The mission of the No Kill Valley Central California Coalition is to use collaborative public and private partnerships to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs in the Central California Valley shelters and promote humane alternatives for community cats, ultimately attaining 100% safe placement of healthy and treatable pets.
The No Kill Valley Coalition strongly believes in the difference in the meaning of the words “euthanasia” and “killing.” Here’s why: We believe that the only animals euthanized in shelters should be the ones for whom ending the animal’s life is a true mercy. No healthy or treatable animal should be killed in a shelter when alternatives exist to save them. Any healthy or otherwise treatable animal who has his/her life ended to make space for other animals, or for some other reason, such as treatable medical conditions or old age, should be considered to have been killed.
Adopted from Best Friends Animal Society, our definition of euthanasia is defined purely as an act of mercy. This act should be reserved for situations when an animal is irremediably suffering and a veterinarian has determined that the animal has no chance of recovering an acceptable quality of life, or the animal’s behavior doesn’t allow him/her to be a candidate for rehabilitation.
While there may be differences of opinion about the path to achieving no-kill communities, the ultimate goal for every animal lover, rescuer, advocate and shelter employee should be to see a day when no healthy or treatable animal is killed.
Why Spay and Neuter?
By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals.
Here are some of the medical benefits:
And behavioral benefits:
Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
Debunking Spay/Neuter Myths and Misconceptions
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
Registered microchips give lost pets the best chance of returning home.
The statistics indicate that missing pets rarely make it home:
• The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.
• One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.
A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, including 53 animal shelters across the U.S., confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families, and the importance of microchip registration. From the study:
• Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase).
• Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better).
• Only 58 percent of the microchipped animals’ microchips had been registered in a database with their pet parent’s contact information.
High-tech protection can prevent heartbreak.
Enter the pet microchip — a simple, elegant product of our high-tech age. No bigger than a grain of rice or more costly than a month’s supply of pet food, a pet microchip and enrollment in a pet recovery database brings lost pets home and provides peace of mind that your beloved companion will never wander unknown.
Veterinarians encourage microchipping.
And with good reason—microchipping substantially increases the likelihood of a pet returning home by offering secure, reliable, unique and permanent identification.
Six Steps to Checking your Chip:
1. Get your Pet Scanned
If you’re not sure about your pet’s history, first check to see if he or she is already microchipped. You can do this for free at a veterinary office, animal shelter and some pet stores. Call ahead to make sure the establishment can scan your pet using a universal scanner (one that reads all chip frequencies), so the chip isn’t missed.
2. Check the Chip
If a chip is detected, copy down the number and look it up at petmicrochiplookup.org to get contact info for the chip’s registry. Then go to that registry and look up your number. If all of your contact information is there and up to date, perfect! You’re done. But if there’s no information or if it’s inaccurate, don’t worry. No matter which company sold the chip, you can always register it for free at found.org.
3. No Chip? Microchip!
If a chip is not detected, get your pet microchipped right then and there! Most veterinary offices and pet shelters will insert a microchip for a nominal fee. Make sure to get a copy of your pet’s microchip paperwork, which contains your pet’s unique microchip number. Think of this number like a social security number. Keep it in a safe place so you can find it again if you need it.
4. Register… Today!
Are you ready? This is the most important step! Register your pet’s microchip number as soon as possible at found.org. Registration is free for the life of your pet. Contrary to popular belief, a microchip is not a GPS device – it won’t tell you the location of your pet should he or she get lost. The chip has to correlate with information in a database to be useful. The database in this instance is a chip registry, where you will enter your contact information under your pet’s unique microchip number. This way, if your pet is lost without external ID, he can be scanned at a vet clinic or shelter and traced back to you as the guardian.
5. Don’t Forget to Update
Remember to update your contact information in the chip registry every time you move or change your phone number. This is why you should keep your pet’s microchip paperwork in a safe place you’ll remember. You’ll want to be found easily should someone scan your lost pet’s microchip and want to return him or her to you!
6. Don’t Forget to ID
Having your pet microchipped is just one step in keeping your pet safe if he or she is ever lost. The other equally important step is keeping an external ID on your pet at all times. If your pet escapes your care, the first place a Good Samaritan will look is on your pet’s collar. Make sure your pet’s tag is up to date with your current phone number. Make sure if you move, you update it right away. You don’t even have to get fancy with this. A fabric collar with your phone number written on it in permanent marker will do in a pinch.While microchipping is a great affordable tool that helps lost pets, it does require a little work and upkeep on the part of pet owners. Keeping your chip information up to date will ensure that if your furry BFF gets lost, they’ll have a better chance of being reunited with you. So, don’t forget to check your chip. Your pet would thank you for it if they could!
