Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

                                                                                        ~Leroy "Satchel" Paige

Wouldn’t it be great if that were true?  Aging, being a senior citizen, is often shunned instead of being embraced.  Senior animals, in particular, are often seen as disposable with little to offer, but oh how that line of thinking has flaws.  Yes, senior animals can have more health issues and a shorter time with you, but with an open mind and heart, you could reap a loyal friend and valuable member of the family.  Here’s just a few positives of senior pet adoption:

What you see is what you get.  The dog or cat is full grown.  You won’t have to guess how big it will get.  Its grooming requirements should be pretty evident, and best of all, its personality and temperament is developed. 

Older pets have manners.  Many senior dogs and cats are house and litter box trained to some degree, and with love and positive training, it will only take a short time to get them back on track.  Dogs, in many cases, also know some basic commands like sit and down.

Older pets are calmer and less energetic.  Older pets are past the energetic, crazy stage.  They still love to play, but they also love to relax and nap.  Although they still require exercise, it doesn’t have to be as vigorous or frequent as younger pets.  Older cats and dogs often adjust more quickly to a daily routine.

Older pets are less destructive.  Senior pets have mellowed and matured.  Older dogs are past the chew everything in sight phase, and older cats probably won’t find the need to overturn your potted plants.

Older pets can be trained.  You can teach a dog new tricks.  Dogs and cats can be trained at any age, and senior pets have a longer attention span than puppies and kittens.

Older pets are grateful for a second chance.  VVAPL’s Executive Director Kathy Williamson has seen it time and time again.  An animal will come into the shelter scared, not understanding why it’s been left behind and bonds with whoever shows it kindness.  It ends up being a really good pet, and more than once, clients have told her it’s been the best animal they’ve ever had.

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March 21st 2018

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Cruise Nights are back at Burgerlicious in Apple Valley on Friday, April 13 from 5pm to 8pm. Thanks to the Route 103.1 FM, the BCC (Burgerlicious Critter Crue) and Rod French, the monthly car show will be filling the parking lots of Burgerlicious, 21044 Bear Valley Road and adjacent Town & County Tire with pre-1976 and specialty vehicles. Dog adoptions, music by the Route 103.1 FM, prizes and trophies are part of the fun. No dog adoption coupons or promo codes accepted at this event. Cruise Nights will be held the second Friday of every month through October 12. Join us for this family fun event. All proceeds benefit VVAPL Humane Society.

A Delicious Way To Raise Money

Enjoy delicious food in a fun atmosphere along with your friends and family while earning funds in support of VVAPL Humane Society. With each flyer presented during this fundraising event, BJ's will donate 20% of food and soft beverage sales to our shelter. Flyers must be printed and presented to server. Fundraiser is on April 17 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse 11600 Amargosa Road Victorville