Thousand Palms, CA — 

March 9, 2020: Animal Samaritans has hired long-time Desert resident, volunteer and community fundraiser Sid Craig to be their new Capital Campaign Director.  Mr. Craig’s resume spans over two decades of service in the Desert with organizations such as The Palm Springs International Film Festival, The Annenberg Theater, Coachella Valley Repertory Theater and Shelter From the Storm.


Among Mr. Craig’s recent accomplishments is acquiring funding for the CV Repertory Theater’s renovation and conversion of the former IMAX Theater in Cathedral City into a Performing Arts Center for live theatrical performances. Mr. Craig comes to Animal Samaritans as they are preparing to embark on a Capital Campaign for a new Pet Adoption & Humane Education Center.


“I couldn’t be happier to raise funds for such a worthy cause,” says Craig. “Animal Samaritans has a reputation for being the gold standard of animal welfare in the Desert. The new Center will be an important resource to the community and for the organization to rescue, repair, train, and adopt out more adoptable, at-risk pets.”


Animal Samaritans will build their state-of-the-art Pet Adoption and Humane Education Center adjacent to their Thousand Palms Veterinary Clinic on Pet Land Place at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus.


 “We already own the land,” notes Animal Samaritans CEO Tom Snyder. “And we’ve already raised over a million dollars in seed money for the project.”


Snyder is proud to announce the organization paid off its 30-year loan on their Veterinary Clinic in Thousand Palms in 2019 and the organization is now debt-free. He says the organization has outgrown its small no-kill shelter on Ramon Road and they need a facility that can house more animals, accommodate dogs of all sizes, and provide better care for the animals who need their help.


The Center will feature a Humane Education Center to accommodate students for educational field trips. In this space Animal Samaritans’ educators will teach youngsters pet safety, responsible pet ownership, animal anti-bullying and anti-cruelty lessons. Additionally, it will provide hands-on experiential learning with live animals. It will also hold Summer Critter Camps and special events.

The Center grounds will feature two covered dog parks, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, with an area for pet agility and animal behavior training. Dog suites, not kennels, will accommodate dogs of all sizes.  For the cats, there will be a large central cat room and multiple cat cubicles.


Rooms for sick and quarantined pets will have isolated air ducts to reduce the spread of disease. The building will also include space for administration offices, which the organization currently rents.


The Center’s design will have a mid-century aesthetic to match the history of our Desert culture. The 19,000 square foot facility will be built with cost-saving, cutting-edge aluminum magnesium materials that are built to withstand high winds and up to a 9.0 earthquake. They are also bug-proof and secure against common molds connected to water events.


Additionally, the Center will utilize digital and green technology throughout, including solar panels, solar tubing and H2O-friendly landscaping. Inside, it will have touchscreens at every dog and cat room for potential adopters to instantly share and post images and information about the pets for adoption.    


Animal Samaritans SPCA., a 501 (c) non-profit organization, started in 1978 and brought the first free Humane Education program and first low-cost spay & neuter clinic to the Desert.  As the Coachella Valley’s most comprehensive animal welfare organization, they strive to one day eliminate the needless suffering and abuse of homeless and unwanted animals.  Programs and services in place to save the lives of healthy and treatable animals include prevention through humane education, affordable spay and neuter, vaccinations, and other veterinary care, animal sheltering, animal rescue, pet fostering and pet adoptions.  In addition, volunteers from their Animal Companion Therapy program visit special needs classrooms, nursing homes, and local hospitals. More information is available by calling 760.601.3754 and by visiting 







Financial Stewardship

We know you have many choices when it comes to how to invest your philanthropic dollars, and Animal Samaritans takes seriously the stewardship of your investment in us.

The Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau recommends that nonprofits not spend more than 35 cents on the dollar of its budget on administration and fundraising.

At Animal Samaritans that number is, year over year, close to 10 cents on the dollar. That means the other 90 cents goes to our mission and our services.

That’s just one of the reasons that Animal Samaritans, for more than 4 decades, has been among Southern California’s most trusted animal welfare organizations.

pets. not profits

At our state-of-the-art veterinary clinics, we’re there to provide your animals with the highest quality care, not to make a profit.

Because of your support, we are expanding this mission to broader and more diverse communities.

12,000 Animals saved!

Our Adoption Alliance Rescue Program has saved the lives of more than 12,000 animals. And were just getting started. We work with the local shelters to place animals they do not have the resources or staff to handle.  Thanks to donations like yours, we do!

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