Local Animal Control #s:
Dinuba Animal Control..................................591-5911
Exeter Animal Control...................................592-5262
Farmersville Animal Control .........................747-0321
Lindsay Animal Control (Police Dept) ..........562-2511
Porterville Animal Control (Police Dept) ......782-7400
Tulare City Animal Control ...........................687-2288
Shelter / Licensing .............................685-5047
Tulare County Animal Services.....................636-4050
Tulare County Dog Licensing........................636-4055
Visalia Animal Care Center ...........................713-4700
Visalia Animal Control (VPD Dispatch) .......713-4957
Visalia Dog & Cat Licensing.........................713-4686
Woodlake Animal Control.............................564-3346
Kings County Animal Services:
10909 Bonney view Lane, Hanford, CA 93230
Dispatch for an Animal Problem – 559-584-9276
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM to 5PM/Kennels open at 10:30AM
All animals in the shelter can be seen on PetHarbor.com which is updated on every hour, automatically by our computer system.
657 Fox Dr, Lemoore, CA 93245
Lemoore Police Department
425 N Irwin St, Hanford, CA 93230
Hanford Police Department
1284 Hydril Road, Avenal, CA 93204
Hours: Monday – Friday 1PM to 4PM
1031 Chittenden Ave, Corcoran, CA 93212
Animal Control Officer
1233 Fifth Street
Clovis, CA 93612
Office (559) 324-2450
Office (559) 324-2451
Fax (559) 324-2881
COALINGA (Updated 9/07/17)
Lt Scott Ingham
Animal Control Officer
Chief Michael Salvador
270 N. Sixth Street
Coalinga, CA 93210
Office (559) 935-1525
Fax (559) 935-1756
Director of Public Works
Cell (559) 694-6166
1133 P Street
Firebaugh, CA 93622
Office (559) 659- 5905
City Hall (559) 659-2043
Fax (559) 659-3412
Chief of Police
City of Firebaugh
Cell (559) 916-7812
Office (559) 846-6634
Fax (559) 842-0362
Community City of Kingsburg
1401 Draper Street
Kingsburg, CA 93631-2222
Office (559) 897-4418
24 hour # 559-897-2931
Fax (559) 897-2265
Director of Public Works
City of Mendota
Cell (559) 860-8882
Office (559) 655-4298
Fax (559) 655-4064
City of Sanger
Office (559) 875-8522
Fax (559) 875-5391
City of San Joaquin Public Works
Office (559) 693-4311
21900 W. Colorado Ave.
San Joaquín, CA 93660
Office (559) 693-4311 Ext. 14
Big Sandy Rancheria
US Public Health Service
Indian Health Service
Office (916) 930-3927 ext. 356
FAX (916) 930-3954
Director of Public Works
City of Fowler
128 S. Fifth Street
Fowler, CA 93625-2401
Office (559) 834-3113 x121
Fax (559) 834-0185
CITY OF FRESNO
Animal Control Vendor
Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA)
Jesse Boyce, Rabies Control Officer
Cell (559) 994-6464
Office Dispatch (559) 233-7722
Office (559) 945-2348
Fax (559) 945-6411
Animal Control Officer
Sgt. Javier Pena
Orange Cove Police Department
550 Center St
Orange Cove, CA 93646
Office (559) 626-5106
Public Works Supervisor
(559) 626-4653 (Fax)
Friends Of Orange Cove Animal Shelter (FOCAS)
Cell (559) 799-6684
Office (559) 646-6600
Officer John Urbano
City of Reedley Police Department
Office (559) 637-4250
Fax (559) 638-7218
Lt. Christie Mooradian
Office (559) 891-2227
Fax (559) 896-8839
County of Fresno
Animal Control Vender
Fresno Humane Animal Services (FHAS)
Teri Rockhold, Executive Director
Angyla Brumm, Animal Control Supervisor
Janie Partain, Records Supervisor
760 W. Nielsen Ave.
Fresno, CA 93706
Office Dispatch (559) 600-7387(PETS)
Fresno County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division
Rabies Animal Control Program
Amy Dobrinin, Program Supervisor
Rose Membrila, Rabies Program Clerical
1221 Fulton Street, Third Floor
Fresno, CA 93721
Office (559) 600-3357