Valley Animal Center: Marmaduke

May 13, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures

by Joseph Riloquio

Joseph Riloquio is an Administrative and Humane Education Assistant with Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. VAC shares their animal rescue adventures with us every month. Check out KRL’s interview with VAC to learn more about what they do.

Marmaduke is a five-year-old Staffordshire Terrier who came to Valley Animal Center in November of 2016. With his constant smile, friendly attitude, and high energy he quickly became a staff favorite at our shelter.



Marmaduke spent over a year at a high euthanization shelter in Los Angeles. He was rescued and surrendered to Valley Animal Center by a private donor. We are very thankful that Marmaduke’s great personality caught the attention of this donor before it was too late.

Since his arrival, Marmaduke has been working with our trainers and is doing very well. He loves spending time in our dog park and can often be seen running off his excess energy in the afternoon. He is toy-motivated, and loves to play fetch with our staff and volunteers, though he occasionally forgets to give the ball back.vac

Marmaduke would be great with an active family. He is dog- and kid-friendly, and, although he is very curious around cats, his curiosity is not aggressive in nature. He would be a terrific dog for a family that could take him on walks, visit the park, and has a yard for him to play in.

One of Marmaduke’s features that is immediately noticeable is his cropped ears. This is an unfortunate practice that, when done incorrectly and left untreated can cause health problems for dogs. Luckily, Marmaduke has no lasting bad effects from his ear cropping.

Like all of our adoptable animals, Marmaduke has been neutered, is up-to-date on his vaccinations, and is micro-chipped. Call our Dog Adoption Center or come in to visit Marmaduke for information on his special adoption fee. If you would like more information about any of our adoptable animals, please call or visit Valley Animal Center. Our cat and dog adoption centers are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Keep up with VAC’s animal rescue adventures here at KRL, and learn more about adopting from them, volunteering, and donating to VAC on their website If you advertise with KRL you can designate 10% of your ad fees to go to VAC.

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Joseph Riloquio is an Administrative and Humane Education Assistant at Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California.


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