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.

Office Hours


January 16th 2018

We have Closed for the day. 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)

Click here to view our hours


Enter your E-mail address below to subscribe.

Calendar Of Events

January 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Upcoming Events

Pieology Fundraiser

  • Join us Saturday January 13 at the new Pieology, 11604 Amargosa Road in Victorville
  • Bring the flyer on our website at 11:30am to 2pm or 6:30pm to 8pm
  • VVAPL Humane Society will receive 100% of the proceeds, with the exception of any alcoholic drinks.
  • You must present the flyer at the time of order.
  • Eat some yummy pizza and help our animals.  It's a WIN WIN!

Petsmart Adoption Weekend

February 16-17

  • Apple Valley Petsmart 19011 Bear Valley Road
  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Dog adoptions include vaccines, spay/neuter and microchip
  • Cat adoptions include vaccines and spay/neuter
  • No promo codes or coupons accepted

Show your Support

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

The Humane Society will earn $15. for every purchase.

To order e-mail ddrover@qnet.com or call 909 331-2644


Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs