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Riverside County Animal Services is joining forces again with NBC and Telemundo for the annual Clear the Shelters campaign.

Riverside County will be offering pets at a $20 adoption fee during the month of August at its two participating shelters in Jurupa Valley and Thousand Palms.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, adoptions are still being handled by appointment only and pet meet-and-greet opportunities will be handled virtually when possible. The number to call for appointments is 951-358-7387. Visit, look through the available pets, make a note of the animal ID number, and give us a call at 951-358-7387 to schedule an adoption appointment.

This year’s Clear the Shelters for Riverside County Animal Services will not include a one-day mega event with hundreds of adopters, also due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidances from federal, state and local officials.

“It will be a much different Clear the Shelters for us and many others,” Animal Services Director Julie Bank said. “However, we appreciate NBC and Telemundo and the corporate sponsors for continuing in this mission to saving shelter pets.”

In the five years since Riverside County Animal Services has participated, thousands of pets were saved from its shelters and found homes with loving families. More than 410,000 pets found homes during the international campaign’s history. 

“We’re living in a different world right now,” Bank said. “It’s a stressful time. We know, of course, animals provide us with great comfort. We believe the human-animal bonds are growing that much stronger during all the lockdowns and work-from-home periods."

For those that are unable to adopt, or already have a full house of pets, there is still a way to participate. NBC and Telemundo are teaming with, which has a website established to allow anyone to donate to shelters and rescue groups.

Locals can donate directly through Riverside County Animal Services’ website; here’s a link:

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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