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Animal shelter exceeds fundraising goal, will stay open

The only no-kill animal rescue shelter in Pleasanton, California, will be able to stay open thanks to a fundraising campaign that helped it raise more than twice as much as it had hoped, Pleasanton Patch reports. The Valley Humane Society, a nonprofit organization, needed $125,000 to stay open, but raised $280,000 in just three weeks, with $125,000 coming from an anonymous donor, according to the news source.

The shelter became desperate in late July, asking for help from the public for the first time in its 25-year existence. Now, the shelter will have enough money to operate through November, and will have to come up with other ways to remain open after that.

The shelter currently runs education programs for children about humane treatment of animals, a literacy group, and runs a Critter Camp for children who want a hands-on experience caring for animals. The shelter also provides veterinary care and meals to pets in need, and volunteers the homeless pets as service animals in the area, according to its website.

It costs $500,000 to run the shelter each year, with 98 percent of that coming from donations. The future goal of the shelter is for donations to pay for only half of the expenses. 
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