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.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How 3Hrs Can Help

More Info

EIN 77-0540565
5592338690
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My 13 year old heard about the Valley Animal Center needing volunteers and signed up. She also got me to sign up, we have walked the dogs and volunteered at different events to raise awareness and funds for the No Kill shelter. They do wonderful work for the animals (cats and dogs) that are waiting for their forever homes. The facility is kept clean, the animals are well cared for, the staff and volunteers are so caring and wonderful.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have tried everything to get my 8 year old engaged and keep her busy. She's tried gymnastics, soccer, t-ball, you name it, but nothing really spoke to her until I found the volunteer program at Valley Animal Center. She has really come out of her shell and loves going to "socialize" the kittys.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love Valley Animal so much- that when I got married (9/22/12) in lieu of table favors I made a donation to them in the name of my wedding guests. Their staff, facilities and volunteers are all so amazing- I wish I could be there all the time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

This is such an amazing organization - the facility is beautiful, and you can tell all of the employees are committed to the organization's mission. I would encourage everyone to visit the Valley Animal Center and see how hard they work and what an incredible job they do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My children and I have volunteered here and we've also adopted here. We highly recommend the Valley Animal Center for both!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been an avid volunteer for the Valley Animal Center for going on 6 years. Animals hold a very special place in my heart and I choose to give my support to the VAC because I trust that the animals are well taken care of daily. I respect the work that Valley Animal Center does and admire the staff who work very hard to keep it going. This year I will be doing "Everest for the Animals" in an effort to raise money for the VAC. Please keep the VAC in mind for your future donations. Remember, there are so many ways to donate!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Valley Animal Center was built & operates on grants, donations & fundraisers. As a volunteer for nearly 8 years, participating in the various fundraising activities has been an important part of my life. Watching this organization grow from a building full of cats to an operation complete with cat & dog adoption centers, low cost spay, neuter & clinic services, as well as an extensive education & outreach program has been a rewarding experience. The Mobile Adoption & Rescue Caboose (MARC) is a presence at many community events providing education to the community and enabling even more animals to get adopted. The animals here have are well loved & cared for by staff & volunteers and want for nothing except for a family of their own.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is one organization that has truly made a difference in the lives of so many animals, giving them another chance at finding a forever home that they deserve, as they provide them the proper care they need and work hard to help place them in a loving home. Through their various programs, outreach and low-cost services, they have also made a great impact in the community, educating people about the importance of spaying, neutering and responsible pet ownership. It is truly the nicest, cleanest and most welcoming facility one will find and should be recognized and rewarded for being a leader, role model and voice for all homeless animals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

What a great organization. With a professionally ran staff, exceptionally clean facilities and a loving and caring attitude towards each and every animal it is a world apart from local city/county animal shelters. They also have the ability to provide (with an at-home atmosphere) for your pets everlasting care upon your death. Having volunteered at this facility for almost 8 years they are my first recommendation to anyone who is looking to adopt a loving a loving animal. Tom Ellis

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
Flag review