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As of the end of day April 30, 2023, VVAPL will no longer accept animals or provide low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to public animals.  Animal adoptions will continue until all adoptable animals are placed in homes or transferred to rescues. 


After the remaining animals are placed and shelter operations suspended, the Board of Directors will strategize on the best path forward for the nonprofit to continue with their mission to save animal lives.


“Suspending shelter operations does not mean the end of the animal shelter.  In many ways, it will be a new beginning,” said VVAPL Board President Terry Saenz.  “For the most part, this shelter was built on a model of receiving most operation revenue from a full-time vet.  While this transition is not without pain, it became clear after the recent pandemic deluge of animals, increasing costs, loss of the full-time vet, and not finding a replacement after over 6 months of a nationwide search, the reimbursement from the city contract, along with donations, is not enough to sustain operations in its current form.  The Board is looking forward to building a sustainable model using a variety of revenue streams and keeping Charles and Dorothy Thomas’ dream alive of an animal shelter that continues for years to come to Make a Difference One Life at a Time.”


Victor Valley Animal Protective League opened the first animal shelter in the Victor Valley in 1962 followed by a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic in 1980.  VVAPL’s Board of Directors and employees have valued the long relationship with the city in our joint quest to provide quality care to the animals of the Victor Valley.


Updates will be posted on the website at and Facebook page.

Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL) is a lifesaving leader in the
Victor Valley, located in Southern California, dedicated to saving animal lives.


Adopting a pet saves and changes lives for good. Pets belong with people, and adopting from VVAPL helps to place wonderful dogs and cats in loving homes across the nation and beyond.


Fostering a shelter pet for any amount of time enriches their lives and opens up space at the shelter. Being a foster is a rewarding way to improve the lives of dogs and cats in our community.


Volunteering at VVAPL is an easy way to give back to your community, and helps us meet our mission of saving every pet that can be saved. Read on to learn more about our volunteer programs.


Your donations (recurring or one-time) help to keep the lights on, our staff paid, and the dogs and cats warm and safe while we find them new homes. Learn more about supporting VVAPL below.

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Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 animal shelter and adoption center serving the Victor Valley communities and beyond. We provide homeless animals with shelter and care while working to find them new homes. VVAPL helps more than 2,000 animals each year. All pets are vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered prior to adoption.


To save animal lives and make a difference by providing compassionate care, loving homes, and empowering and engaging pet parents and the community with low-cost services, resources and education.


Become a VVAPL Furry Friend Hero!

Our Furry Friends Heroes monthly giving program provides revenue support we can count on, allowing us to focus our energy on saving and caring for animals instead of fundraising. It's also a good way to show your commitment to VVAPL's lifesaving mission.

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21779 Zuni Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92307

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