We are not a Shelter.
As much as we would like to give you additional information, our office does not have any other information then what is on our web site.

The information on this page is provided to make it easier to access information about organizations that exist to promote the safety and well-being of animals in the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan area and the central San Joaquin Valley.   Please contact the organizations listed below for additional information.

Please see the Fresno Bee Home & Garden section on Saturdays for information about these organizations, as well as articles about animal care in the Central Valley. On the Web, the Animals/Pets category of the Fresno Bee's Community Calendar includes information about events sponsored by many organizations whose purpose is to promote animal welfare and humane education.

If you find a lost animal, the Fresno Bee will print a Found ad at no cost. Call Classified at (559) 442-4442. Lost ads (classification 1010) and Found ads (classification 1030) are usually located on the first page of the Classified section.

Free spaying and neutering are now available for qualifying low-income Fresno County residents at SPCA.  Additional
information and application is on their web site. Call the Education line 559-233-0115 if you need additional information.

Spring is coming. Having your pet spayed or neutered is a part of responsible pet ownership .

Every year, millions of unwanted dogsand cats, including puppies and kittens,are needlessly euthanized . (110+ cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are destroyed at shelters in Fresno County EACH DAY ). The good news is that every pet owner can make a difference. By having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and enhance your pet's health and quality of life.

H.O.P.E. Animal Foundation (Halt Overpopulation with Prevention and Education) was founded in 1998 in response to the growing concern over the vast numbers of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens put to death shelters every day. In fact, California spends over $250 million each year to care for over 1 million unwanted and abandoned pets. Sadly, more then half of those animals are ultimately euthanized.

Our mission is to help control the unwanted pet population through spaying and neutering, not killing, and to decrease the number of abandoned, injured, and abused dogs and cats through prevention and education. It is the Foundation’s belief that through prevention (spay and neuter) and public education, we can save lives.

If you have a litter of puppies, get them spay/neuter before you find them a home, and while you are at it, get the mother spayed too. It will do the world good!

If you find a seller (back yard breeder or puppy mill) make sure their puppies are spay/neuter first before you get your puppy. There is no excuses now!!!

Medi-Cal Program
If you receive Medi-Cal benefits, are at least 18 years of age and show a valid Medi-Cal card and picture ID at the time of drop-off, you are eligible for additional discounts.
Cat spay/neuter: $20
Dog under 40 pounds spay/neuter: $40

Fix 'Em Program

If you have a dog over 40 pounds and can't afford to spay or neuter him/her, call and ask about the Fix 'Em Program. HOPE can help and will work with eligible dog owners. This program is made possible by grant fund, and is specific to dogs over 40 pounds.

Email for questions or comments

Valley Animal Center
3934 N. Hayston Avenue, Fresno.

  Pets need dental care just like humans do.  The Valley Animal Center wants to help you get your petâ�™s teeth healthy. 

  CONTACT: Call 233-8554 to make an appointment
or for more information.

The Valley Animal Center is a non-profit, no-kill shelter and low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. The foundation is dedicated to controlling the pet population through education, adoption and spaying/neutering, not euthanasia. 

3934 N. Hayston Fresno, CA 93726

Admin Office: 559-233-8690
Cat Adoption: 559-233-8554
Dog Adoption: 559-233-8717
Dog Park: 559-233-8708
Low-Cost Clinic: 559-233-8706


Fresno Audubon Society

Barn Owl nest boxes enhances bird nesting habitat, provides farmers
with a cost-effective and environmentally sound
means of rodent  control, and builds relationships between
conservationists and the  agricultural community.

Barn Owl nest boxes are easy to construct. No specialized skills or tools beyond a saw, hammer, and nails are required. Plans can be found at


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IF YOU FIND AN INJURED ANIMAL: Emergency and Veterinary Care in the Fresno/Clovis Area:
(and other quick links relating to animal welfare):
Veterinary Emergency Service Doctor & staff on premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
(559) 486-0520 . Address: 1639 N. Fresno St. (at Mckinley off Fwy 41), on the west side of Fresno St.

Central California Veterinary Specialty Center
24-hour emergency care.
6606 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: (
559) 451-0800 .
Located on the east side of Blackstone between Herndon and Sierra.

