Rising supply costs affect the Valley Animal Center

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The largest private no-kill refuge in the Central Valley needs your help. Valley Animal Center officials say they need funds to continue to stay open.

They say they will need at least $250,000 to make it to the end of the year.

“I’ve been here for a little over two and a half years now and I haven’t seen this type of financial crisis yet,” chief executive Rob Piccolo said.

Piccolo said the cost of food, medicine and other supplies has increased dramatically.

“The public has been really good to us over the years and their donations have slowed down a bit, whether it’s the economy or what caused it, I can’t tell you. I can just tell you that our costs continue to increase and our donations are starting to slow down,” added Piccolo.

Piccolo said the center does not receive government funds and relies heavily on such donations.

“I just came out of a meeting with our animal care supervisors. We talked — by reducing our costs, by reducing our hours, what does that do for the staff? Yes, we are going to have to lay off some people, but the animals still need care,” he added.

He said without the $250,000 they need to operate the rest of the year, they might have to limit their hours of operation, but staff would still have to come and tend to the animals.

“We have to do what we have to do, we have over 250 animals in our care, we have to take care of them and hopefully this is a short term issue and we can bounce back well next year,” did he declare.

Valley Animal Center has a few upcoming events including a concert in the park and Trunk or Treat for October.

The money raised will go back to the shelter.

“All of our little fundraisers that we advertise really mean a lot to us. Again, we rely on donations from the public, so whenever we have an event, please come and help support us,” he said.

Benjamin M. Yerger