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New Shelter Hours

Starting Monday, November 1st, we will be altering our shelter hours to be open from 10am to 4pm Monday-Saturday at the Western Riverside and Coachella Valley locations. Blythe will remain open by appointment.

The services people can walk-in for during these hours include: adoptions, stray intake, and owner returns. Appointments still need to be made for owner relinquishment of pets, vaccinations, and spay/neuter.

News Releases

PetSmart Charities Gives County $90K Grant to Assist Animal Services’ Missions

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors accepted a $90,000 grant today from...

Car Window Smashed to Save Hot Pooch

Owner Arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy A recent incident in the Coachella Valley is a...

Chihuahua Puppy Survives Arrow Shot in Her Neck

A Riverside County Animal Services officer responded to an emergency call this...

Volunteers Train with Animal Services Officers for Emergency Response

On Saturday, a unique group of volunteers trained and were certified to assist...

CRANE RESCUED, thanks to an SCE employee

Below is a video link from a crane rescue earlier today. The rescue happened...


Mead Valley Community Center Thursday, May 12, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*...

Animal Services Investigating Burro Death

Someone Shot Burro With Arrow Animal Services is investigating a burro death caused...

Veterinary Services Team Assists Injured Dogs

Two Pooches Entered Shelter with Embedded Collars Two dogs received special care...

Fire Incident Next to Shelter in Jurupa Valley

This afternoon the staff jumped into action to evacuate animals from the north side...

Three Dogs Stolen from Jurupa Valley Shelter

Suspects Captured on Surveillance Footage Two people are suspected of trespassing,...

Shelter Pets Free During ‘BarkChella’

Adoption Promotion Kicks Off Today Animal Services is kicking off its first ever...

Update: Information regarding dog attack on 3-year-old girl

UPDATE The original news release is below, but I wanted to update some information....

Volunteers Needed for Animal Rescue Team

REARS Members Assist Officers During Disasters Animal Services is seeking new...

Department’s New Director Begins Today

From Parks to Pets: Erin Gettis Starts Anew Long-time animal advocate Erin Gettis...

Former Volunteer Returns – as a Doctor

Local Woman Traveled to Oz to Become a Vet A Jurupa Valley woman and former shelter...

Officers Respond to Property with Neglected Animals

Below is a link to a video regarding a property we responded to on Thursday and...

Feline Flying to Tennessee for Special Reunion

Valentine’s Week Delivery for Relocated Owner A cat at the county shelter in Jurupa...

Former Shelter Dog Predicts Super Bowl Winner

A former shelter dog – Molly – just predicted the winner of the big game on Sunday....

Officers Impound 37 Dogs to Assist Man

Cathedral City Resident Asked for Help Riverside County Animal Services officers...

Injured Pelican Gets Help

A Riverside County Animal Services officer responded this afternoon to a request...

Live Large Campaign Starts Saturday

Fee-Waived Adoptions Through Jan. 31 FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2022 – Riverside County’s...

Dogs on Long Chain Entrapped Themselves; Officer Rescues Pooches

The following video (link below) offers up some good advice about how to properly...

Cat Flying to Oklahoma for Reunion

Toby Going ‘Home’ for the Holidays A cat is flying to Oklahoma for a special...

Monkey Business

A Rialto Police Department animal control officer responded to a call earlier today...

Black Saturday Special Extended For a Full Week

Riverside County Animal Services is extending one of its most popular adoption...

HORSE AIRLIFT: News from Riverside County Animal Services (in partnership with CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Dept. & Riv Co Sheriff)

Riverside County Animal Services worked together with multiple agencies to rescue a...

Black Saturday FREE Adoption Special Returns; Homeless Pets: No Batteries Required; Give Lots of Love

One of the most popular adoption specials at Riverside County Animal Services...

The PAWSitive Update | Nov. 19, 2021

The video link, below, is our first run at a weekly update, borrowing from our...

Officer Uses Bedsheet to Save Chimney Kitty

Sheet Tied in Knots to Create a Ladder An officer used a bedsheet this week to save...

Wayward Cat Saved Off Utility Pole in Indio

Feline Stayed Atop Pole for About a Day Riverside County Animal Services worked...

Kitten Rescued from Inside Locomotive

Kitty Meowed from Smoke Box Riverside County Animal Services officers retrieved a...



Hens Impounded

We responded to a call from our friends at the Riverside County Sheriff’s...

Officers Assist Burro With Pipe on Hoof

Burro Now Recovering; Heading to DonkeyLand Riverside County animal control...

Hours Changed for Jurupa Valley Shelter

Riverside County’s animal shelter in Jurupa Valley changed the hours of operation...

Officer Rides Her Bike to Work Every Day -- not just on World Car-Free Day


Webinar Scheduled to Address Cat Situation

Everyone Welcome for Free Sept. 20 Session A free webinar is scheduled for Sept. 20...

Dogs Seized Now Available for Placement

Winchester Dogs Ready for Second Chance Dogs seized by Riverside County Animal...

Officer Attacked by Dogs Hospitalized

Dogs Cause Punctures to Officer’s Right Leg A Riverside County animal control...

Clear the Shelters Begins Today

Worldwide Event Returns After COVID-19 Stoppage Riverside County Animal Services’...

Two Pooches Entered Shelter with Embedded Collars

Two dogs received special care this week for serious injuries to their necks. Both dogs were treated for what is commonly called embedded collars.

Each day Riverside County Animal Services’ veterinary services team members examine and treat injured stray animals. But these two dogs’ conditions presented the opportunity to educate the public about the dangers of objects tied around pets’ necks for extended periods.

It’s very important for a pet’s collar to be properly sized and adjusted as the pet grows, said Dr. Sara Strongin, the county’s chief veterinarian.

“A collar applied to rapidly growing puppies and kittens must be monitored frequently and a larger collar may be needed when your pet outgrows the first one,” Strongin said. “You want the collar to be snug enough that it doesn’t fall off, but loose enough that is not applying too much pressure to the skin.”

Strongin suggested that a pet owner should be able to fit two fingers between the collar the dog’s neck.

The two injured dogs entered the shelter within the past week. One, a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix, was brought to the shelter in a box as a stray. The other, a 2-year-old female German shepherd mix, was picked up as a stray by officer Adam Haisten from an unincorporated area near Perris.

Registered Veterinary Technician Tonya Buenrostro discovered why the Chihuahua smelled of decay and was in pain: a hair band was tied around her neck and had become embedded. Dr. Itzel Vizcarra and Buenrostro treated the Chihuahua’s wound and the dog was cared for in the treatment/receiving area for several days. On Thursday she was adopted.

When officer Haisten picked up the German shepherd mix, it had a chain wrapped tight around its neck, also causing an embedded collar. Sgt. Kellsey Hoesman assisted him by snapping the chain off with bolt cutters. Dr. Vizcarra treated the dog with assistance from Pam Gates, a registered veterinary technician.

“Although these injuries are quite shocking and traumatic on presentation, our team is very experienced in treating this condition and they provide excellent care,” Strongin said. “Once the offending object is removed, the wound is cleaned and the infection is treated. They tend to heal up quite well, although there may be permanent scarring.”

Contact a Shelter

Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
San Jacinto: (951) 358-7387
Coachella Valley: (760) 343-3644
Blythe: (760) 921-7857
Toll Free: 1-888-636-7387 (PETS)

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