COVID-19

Animal Samaritans is open for our full line of services (non-anesthetic dental services will begin September 11 in Indio and September 24 in Thousand Palms).  We no longer offer any walk-in services, you must make an appointment before we can see your pet.

If you would like to make an appointment please contact one of our schedulers at 760-343-3477 and press “1”.  We will return your call as soon as possible.

A Message from our CEO

Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

Dear Animal Samaritans Friends and Supporters,

Given the latest information about two house cats in New York and the Covid 19 virus, I wanted to reach out and let you know what we’ve recently learned.  Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michelle Bousquet, has been staying abreast of the most recent information from the greater Veterinary Community and this is what we know as of today, Thursday April 23:  While there have been rare cases of the Covid 19 virus spreading from humans to other animal species (such as the house cats in New York, Nadia the tiger at the Bronx Zoo, and a Pomeranian in Asia), there is still no evidence that the virus can spread from our domestic pets to people.  In short, as of now, there is no evidence or cases of people catching the virus from their pets.

Our advice regarding limiting who your pets come into contact with remains.  Keep them safe by separating them from anyone displaying symptoms of the virus. Additionally, you can bathe them with pet shampoo if you feel they have had contact with anyone who was or is at risk of having the coronavirus. 

We will keep you up to date as we learn more about this mercurial novel virus.  Please continue to practice appropriate social distancing and keep yourselves and your pets safe!

Sincerely,

Tom Snyder

Animal Samaritans, CEO

A Message from our CEO

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

 

Dear Supporters and Friends,

I hope you’re heeding the requests to stay at home as much as you can and that your pets are helping to make this challenging time less stressful. Since the story broke about Nadia, the Tiger in the Bronx Zoo who contracted the Covid-19 virus, we’ve seen a lot of anxiety from worried pet owners, and understandably so. The virus is new to scientists and the information about it seems to evolve weekly. The latest talking points from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) around Covid-19 and our pets are reassuring.

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
  • Coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but this is rare.
  • We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now primarily spreading from person to person.
  • The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York City.
  • We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.
  • CDC is aware of a very small number of pets outside the United States to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after close contact with people with COVID-19.
  • We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.
  • Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.

These points indicate there is very little threat of pets spreading disease to people or people to pets. That said, we continue to offer the following advice: Just as you’re limiting the number of people you personally connect with right now, you can limit who comes into contact with your pets. Also, if you or anyone else has the Covid-19 virus (or has displayed symptoms), they should wear a mask around pets and limit their contact with them (the same as you would with people). You can also bathe your pets with pet shampoo regularly to be additionally protective. Keep your pets at home, love them, care for them as best you can, and don’t abandon your four-legged kids because you fear they will infect you—that’s not what’s happening. If nothing else, they are keeping us healthy by lowering our blood pressure and making us smile.

Unfortunately, our little no-kill shelter on Ramon Road limits our ability to help pet owners with boarding. If we had the facility we are planning for the future, Animal Samaritans would be in a much better position to provide pet crisis boarding and help alleviate some of the worry pet owners are experiencing during the outbreak. However, as you know, our campaign for a new Pet Adoption & Humane Education Center was just getting underway before the outbreak struck. Rest assured, though, our time to renew our plans will return once we’re in the clear and life returns to normal.

If you or a loved one with pets has a compromised immune system or other underlying health conditions that make you more vulnerable to the effects of the virus, we encourage you to network with friends and family in the event you are unable to care for your pets and someone else needs to foster them for a while.

Speaking of fostering pets, I’m pleased to inform you that we are actively rebuilding our Pet Foster Program. We retained Autumn Corrow, one of our humane educators, to rebuild the program so that we can better meet the demand for pet fostering, especially with the pending arrival of homeless kittens coming. If you would like to become a part of our Pet Foster team and help save an animal’s life this season, please email Autumn at acorrow@animalsamaritans.org for program details or CLICK HERE to visit the foster page on our website.

Finally, a bit of housekeeping information that’s worth repeating: our no-kill shelter on Ramon Road is closed to the public, however, we are still adopting out pets by appointment. So, if you’d like to adopt one of the pets you see on our website, call our shelter at 760.601.3918 to make an appointment.

With regards to veterinary services, our Indio Clinic is currently closed and under expansion construction. If your pet needs essential services, we are seeing patients by appointment only at our Thousand Palms Veterinary Clinic. This means we are not offering any walk-in services at this time. For a list of essential veterinary services, please visit our website or talk to one of our schedulers. 760.343.3477

Be well and keep your people and your pets safe,

Sincerely,

Tom Snyder

Animal Samaritans, CEO

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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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.

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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!