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Foster Story: Pregnant Mama Dog

Apr 29, 2021 |

I just wanted to share my story on fostering. I’m Jessica Silva and I’m a Dog Care Associate at Valley Animal Center. I’ve fostered here and there for short periods of times. All, but two of my fosters, have been healthy and have found their forever homes, or they come back to the shelter ready for adoption within days. But, there was this pregnant mama I fostered who came in really weak. She had been…

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Kitty Limps Forward in Life

Apr 27, 2021 |

A week ago, this beautiful little kitty was found in the middle of the road, trying to limp across. We don’t have a name for this kitty yet, but she’s a tough little furball. At the moment, we’re not sure what’s causing her limp. It could be a broken bone in her leg, or an injury to her pelvis. However, the little kitty can still feel sensations on her paws and can still manage to…

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World Veterinary Day 2021

Apr 24, 2021 |

If Dr. Whala isn’t helping an animal, then she’s on her computer doing charts, or huddling with her vet nurses and interns. She’s a busy bee buzzing from one animal patient to another, stethoscope and a wealth of knowledge at the ready! Our copywriter, Nou, reached out to Dr. Whala regarding this year’s World Veterinary Day and was able to get the following Q&A: Nou: What are your favorite aspects of being a vet? Dr.…

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Don’t be a (dog) loser!

Apr 22, 2021 |

Are you keeping your dogs secured? So many dogs go missing every day. Some are even found and reunited with their owners, only to be lost again. Let’s not lose our delightful dogs. Approximately 10 million pets in the US are lost from their owners, according to the American Humane Association. Sadly, only a small percent of those pets are ever reunited with their original owners. Many of these lost pets also never make it…

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Sam & Piper Horton

Apr 19, 2021 |

Sam and Piper Horton are a mother-daughter super duo! Sam has been teaching middle school since 2006! With the recent changes to teaching due to COVID-19, Sam has learned to go along with the flow for her students. She enjoys reading, crafting and hanging out with the cats at Valley Animal Center. Piper loves horses and is a barrel racer. Barrel racing is an equestrian sport where racers and their horses compete to run around…

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Brian Lloyd

Apr 19, 2021 |

Brian Lloyd is one of the only volunteers at Valley Animal Center who assists staff with pet adoptions. Brian loves being around animals and enjoys doing a variety of tasks at the Dog Adoption Center. Whether it’s washing dishes, cleaning kennels, doing laundry, or socializing some of the shelter dogs, Brian is someone our staff members can count on. He enjoys working alongside our dog care supervisor, Ruben Cantu, and animal care associate, Maegan Wesson.…

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Arthur O’Brien

Apr 19, 2021 |

Arthur “Art” O’Brien is probably one of Valley Animal Center’s most dedicated volunteers! Prior to receiving his own set of keys, Art said he used to climb over the fence when the facility was closed for the holidays to give the cats food and water. Art is retired and began his volunteer journey at Valley Animal Center when the facility first opened at 3934 N. Hayston Ave. He originally volunteered at the Cat Adoption Center seven days…

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Lorenzo Martinez Santos

Apr 19, 2021 |

Lorenzo Martinez Santos is a very goal-driven individual who gets a kick out of volunteering at Valley Animal Center! Lorenzo is an avid soccer player and has been volunteering at Valley Animal Center for 10 years now. “I love it here,” Lorenzo said. “I love the dogs and volunteering helps me with my stress.” Recently, Lorenzo worked in Pasadena for Sriracha but returned to Fresno due to COVID-19. He’s taken courses at Community Media Access…

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Kim Thurman

Apr 19, 2021 |

Kim Thurman, a retired RN, loves dogs. Unfortunately, right before her retirement, she lost her beloved 14-year-old dog. Heartbroken and sad, but not ready for a new pet, Kim decided to volunteer at Valley Animal Center to fill the void her dog left behind. Kim has been with Valley Animal Center since 2017 (four years!) and is a Level 4 volunteer. She walks dogs during her time here and enjoys how she is able to…

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Robin Chiero

Apr 16, 2021 |

Before she retired as a Fresno State professor, Robin was already looking for places she could volunteer for post-retirement. Through a service learning fair, she found Valley Animal Center, formerly known as California Feline Foundation, and has been with us since 2015. That’s 6 years! We can’t thank her enough. Robin had been a volunteer for our Cat Adoption Center where she took care of the cats and did outreach work, getting the word out…

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