Valley Animal Center Take a Sip of Sweet Sarsaparilla!

Aug 13, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures

by Allix Ollivier

Allix Ollivier is an Outreach Associate at 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.

Last summer, the Valley Animal Center (VAC) rescued a German Shorthaired Pointer mama dog and her litter of 12 puppies. The puppies were all given Old Western-themed names. It didn’t surprise the staff when the whole litter was quickly adopted. Unfortunately a few weeks ago, one of the puppies was surrendered to the SPCA. Luckily our contact information was still on the microchip and the SPCA gave us a call to see if we wanted to rescue her again. We immediately went to get our dog back. The dog, now a year old, was Sarsaparilla who was named such due to the root beer color of her coat.

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Sarsaparilla as a puppy

When we picked her up, the SPCA informed us that Sarsaparilla was acting skittish, especially towards men, and to be aware of that when handling her. Our dog adoption staff has two male employees and we made sure to keep that in mind when we took her back to the shelter to give her the TLC she needed. The two gentlemen on staff made sure to take extra care of Sarsaparilla, so she could be reintroduced to men in a positive way.

While we are heartbroken over what has happened to make her feel this way, we are excited to say that over the last two weeks that we’ve had her, Sarsaparilla has been warming up more to the men and women that care for her. When she was first brought to the shelter, she would act very nervous skittish and scared in her kennel whenever anyone would walk by, but now our sweet girl has her tail wagging whenever she has company!

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Sarsaparilla as an adult

Like most German Shorthaired Pointers, Sarsaparilla is a very active dog. She loves to run around and play, so she needs an active family that would enjoy doing that with her. Sarsaparilla would be great for a young family with energetic kids. She would also benefit from a family that wears their heart on their sleeves and would shower her with love, that way she can continue learning positive association with humans.

Sarsaparilla is currently up for adoption, and she truly is amazing! She’s got large brown spots over her ears, and lots of little brown spots all over her face making her look splattered with sarsaparilla! Until she finds a forever home, we’ll continue to care for her at the Valley Animal Center.
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In order to care for lovable dogs like Sarsaparilla and also the kitty cuties we have at our center, we appreciate any and all donations. Contributors like you help support the cats and dogs cared for at our facility until they find their forever home. As always, the Valley Animal Center is grateful and appreciative of any and all donations.

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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