This past week, my wife and I adopted a new puppy from the Sun Valley Animal Shelter in Glendale. We could not be more pleased with our experience there, or with our new dog, Abby (aka Roxy). From the moment we entered the facility, the people we met were unfailingly pleasant and friendly. The fact that everyone who works there loves the animals and has a personal connection with them is obvious. They are quite dedicated to making sure that each animal that is adopted goes to a loving home and that the match with the prospective adopter is the correct one. We toured most of the facility to look at the available dogs and were struck by how clean and fresh-smelling it was (always a good sign). Interestingly, the dog we took home with us was not the dog we had gone to the shelter to look at. As with any well-run shelter, prospective adopters need to fill out an easy questionnaire (a very reasonable two pages), giving information about themselves, their household, and their wants and dislikes regarding various dog traits. The questionnaire is then reviewed by a knowledgeable adoption counselor who meets with you to review the information submitted and to match you with a dog that will meet your needs and whose needs you can meet. After talking with the counselor, it became clear that the dog we thought we wanted would be in, fact, too much dog for the amount of room we have for exercise and for the quiet lifestyle we lead. She helped us to select a dog much better suited to us and one that has turned out to be the perfect match. Some reviewers have been put off by what they see as the shelter’s reticence to give them the dog they insist on. It is our opinion that the shelter’s desire to make each adoption the best fit is an admirable one. We would certainly return to this facility if we were interested in adopting another pet.
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We just want to thank the Sun Valley Animal Shelter for letting us adopted our little Chorkie. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The interview was kind of intimidating at first but then realized they have to be as they are the keepers of these abandoned animals and take there jobs very seriously... We love our little ( Cody ) aka Cayenne and want to thank the girl that fought for us to get him. As she knows how much we wanted him and some things were a little complicated in our situation but she came through for us and now we are a HAPPY family again as we had lost our little Chihuahua of 8 1/2 years just 3 weeks earlier. I see all these bad reviews and want to tell you to go and check out the shelter yourself and see how nice and caring the staff are. We will be forever grateful to them for making our family whole again. Sharon and Jamie Bruce
I had a very positive experience with Sun Valley Animal Shelter. Initially, my boyfriend and I tried to adopt a dog named "Jack". After being interviewed by one of the staff members, they realized Jack might not be the best fit since Jack wasn't too fond of small children or other dogs and my boyfriend and I plan on having children. I understand some of the reviewer's frustration at not being able to adopt a pet, but I honestly believe the staff members ensure all their animals are just going to good homes. They don't want to have pets being mistreated or constantly being brought back to the shelter. After discussing that Jack might not be a good fit, the staff member was very friendly and recommended other possible dogs. We were able to adopt a different dog and we have been very happy with the new addition to our family!