News Releases

News Releases

April 25, 2018

Volunteers Honored by Board of Supervisors

Animal Services Volunteers Part of Those Recognized APRIL 24, 2018 – Volunteers from various county agencies received recognition this morning by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Four volunteers with Riverside County Animal Services were among the…
April 05, 2018

Rattlesnake Sightings Leads to More Calls for Help

Animal Control Officers Will Remove and Locate APRIL 5, 2018 – Higher temperatures have resulted in several more calls about rattlesnake sightings, according to an informal survey with Riverside County Animal Services’ officers and the dispatch center.…
March 30, 2018

Abused, Neglected & Dumped Dog Rescued by Officer

Pit Bull Mix Found with Severe Injury Near Murrieta MARCH 30, 2018 – A Riverside County animal control officer retrieved an abandoned dog this week that was likely a victim of abuse. The male, 3-year-old, pit bull mix was spotted by a concerned resident who…
March 21, 2018

Cruelty Case Opened for Neglected Lhasa Apso

Severely Matted Dog Was Infested With Maggots MARCH 21, 2018 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer impounded a severely neglected dog that was so matted it was infested with maggots. In fact, the dog’s condition was so bad, the owner initially…
Mar 14, 2018

Hooked Turtle Gets Helped A Riverside County Animal Services Video Short

A Good Samaritan discovered this slider turtle outside his home and noticed the turtle had a hook stuck in its mouth. The Jurupa Valley resident brought the turtle to Riverside County…
Mar 14, 2018

Husky Flying Home to Owner in New Mexico

She Went Missing More Than Five Years Ago MARCH 14, 2018 – A sweet-natured, 7-year-old dog is taking a flight home to her rightful owner, roughly five years after she was reportedly stolen…
Jan 26, 2018

Public’s Help Needed to ID Man Who Abandoned Dog

Man Suspected of Willful Abandonment near Hemet JAN. 26, 2018 – Authorities are trying to find a man suspected of abandoning a dog at a supermarket near Hemet last week.Store surveillance…
Jan 03, 2018

And This Little Piggy Went to Say Hello

Stray Pot-Bellied Pig Enjoyed Socializing With Dogs WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 2018 – A pot-bellied pig in Jurupa Valley enjoyed roaming the neighborhood and saying hello to one family’s dogs. Only…
Dec 22, 2017

Kitty Bitty in the Air, Arriving Home Soon

ASPCA Assists Riverside County with Savannah Feline FRIDAY, DEC. 22, 2017 – A cat that found his way to one of Riverside County’s shelters is almost home for the holidays, thanks to a major…
Dec 15, 2017

Kitty Bitty, the Stowaway Cat from Georgia

We ended up with another crazy story here at Riverside County Animal Services. In short: This cat ended up in Riverside County after what appears to be a long haul inside a soda truck. The…
Dec 06, 2017

Women Brighten Shelter With Gifts, Songs

SOAR Continues Annual Holiday Tradition WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2017 – A small group of women and friends return to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus on Thursday (Dec. 7) with gifts and holiday…
Nov 20, 2017

Black Saturday Adoption Special Returns

What You Can’t Get on Amazon: A Homeless Pet TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017 – One of the most popular adoption specials returns this Saturday at three Riverside County Animal Services’ shelters.…
Nov 18, 2017

Is it the Year of the Tortoise?

Our friends at the city of Fontana Animal Services recovered this tortoise -- a 45-pounder -- and transported to our shelter in Jurupa Valley this afternoon. We seem to be seeing lots of…
Nov 14, 2017

Officers Seize 18 Dogs in Jurupa Valley

Animal Services Opens Cruelty Investigation Animal control officers seized 18 dogs from a property in Jurupa Valley Monday afternoon (Nov. 13). All the dogs continue to receive care today,…
Nov 08, 2017

Free Spay & Neuter Appointments Open

Spots Available for Mecca, Lakeland Village Visits WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 2017 – Riverside County Animal Services’ mobile spay and neuter bus is rolling out again to two locations – Mecca and…
Nov 03, 2017

