Valley Animal Center: Walnut The Dachshund Mix

Nov 11, 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.

Walnut is an adorable six-year-old red merle Dachshund mix. He was rescued from our local CCSPCA and has been waiting patiently at Valley Animal Center for a few months now.

Walnut has a unique personality; sometimes he likes to hang out in the adoption center thinking he is a human. He demands to have a chair to sit in or to sit in a volunteer’s lap so he can monitor the front desk. This has quickly made him a staff and volunteer favorite!



When Walnut first arrived at the Valley Animal Center, we quickly realized he was prone to breaking out in skin rashes and hot spots. Unsure of what was causing this—stress, allergies, or something else—Walnut received a full blood panel so he could be given the appropriate treatment.

When we received the results for Walnut’s blood work, there was good news and bad news. The bad news was that our poor Walnut suffers from several different allergies. He is allergic to several types of meat and grains common in most commercial dog food; this is what was causing his repeated skin irritations. The good news is that Walnut’s allergies are treatable and a special diet will almost completely take care of any rashes or skin irritations he would otherwise develop. Since switching to his special diet here at Valley Animal Center, Walnut’s overall health has improved greatly. He can live a full happy and healthy life as long as he remains on a specific diet.vac

Walnut would be great for almost any type of home. He likes kids, would be ok with other pets in the home, likes dogs that are close in size to him, and has a moderate energy level. While we love having Walnut here with us, we know that he deserves a forever home and is going to make his new family very happy.

Like all of our adoptable animals, Walnut has already been neutered, is up-to-date on his vaccinations, and is micro-chipped. You can come by to visit him in our dog adoption center seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you would like more information about any of our adoptable animals, please call or visit Valley Animal Center.

Valley Animal Center
3934 N. Hayston Avenue
Fresno, CA, 93726
Tel: (559) 233-8690

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


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