Fresno Pet ER
7375 N Palm Bluff Ave
Fresno, CA 93711
Palm/Herndon Center, near the BMW dealership.
(559) 437-3766 .

Other Veterinarians Open on Saturdays
(as a precaution, call to be sure they're open and can see you):
Allen Alperin, DVM, 132 W. Nees, Saturday 9-2, Phone (559) 432-1110 .
Alta Animal Hospital, 585 W. Shaw, Clovis, Saturday 9-1. Phone (559) 298-6509 .
Banfield Pet Hospital, ( ) 3220 W. Shaw, Saturday 9-6. Phone (559) 271-0437 .
Dog & Cat Vet Clinic, 4338 E. Shields, Saturday 9-12. Phone (559) 225-5233 .
Family Vet Hospital, 2745 W. Shaw, Saturday 9-1, Phone (559) 226-6777.
San Joaquin Vet Hospital, 433 N. Blackstone, Saturday 8-3. Phone (559) 227-3596.

All Veterinarians in Fresno (74): 

  • Animal Hospitals in Fresno, (74) as listed in the Yellow Pages, with phone, address, and maps to each location.

  • Yahoo Maps: Click here and type in the address of the veterinarian or organization you're looking for.

Check in person at the Central California SPCA . The shelter is located at 103 S. Hughes and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6 days a week. The Shelter/Animal Control phone number is (559) 233-7722 , (233-SPCA), and 233-0115 for the Education Department. On Wednesday the shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for a quick map.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have lost a pet, you must look for it in person at the CCSPCA Stray Animal Shelter. Pet identification cannot be made over the phone. All animals are held for 3 full days not counting the day of arrival and may be placed for adoption on the next day.

Check in person at the Clovis Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 908 Villa Avenue, Clovis, CA  93612. Phone (559) 324-2450 . After hours or for injured animals, call (559) 324-2800, which also is the Clovis Police Department non-emergency number. The shelter is located at the rear of Letterman Park on Villa Avenue between Barstow and Bullard avenues. Hours are 2:30-6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Click here for a quick map.

  • Aquarius Aquarium Institute (Fresno, CA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization building the public aquarium for Fresno. The Institute's mission focuses on education of our Central Valley school children and aquarium propagation of endangered tropical marine life. The facility will feature a 2 million gallon Oceanarium as its centerpiece exhibit. Arthur Dyson, AIA, dean emeritus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin, has designed a striking facility which will overlook the San Joaquin River on 10 acres at Freeway 99.

    Contact information: Tom Lang, Executive Director, AQUARIUS AQUARIUM INSTITUTE, 5541 Columbia Drive North, Fresno, California 93727,
    (559) 930-3474 , e-mail

  • Animal Rescue of Fresno. Animal Rescue of Fresno is a no-kill dog adoption facility for dogs in Fresno, California. ARF is a non-profit organization, run solely by hard working, dedicated volunteers. Their purpose is to eliminate suffering and promote the welfare of dogs through direct action and education. ARF is committed to encouraging the humane treatment of all animals, reducing the number of homeless, promoting the benefits of the human/animal bond, and supporting spaying/neutering of all animals. They have many happy, friendly dogs of all shapes & sizes that need good homes! :-)

    New address, map, hours, and phone: 4545 East Dakota Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726. Hours: Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or at other times by appointment). (559) 225-5715. Email:
    Web site:
  • Basset Rescue of Central California (Fresno) . Basset Rescue is an organization dedicated to saving bassets from death row. Our mission is to rescue, spay, neuter, vaccinate and re-home Bassets as well as educate people on this beautiful breed. Rescued Bassets come from kill-shelters, no-kill shelters, are picked up as strays, or are relinquished by owners due to divorce, incarceration, death or because they just aren't wanted any more.

    As a Rescue Organization, we take in homeless dogs, spay or neuter them (no exceptions), check for parasites, vaccinate and provide any other medical care necessary to get them healthy. We then attempt to match the right basset with the right home. Please check out the adoption process for more information.

    BRCC carefully screens applicants to ensure the best home environment for our Bassets. Rescue dogs have lost the security of their original homes and some have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Our goal is to place our Rescues in stable homes where they will be allowed to live out the rest of their lives soaking up all the love and care the adopting family can provide. We are a 501(3)c nonprofit.  Donations are tax deductable.

