Kitten with severe injury to jaw named Joker

Aug 16, 2022 |

Joker’s Arrival On July 28th, we welcomed Joker into our care. He was brought in with a severe injury to his jaw, a missing tooth, and a severe case of ear mites. He also had puncture wounds on the bottom part of his jaw, the neck and chin area. We don’t know what caused those injuries.  “We didn’t think he would make it,” said Ruben, our animal care adoption supervisor. “For the first two days,…

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4 Benefits to Pet Vaccines

Aug 12, 2022 |

Should you vaccinate your pets? August is National Pet Immunization Awareness Month so here is our fur-iendly reminder to make sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccines. Vaccinations are important as they introduce an immune response to help build immunity in your pets, lessen the severity of symptoms, and prevent the spread of disease.  Here are 4 reasons why vaccinations are important: A vaccinated pet is a protected pet. Prevent the unnecessary stress of…

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Returned Twice, German Shepherd Puppy Seeks Furever Home

Aug 9, 2022 |

Update: We are happy to announce that Pam has found her furever home! Meet Pam: Puppy Pam (animal ID: 25106) is an 8 month old German Shepherd mix with lots of shy kisses to give.  She was born here at Valley Animal Center as part of a litter of eight in November of 2021. On February 1, 2022, a family wanting a puppy adopted Pam home.  Sadly, Pam returned to us the very next day…

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Dry cat food donated to feral cat sanctuary

Jul 29, 2022 |

On Wednesday, our admin assistant, Jennie, and front desk volunteer, Robin, shared a very special moment. “What a day,” Robin said at the 12 o’clock hour. “Too bad I didn’t wear my watch today,” Jennie said. “I probably got all my steps in already.” The two spent all morning happily accepting monetary donations and bags of dry cat food from individuals (and pets) who saw our post on Monday morning about needing dry cat food…

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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 |

Do you know how much water your pets drink? 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 may be…

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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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