Valley Animal Center


Our Mission

Uniting dogs and cats with loving people.


Our Vision

By excelling at our Mission, we will be known as the leading resource for the health and well-being of companion animals.


Our Values

Leadership – Operate with integrity, transparency, and the courage to do the right thing.

Respect – Collaborate, value diversity, and build strong relationships.

Commitment – Be good stewards of resources entrusted to us.

Excellence – Pursue quality and learn to embrace change.


The Valley Animal Center houses thousands of dogs and cats annually until they are placed in loving homes. Euthanasia is never performed unless the animal is suffering from a serious illness that cannot be cured, or a painful condition that cannot be alleviated.

Upon entering the shelter, cats are tested for Feline AIDS and Feline Leukemia. Both dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, and administered any additional medical care as needed. Even those once considered un-adoptable due to their medical conditions or disabilities have been rehabilitated and ultimately adopted into loving families.



The Center is easily accessible to residents of the entire six-county region it serves. Even individuals from out of the area and out of state have come to the Valley Animal Center to adopt animals from the Central Valley and utilize its clinic services. Day-to-day shelter capacity can comfortably accommodate more than 100 dogs and 300 cats, and emergency capacity can accommodate 200 dogs and 500 cats.

The Valley Animal Center is a community-supported organization. Financial support is derived solely through donations from the community, grants, program services, and fundraising efforts. Unlike traditional shelters, no funds are received from government sources.

The state-of-the-art dog and cat adoption centers emphasize comfortable and sanitary conditions. Separate dog and cat living quarters allow indoor/outdoor access and exposure to fresh air and natural sunlight. All employees adhere to strict cleaning and maintenance protocol. Anti-microbial flooring throughout the facility along with an air-ventilation system which completely exchanges the air in all animal areas are in place to combat the spread of any illnesses that may arise.

Our History


The Greater Fresno Area has long had a need for no-kill humane efforts due to the unfortunate fact that the San Joaquin Valley has one of the highest euthanasia rates in the United States. The Valley Animal Center is taking the lead to accomplish the goal of reducing the use of euthanasia on treatable and adoptable animals through adoptions, spaying and neutering, and humane education.

In 1992, the Valley Animal Center’s predecessor, the California Feline Foundation, was founded in Downtown Fresno as a no-kill shelter for cats.

Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, along with the dedication and hard work of countless volunteers and staff, this humble no-kill cat sanctuary grew to include a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and eventually a no-kill shelter for dogs.

For years, Fresno County’s animal control agencies have been overburdened with stray and surrendered dogs and cats. A variety of factors have contributed to the severe overpopulation and under-adoption of dogs and cats. These factors include:

  • Lack of a progressive animal welfare presence historically
  • Insufficient public awareness regarding the importance of spaying and neutering
  • Temperate Central Valley climate which has allowed for higher than average reproductive rates
  • The Valley Animal Center, along with numerous no-kill shelters in the area are working together to try and stop the use of euthanasia by first and foremost taking animals from animal control agencies.