(951) 688-4340
6165 Industrial Ave, Riverside

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.

Update: April 5, 2020

Due to the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases, Riverside County Public Health has ordered that no gatherings of any number of people may take place outside of family members residing in the same home. To do our part for the community and keep our staff safe and healthy, beginning Monday, April 5, 2020, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center will be closed to the public.

We will be open from 10am – 4pm for adoptions,  by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to adopt an animal, please call 951-688-4340 ext 310 or 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 23, 2020

Dear MSRPAC Community,

I am pleased to share that on March 22, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an update to his shelter-in-place order, clarifying that animal care facilities, including animal shelters, are categorized as essential services. Until now, the public may have been confused about how to engage with animal welfare organizations, and each animal shelter had been left to understand and interpret the order on their own. The clarification now removes any uncertainty and helps us and others operate in accordance with Governor Newsom’s mandate. This will save animal lives, while prioritizing the health and safety of shelter staff, volunteers, and the public.

We are excited that we can continue our lifesaving work as we conform to our current reality. Over that past few weeks we have seen a significant increase in requests to adopt and foster animals – which is truly amazing – we can’t thank you enough! The new directive helps us understand how we can move forward with activities like fostering and adoptions, and ensuring our animals stay behaviorally healthy, yet still allowing socializing by you and our trained volunteers. Doing so will help keep our community in positive spirits as they cope with social distancing guidelines. The directive also lays down the framework for continuing to provide second chances to pets in transition.

The Governor’s announcement is great news for shelters, our community, and the animals we have dedicated our lives to saving. This Coronavirus outbreak is a marathon not a sprint, and today we just completed a first lap for animals in California. And, while we are happy to share all of the before mentioned positives, we also share with you that under this mandate, we have had to close our Thrift Store. Unfortunately, this means we are experiencing a significant loss of revenue due to this closure. Please consider donating to the Pet Adoption Center today to continue to move the ball forward.

Carrie Ridgway, CNPM
Executive Director
Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center