Improving the welfare of our shelter dogs and cats

Jul 22, 2022 |

Staff Learns Ways to Better Serve Shelter Dogs and Cats Several of our staff members attended the virtual “Behavior, Training, Enrichment Bootcamp for Shelters,” hosted through UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program – Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge. Led by Dr. Cindi Delany who has been working in animal shelters for more than 20 years, our staff gained further insight on best practices to implement impactful changes at Valley Animal Center.  Fear Free Training was a…

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Are your pets drinking enough water?

Jul 20, 2022 |

Pet Hydration Do you know how much water your pet drinks? On average, your dog should drink a half to one ounce of water per body pound of body weight. In comparison, cats need about 3.5 to 4.5 ounces of water for every five pounds of body weight. If you have kittens and puppies, they may even drink more due to their growing age and higher metabolism. If your pets don’t get enough water, they…

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Furever Homes Needed!

Jul 19, 2022 |

Many shelters and rescues are finding themselves at max capacity. At Valley Animal Center, we are able to pull at-risk animals from local animal control agencies when we have the space. Last year, we were able to rescue 985 (this number includes owner surrenders) dogs and cats! Unfortunately, we are also at full capacity, preventing us from continuing our rescue efforts. We currently have 5 long-term resident dogs waiting on their furever homes. In an…

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How to Prevent Your Pets From Getting Lost

Jul 13, 2022 |

Lost and Found Pets – Do you know what to do? Losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience. Are you aware of the steps you can take to help reunite a lost pet with their owner? Read on to learn how becoming an informed pet owner can help not just your pets from getting lost, but how you can also help reunite lost pets to their owners. How do I prevent my dog or cat…

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Crusty No More! 

Jul 12, 2022 |

After receiving a text asking for help from Kerman animal control for a kitten with eyes crusted shut, Animal Care Operations Supervisor Maritza Lopez said yes to the rescue pull. On the first of July, Valley Animal Center welcomed into our care kitten Makaveli.  Estimated to be about 10-12 weeks old, Makaveli arrived with his eyes crusted shut and he was covered in fleas. He was underweight and we weren’t even certain if he had…

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Hairless Chispita Rescued

Jul 5, 2022 |

  Meet Chispita, roughly 6 months old, female Chihuahua.  Chispita suffered from Demodectic Mange. When we rescued her, her chest and belly were practically furless. Luckily, after her baths and treatments, she is now in recovery and we predict her fur will regrow in time! Animal Care Operations Supervisor Maritza Lopez first spotted Chispita’s call-for-rescue post from Fresno Humane on June 23rd, Thursday morning. The post had been up for an hour and had gained…

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Ava abandoned again, this time found as stray in Las Vegas

Jun 24, 2022 |

On Wednesday morning, June 22nd, our cat adoption center received a call that one of our previously adopted dogs had been found as a stray in Las Vegas.  It was Ava. For those who don’t know the story of Ava, she is a chocolate American pit bull who had been in and out of shelters since 2016 when she was found abandoned in a field in Orange Cove. She was malnourished, underweight, and had severe…

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Post Meowlone Saved From Fleas

Jun 21, 2022 |

Earlier last week, we rescued a kitten who was in very bad condition.  At about five to six weeks old and weighing only 7.6 oz. instead of the average 1.5 lbs. for his age, this emaciated kitten was weak and covered in fleas. His eyes were shut due to a large amount of pus being discharged.  Upon rescue, we immediately gave him a bath, cleaning him of all his fleas and flea dirt that coated…

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Tips for Adopting a Cat

Jun 16, 2022 |

June is the special “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month,” bringing awareness to all the homeless cats in animal shelters and rescues who need loving homes. As a no-kill shelter, Valley Animal Center rescues hundreds of cats over the course of the year while also seeing an increase of kittens and momma cats during kitten season (beginning as early as March and as late as October in Fresno, CA).  To celebrate Adopt A Shelter Cat Month,…

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Spray-painted and Abused

Jun 13, 2022 |

A good Samaritan was driving when she noticed two teenagers spray painting and throwing rocks at a small dog left in a crate in an alley. She got out of the car immediately and the teenagers fled. In the crate was Bruce, a two-year-old Chihuahua.  Bruce was given a bath and taken care of by the good Samaritan. However, Bruce was scared of and didn’t get along with the big dogs in the home. So,…

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