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Heart Of The Valley Animal Shelter is an open-admission shelter that cares for lost, abused, neglected, and stray animals with compassion and dedication. They're a non-profit organization and serves as a stray holding facility for the following cities and counties:
On any given day, the shelter cares for 180 cats and dogs, helping save thousands of animals every year. In addition to adoption services, they provide the following services:
If you're ready to find a new best friend, start by browsing all the available dogs and cats up for adoption on Heart Of The Valley Animal Shelter's website.
If you spot an animal you'd like to learn more about, head over to the shelter to meet your furry friend and complete an application. (Heart Of The Valley Animal Shelter requires everyone to visit the shelter to meet their four-legged friend and complete an application in person.) If you're unsure of which animal will best suit your family and lifestyle, one of the shelter's animal care specialists can help you find a great match.
Adopting a dog and have a dog already? Heart Of The Valley Animal Shelter's staff will help you introduce your new dog to your existing dogs.
If everything checks out, all that's left is to finalize the adoption paperwork, pay the adoption fee, and take the new guy home!
Adoption fees at Heart Of The Valley Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, a medical exam, 30 days of free pet insurance, coupons from local veterinarians, a 30-day adoption refund guarantee, and cats over 6 months are tested for FIV/FeLV.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.