Help shelter animals at the Valley Animal Center during the “Pennies for Pets” fundraiser

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — You can help the Valley’s largest no-kill shelter with its biggest fundraiser of the year.

The Valley Animal Center’s Pennies for Pets fundraiser is helping area animals, including a group of puppies who were dehydrated and malnourished at a Fresno home.

“They came in very nervous and very scared. In the week they’ve been here they’ve all come out of their shells. They’ve started to really open up to us. There’s still one or two who are a bit more timid with us, but they’ve come a long way,” said Animal Care Adoption Supervisor Ruben Cantu.

Cantu says the shelter is usually at or near capacity, but the staff and volunteers knew they would be able to provide the best possible outcome for the animals.

He adds: “We knew what we could offer them, so that’s when we decided that if we set up temporary kennels, it wasn’t too difficult to house small dogs.”

For three decades, the Valley Animal Center has served the Valley’s homeless pet population.

The no-kill shelter relies on donations, but they don’t just house animals.

“We can’t do anything without funding from our community and our donors because that’s how we operate,” Cantu said.

In addition to a dog park and surgical annex, the nonprofit’s low-cost clinic offers vaccinations as well as neutering and neutering services. For the month of March, the Valley Animal Center is hosting the Pennies for Pets fundraiser.

The center is striving to reach its goal of $50,000. And now a donor has offered to match dollar for dollar donated up to $50,000, giving the center the chance to raise $100,000.

Every penny raised is dedicated to cleaning products, food for dogs and cats and the care of their residents.

“Our goal here is to make an impact in the community, as well as find homes for these pets and animals. We want to help our population of stray cats and dogs,” Cantu said.

If you want to help write success stories, donate to the Pennies for Pets fundraiser here.

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