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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

What shelter-in-place means for animal shelters.

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center will be open from 10am – 4pm by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to adopt an animal, please email .

We will continue to provide the following services to our community:

  • The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center’s Pet Food Assistance Program feeds 100’s of dogs and cats each month in coordination with different partner organizations throughout the community.  Our Pet Food Assistance Program is also available to anyone who is experiencing financial hardship and might need a little help providing food for their beloved pet(s). We coordinate individual pet food packaging and delivery to those in need and in these times that includes pet owners who are struggling with the loss of employment due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Food can be picked up from the Center Thursday – Saturday from 10am – 1pm.
  • Owner relinquishments of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks of age by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment please fill out the form on our website
  • Fostering animals is especially critical right now, since we anticipate fewer people will be coming in to adopt pets amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Thanks to our incredible volunteers, we do not currently need fosters, but that may change in the coming days. If you would like to help us be prepared for that eventuality, you can sign up here.

March 16, 2020 Update:

For the past several weeks, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center has monitored the development of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and shared with you the recommendations and updates of local and state public health agencies. Today the California Governor officially declared that gatherings of 50+ people should be cancelled.

At the Pet Adoption Center, the health and safety of our Walk with the Animals participants, supporters, donors, volunteers and staff is a top priority and we do not want to put any of you, your organizations, your businesses or your families at risk. For these reasons, Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center is proactively protecting this important community and concluding that we must postpone this year’s Walk with the Animals scheduled for March 28, 2020 at Fairmount Park in Riverside. 

We recognize that this decision creates disruption, but our concern for your safety overrides what we know are economic impacts for all of us. We thank you for your support and trust you understand it was not an easy decision but feel it is absolutely the right thing to do.

So we have decided to go virtual!