The busiest holiday for animal shelters, and not in a good way, is the Fourth of July.  More pets run away on this holiday than any other day of the year.  The loud whizzes, bangs and flashes of exploding fireworks can terrify pets to the point of panic causing irrational behavior, such as jumping fences, breaking through screen doors and chewing through leashes to escape.  Scared pets can become disoriented and travel long distances away from home or get injured or killed by darting into the street.  Here’s some tips to keep your pet safe at home:

  1. There can be some firework celebrations before the 4th of July.  Know when fireworks are going off in your area, so you can prepare.
  2. Keep pets indoors in a secure, quiet and comfortable room or crate.  A screen door cannot always stop a terrified, charging pet. 
  3. You can block out the outside noise by turning on the television or playing soothing music.
  4. Make sure your pet can be identified if they do runaway.  We suggest a three step approach.  First, dog license.  Second, collar tag with your pet’s name and a contact phone number.  Since collars can come off the third step is extremely important - MICROCHIP your pet.  Even inside cats can and should be microchipped.  It’s easy, safe, inexpensive, and permanent, and ALWAYS keep your information current with your microchip provider.

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking it won’t happen to your pet.  PREPARE today for a safe Fourth of July for you, your family, and your pets.


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February 21st 2018

We are Closed and will open at 9am today. Please call during normal business hours.

We have no after hours phone service. If you have lost a pet please call animal control in your city (see services tab for phone numbers)

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Upcoming Events


Do Good With Burritos


  • Apple Valley Chipotle, 19179 Bear Valley Rd. Ste. 4
  • March 19
  • 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Chipotle is having a fundraiser to support VVAPL Humane Society. Just bring in a flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to help the animals at VVAPL.

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Purchase this adorable Paw Print Bracelet for $38. plus tax.

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