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NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2021

At Valley Animal Center, our volunteers mean the world to us. This year, National Volunteer Week is April 19-25, and we'll be recognizing some of our most outstanding volunteers. These volunteers have made an incredible impact on your community by helping us care for homeless cats and dogs in the Central Valley.

While our volunteer program was on hold most of 2020 and 2021, these volunteers have continued to dedicate their time during very uncertain times. We sincerely thank them and all of our past, present and future volunteers.

We can't do this without you!

VOLUNTEERS

Robien Chiero

ROBIN CHIERO

Administration Office Volunteer

Robin Chiero is the longest volunteer we've ever had at Valley Animal Center!

Robin has been volunteering at Valley Animal Center since 2015. She loves animals, and in particular, loves the cats and kitties. She enjoys informing community members about all things Valley Animal Center and currently assists the administration office with answering phones, completing data entry, and greeting guests...

Justin Foster

JUSTIN FOSTER

Cat & Dog Adoption Center Volunteer

If Justin James Foster could volunteer at Valley Animal Center every day, he would!

Whether he's doing laundry, cleaning kennels, washing dishes, or walking dogs, Justin enjoys every minute of his time at the organization and would love to have the opportunity to join the Valley Animal Center team in his near future...

Sam and Piper Horton

SAM & PIPER HORTON

Cat & Dog Adoption Center Volunteers

Sam and Piper Horton are a mother-daughter super duo!

Sam and Piper have been with Valley Animal Center for nearly four years! When they volunteer at the Cat Adoption Center, they fold laundry and spend time snuggling with the cats. When they volunteer at the Dog Adoption Center, they take dogs out on walks...

Brian Lloyd

BRIAN LLOYD

Cat & Dog Adoption Center Volunteer

Brian Lloyd is one of the only volunteers 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, Brian is someone our staff members can count on...

Art O'Brien

ART O'BRIEN

Feral Cat Community Volunteer

Arthur “Art” O’Brien is probably one of Valley Animal Center’s most dedicated volunteers!

Art has been volunteering at Valley Animal Center since our facility opened here at 3934 N. Hayston Ave. He stops by three mornings every week to give food and water to our feral cats and truly enjoys socializing with them...

Lorenzo Santos

LORENZO MARTINEZ SANTOS

Dog Adoption Center Volunteer

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. He enjoys sharing his shades with some of the shelter dogs and taking them out to our Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park to play soccer.

Kim Thurman

KIM THURMAN

Dog Adoption Center Volunteer

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...

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