• CJ – Sometimes you can’t say no

    The work we do at Val’s Pals is rewarding but rarely easy. Our mission of caring for dogs in the most dire situations means we often see the worst cases of suffering and cruelty. Despite all the dogs we’ve treated, every now and then we come upon a circumstance of abuse so egregious that even […]

  • Hansel: The Dog Who Found Hope in the Storm

    For all the people and animals in the city of Houston, Hurricane Harvey was a time of pain, fear, and destruction. Except for a cowering dog named “Hansel”. Despite the flooding and devastation of his city, Hansel was experiencing the only peace he’d ever known in his life. Three days before the record-breaking storm made […]

  • Ryder, The Unchained Spirit

    On June 20th, “Ryder” came to Val’s Pals. A few grim sentences on his intake chart summed up his life up until that moment: “His coat is faded, his ears burned from a life outside. He was found roaming with this chain and padlock around his neck. The chain, embedded into his neck. He was […]

  • Volk’s Tale: When a Rescue Becomes the Rescuer

    The name “Volk” is Russian for “wolf”, but unlike his wild namesake, Volk is part of a pack that is always changing. Volk’s humans are avid German Shepherd Dog rescuers, and Volk is an essential part of the rehabilitation and recovery of each foster pup that comes into his home. Each sick, frightened, and desperate […]

  • Lifes a Beach – Noah’s Journey

    On 2/27/2016 I was lucky enough to adopt Noah. I found out about Noah and his injuries as one of my close friends fosters for the rescue that saved Noah. I followed his recovery and drafted a letter to the rescue which I had been approved to adopt from. I highlighted what I felt I […]

  • Who Saved Who?

    Fostering Noah Saturday, September 26, 2015, Noah entered my life.  My friend Dr. Sarah Dewhirst, a veterinarian at VERGI, notified me of a particularly alarming case that she had.  Noah had been brought in with his metacarpal bones of his right forelimb fully exposed and a severe and infected wound on his neck.  She was […]

  • Unintentional Foster

    I have had dogs most of my life, there were times here and there when I was younger that I didn’t, but there has been dogs in my life more years than there hasn’t. Poodles to Rottweilers, mixed breed to pure, small, large, skinny, fat, hyper to mellow. I have had them all. As different […]

  • Why didn’t you take that dog?

    “Why didn’t you take that dog?” It’s one of the most heartbreaking questions we hear at Val’s Pals, and yet it’s one we hear often. Everyday we’re contacted about dogs we cannot help, despite our desperate desire to do so. So why didn’t we take that dog? The one you tagged us in? The one […]

  • Noah

    Noah suffered some horrific abuse that resulted in his right front paw being removed leaving exposed bone and tissue. When Vals took him in the original plan was to amputate the leg at his shoudler, however that changed when word got out about him. 100’s of people stepped up to donate and we were able […]

  • Saint Francis AKA Frannie

    Frannie is one of those dogs that if I didn’t know better I would not believe her transformation. When she was picked up off the street by two of our volunteers she weighed just 23 pounds.  She most likely would not have survived another December night on the streets.  Life with Dogs told her story […]

  • #CubbyStrong

    Life With Dogs has run a story about Cubby. You can read it here.  Cubby wasn’t given much of a chance at life, when he came to us he was in pretty bad shape. You could tell he wasn’t ready to give up though.    https://youtu.be/U2Bi6lXhaMo

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