Arthritic Senior Husky Surrendered Twice

Aug 20, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Pets

by Nou Her

Valley Animal Center does a monthly column in KRL.

In March, 2012, Valley Animal Center rescued a litter of puppies. Kimana (animal ID: 12969), a Siberian Husky mix, was part of this litter. She was adopted quickly after her rescue, but five years later in April, 2017, she was surrendered by her family back to Valley Animal Center. Her family was moving and the new home would not allow pets. Kimana spent only a few weeks with Valley Animal Center before she was adopted the next month in May. Sadly, similar to her first home, she was surrendered years later. Her family was moving and would not be able to bring her with them. In June, 2022, at ten years old, Kimana returned to the kennels of Valley Animal Center.


As a senior pet, Kimana has arthritis in her back and is on Carprofen, a medication used to relieve her pain. It is most likely she will be on this medication for life. Kimana isn’t letting her age stop her, however. She still loves to go outside and enjoys her walk. Valley Animal Center’s dog care specialist, Jessica Silva, said Kimana’s adopters would only need to monitor how much she is walking due to her arthritis. “It’s also important to watch the temperature,” said Jessica, “because of the amount of fur she has.” To learn more about senior pet care, you can read Valley Animal Center’s blog HERE.

Jessica advises anyone interested in adopting Kimana should understand that she is a big dog! “She’s about eighty pounds,” said Jessica. “She’s gotten some interest, but it usually disappears when they realize how big she is.”

Kimana is a sweet dog who just wants someone to love her in the way she will love back. She has been around kids and does good with other dogs and cats. However, she does prefer more low-energy dogs and cats. Jessica said a single pet home would be the most ideal since Kimana thrives best when she gets as much attention as possible.

If anyone is interested in being the furever home for this sweet dog, please come visit her at Valley Animal Center’s dog adoption center, open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., located at 3934 N. Hayston Ave., Fresno, CA, 93726. You can also get a head start by filling out the online pre-adoption application found HERE. Kimana is currently available for a foster to adopt. This means potential adopters can take her home for a pre-determined amount of time before committing to her adoption.

For the month of August, Valley Animal Center is running a #ClearTheShelters adoption promotion where all adoption prices are reduced until August 31. Kimana’s adoption fee would be only $50. She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on all her vaccinations. Adopters also get one free wellness exam from Valley Animal Center’s low-cost clinic.

Have more questions about Kimana? Contact Valley Animal Center’s dog adoption center at (559) 233-8717 or dogs@valleyanimal[dot}org.

Adopting a dog is a big commitment, but if you are ready for it, Valley Animal Center hopes you consider Kimana!

If you can’t adopt Kimana but would still like to support her, you can become a monthly sponsor for her care by filling out Valley Animal Center’s Sponsor-A-Pet form. Your sponsorship helps provide Kimana with things like food, toys, blankets, and quality medical care. Sponsor her HERE.

Email: info@valleyanimal[dot]org
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