Valley Hills Animal Rescue was founded by a registered nurse who had a problem of her own to solve.

​"It wasn't long after I moved here in 1999 that dumped dogs would show up on my property. I would try to find owners and when no one claimed them I took to the local animal control at the time. Well, they soon started charging me $20 for every dog I brought them. I was bringing them 1 or 2 dogs a week!! I could not afford to feed more dogs because I had my own dogs. Then, one day, I called to see about bringing a heeler to the pound.  I told them I just cannot afford to keep paying 20 bucks. I did not dump the dog, but some of the area farmers were going to shoot him because he was running his cattle. It was a great dog just needed some training.  The voice on the other end said, " Well, it is not against the law to take a dog behind the barn and shoot it. " I hung up, looked at the dog and said, "Well fella, I guess we're on our own." I never took another dog to the pound.  Instead, I started finding homes for them. The word got out and it just grew and grew." - Mary, Founder of Valley Hills

With your support, 
we can save even more!

Mary Gillam

President & Owner

Champion of the stray unloved and unwanted, showing them that second chances in life from a rescuer leads to finding their new perfect start to love.

Kari Schlak

Vice President 

"we find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces. it is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, pain, sadness, and defeat and find the true soul that lies within. My family is a rescue family. To speak about compassion and love is one thing, but to show a child a kinder way to live is another.”

Kristy Ritter

Social Media/Marketing Coordinator

Loving animals from an early age, lead me in my passion for rescue the last ten years. Knowing I can help make a difference for those with no voice drives me day in and day out. "Saving one animal won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal." Nathan Winograd

Elise Baker,

 Legal Counsel

Animal rescuer, transporter and lover with a passion for the dachshund, chihuahua and seniors.  There is nothing better than coming home to tail wags and unconditional love.

Donna Watson

Volunteer Coordinator

I am a bus driver, wife, and mother to a whole gang of 2 and 4 legged babies! They are all my world, and rescue is my passion! I think you should love what you do, and I'm lucky enough to love everything I get to do!