COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In light of COVID-19 Animal Samaritans will only be taking essential appointments and injections. All non-essential products and vaccines are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience at this time.

Our staff will still be answering phone calls and prescription refills during limited business hours, and we are working hard to get essential medications out to your pets.

During this difficult time, we at Animal Samaritans are doing our best to try to help out patients while also being socially responsible and conserving the amount of personal protective equipment we use, so those that are on the front line of this pandemic have the resources they need. We are providing curbside assistant to our clients, only allowing pets inside the building and all staff handling patients are gowned, gloved and masked.

We are limiting our appointments to the following:

  • painful pets
  • severe ear/eye infections
  • euthanasia
  • loss of appetite
  • diabetic pets
  • heart conditions

If you feel your pet needs and appointment please contact one of our schedulers at 760-343-3477 and press “1”.

A Message from our CEO

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As reports on the coronavirus COVID-19 continue to update, please know that Animal Samaritans is taking extra precautions to protect our staff and the community members we serve. Animal Samaritans will continue to provide veterinary services for your pets as long as we can continue to do so safely. Currently, we are no longer allowing pet owners inside our veterinary clinics. Instead, our staff is meeting pet owners at their vehicles in our parking lot. We are taking your information, your pet, and your credit card for payment. This adds more steps and time to the process of serving you and your pets, and we ask for your understanding and patience.

Service from our Indio Veterinary Clinic will continue through Friday, March 20. Afterwards, veterinary services will be limited to our Thousand Palms Clinic at 72120 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, north of the freeway at Bob Hope Drive.

We have heard the concern that pets may be able to transmit or contract the COVID-19 coronavirus. I want to reassure you first and foremost that both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have stated there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus. While the virus can survive for several days on smooth surfaces such as tables and floors, experts agree that pet fur is not a conducive surface for spreading the disease. Therefore, there is no reason to take measures against companion animals which may compromise their well-being, such as abandoning them or relinquishing them to a shelter. If you are still concerned, bath your pets with pet shampoo and limit the people who pet them. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health or exposure to the virus, contact your veterinarian as you normally would.

Our adoption shelter is now closed to the public for people without an appointment; anyone interested in viewing one of our adoptable pets can call and make an appointment.

With regards to our fundraising activities, along with our partners at Fashion Week El Paseo, we have cancelled our Le Chien event on Sunday, March 22, 2020. We have also canceled our Yappy Hour on Sunday, April 4, 2020 at Palm Springs Rivera. Please check our events page for up to date information on all of our events. Donations and fundraising events remain an important source of revenue for the organization, and we appreciate your continued contributions and support during this time of uncertainty.

As the world continues to grapple with this health crisis, it’s important for us, as the Coachella Valley community, to stay up-to-date on the status of COVID-19. As new information emerges, we will continue to inform you of any changes here at Animal Samaritans that need to be made.

For the animals,

Tom Snyder

Tips from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the virus and lower your risk.

There have been a small number of cases of Coronavirus confirmed in our Coachella Valley. We want to remind our valued supporters to be safe.

Clean your hands often.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you’ve been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 Avoid Close Contact.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Keep Your Pets Safe!

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for your pet in the event that you are too sick to care for your pet.
  • Have crates, food and extra supplies, including medications, on hand for quick movement of the pet. Two weeks’ worth of food, medicine and other supplies is recommended. A pet first-aid kit is also good to have for any unplanned situation.
  • Make sure all ID tags and microchip information are up to date.
  • Make sure you are playing with your pet and giving them regular exercise. A walk down your street are playtime in your yard will help your pet burn off that extra energy.

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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!