Riverside Roaming Lizard is Reunited

Chopper the Crocodile Monitor Heads Home FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2017 – Chopper the 4-year-old crocodile monitor is now back home. Chopper’s owner, DeWitt “Goldie” Vercher, of Riverside, reunited…
Nov 02, 2017

Crocodile Monitor Discovered in Riverside

Animal Control Officer Snares Unwanted Visitor THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 2017 – There it was, lounging in the sun atop a sturdy hedge in a backyard in Riverside. The five-pound, 4-foot long…
Oct 27, 2017

Riverside County Animal Services responded to an emergency call for assistance to an active wildfire

Riverside County Animal Services responded on Thursday to an emergency call for assistance to an active wildfire in a southwest portion of the county. A team of officers arrived at an…
Oct 25, 2017

Shelter in Jurupa Valley Still Closed

Clay Fire Incident Knocked Out Power WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 2017 – A fire near Riverside County Animal Services’ shelter location in Jurupa Valley knocked out power on Tuesday. The Clay Fire…
Oct 03, 2017

Big Tortoise Scooped up in Jurupa Valley

With so much happening in the world that has brought tears to our eyes, here’s something a little lighter. Well, actually, this is a very heavy story too. Officer Christopher Peck scooped…
Sep 22, 2017

Officers Investigate Horse Neglect in Nuevo

County Impounds 14 Underweight Horses FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2017 – Riverside County Animal Services investigated a report of horse neglect at a Nuevo ranch property Wednesday (Sept. 20). Sgt.…
Aug 31, 2017

Salmonella outbreak tied to pet turtles

Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys would like the public to read this story, produced by CBS News, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released…
Aug 31, 2017

NEWS ALERT: Cooling Center for Colton Residents, Pets

Riverside County Animal Services is providing a cooling center for Colton residents and their pets at its shelter location in Jurupa Valley, 6851 Van Buren Blvd. "In light of Colton's…
Aug 23, 2017

More Than 300 Pets Adopted Saturday

Clear the Shelters Event Produces Massive Crowds TUESDAY, AUG. 22, 2017 – Riverside County Animal Services’ shelters welcomed hundreds of would-be adopters during Saturday’s Clear the…
Aug 15, 2017

Homeless Pets Ready for ‘Clear the Shelters’

Special Adoption Rates – Just $4.52 – on Saturday TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2015 – Three Riverside County animal shelters are participating in the “Clear the Shelters” event, a national adoption…
Aug 08, 2017

Horse Dies in Crash in Desert Hot Springs

Authorities Investigating Cause of Accident TUESDAY, AUG. 8, 2017 – A horse died in a traffic accident Monday night in Desert Hot Springs after being struck by a bus and a car. The horse…
Aug 03, 2017

Clear the Shelters

Jul 30, 2017

Cat Adoption Special Offered

$25 Adoption Fee Runs July 10 to Aug. 10 MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 – A special adoption rate starts today (July 10) for all cats at Riverside County Animal Services’ four shelter locations. The…
Jul 24, 2017

Cyclist, Trying to Flee Stray Dog, Hits Truck

Injured Man Taken to Hospital; Officer Impounds Dog MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017 – A man suffered serious injuries Sunday evening after he tried to flee a stray dog that charged him as he rode his…
Jul 21, 2017

Boy Suffers Serious Bites to Face; Dog Impounded

Pitbull Lunged at 8-year-old When Owner Opened Door FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 – An 8-year-old boy suffered serious bite wounds Thursday night (July 20) after a dog lunged at him. The incident…
Jul 13, 2017

Tortoise Coaxed With Cherries

Two Riverside County Animal Services officers coaxed a tortoise from underneath its hiding spot this afternoon at a property near Temecula by using cherries. A property owner at a…
Jul 11, 2017

Cat Adoption Special Offered

$25 Adoption Fee Runs July 10 to Aug. 10 MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 – A special adoption rate starts today (July 10) for all cats at Riverside County Animal Services’ four shelter locations. The…
Jul 10, 2017

Fontana Officer Saves Two Pets from Hot Car

A Chihuahua and Gray Cat Get Rescued, Vet Care FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 – A city of Fontana officer rescued two animals from an extremely hot car on Thursday. Both pets – a black-and-tan…
Jul 05, 2017

