Packed Inland Empire animal shelters drop adoption service fees

Getting home a furry mate is finding less difficult in Riverside County.

The county’s Department of Animal Services is waiving all adoption charges starting off Monday to offset the packed situations at its shelters in Jurupa Valley and Thousand Palms.

“We’re at utmost ability and we need to have the public’s enable to right away strengthen the results of dogs and cats now in our treatment,” Animal Services Director Erin Gettis stated.

As of Monday, the county is caring for almost 900 animals, including 644 dogs. Staffers at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms are caring for 211 puppies and 52 cats. The team at the Western Riverside County/Metropolis Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley are at the moment caring for 420 pet dogs and 153 cats.

The county’s Animal Solutions is a significant-quantity sheltering group, impounding more than 30,000 animals yearly.

The present development is not sustainable, the agency said Monday, explaining that extra animals are impounded by officers or brought into the shelter by the general public than the variety of animals getting adopted or transferred to rescue spouse businesses.

More than 20,000 animals arrived at the shelter as strays final yr, Animal Companies said.

The county’s two shelters are seeing an abundance of significant-breed canines, in unique German shepherds and huskies.

“With massive breed puppies it results in being tough with kenneling as some of these dogs need to have much more space, or require to be kenneled individually which compounds our trouble,” Gettis claimed.

Waiving adoption fees is ordinarily only carried out on specific occasions, these types of as for activities and vacations, but waiving adoption charges for the foreseeable potential is a new technique for Animal Solutions.

“It is vital we ship this information of our urgent want,” Gettis claimed. “As summer months methods there are supplemental troubles with kitten year and the Fourth-of-July vacation when Animal Services sees a massive maximize of impounds.”

The community can help with extensive term endeavours to address pet overpopulation in Riverside County by spaying and neutering their pets, microchipping them to support reunite misplaced animals with their family members, placing a collar and tag on your pet to aid when they are missing, and spreading the word on the significance of these significant techniques to help overcome pet overpopulation, Animal Expert services stated.

Citizens who simply cannot adopt are remaining questioned to assist in other ways, such as signing up to be a volunteer to help socialize and stroll with the larger breed pet dogs, or fostering animals in their homes, specially kittens.

“At the moment, this is a simply call for speedy motion,” Gettis claimed. “Please enable lessen the range of animals in our treatment by adopting or rescuing massive breed pet dogs. The shelter is full and we simply cannot do this devoid of your aid.”

For much more info on adopting a pet from the Riverside County Section of Animal Solutions, click below.