VALLEY ANIMAL CENTER

Rating: 4.98 stars   50 reviews

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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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2 people found this review helpful

Shortly after we moved to Fresno, I lost one of my long time pet dogs. I was not going to get another, but when taking some donations to VAC, I casually asked if a small female fluffy dog might be available. The nice lady said not yet, but we did get get one in that will be available in a few days. When I asked if I could see her, she was very happy to show her to me. Right then I decided to adopt the little girl if my wife approved. I then asked the lady, Lauren, if she would reserve the dog for me until I could bring my wife to see her. The next day when my wife saw how much I already liked the little girl she agreed that we should adopt her. The next day when she could be released, I picked her up and we went directly to to groomer. When I got her home, my other dog which had been the alpha tried to get fresh with her and she put him in his place right then and there. Made me so proud of her. We changed her name from Lacy to Lady Bug and she has been just a great little dog. I often wonder, how could someone have put such a great little animal in a shelter? Actually, she had already been put on the kill list at another shelter when Valley Animal Center rescued her and I am very thankful they did.

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I can not say enough great things about the Valley Animal Center! The people there are amazing. They are so helpful and their caring attitudes shine through with everything they do. The Valley Animal Center truly cares about the animals they provide homes for and the community they serve.

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

Expand it to serve more animals and families in the Valley.

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Life-changing

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On Saturday, my daughter and I went to Valley Animal Center to look at adoptable dogs. Immediately, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the facility and the professionalism of the staff. The animals and the pens were clean and did not smell like a typical shelter. We wound up adopting a puppy--she had already been given shots, was spayed, had been treated with frontline, etc. I have adopted both dogs and cats from the ASPCA in the past. Fresno's ASPCA does not even compare to VAC. While there, I saw many volunteers exercising and playing with the animals. Thank God for such an awesome organization!

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Life-changing

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2012

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The Valley Animal Center is such a clean and state-of-the-art facility! The animals are well-cared for, the staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable, and I am very excited about their expansion plans! I have also had several of my animals spayed, neutered, and vaccinated in their clinic and was very impressed with their professionalism and organization. I have also had the opportunity to see them out with their mobile adoption unit at the Home and Garden show and at Clovis Fest, and was again very impressed with the cleanliness of the animal enclosures and the fact that their adoption unit was heated and air conditioned for the comfort of the animals. I would highly recommend this shelter for anyone looking to adopt, as the animals are healthy, well-cared for, and have been rescued from animal control agencies to try to lower the incredibly high euthanasia rate we have here in our Valley. I have also donated to this shelter and will do so again. Thank you, Valley Animal Center, for the wonderful work that you do in helping save homeless animals! Hopefully they will all find a forever home!!

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Life-changing

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2012

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I recently spent the summer in Fresno and was saddened by the large numbers of abondaned pets, due to foreclosures and high unemployment. A neighbor was contemplating "giving up" her beloved dog as she could not afford the spaying fees and was concerned about her dog not having current vaccinations. The Valley Animal Center worked out a discounted, payment plan................allowing this pet to stay with it's family.........................and NOT contributing to the ever growing pet population problem. The Valley Animal Center had a caring, compassionate staff. They were eager to work with this family, for the health of the animal and workable solutions for the family. While visiting Fresno, I must say the facility was "state of the art"............. clean & efficient, with a knowledgable and friendly staff. The organization is so deserving of the BEST nonprofit!

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Life-changing

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2012

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I first visited the Valley Animal Center to get one of my cats fixed. They had the lowest prices in town for spay/neutering cats. Also had all the vaccines for a low cost too. I think this provides an extremely valuable service to the community, with the huge pet over population problem we need to have these services offered at a price most people can afford. My favorite part of the Valley Animal Center, however, is the cat adoption building. Its looks nothing like the typical shelter in there. Cats are housed in rooms, not cages. They have shelves and cubbys to sleep on. There are cat doors leading out to a play area outside. The cats look so much happier than the ones at the SPCA... and you know that they arent on 'death row' either!

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2012

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When we adopted our cat a few years ago we took him to another facility to be fixed. I was disappointed with the lack of customer service. Last year we adopted a new puppy and took him to the Valley Animal Center to be fixed. I was amazed as I watched them check in animals and went over details with the "pet parents" , and asked/answered questions. They made me and our Jax feel comfortable with the process and just showed genuine care and compassion. I have since recommend the Valley Animal Center to anyone I know that is thinking adopting or needs the same type of care we recieved.

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2012

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I adopted my cat from here and could not have had a better experience! She is my first cat and the staff and volunteers were so nice and so helpful! They encouraged us to find the cat that was right for us and they were so knowledgeable in answering all of our questions. I would highly reccomend anyone who is looking for a furry friend to check out this wonderful place!

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Life-changing

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2011

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I've adopted a furry companion from Valley Animal Center. They were very attentive and helpful with finding my family the "just right" cat for us. I also donate and participate in events that benefit the Valley Animal Center. They are truly a wonderful organization that goes beyond the call for the Valley's four legged friends!

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2012

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They do such great work here! They helped me when I needed it most. I had to let go of my beautiful German Shepherd. For such a terrible situation, they made it bearable. She was adopted by one of their vets within a week. Thank you so much VAC!!

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Life-changing

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