THE FIFTH OF JULY: A busy day — but not as chaotic in our shelters as years past

This morning we saw a fair amount of frantic pet owners attempting to reunite with their wandering pets during the Fourth-of-July holiday weekend. It was certainly busy, but not as frenzied…
Jun 30, 2017

Shelters Closed July 3 and Fourth-of-July

Microchip Special Offered for Impounded Pets on July 5 THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – All Riverside County Animal Services shelters are closed on Monday July 3 and during the Fourth-of-July…
Jun 30, 2017

Mary S. Roberts Surpasses Milestone

Nonprofit Pet Adoption Center Saves 1,000 Animals THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – A nonprofit, pet adoption center marked its 1,000th pet rescue this month after its renewed partnership with…
Jun 30, 2017

Spots Still Open for Critter Kiddz Camp

Children Discover Cool Animal Stuff During Two Weeks THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – A children’s camp specializing in fun animal-related education still has spots available for the mid-July…
Jun 28, 2017

German Shepherd Missing for Eight Years Reunited With Owner

This dog was reunited today (Monday, June 26, 2017) after a microchip brought the long-lost dog and the rightful family. Last week, one of our animal control officers investigating a…
Jun 19, 2017

Woman Is Reunited With This Long, Lost Pooch

This story has become somewhat cliché now. The long-lost dog that gets reunited with the owner because of a microchip. But we have not sent you one in a while – and this Lake Elsinore-area…
May 31, 2017

Coyote Pup Impounded

Riverside County Animal Services officer Will Luna responded to a property in Jurupa Valley today after the resident contacted us about a possible injured coyote pup. The property owner…
May 25, 2017

Series of Adoption Events Start Saturday

Proceeds Benefit Combat Vets, Shelter Pets WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017 – A series of adoption events specifically benefiting programs that assist combat veterans and shelter animals kicks off…
May 04, 2017

Woman Arrested in Emaciated Dogs Cruelty Case

Authorities Track Her Down in Las Vegas WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017 – A woman suspected in the cruelty case involving emaciated pit bulls in the Lake Mathews area was arrested today in Las…
Apr 26, 2017

Three-Legged Terrier Ready for Forever Home

Veterinary Employee Fostered Special Dog TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 – An officer brought in the broken dog. A veterinarian handled the necessary surgery. And a registered veterinary technician…
Apr 14, 2017

Dog Saved From Basin at Water Treatment Plant

Riverside Public Works Employees Played Huge Roles WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017 – Riverside Public Works employees played a major role in saving a dog stuck in a basin at the city’s Water…
Mar 30, 2017

Injured German Shepherd Pup Needs Rescue

She Likely Needs Surgery to Fix Hind Leg Fracture WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – She’ll cuddle at your feet. She’ll lick you. She’ll show you she has so much love, despite a traumatic…
Mar 30, 2017

The 2017 Dog Olympics has been canceled

The 2017 Dog Olympics has been canceled.
Mar 21, 2017

Skippy’s Health Did Not Improve

But the Stray Cat That Had Peanut Butter Container Stuck On its Head Gives Birth to Four Kittens TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – A cat saved from a peanut-butter-container predicament on Monday…
Mar 21, 2017

Peanut Bar Container Removed From Cat

Skinny Feline Now Receiving Veterinary Treatment MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer rescued a skinny cat that had got its head stuck inside a plastic peanut…
Mar 06, 2017

Tire Shop Crew Rescue Dog from Drowning

Animal Control Officer Gets Great Help from Locals FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 – A Riverside tire shop crew played a major role in helping an animal control officer save a dog from drowning on a…
Mar 02, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt

Feb 16, 2017

Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017 – The following information is provided to our county residents as an FYI. The information is from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The California…
Jan 30, 2017

Woman Hospitalized After Dog Attacks Her

Victim Suffers Severe Injuries from Friend’s Pit Bull MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017 – A woman suffered severe injuries after a friend’s dog attacked her early Sunday (Jan. 29) morning. The attacked…
Jan 23, 2017

Two Horses Stuck In The Mud In The Woodcrest Area

As many of you know, Friday (Jan. 20) featured a powerful storm that was dumping rain all over Southern California. Hard rain. Sometimes it came down in buckets. At about 2:30 p.m. on…
Jan 23, 2017