    3443 N. Parkway Drive, Box 31, Fresno, CA 93722;
    1-800-273-2513, ext. 03 . Email .

  • California Feline Foundation (Fresno),

    The CALIFORNIA FELINE FOUNDATION is dedicated to controlling the pet population through education and spaying and neutering, not euthanasia. We believe that 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 health and welfare of 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.

    The California Feline Foundation has acquired 3.5 acres of land in central Fresno and officially broke ground on construction for a 40,000 square foot No-Kill Shelter for Dogs & Cats and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinc. Using the latest in advance technology in animal care, this state-of-the-art facility will include separate Adoption Center for Dogs & Cats, an Education Center, a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic & Surgery Center, Exercise Yards and a Perpetual Care Sanctuary for Cats.

    For more information about the new shelter, please contact the Executive Director, Christine Patterson at (559) 233-8690 or e-mail her at Private tours of the construction site and copies of the floor plans are available upon request.
  • The Valley Animal Center will provide life-saving care and safe refuge for thousands of homeless, abandoned and abused cats and dogs every year. Our goal is to control the pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering, not euthanasia. New progessive and innovative programs are being designed to make euthanasia a thing of the past. Our education programs will work to change acceptance of euthanasia as a means of controlling the pet population, and will offer more humane alternatives, promoting precious life over death.

    Contact information: 550 N. Van Ness Ave., (559) 233-8554 . Cat adoptions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

  • California Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic (Fresno), 552 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA.
    (559) 650-3122 . Spay/neuter services for cats of low-income families, $20.

  • Canine Rental Guide lists apartments, condominiums, or house rentals in Fresno and Clovis that permit renters to keep animals.
    According to the Humane Society of the United States: "Moving" and "landlord won't allow" are among the top reasons given by pet owners when relinquishing their dogs or cats to animal shelters. If more rental housing permitted pets, millions of dogs and cats could be placed in homes-or stay in their homes when their caregivers move.

    If you're a landlord or housing manager, you can play an important role in preserving the bond between responsible pet owners and their companion animals by instituting a pets-allowed policy. Read our advice on how to address some of the concerns you may have about welcoming pets into your community, and take advantage of the opportunity to increase your market share. You will reap the financial rewards. More information for landlords or housing managers can be found at Renting With Pets: The Online Resource for Rental Managers and Pet Owners, provided by HSUS.

  • Cats (video).

  • The Cat House on the Kings (Parlier, CA) is a no-kill, nonprofit sanctuary located on 6 acres on the Kings River near Reedley, 30 minutes southeast of Fresno. Our unique no-cage facility is home to over 500 cats and kittens. We are also a rescue and adoption center.

    Contact Information: Pat Miranda - Operations Manager. Telephone (559) 638-8696. Address: 7120 S. Kings River Road, Parlier, CA 93648. Email:

  • Central California Avian Society (Fresno). Located in the heart of California's Central Valley, CCAS is dedicated to preserving and promoting responsible aviculture. The club was founded in 1987 as the Central California Hookbill Society. As membership grew it was realized that members interests in aviculture extended beyond hookbills, and the club charter was broadened to include all species of birds kept and or bred in captivity.

    Contact information: CCAS, PO Box 5067, Fresno, CA 93755.
    Crisis Management Team Director, Bryce Evans, (559) 228-1737 .
    Club email:

  • Central Valley Cats (Fresno) sponsers and promotes the welfare of cats in our community. An annual cat show will be put on in February.

    Contact information: Candy Jacobsen - President. Email: Main Phone: (559) 226.1242 . Address: 4852 N Hulbert # 102. Fresno, CA   936705.

  • The Chaffee Zoological Gardens of Fresno The mission of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is to provide a fun, unique, and up-close experience that strengthens the bond between people and wildlife. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  AZA accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

    Fresno Chaffee Zoo is your central valley destination for outrageous adventure!  Journey to the Sunda Forest , territory to our tigers, orangutans, and siamangs.  Explore the wet wonders of our tropical Rain Forest.  Feed a giraffe, howl with our red wolves and be amazed by our Asian elephants.  Itâ�™s an experience of a lifetime, every day at Fresno Chaffee Zoo! 

