Animal Samaritans

Events and Programs

OCTOBER 10 - 31

Pumpkin Patch & Amusement Park

 3:30pm to 10:00pm

Place: Westfield Shoppingtown Mall parking lot (Hwy 111 & Monterey, Palm Desert)

About: Proceeds will benefit Animal Samaritans! Parents, bring the kids out for carvinal rides, giant slides, a fun house, snacks, games, prizes and a pumpkin patch too!

"Kindness to Animals" Student Art Contest

Awards: Best Artwork Middle School (grades 6th - 8th): Four passes to Knott's Berry Farm.  Best Artwork Elementary School (grades 4th - 5th): Four passes to Knott's Berry Farm

Eligibility: 1) Open to students in grades 4th - 8th who attend school in the Greater Coachella Valley, including any of the following cities: Bermuda Dunes, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Desert Shores, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Mecca, Oasis, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Thermal, Thousand Palms. 2) Artwork must be solely the student's work. Collaborations will be disqualified. 3) Students may enter only one painting OR one drawing; limit one entry per student.

Theme: Students must create artwork around the theme "Kindness to Animals."  This could express the ways people should be kind to animals, the way animals are kind to people, the kindness of animals to other animals, the importance of kindness to animals, or what it mean to be kind to animals in your opinion. 

Materials: Artwork is limited to paints and brushes or other painting tools (paintings) or pens and pencils (drawings) on canvass, poster boards, and/or paper products. No collages, clay, or sculpture work--nothing but paintings or drawings. Smallest size 8-1/2 x 11 (standard paper size); Largest size: 20 x 30.

Selection Process & Student Recognition: Animal Samaritans will contact all finalists by phone. All 40 finalists will have their work on display at Walk for the Animals 2014, on December 6, at the Palm Desert Civic Park amphitheater from 9am - 1pm. Finalists will be recognized on stage, and the contest winners will be announced on stage at Walk for the Animals between 11am and 12pm. 

Contest Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 5pm.  For more information call 760.601.3761

AnSams 2nd annual Rummage Sale

Time: 8am - 12pm

Place: Animal Samaritans No-Kill Animal Shelter, 72-307 Ramon Road, Thousand Palms

About: Bargains! Bargains! Bargains!  Rummage through our collection of donated goods and find great deals items you could use, items for fun, and items you never knew you wanted!  Bring cash. All proceeds will benefit Animal Samaritans no-kill animal shelter.

How to Donate: Please bring your gently used nick-nacks, dishes, small furniture, sporting goods, small working appliances, vintage jewelry, designer purses, holiday decorations, pet accessories, well-preserved antiques to Animal Samaritans' animal shelter on Ramon Road Monday through Friday, between 9am and 4:30pm, now until October 31.

We cannot take the following: worn or broken items, or clothing, shoes, large appliances, electronics, TVs, computers, or large furniture items. *Check back for information on what, how, and where to donate your items for the rummage sale.

As Time Goes By Jewelry Sale

Time: 9am - 4pm

Place: As Time Goes By in Old Town, La Quinta (78-810 Main St., Ste 103)

About: Enjoy a cool afternoon of shopping for holiday gifts and donating to Animal Samaritans! As Time Goes By is donating 30% - 50% of each sale to the animals!

14th annual Walk for the Animals

Time: 9am registration; 10am - 1pm event

Place: Palm Desert Civic Park, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive

About: Enjoy a Desert tradition!  The event includes a one mile dog walk around the park, pet vaccinations and microchipping, blessing of the animals, police K-9 demonstration, dog and puppy adoptions, pet costume contests, Frisbee dogs, raffle drawings, agility dogs, pet vendors, a kid’s fun booth, food and drink, and results from the “Kindness to Animals” student art contest.  The event proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ no-kill animal shelter and Humane Education program. All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Cost: Free and open to all.  Donations requested. Fundraising walk teams encouraged. To start or join a walk team visit

Paws 'N Claus

Time: 10am - 12pm

Place: The Gardens on El Paseo (in front of Saks 5th Avenue on the grass) 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert

About: Bring the family and the family dog!  Santa will be at The Gardens on El Paseo to sit with your pooch for a holiday pet photo!  Great fun and a great holiday photo to sent to family and friends, and post on your Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Cost: $10 for a pet photo with Santa.  Animal Samaritans will receive 100% of the day's proceeds!