Valley Animal Center

Valley Animal Center: New Spawtlight Webpage Sparks Interest in Long Term Adoptables

by Juan Guitron

At the start of January, Valley Animal Center implemented a new social media strategy to find their adoptables loving homes. We have recently introduced a new Spawtlight page in order to feature pets that have had trouble getting adopted. These poor adoptables are often overlooked by potential adopters for one reason or another. The goal is not only to highlight these animals but also to educate the public as to why animals have behaviors some deem undesirable.

Valley Animal Center: Long-Term Dog Faces Difficulties Adapting to Shelter Environment

by Juan Guitron

A common misconception is that animals in no-kill shelters are safe, and there is no rush to find a home. The truth is that pets often find it difficult to adapt to a shelter environment, especially for active dogs. Despite a shelter’s best efforts, the physical enrichment they receive is never enough, leading them to develop anxious and aggressive behaviors. Sadly, their mental and physical health deteriorates.

Help Valley Animal Center give homeless dogs and cats a Thanksgiving feast

by Juan Guitron

Valley Animal Center’s annual campaign, “Birds of a Feather, Feed Together,” returns this month. It is a fundraising campaign that seeks to raise enough funds to give their adoptables a Thanksgiving feast. When a person donates in person at any of one of its departments, the donor receives a paper turkey feather to write their name on. Each feather is added to a large turkey banner displayed in the grand lobby.

Valley Animal Center Seeks to Beautify & Expand its Feral Cat Sanctuary This Fall

by Alisia Sanchez

The Art O’Brien Feral Cat Sanctuary is located at Valley Animal Center in Fresno. While it has seen many improvements throughout the years, this year, the nonprofit no-kill shelter for dogs and cats hopes to dramatically improve the lives of the more than 70 feral cats who call it home through the Feral Cat Sanctuary Beautification and Expansion Project, a project representatives of the organization estimate will cost $60,000 to complete.

Valley Animal Center: Clear the Shelters at Super Adoption

by Alisia Sanchez

Since 2015, NBC Universal Local has helped more than 860,000 pets find their furever homes through their nationwide annual pet adoption campaign, Clear the Shelters. In Fresno County, this campaign is led by NBC affiliates, KSEE24 and Telemundo Fresno. Local no-kill shelter for dogs and cats, Valley Animal Center, has teamed up with them once again August 1-31 to clear their shelters, but their efforts don’t stop there.

Valley Animal Center: Overprotective dog returned twice; needs socialization, patience, and pool

by Alisia Sanchez

Taking home overly protective dogs can seem like a challenge to some. When an animal shows this kind of behavior, it does come from a place of aggression, but also from love. Dogs especially love wholeheartedly, and when they bond with someone, that love never goes away. With socialization and patience, a dog’s true loving nature can be expressed.

Fresno T.N.R. and Valley Animal Center give Merlin, a majestic and previously homeless black cat, the chance of a lifetime

by Alisia Sanchez

Valley Animal Center works closely with local animal advocate Brandi Sherman, CEO of Fresno T.N.R., an organization dedicated to the Trap-Neuter-Return of the feral cat population in Fresno County. Dr. Jamie Medina, veterinarian at Valley Animal Center, will spay or neuter feral cats rescued by Sherman. Some weekdays, Dr. Medina can spay or neuter at least one cat and dedicates one Saturday a month to spaying or neutering an average of 25 cats.

Valley Animal Center: Bonded Buddies Seek Furever Home … Together!

by Alisia Sanchez

Rocco (25553) and Rosie (25554) have many things in common. For one, they are brother and sister and have been in the care of Valley Animal Center since they were rescued from Fresno Humane Animal Services in 2022. They are both two years old, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix pups, and are very, very shy. They are also considered a “bonded pair.”