VALLEY ANIMAL CENTER

Rating: 4.98 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 3934 N Hayston Ave Fresno CA 93726 USA

Mission: The Valley Animal Center is dedicated to controlling the pet overpopulation through education, spaying and neutering, and adoptions, not euthanasia. We believe all animals, as living creatures, deserve to be protected, respected, and given every consideration morally and ethically. Our mission is to assist with and provide for the animals that have been abused, mistreated, abandoned, and injured; to promote the bond between animals and people; and to instill an appreciation and respect for all living creatures with whom we share this earth.
Programs: The Clovis Project To alleviate the plight of homeless animals in the Central Valley, the Valley Animal Center teamed up with the City of Clovis’ Clovis Animal Services in 2005, forming “The Clovis Project.” The Clovis Project has been an ongoing collaboration between the Valley Animal Center and Clovis Animal Services to reduce the use of euthanasia on treatable and adoptable animals. No-Kill Shelter and Adoption Center The state-of-the-art dog and cat adoption centers emphasize comfortable and sanitary conditions. Separate dog and cat living quarters allow indoor/outdoor access and exposure to fresh air and natural sunlight. All employees adhere to strict cleaning and maintenance protocol. Mobile Adoption & Rescue Caboose In 2010 the Valley Animal Center received a very generous donation to purchase a mobile Adoption and Rescue Caboose, commonly known as MARC. With the addition of MARC, the Valley Animal Center has the capabilities to transport an average of 25 animals comfortably in a climate-controlled environment to various locations for adoption. Spay and Neuter Veterinary Clinic Humane Education Program The Valley Animal Center provides free fieldtrips and presentations to the Central Valley’s children and adults in an effort to promote greater understanding of pet care needs and responsibilities, and humane solutions to pet overpopulation. The James W. Thornton Dog Park and Perpetual Care Sanctuary for Cats - The project will add a beautiful acre and a half dog park to the shelter that will be open to public and shelter dogs alike. In addition to the dog park, there will also be the Perpetual Care Sanctuary for Cats. This building will be reserved for the animals that are left to the Valley Animal Center in the wills and estate plans of the Valley Animal Center’s prestigious Legacy Society Members. The owners of cats can specify whether or not they want their felines to be adopted to new families or whether they would prefer they live out their lives at the Valley Animal Center. Lastly, the dog park will feature a building called the Feral Retirement Village, where our wilder feline residents can live out their lives in peace and harmony until they pass or also find a forever home. The Future The James W. Thornton Dog Park and Perpetual Care Sanctuary for Cats will be completed in 2013. Upon completion, this project will join the Valley Animal Center’s other offerings, including: the dog and cat adoption centers capable of emergency intake in the event of a disaster, the low-cost veterinary clinic for routine health care and diagnostic medicine and treatment, and the humane education program with mutual benefit for students and companion animals. The James W. Thornton Dog Park and Perpetual Care Sanctuary for Cats will complete the Valley Animal Center and further enrich the lives of the Central Valley’s companion animals and the humans who love them.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have recently started volunteering at the Valley Animal Center. It is a great non profit no kill animal shelter that gives dogs and cats a temporary home until they can find their forever owner. This is the cleanest and best kept animal shelter that I have ever been to. The animals are provided with a clean and healthy environment that ensures a healthy dog for potential owners. I love volunteering here because I get to clean, help out, and just play with the animals. The animals there are so loving and happy and really appreciate volunteers like myself taking their time just to give them some attention and affection.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I really had to make a change to this organization I would just enhance the online website in order to make it easier for potential owners to view some of the animals present in the shelter before coming in.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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VALLEY ANIMAL CENTER IS ALL ABOUT TAKING CARE OF UNWANTED ANIMALS AND THE PEOPLE WHO DONATE THEIR TIME FOR THAT OBJECTIVE. THIS IS NOT ONLY A STOP OFF FOR THESE ANIMALS BUT ALSO A HOME FOR SOME, A HOME THAT MANY MAY NEVER HAD HAD. ITS ALSO A PLACE FOR VOLUNTEERS TO TO GET INVOLVED AND BRING SOME LOVE INTO THESE LIVES AND IN RETURN GET A LOT OF LOVE BACK. AFTER MY WIFE RETIRED, SHE STARTED VOLUNTEERING ,CHANGED HER LIFE AND IS NOW AS HAPPY AS SHE HAS EVER BEEN. WE BOTH SPEND TIME THERE NOW

