The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley, protecting animals for more than 40 years.

Mission Statement

To prevent cruelty and neglect to animals; to educate children and all members of the community about animal welfare issues; and to provide for the health and well-being of animals with an emphasis on spay/neuter to prevent pet over-population.

Vision Statement

To be a leading non-profit organization in caring for all animals in need.

Our History

On March 16, 1970, with the hard work and dedication of a few key volunteers committed to caring and protecting animals in order to improve the quality of their lives, the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley became incorporated. As with any new start-up organization, there were many challenges. It was a time of hope, despair, promises, and disappointments. Along this challenging path, the Society's dream became one to provide the residents of the city of San Bernardino and their pets with quality animal services sufficient to meet local needs. This dream was inspired and led by a true visionary, Joyce Young Martin. Beatrice Tupman Prothero who documented the Society's first history stated: bq. "Joyce's dreams centered on the developing of a much-needed low-cost spay and neuter clinic to help alleviate, in our area at least, the national disgrace of dog and cat overpopulation. Alone, she planted a fertile seed..." Then, person by person, she brought in a small group of dedicated people to implement this dream. They began with efforts to change conditions at the city "pound". While pursuing this objective, the small founding group was continuing to grow, using their time and resources to educate the community on behalf of all animals, both domestic and wild.

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Corporate Directors and Officers

Valerie Cornwell, President

Brenda Odle, Treasurer

June Yamamoto, Secretary

Todd Lurie, Board Member


Download past and present issues of our newsletter, The Tailbearer.

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Joyce Martin Auditorium

The Joyce A. Martin Auditorium

The Joyce Martin Education Auditorium is open for use by service clubs, professional associations, corporate groups, children’s groups such as boy and girl scouts, and for those involved in animal welfare. The use can be for dinners, lunches, seminars, retreats and workshops.

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Employment Opportunities

We have several positions available. The Humane Society provides an excellent employee benefits package which includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • IRA
  • Veterinarian Continuing Education
  • R.V.T Continuing Education
  • Liability Insurance
  • Cafeteria Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • Personal Time

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