Animal Samaritans

Events and Programs


October 3

Pet Blessing at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

Time: 9am - 10am 

Place: St.Greek Orthodox Church, 74109 Larrea Street, Palm Desert 

About: All domesticated pets are welcomed for a Blessing of the Animals.  Don't miss the raffle and pet fashion show.  Look for the animals on the grassy area behind the St. George Church hall.  Pets are not allowed in the interior of the church and church hall. Donations appreciated!  Donations of dog or cat food will go to Animal Samaritans  

Cost: $0  

October 15

Yappy Hour Kick Off!


Time: 4pm - 6pm 

Place: Omni Rancho Las Palmas,41-000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage (across from The River Mall) 

About: Come join us kick off our 2015 - 2016 season of Animal Samaritans' Yappy Hour! Enjoy drinks and time with fellow dog lovers and their four-legged kids on one the Desert's favorite outdoor patios. Dress your dog for the "Halloween Pawty" pet costume contest; the top three winners receive prizes.  Not all dogs need enter the contest, but all dogs must be on a leash.  We recommend a traditional leash with harness; retractable leashes often tangle, bind, or cut into legs with their thin cords.  Food is available from The Blue Ember Restaurant.  

Cost: $10.00 for two drinks, with half of all proceeds going to Animal Samaritans.  

Register:  No registration needed. Just bring your pooch, mingle and relax!



Cabazon Outlets 8th Annual Shopping Extravaganza

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm 

Place: Cabazon Outlets Mall,48750 Seminole Drive, Cabazon (visible from the I -10 freeway, between Palm Springs and Banning) 

About: Working closely with non-profits in our community, Shopping Extravaganza provides an elegant event where your donation makes a difference. As a thank you, you are rewarded with catered lunch, wine tasting, live entertainment, exclusive discounts to our top brands, and you are eligible for over $13,000 in giveaways! Your participation means our community non-profits--like Animal Samaritans--receive the support they need to make a difference to local people. Buy your ticket and choose the participating non-profit of your choice--like Animal Samaritans--to receive your donation. Give a little and be reward with so much more!

Cost: $22.75

Register: Buy tickets online at

January 15 & 16, 2016

Pause for a Cause (and the cause has paws)

Time: 10am - 5pm

Place: TBD

About: Award-winning photographer Stacy Jacobs presents "Pause for a Cause" to benefit Animal Samaritans. Recieve a complimentary 15 minute portrait session and a free 5 x 7 print of your pet (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, etc) in exchange for donating one or more bags of Kirkland dry dog food (Kirkland Adult Dog, Chicken) or a 12-case of wet canned cat food (Friskies) for Animal Samaritans shelter animals. Monetary donations also accepted.  Sessions are by appointment only.

Contact: Sessions are by appointment only.  Call 760-678-5859 to make an appointment.  Visit Stacy Jacobs Photography at

March 12, 2016

Superheroes 5K Run / 1K Walk for the Animals 

Time: TBD

Place: Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly Whitewater Park) 71-560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage

About: Join Animal Samaritans’ Superhero 5K Run / 1K Walk for the Animals on March 12, 2016 at the Rancho Mirage Community Park. This year we are adding the Superhero element to the event as all individuals involved in animal rescue, adoptions and welfare are superheroes. The event will feature a 5K Run, 1K Walk and a 200 meter “Hero in Training Dash” for the children ages 10 and under. Each entry will receive a superhero cape to wear during the event OR feel free to come dressed as your favorite Superhero! Following the run, there will be a Kids Korner featuring arts and crafts, and kids activities along with a petting zoo. There will be a superhero costume contest, an animal blessing, working dog activities, raffles, live music, food vendors and an opportunity to meet some adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups. Animal Samaritans will also hold a microchip and vaccination clinic.

Cost: 5K Runners TBD; 1K Walkers & General Guests TBD

Contact: Kim Laidlaw 760-601-3754