    The mission of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is to provide a fun, unique and up-close experience that strengthens the bond between people and wildlife.  The Zoo is open every day of the year from 9 am to 4 pm and is located at 99 and Olive in Roeding Park . For more information visit , call 559-498-5910, or email .
     Address: 894 W. Belmont Avenue. Fresno, CA   93728.

  • Clovis Turtle & Tortoise Rescue (Clovis, CA). Yvonne Gomez, director. (559) 298-7114 . Email "A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up."

  • Valley Nature Education Center (Clovis).
    One of the more exciting facets of the Center will be the opportunity for rehabilitation of injured wildlife with the ability to reintroduce these animals to nature onsite. To the best of the City's knowledge, there is no other facility in the state with the capacity to do what will be possible at this site. With the experience of the nonprofit group Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation, the Valley Nature Education Center will be at the forefront of wildlife veterinary services and will attract veterinary students from across the state. In addition to providing a place for semi-formal veterinary instruction, volunteers will have the ability to take part in important community service by assisting in the treatment of injured animals, all the way up to the animals' release back into nature.

    Contact information: 1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612. Phone: (559) 324-2340 .
    Fax: (559) 324-2866.

  • Critter Creek Wildlife Station (Squaw Valley, CA). Critter Creek Wildlife Station is a non-profit rehabilitation center for wildlife, located in Squaw Valley, near Kings Canyon National Park. The animals come to us from Fish and Game, veterinarians, humane societies and caring individuals.

    Contact information: Critter Creek Wildlife Station, 36760 Sand Creek Road, Squaw Valley, CA 93675.Email:

  • The Fresno Audubon Society, founded in 1966, is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the central San Joaquin Valley of California. Its mission is to promote the conservation of Earth's biological diversity by encouraging an appreciation of birds and other wildlife.

    Contact information: The Fresno Audubon Society, P.O. Box 9324, Fresno CA 93791-9324. Phone: (559) 222-2473.
  • Dog Parks in Fresno as listed in 

    1. Fresno's First Dog Park: Map.
    Alamos and El Capitan at Shaw; open 6 am to 10 pm; fenced, tables, handicap access, trees, clean-up containers, parking, water, trashcans, lights, comments: park located in an industrial area so there's no worry about noise; park entry is double-gated.

    2. Woodward Dog Park:
    Woodward Park at Friant & Auburn; open 9 am to 10 pm; fenced, benches, tables, trees, clean-up containers, parking, trashcans, comments: this is a temporary park so no lights or water yet; we are working very hard to make this a permanent park

    From Thanks to one of our readers who writes "Woodward Park now has a wonderful, enclosed area built specifically for dogs to play off-leash. It is located inside the park area and contains toys, water bowls and plastic bags."

    3. Woodward Park: From Leashed dogs are allowed at this regional park. There are over 280 acres for you and your pup to explore. This park has some small hills, lakes and streams. It is located on the north side of Fresno, near Hwy 41. Take Hwy 41, exit N. Friant Rd to the right. Turn left onto Audubon and the park will be on the right.

    Related Fresno park information:

  • List of all parks in Fresno.

  • Fresno City parks map.

  • DogFriendly Fresno, California City Guide. We focus on listing places that welcome ALL well-behaved dogs, regardless of size!

  • Obedience Training (video).

  • Hanford, CA, SPCA. 8084 Lacey Blvd, Hanford, CA 93230. Telephone:
    (559) 584-8766
  • HOPE Animal Foundation.  The Fresno H.O.P.E. Animal Foundation is a non-profit, low-cost spay and neuter and vaccine clinic located in Northwest Fresno .  H.O.P.E. stands for â�œHalt Overpopulation with Prevention and Educationâ�� and our mission is to help control the unwanted pet population through spaying and neutering, not killing, and to decrease the number of abandoned, injured, and abused dogs and cats through prevention and education.  It is the Foundationâ�™s belief that through prevention (spay and neuter) and public education, we can save lives.  Low-Cost spay and neuter services are performed Monday â��� Thursday by appointment only, and the Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic operates Monday â��� Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:00pm on a walk-in basis.  For more information or to make an appointment, please call (559) 271-0209 or visit .
  • Heart Bandits American Eskimo Dog Rescue, Inc. (Fresno) Heart Bandits is a dog rescue organization devoted to the American Eskimo Dog. We rescue American Eskimo Dogs in need, provide loving care, and find qualified, permanent, adoptive homes for them.
    Contact information: Heart Bandits, PO Box 4322, Fresno, CA 93744-4322. Email:

  • Kings SPCA (Hanford, CA). 8084 E. Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA, (559) 584-8766 or
    (559) 582-0481.

