RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – An increase in pounds at animal shelters in Riverside County has prompted the Department of Animal Services to lower adoption fees for the rest of the month in hopes of moving dogs and cats out of the cages towards the houses.
“We loved watching so many pets being adopted during (public health) closures when everyone was home and could love new family members with undivided attention,” said the director of the agency, Julie Bank. “Now, we hope those who don’t have pets might consider adopting or fostering a pet.”
The ministry has reduced adoption fees to a fixed amount of $ 5 under the new “Felines-n-Fido” program, which ends July 31.
The usual price list is $ 105 for a dog and $ 25 for a cat.
According to Department of Animal Services spokesperson John Welsh, the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in the Jurupa Valley is now stocked with 600 dogs and cats, while 150 are in the care of county employees in Coachella Valley Animal Campus at Thousand Palms.
At the end of last year, there were only about 150 pets in the Jurupa Valley shelter and 50 in the Coachella Valley shelter, Welsh said.
“People are back to work and more and more homeless are finding themselves in shelters in Southland,” he said.
“Riverside County shelters certainly have a bad trend: more pounds per week. “
The Felines-n-Fido promotion includes the cost of sterilization / surgery, rabies vaccination and pet microchipping. All for $ 5.
The price does not include the dog license, for which adopters will have to pay separately.
“We need the public’s help,” Bank said. “Fostering, making a donation or becoming a volunteer are also ways to help.”
More information is available at https://rcdas.org/index.php/adopt-2/adoptable-pets.
–City news service