(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.

There are many good reasons to adopt rather than buy a pet. Here are a few of them:

Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $50 to $225 at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center.

You're getting more for your money if you get a "blended" breed. Based on the well-established principle of "hybrid vigor," a blend-breed pet is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems specific to their breed.

A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Most pet stores don't provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet.

When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a orphaned pet a home, you are supporting an industry that flourishes on short-changing the welfare of pets. Puppy and kitten mills are in business to make a profit, so they whip out puppies and kittens as fast as they can.

You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, smart and devoted as a purchased pet.

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