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

TRY TO KEEP ALL OF THE GOOD STAFF MEMBERS AND NOT LET THEM MOVE ON TO OTHER JOBS

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Definitely

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Some

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2013

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I am a professional pet sitter and a volunteer for Valley Animal Center. I have helped raise funds and donated food as a community project and have foster parent to VAC puppies. This organization has its act together, they do an outstanding job of caring for all the animals in their charge, they are organized and get things done, work with the community and have the forsite to continue to grow to make the Central Valley a better place for homeless animals. The low cost spay and neuter clinic is a great resource for the many other non-profit shelters in the valley who are trying to do their part. It is my pleasure to help support this great organization in any way I can.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Every year I have my picture taken with all of the good cats and dogs. This picture is something you will always cherish and makes a great Christmas Card. All of the volunteers and people that work there are the nicest people you will ever meet. They show an amazing kindness and caring spirit for all of the cats and dogs that are just looking for a special home they can go to. Please come by and see me on Saturday November 16th and join in the fun. I'm looking forward to seeing you.

Santa Paws

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Make it larger so more cats and dogs would have a shelter to go to when they are lost.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Valley Animal Center is the place in the Valley to adopt a cat or dog. All of the staff at Valley Animal Center show so much concern for the dogs and cats at their shelter. The shelter is very clean and professional. I have had the extreme pleasure of volunterring at the shelter and have had the opportunity to see firsthand how all of the staff interacts with the cats and dogs in the shelter. They truly care about the animals and do evrything they can to have them adopted into caring families homes. In fact my dog Mason came from the shelter and is a fantastic dog.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2012

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Our company, Island Photography, has partnered with Valley Animal Center by providing some technical services to Valley and by encouraging our customers to donate to the Center. We picked Valley because of their humane, ethical and professional manner in running the no kill shelter. Everyone with whom we have contact in their organization is exceptional. They are knowledgeable, dedicated, hard working folks and just plain fun to be around. Our expectations have been exceeded time and again. We have lots and lots of animal lovers in our company and we are all very grateful the the Valley Animal Center exists for the benefit of the animals in our communities. Ed Jaeger, president/owner, Island Photography

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Definitely

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Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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I have been a volunteer for at least 20 years and this is the best shelter every, they are best on helping all of our animals. Thank you Valley Animal Center for all your help in our community.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Valley Animal Center is the best there is in Fresno County, it has the best care for any animal. It took care of my Tootie they were great.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I like the fact there is a no-kill shelter in Fresno that is helping to save animals and also provide lo-cost spaying and neutering. I do wish the kennel staff was more professional and friendlier though, which is why I gave them 3 stars instead of 4.

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Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Quite well

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Likely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

i have been a volunteer for about a year and love every minute. the animals are kept in great condition the place is so clean no odors lots of room. The dogs are always being walked and the cats are always being cuddled and the staff are just such special people, i cannot say enough good things about this wounderful place. maggie

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Definitely

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A lot

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Quite well

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2012

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Valley Animal Center is a top notch shelter. The staff is amazing and the animals are able to live in a very nice environment until they find their forever homes. I am proud to be a volunteer with Valley Animal Center!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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I have been involved with VAC for more than 11 yrs and it has been a very rewarding experience. I have watched it grow from a no kill shelter for cats in a small run-down building to a beautiful no kill shelter for cats and dogs. My main role has been to be foster mommie for kittens. I cannot express the enjoyment and fulfillment this has broght me. The facility is expanding every day and is currently completing fenced in areas for shelter dogs to run and play that will also be open to the public at specified times. The cats have fenced in areas outside their rooms and the dogs are walked many times daily. This is a valuable assest to our community as Fresno County has the highest euthenasia rate in California so we providea valuable alternative and give our furry friends another chance at finding a forever home! I have been blessed to be a part of this shelter's growth and functions. This facility definitely deserves to be one of the 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits List!! Thank you, Jan Mahar

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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