The Delta-Stockton Humane Society was incorporated on February 14th, 1966 as a non-profit organization. The societies founding members included Mrs. Lucile Downer White of Linden, California and Miss Marian Stetson of Stockton, California. The original Board of Directions included: President Wilson Kelly, DVM; First Vice President Roscoe Stevens; Second Vice President William Daseler, DVM; Secretary Marian Stetson; and Treasurer Thomas Farris.
The Delta-Stockton Humane Society was the first shelter to open in San Joaquin County with a staff consisting of 3 full-time employees, 4 part-time employees and a caretaker/overseer. The initial membership rolls started with 200 members and swelled to over 600 members by 1973.
In June of 1978 with a $121,000 grant from the George M. Whittell Estate ground-breaking began on the current main adoption building. On September 9th, 1979 the dedication and open house ceremony of the then administration building opened.
Delta Humane Society & SPCA
On November 5th, 1981 the SPCA, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was added the society's name. The shelter in 1991 expanded operations into the Weberstown Mall, however in 1997 the shelter extension was forced to close because of mall expansion and construction.
The 1990's brought many new changes to the Delta Humane Society & SPCA including: the shelter's Pet Gazette (1992) later renamed Pet Saver (1994); a new logo similar to the current logo in 1995; a new fundraising committee in 1996; first Doggie Dash in 1996; Delta Humane Society Grand Prix NASCAR owned by Les Scott of California Hot Woods in 1997; and the Delta Humane Society website in 1999.
Delta Humane Society in the 21st Century
As the Delta Humane Society & SPCA moved forward into the 21st century pet overpopulation in San Joaquin County started reaching crisis levels. To combat this growing problem the shelter began a mandatory spay and neuter policy before adoption instead of relying upon post adoption spay and neuter vouchers.
In the early 2000's the shelter held many different types of fundraising events such as Skate for the Animals, Evening in the Vineyards, Bowl for the Animals, Ride for the Animals, White Rabbit Auction, and Purr Ball. All of these events along with Doggie Dash and the end of year Open House provided many great opportunities for the shelter.
The Buy-A-Brick campaign was launched at the start of 2001 to gather funds for a new kennel building and food storage building. Ground-breaking began later in August of 2001 with the food storage facility completed on March 5th, 2002. The new kennel building held its grand opening on December 14th, 2002.
The shelter in 2004 passed the 20,000 adopted animals mark. In 2005 the shelter celebrated the first employees to make it to 10 years of service: Patrice Davidson, Sandy Duncan, and Karla Acevedo. In addition the shelter replaced its dirt parking lot with a new paved parking lot.
On January 12, 2006, tragedy struck the shelter when Assistant Manager, Holly Duncan was killed on her way to work. To honor her memory, the Holly's Garden and Dog Socialization Area was dedicated on March 13, 2010. The funds for this project were raised by the Duncan Family during two Holly-ween Costume Balls in the October 2006 and October 2007. The area was built with volunteer labor from The Duncan Family (Rick, Sandy & Nick), Tracy Grainer, Rose Stillo, Zack Collins and Victor Salas.
Later in 2006 the shelter began to film shelter animals for Comcast Cable and OnDemand. In 2009 the shelter launched a Cafe Press store selling official shelter merchandise. Later in 2009 the Rossi Ceri Foundation donated a grant for the construction of a new New Education and Awareness Center with the grand opening on March 13th, 2010.
In November 2009 the Delta Humane Society launched a new campaign called I CARE. The logo designed by David Aviles, Patrice Davidson, and Nick Duncan helped raised over $15,000 for the shelter by April 2010.
A Thrift Store, the Delta Humane Society Thrift & Gift Boutique was opened on July 21st, 2011 at 6830 Pacific Avenue across from Lincoln Village North in Stockton, California. The store is owned and operated by the Delta Humane Society & SPCA with all money going to help the shelter's programs and operations.
Today the shelter continues its mission of promoting the humane treatment of animals through public awareness and education as well as expanding operations through mobile adoptions. The shelter continues to operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit true no-kill animal shelter that receives no federal funding nor funding from any national SPCA or Humane Society.