Follow Us!


It is through the support and love of the Central Valley community that we can protect the lives of thousands of dogs and cats in our area. We invite you to join any of our upcoming events to see our work – through your generosity – in action . If you cannot attend one of our events, please follow us to view up to the minute photos and receive updates on where you can find us, special promotions, and stories about our lovable pets.

Pet Stories

  • +
  • +
  • +
  • +
    Orange Charlie
  • +
  • +
  • +
  • +


The Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park is a membership-based 1.5 acre park that is a part of the Valley Animal Center, the Central Valley’s premier no-kill shelter for dogs and cats and low-cost spay, neuter, and vaccination clinic. The park features a 2,000 gallon canine wading pool complete with water jets, an agility course play area, and grassy land with trees divided into several spacious dog runs based on canine size.

Separate dog runs for canines under 25 pounds and over 26 pounds

A canine agility course with a variety of obstacles

2,000 gallon canine wading pool with water jets (for dogs only)

Toys of all varieties included in each run

Lockers provided for your personal items (Lock not included)

Doggie bag dispensers throughout the park

Several water stations that are filled with fresh water daily

Bathrooms, drinking fountains, and a beverage machine.


All potential canine members must be at least 6 months of age, spayed or neutered, up-to-date on their vaccinations, and temperament-tested before being admitted into the dog park.

$50 per dog
Annual Membership (includes keycard to the park)
$5per dog
Daily Membership
Download a Membership Application
















New members need:

Vaccination Records

You need to provide proof that your dog(s) are current on the following vaccinations: leptospirosis, bordetella, rabies, and DA2PPv (or an equivalent – see the membership packet for accepted vaccines).

Proof of spay or neuter

Verification can be through spay or neuter certificate, paperwork from a veterinarian, boarding facility, etc. that states they are spayed or neutered, or visual inspection. Visual inspection of males does not require a tattoo. For females, a visible tattoo or spay scar is required for visual inspection.



3934 N. Hayston Ave
Fresno, CA 93726
P: (559) 233-8708

Open 7 Days a Week
10:00 am – 7:00 pm


Closed most major holidays

Like us on Facebook!