Riverside County Department of Animal Services (RCDAS) issued the following press release as it pertains to animal sheltering related to COVID-19. RCDAS has closed its shelters to the public due to an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic but is still operating virtually and through modified measures for essential services.
“Although the shelters are closed to the public, we’re still at the shelter caring and providing for the animals and our animal control officers are in the field protecting our constituents and animals,” Bank said. “We have already been successful in placing more than 1,660 animals in March and we are still coordinating adoptions, fostering and pet reunions, but these services will have a unique look.”
That look will resemble an Uber-like service or something resembling Instacart, she said. Would-be adopters and fosters can search online for a pet that meets their family’s needs and team members will coordinate a curbside pickup or schedule a delivery to the adopter’s home if feasible, Bank said.
“We’ll still do our official adoption process and proper vetting,” Bank said. “But with strong social distancing still practiced. Also, if the pet does not make for a perfect fit, there is no pressure on the adopter to complete the application.” And if that’s not exciting enough, all animals for adoption are free of charge during this time.
The foster application can be found here.
We are also beefing up our call center services to provide information on ways to support you as a pet owner and to provide more information on ways you can help as a concerned resident. Animal control officers will continue to respond to bite and cruelty investigations, as well as any public health, safety and welfare issues.
For updated information on our services please visit rcdas.org.
RCDAS is Open for Essential Services
Riverside County Department of Animal Services (RCDAS) is open for essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the information you need to know:
- We have temporarily suspended walk-in access at our facilities in an effort to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently doing appointment-based scheduling for people interested in fostering or adoption.
- For adoptions, please call (951) 358-7387 to make an appointment.
- For fostering, please visit our foster page to fill out an online application HERE.
Non-Essential Services Closed
Non-essential services are suspended at this time, to protect your health and safety and in order to reduce the number of pets and people coming into RCDAS’ shelters.
- If you need to license your pet, please use our online services. In-person licensing is not available at this time.
- If you find a stray pet, please hold the pet if you can to give the owner time to locate their lost pet and to reduce the number of pets entering our shelters. Report the lost pet on Pet Harbor. Post the lost pet on many different social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, Nextdoor, and any other resources available so that an owner may see them. If you cannot hold the pet, please call (951) 358-7387.
- If you find kittens, please leave them alone unless they are sick, injured or in immediate danger. Find out why.
- If you need to relinquish a pet, RCDAS has suspended owner intakes through field officers. RCDAS is only accepting emergency intakes at this time. There are many resources available to assist you in rehoming your pet. Post your pet on available social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, Nextdoor. By helping to rehome your own pet, you are ensuring your pet’s safety and the continued safety of the pets who enter the shelter.
- RCDAS has suspended community cat trap-neuter-return and vaccination clinics.
You Can Help!
You can help! Right now, we need the following:
- Foster caregivers to take pets and help us find them permanent homes or hold them through this immediate crisis period. Fill out an online application HERE.
- Adopters – call (951) 358-7387.
Donations can go to the ASK Foundation. Your donations can help us to purchase critically needed supplies, help pets with special needs, provide resources for foster caregivers or persons needing assistance in our communities, and more.