Riverside County’s adoption drive for homeless dogs and cats began Saturday in Jooppa Valley, San Jacinto and Thousand Palms, where those looking to add a furry friend to their homes before the New Year are welcome. Encouraged to visit.
“Every day is a great day to adopt a shelter pet, and families will especially enjoy the fun and festive atmosphere of free pet adoption at our annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ event, ” said Department of Animal Services Director Erin Gatiss.
The Home for the Holidays campaign, part of the nationwide “Empty the Shelters” program organized by animal rescue nonprofits each December, is scheduled at the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd. Jurupa Valley, San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave.; and Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Petland Place, Thousand Palms.
The Jurupa Valley and Thousand Palms shelters will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the San Jacinto shelter from noon to 4 p.m.
Santa Claus will be on hand at the Jurupa Valley location to spread cheer and take photos with guests and their potential pets.
The Bussell Pet Foundation, which focuses on promoting adoptions to save lives of pets, is partnering with the county to make the adoption bonanza possible.
“Our nation’s animal shelters need your help as they face an overcrowding crisis like we’ve experienced in more than a decade,” said Cathy Bussell, founder of Bussell. “The devastating increase in owner surrenders and strays has left tens of thousands of deserving pets desperate to find homes.”
Home for the Holidays includes a waiver of all spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccination fees. However, adopters must pay for a canine license.
Fees vary, depending on where in the county the adopter lives. Additional information is available at rcdas.org/dog-licensing.