Hurricane Harvey Dogs Flood the Desert

Thousand Palms, CA – September 19, 2017: Animal Samaritans will soon house 6 homeless dogs from the Houston area that were uprooted from their shelters in late August. Animal Samaritans joins the Humane Society of the Desert, Palm Springs Animal Shelter and The Bianca Rae Foundation in rescuing up to 40 adoptable shelter dogs affected by the Texas Hurricane.

“Our shelter is relatively small,” noted Animal Samaritans CEO Tom Snyder. “But we have strong connections in Animal Rescue throughout the country. We’re glad we could use our connections to get the rescue effort rolling here in the Desert.”

Up to 40 adoptable dogs will arrive by transport van to Humane Society of the Desert in North Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 20. The animals come from animal shelters in the South that had to make room for the abundance of displaced pets found after the storm. All have been tested and cleared for Heartworm and have been certified as healthy and adoptable.

Animal Samaritans says it will quarantine its 6 Texas canines for 7 – 14 days prior to making them available for adoption.

“That’s standard protocol for us,” says Snyder. “Whether they’re local or from out of state. We want to observe their behavior around other dogs and look for any signs of illness or disease before putting them up for adoption.”

Animal Samaritans is partnering with Humane Society of the Desert and The Bianca Rae Foundation to put on the 1st annual Woofstock pet adoption event on November 18th at The River Mall in Rancho Mirage. The groovy Woodstock themed event will feature adoptable dogs and cats from up to 9 area animal shelters.

“With any luck, all the Houston area dogs will have found homes by then,” says Michelle Bergeron, Animal Rescue Supervisor for Animal Samaritans.  “But if not, Woofstock will be a great opportunity to showcase them.”

Animal Samaritans SPCA, a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in 1978, is committed to improving the lives of animals and people.  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, more than one hundred volunteers from their Pet Therapy programs visit special needs classrooms, nursing homes, local hospitals, and residents at Juvenile Hall. More information is available by calling 760.601.3754 and by visiting      ###