California Governor Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Home order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This has led to questions about what will happen to the animals in our care. Rest assured that Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center will continue to be here for pets in need, such as Connor (pictured above).
Due to the Governor’s order, and to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and guests, we’ve temporarily modified the following services:
Adoptions: We’re still open for adoptions, but effective March 23rd we will be reducing our adoption hours to 12pm – 6pm. We are practicing social distancing and limiting the number of visitors in the Center at one time. The flow of animals into shelters will not slow due to COVID-19, so we’ll continue providing adoption services.
Foster: Since it seems like the only thing that’s safe to hug these days is your own pet, now is a great time to foster one! We’re working through our current foster list but will surely need more soon. You can sign up to be added to the foster list here.
Owner Surrenders: We never turn an animal away. However, if it’s possible, we’re asking anyone who can delay relinquishing their pet to consider doing so. Here’s helpful information about how to re-home your pet. If you need to relinquish your pet immediately, you can do so by appointment.
Pet Food Assistance Program: We’re here for anyone who needs help for their pets. Anyone can visit us between 10am and 4pm to pick up a bag of dog or cat food, while supplies last. Learn more about or donate to our Pet Food Assistance Program.
Humane Education: Our Humane Education department is working hard to roll out take-home learning opportunities for critter-loving kids. Stay tuned!
Vaccine Clinic: Our vaccine and spay/neuter clinics are considered essential and will remain open with modified operations. We are asking that pet owners remain in their cars, if possible, while staff and volunteers assist you with paperwork. Only five pet parents will be allowed in the lobby at a time. In addition, for a $5 office visit fee, our spay/neuter clinic is offering vaccines Tuesday – Friday from 10am -12pm. We are here to serve you and ensure your pets stay healthy.
Riverside Rovers: Sign up to take one of our resident dogs out for the day. Our dogs benefit by getting a break from the kennel environment, while you benefit by enjoying the company of a pet who’s happy to be on an adventure. Find out more about this program and sign up today.
Thrift Store: At this time, our thrift store is closed for shopping and we are not accepting donations.
This is a whole new world that we’re all navigating through. But, we take comfort knowing that we’re in this together! In addition to the help we’re providing our community, we’re looking for ways to bring you joy in these difficult times through our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Live Kitten Cam platforms.
These are hard times for sure, but it’s because of friends like you that we’re here for animals in both good times and bad. Thank you for sharing our passion for animals and for partnering with us to provide second chances for animals in need.
We’re monitoring the situation closely, will reassess as needed, and continue to keep you all informed with any changes to operations.