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About Us

On March 20, 2014, Valley Animal Haven and Adoption Center was founded to serve the helpless and homeless animals across the Central Valley of California. Valley Animal Haven is a dream come true for its founder, Pamela Brasil. This dream was born after witnessing a report of an arsonist, who hated dogs, destroy an Animal Rescue Facility in the Mid-West. A total of eighty loving dogs were heartlessly murdered in the fire. Since then, Pamela was determined to open a safe haven for animals, big or small, young or old. A place where the lives of homeless and helpless animals will be loved and cherished until they can find a PAWsitive New Beginning in a new forever family.

Our Story

From a small backyard operation in 2014, Valley Animal Haven has experienced significant growth and expansion since the opening our doors. Through the generosity of our community, Valley Animal Haven currently utilizes a 2.5-acre parcel to house dogs, cats and the occasional rabbit, turtle or guinea pig. Our facility also includes two portable buildings, which have been renovated to be our Infirmary Ward.

Our Mission

Valley Animal Haven is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue facility located in Lemoore, California. Valley Animal Haven's mission is to provide shelter, care and re-homing for rescued, abandoned, surrendered or homeless animals throughout the Central Valley of California. Valley Animal Haven's mission is to find loving forever homes for our animal companions of all shapes and sizes.

Our Vision

Since its founding in 2014, Valley Animal Haven's vision is to provide world-class animal welfare services. Our goal has been to ensure that each animal companion finds a loving family to call a forever home. From fostering and adoption programs, to innovative shelter programs to improve visibility and access to animals across the community, Valley Animal Haven truly aims to become the organization of choice to facilitate lasting relationships with animals and the community at large

Our Team

Valley Animal Haven has a team of animal loving professionals who work diligently to care for the hundreds of companion animals searching for their forever home. 

Pamela Brasil

Executive Director

Sarah Westphal

Enrichment Coordinator

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Maureen Tompkins


Yuki Jones


 Shelter Operations

Jerrid Winter

Lead - Animal Care Specialist

Rebecca Hasselberg

Animal Care Specialist

Hailey Sorensen

Animal Care Specialist

Jessica Ambriz

Office Assistant

Lindsey Gassaway

Office Assistant

Our Team
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Board of Directors

As a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, we believe that transparency is at the core of how we must conduct our business. The Board of Directors provide oversight and direction for our organization. The Board of Directors hold meetings once a month that are open to the public.

VAH Board Meetings are held on the First Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM in the Shelter Office.

The public is invited. 

Pamela Brasil

Founder, Valley Animal Haven

President of the Board

Pamela Smith

Vice President

Maureen Tompkins


Sarah Westphal


James Westphal

Board Member

Doug Williams

Board Member

Mel Williams

Board Member

Steve Smith

Board Member

Sue Williams

Board Member

Geena Nappi

Board Member

Stacie Annon

Board Member

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