(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.

Does saving a homeless pet's life sound tempting? What if we told you it's as simple as cuddling kittens or playing with puppies in your home?  Foster parents are priceless resources which enable us to offer a second chance to underage puppies and kittens, injured pets needing special care, and animals needing more socialization. Foster parents, like you, are the reason we are able to offer these pets needing specialized care the opportunity to live a long, healthy and happy life. Read about what current and past foster parents have experienced.

What is a foster parent?

Pet Foster Parents volunteer their time to care for animals, not yet ready for adoption, in their home. Fostering offers an animal a safe, less stressful environment to grow, gain social skills, or heal.

Why Foster?

-You are saving precious lives! The more foster homes we have the more cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens we can save.

- It feels great to watch the timid puppy or kitty become a confident and happy companion who will make a wonderful family pet.

-Most animal lovers know the importance of spaying and neutering. If you foster, you can enjoy the delight of entertaining kittens and puppies without contributing to the pet overpopulation.

- It's an entertaining family activity that teaches compassion and responsibility.

-If you love pets, but can't commit permanently to a dog or cat, fostering may be the perfect solution.

What type of pets need foster care?

- Underage puppies or kittens

- Pregnant animals or mothers with a litter

- Injured or ill pets

-  Animals needing additional socialization or those that would be more comfortable in a home setting

How long do I need to foster for?

Foster parents and foster animals are matched up based upon your availability and preferences.

What are the expenses for a foster parent?

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center provides all the needed supplies such as food, litter, bedding, toys and medical care. Foster parents are responsible for transporting their pets to and from the center for medical care.

What is required to become a foster parent?

Fill out a foster care application and meet with the Foster Care Coordinator.

Become a Foster Parent!

More Questions? Contact our Foster Coordinator at  or (951) 688-4340 ext 306