  • Madera County Animal Shelter , 14269 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638, (559) 675-7891 . Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8-5pm. View Animals, 10-5 pm (Mon-Fri), Sat 10:00-2:00 pm.

  • Not So Purrrfect Angels Cat Sanctuary (Fresno, CA) is a nonprofit humane organization and operates a "care for life" sanctuary for homeless, abused and abandoned cats. NSPA networks with the community in placing of cats into proper homes. Educational material is also provided regarding abuse, overpopulation and other related issues. Cat adoption hours: noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

    A Non-Profit, NO-KILL, Humane Organization and Sanctuary for Felines, 7312 E. Church Ave., Fresno, CA 93727. PO Box 7679, Fresno, CA 93747-7679, (559) 255-1415 , Janice Rozzano - Executive Director. Email:
  • Selma Animal Shelter, 16097 S. McCall, Selma, CA 93662. Telephone: (559) 891-7387 . We are a dog-only facility. Funding is minimal. Adopters and volunteers are needed!

  • Senior Pet Rescue Group (Fresno, CA) specializes in rescue & adoption of senior dogs and cats. Foster care is provided until a permanent, loving home can be found.

    Contact information: Lisa Grusis - Executive Director. Email: Main Phone: (559) 227-7111 . Fax Number: 559-227-7744. Address: P.O. Box 5558, Fresno, CA   93755-5558.

  • SPCA of Eastern Madera County (Oakhurst, CA) . The Eastern Madera County SPCA is a non-profit charitable organization supported entirely by donations. Our mission is to promote the humane treatment of and maintain the quality of life for all animals whether they be domestic, exotic, wild, or livestock. PO Box 1314, Oakhurst, CA 93644. Telephone: (559) 683-1266.

  • Tulare County Animal Shelter (Visalia, CA) . We are committed ot reducing overpopulation by promoting adoptions, advocating for the welfare of animals by operating spay/neuter and humane education programs, encouraging responsible pet ownership and demonstrating respect for all living things.

    Our focus is on Adoption...Good Adoptions. We take every effort to ensure the dog and its new family are a good match. Guidlines must be met, and follow-up visits will be done once placement has been made. There is also opportunities available for volunteers who want to be advocates for good pet placement.

    Contact information: 14131 Avenue 256, Visalia, CA. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call (559) 636-3647 .

  • Valley Animal Center (Fresno, CA) (Please see also California Feline Foundation above) is a non-profit humane society dedicated to reducing the pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering, not euthanasia.
The California Feline Foundation has acquired 3.5 acres of land in central Fresno and officially broke ground on construction for a 18,000 square foot No-Kill Shelter for Dogs & Cats and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Using the latest in advanced technology in animal care, this state-of-the-art facility will include separate Adoption Centers for Dogs & Cats, an Education Center, a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, Exercise Yards and a Perpetual Care Sanctuary for Cats.
Contact information: California Feline Foundation, 550 N. Van Ness, Fresno, CA 93728, (559) 233-8554 . Email: Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am-5 pm.
  • Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation. Dedicated to the care of orphaned or injured wildlife. Currently raptors and small mammals are available for classroom visitations. Future plans include construction of a large facility in Clovis, CA, for rehab, school-based programs, and veterinary medicine. Contact information: Cathy and Dave Garner, Directors, P.O. Box 9032, Fresno CA 93790, Tel: (559) 298-3276 . Email: or

    Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation, Alyce Guest. Specialties: herons and small mammals. (209) 225-4607 . E-mail:

    Lisa Dufur, specialties: mammals, squirrels, pigeons and songbirds. E-mail:

  • California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators, Region 4: San Joaquin Valley and Southern Sierra.

ADDITIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS working to provide hurricane relief for animals can be found on the Network for Good Web site, listed under the Animals category.

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