Thousand Palms, CA – November 15, 2016: Animal Samaritans will soon reach a milestone with its Adoption Alliance Animal Rescue program: On Wednesday, November 16, Animal Samaritans will rescue its 10,000th animal from The Riverside County Animal Shelter on the Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, the Desert’s largest animal shelter.
Michelle Bergeron is Animal Samaritans’ Animal Rescue Coordinator. She works full-time with the county’s shelter staff to observe, evaluate, select and promote animals for rescue. To help facilitate her important role, the county provides her office space inside its shelter.
“Every time an animal leaves the shelter through our program,” says Bergeron, “I am reminded of how blessed I am to be a part of such lifesaving efforts, and I pray that I can continue to do so for many years to come.”
Animal Samaritans launched its Adoption Alliance Animal Rescue Program in late April 2011. Since then, they have saved 10,000 dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies (along with the occasional horse, mini-horse, donkey, rabbit, turtle, tortoise, bird, rabbit, and even a snake or two).
What will the 10,000th rescue be? A long-haired calico? A short-haired tabby? A tea cup poodle? A pit pull puppy? A boxer? A non-descript mixed breed someone abandoned in the desert?
While Animal Samaritans regularly rescues dogs and cats into its small, private no-kill shelter, the majority of its rescues are a coordinated effort among Animal Samaritans, RCAS, and a third animal welfare organization. Many of their rescue partners are from out town and out of state; some are even from Canada. Still others, like Living Free Sanctuary and Loving All Animals, are local.
Loving All Animals has a robust pet foster program and works hard to adopt out the animals in its care. They have been involved in animal rescue since their inception, and will be taking in lucky No. 10,000.
“I often wonder if the animal lovers of this community realize how lucky we are to have the beautiful shelter that we have in Thousand Palms,” notes Lindi Biggi, President of Loving All Animals. “Citizens need to know our city shelter partners with Animal Samaritans and other non-profits in a mutual desire to rescue animals and save lives.”
When the program started, Animal Samaritans considered 30 to 40 animal rescues a month to be a major accomplishment. In time, its network of partners has grown to more than 200 rescue groups across the U.S. and Canada. Now Animal Samaritans averages more than 100 animal rescues each month.
“Six years ago we embarked on a partnership with Riverside County Animal Services (RCAS) with the shared mission of saving animal lives,” notes Animal Samaritans’ CEO Tom Snyder. “Rescuing our 10,000th animal is a testament to that partnership, and the partnerships we’ve formed with fellow no-kill shelters and rescue groups throughout North America.”
Animal Samaritans was founded in 1978, and is a leading 501(c) (3) no-kill animal shelter, full-service veterinary clinic, and comprehensive outreach animal welfare organization committed to “Improving the Lives of Animals and People.”
Animal Samaritans relies on foundation grants and the generosity of individual and corporate donors to protect and save abused and abandoned animals; educate students and the public about the importance of humane treatment of animals through our Humane Education Program; provide Animal Assisted Therapy to patients in hospitals, residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as the disabled; offer financial assistance programs for pet owners on a limited income, discounts to our active military, and low-cost high-quality veterinary care for all pet owners.