Cattle Truck Crash Causes Havoc on Highway 78

37 Heifers Die in Crash South of Blythe FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2016 – Animal control officers responded to a cattle-truck crash south of Blythe on Thursday (Jan. 19) and helped round up injured…
Jan 11, 2017

Owner Says Goodbye to Former Shelter Dog

Border Collie Mix Served as Therapy Dog FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2016 – An animal control officer said goodbye at the end of 2016 to a former Riverside County Animal Services shelter dog that served…
Jan 10, 2017

Healthy, adult iguana at our desert shelter

A Good Samaritan brought in a handsome iguana today. The man had been caring for the almost five-foot long (tail included) reptile for roughly one month. He tried to find the true owner…
Jan 06, 2017

The 2016 Riverside County Animal Services Stories Of The Year

As we near another year’s close, we always love to look back at all the stories that made us happy as a puppy and brought smiles to our faces. Each year we like to share these significant…
Dec 24, 2016

Pit Bull vs Poodle Attack; Man Arrested

A sad incident to report from earlier today: Two dogs died and one man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after an incident in Riverside Saturday morning. A Riverside County Animal…
Dec 20, 2016

Cat Discovered With Protruding Metal Rod Tabby Mix Likely Had Recent Surgery

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016 – A Good Samaritan brought in a feisty cat that has been discovered with a metal rod protruding from its body. The cat, an almost 2-year-old brown tabby mix, came…
Dec 15, 2016

Owl in Supermarket Captured, Released Officers Return Confused Bird of Prey to Wild

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016 – A wayward owl that found itself inside a supermarket in Riverside is now back in the wild. Riverside County Animal Services officers were able to safely capture…
Dec 05, 2016

Santa Paws Toy Drive

Nov 17, 2016

Adopt 'til You Drop

Nov 07, 2016

Upcoming Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Event on Veterans Day Weekend

Veterans Adoption Special Offered Nov. 12 Free Pets for Active and Former Military FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – All adoption fees will be waived for active military personnel and veterans on…
Nov 07, 2016

Barn Buddies Adopted!

About a week ago we shared the short video clips and still images of an inseparable pair of barn buddies (see below.) We are pleased to announce today that a woman adopted the pair today.…
Oct 28, 2016

New Mascot Ready to Greet Shelter Visitors

Animal Services Asking the Public’s Help for Name FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016 – A new face will help greet visitors at the county’s main animal shelter in Jurupa Valley on Saturday (Oct. 29)…
Oct 26, 2016

Shelters Prep for Spooktacular Events

‘HOWL-o-Ween’ Fun Includes Pet Costume Contests WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016 – Two Riverside County animal shelters are prepping for family-fun, Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular events this Saturday…
Oct 19, 2016

Man Reunited With Pet, 371 Days Later

Palm Springs Man’s Reunion Brings Tears of Joy TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016 – A Palm Springs man reunited with his long-lost dog on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 18), more than a year after his beloved…
Oct 19, 2016

Shimmy for Critters Returns Saturday

Belly Dancers Perform to Promote Pet Adoptions TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016 – The belly dancers are coming back. Belly dancers, vendors, a petting booth, adoptions at a special discount,…
Oct 18, 2016

Surrender the Cat Reunited With Owner

Tabby Was Rescued from Razor Wire in September FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016 – A cat that once dangled precariously from razor wire outside a Riverside business returned to the loving embrace of…
Oct 07, 2016

Shelters Closed on Monday for Columbus Day

THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2016 – All Riverside County shelters are closed on Monday, Oct. 10, in observance of Columbus Day, a holiday observed countywide. The shelters will still have some limited…
Sep 29, 2016

World Rabies Day

Sep 21, 2016

Stray Deer Impounded in Jurupa Valley

We received a call from a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy shortly before noon today about a loose deer. The deer was located along Limonite Avenue, between Wineville and Lucretia avenues.…
Sep 19, 2016

Officers Save Cat Stuck in Razor Wire

Tabby Was Dangling from His Tail at Business SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016 – A pair of Riverside County animal control officers rescued a cat stuck in barbed wire at a Riverside business…
Sep 15, 2016

