Our Purpose 

Val's Pals: Rescue Animal Rehabilitation Services is a 501(c)(3) public charity under the Internal Revenue Code and registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Ohio.

The mission of this organization is to create and provide a haven for rescued companion animals, to meet their physical and emotional needs, and help heal their traumatic experiences in order to increase the likelihood of adoption. Through this organization, we hope to accomplish 5 main goals:

  1. Provide a space for rescued companion animals that can meet their physical and emotional needs such as play, training, and positive social interaction in order to reduce signs of stress and increase sociability with humans and other animals.

  2. Work alongside 501© (3) animal rescues in order to increase the likelihood of the animals in their care being adopted, especially those that exhibit the most stress in a kennel environment, and subsequently increase the number of animals they can take in.

  3. If applicable, utilize positive reinforcement training to assist animals with sociability, provide mental and physical stimulation that may be lacking in a kennel environment, and increase likelihood of adoption.

  4. Decrease the probability that a rescued companion animal will be returned or abandoned.

  5. Advocate for and educate the community regarding best practices of animal welfare.

Our organization aims to create a beneficial environment for companion animals awaiting adoption in order to reduce their levels of stress as much as possible and increase the likelihood of adoption . We also aim to help relieve some of the burden taken on by designated 501© (3) animal rescues and increase their adoption rates. Based on data collected between 2015-2018 by the ASPCA, they report that approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. They also report each year approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). Sometimes, kennel-like environments can be stressful to companion animals due to loss of social interaction, loss of previous emotional attachments, disruptive noises, increased physical confinement, and limited physical activity. Animals who exhibit signs of stress are also less likely to be adopted as they are more likely to be perceived and aggressive or unsocial. Companion animals coming from potentially traumatizing situations such as previous abuse/neglect or puppy-mill environments are even more at risk. However, when removed from a stressful environment, animals are more likely to show reduced signs of stress and are more likely to show their true personalities. For example, in a study conducted by Gunter et al. (2019), a significant decrease in cortisol (a stress hormone) was measured when 207 dogs from across 5 shelters when placed in temporary foster homes compared to their prior levels before being fostered. The study also showed these cortisol levels then returned to baseline when the dogs were returned to their respective shelters.

Pet Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics

Gunter, L. M., Feuerbacher, E. N., Gilchrist, R. J., & Wynne, C. D. (2019). Evaluating the effects of a temporary fostering program on shelter dog welfare. PeerJ, 7. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6620

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