An increase in pounds at animal shelters in Riverside County has prompted the Department of Animal Services to cut adoption fees for the rest of this month in hopes of moving dogs and cats out of cages and into kennels. houses.
“We loved seeing so many pets being adopted during the (public health) shutdowns when everyone was home and could love their new family members with undivided attention,” the director of the agency, Julie Bank. “Now we hope that those who don’t have pets might consider adopting or fostering a pet.”
The ministry has reduced adoption fees to a flat $5 under the new “Felines-n-Fido” program, which ends July 31.
The usual fee schedule is $105 for a dog and $25 for a cat.
Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in the Jurupa Valley now has 600 dogs and cats, while 150 are in the care of county employees at the Coachella Valley. Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
At the end of last year, there were only about 150 pets at the Jurupa Valley shelter and 50 at the Coachella Valley shelter, Welsh said.
“People are back to work and more and more wanderers are finding themselves in shelters in Southland,” he said. “Riverside County shelters are definitely going in the wrong direction: more pounds per week.”
The Felines-n-Fido promotion includes the cost of pet neutering, rabies vaccination and microchipping. All for $5.
The price does not include the dog’s license, for which adopters will have to pay separately.
“We need the public’s help,” Bank said. “Being sponsored, 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.