2016 Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular

Sep 15, 2016

Western Riverside County Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular

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Sep 14, 2016

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Sep 07, 2016

Brownie Bear Boomerangs Back to IE

Rescued Dog Ended up in Vancouver; Reunion Today TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016 – A stray dog, a lost-pet flier, a cruise vacation, a thoughtful construction worker, a very kind rescue group…
Aug 30, 2016

Officers Dispatched to Bogart Fire

No Official Animal Evacs Yet, But Team is Ready TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2016, 5:15 p.m. – Riverside County Animal Services dispatched officers to the area of the Bogart Fire in the Cherry Valley…
Aug 24, 2016

Chihuahuas Rescued From Crevice

Good Samaritans Called After Hearing Yelps MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016 – A Good Samaritan contacted Riverside County Animal Services on Saturday after hearing barks and yelps from a crevice at…
Aug 16, 2016

Actors and Others for Animals Funds Surgeries Perris Residents Coveted in Special Outreach

FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2016 – A long-running nonprofit organization is funding a special outreach with Riverside County Animal Services. Actors and Others for Animals, a 45-year-old, charitable…
Aug 11, 2016

Volunteers Needed

Aug 11, 2016

Get Your Kicks or Licks on Route 66

County Teams up with Fido Friendly Mag THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016 – Riverside County Animal Services is teaming with Fido Friendly Magazine again for a special promotion connected to the…
Aug 08, 2016

Inland Empire Company Donates Food

Star Milling Ships 800 Pounds to County Shelter FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 – An Inland Empire-based pet food manufacturer donated 800 pounds of dog food to one of Riverside County’s shelters.…
Jul 26, 2016

Pit Bull Cruelty Case Investigation Update: Arrest Warrants Sought for Owners

MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 – Riverside County Animal Services is pursuing arrest warrants for the owners of the dogs that were discovered in emaciated condition this week at a property near Lake…
Jul 25, 2016

Officers Seize Dozens of Emaciated Dogs

Investigation Launched After Grisly Discovery WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2016 – Animal control officers discovered a grisly scene on Wednesday morning (July 18) at a property near Lake Mathews…
Jul 07, 2016

Clear The Shelters Day

Jul 06, 2016

Dog Attack Sends Man to Hospital

Stray German Shepherd Was Police Dog MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016 – A 20-year-old man was attacked by a dog shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday in Eastvale. The dog, a male German shepherd, was wandering…
Jul 01, 2016

Horse Neglect Gets Couple Jail Time

No Horse Ownership Allowed for Years TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016 – A Riverside County Superior Court judge sentenced a Temecula-area couple convicted of animal resulted in jail time on Friday…
Jun 22, 2016

Strange Spike in Wild Bird Impounds

More Than a Dozen in Two Days; Reason Unknown TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016 – A strange spike in the number of wild birds has employees inside the main shelter wondering, “What’s up with all the…
May 27, 2016

Miniature Horse Impounded

A Riverside County animal control officer responded to an early-morning call today (Thursday, May 26) in Riverside to retrieve an injured miniature horse. Officer Mary Salazar loaded the…
May 19, 2016

Coyote Stuck in Trap Saved by Officer Animal Transported to The Living Desert

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer saved a coyote stuck inside a leg trap on a property in Palm Desert early this morning (May 18). Officer Lisa Boughamer…
May 19, 2016

Bobcat Cub Assisted by Homeless Trio

Critter, Abandoned by Mom, Put Inside Backpack FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – A man, his girlfriend and his sister came to the aid of a bobcat cub along the Santa Ana River bike trail near…
May 19, 2016

Falcon Found in School Yard in Cathedral City Bird Might Have Suffered Some Type of injury

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016 – An officer retrieved a Peregrine falcon from a school yard in Cathedral City on Thursday morning. Riverside County Animal Services Officer Eric Espejo responded…
May 11, 2016

Betty Rubble Returns Home to Barney

Sulcata Tortoise Snagged in Theft Binge WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Betty is back with Barney. Betty Rubble, a 22-year-old sulcata tortoise, ended up in the back seat of a stolen car last…


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