’s mission statement.

Animals or misplaced pets are not destroyed but are provided shelter, care, and adoption services.

 The no-kill shelter is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 to promotes public awareness for the care of all animals.

In March 2010, the Delta Humane Society opened the new education and awareness center made possible by the $60,000 grant received from the Rossi Cerri Foundation.

In the summer, the Thrift and Gift Boutique carrying collectibles, antiques, jewelry, books, household goods, pet products and vintage and designer clothing opened at 6830 Pacific Ave., Stockton, directly across from Lincoln Center.

“The profits here help pay our bills,” Davidson said.

Money and donations are needed to keep the animal shelter in operation during these tough economic times, she added.

“We were hit hard by the recession,” Davidson said.

She also noted that the Delta Humane Society took him pets left abandon at foreclosed homes.

At this point, Davidson said that the adoption center receives 40 calls per day on the average. “Most want to drop off (rather than adopt) a pet,” she noted.

Those numbers could go up soon with “kitty season” just around the corner.

Davidson owns three dogs (her husband is allergic to cats) and has been around animals through most of her life.

“I grew up on a ranch where we always had animals,” she said.

Her background was fundraising for non-profit organizations. Davidson responded to a want ad for a development director at the Delta Humane Society.

“Looking back, I never thought I would have a career involving animals,” she said.

The Delta Humane Society services primarily San Joaquin County, with the adoption shelter able to accommodate 200 dogs and cats.

Each animal is given vaccinations and medical care, if needed.

The Delta Humane Society is open to the public, from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

The cost for adopting dogs and puppies start off at $75 and, for cats and kittens, $65. Fees vary based on breed and size.

In addition, the Delta Humane Society operates with five full-time and two part-time staff members, a five-member board of directors, and some 40 volunteers.

Information on donations, pet adoption, or serving as a volunteer can be found by clicking on to or calling 209-466-0339.

— Vince Rembulat

staff reporter

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