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Animal Samaritans Hires New Capital Campaign Director

  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...

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Dog Samaritans Program on

  Rancho Mirage, CA— Westin Mission Hills — Across the country in Southern California, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage runs a similar foster program called the Dog Samaritans Adoption Project in partnership with the nonprofit Animal...

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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...

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Animal Samaritans

Animal Samaritans was founded in 1978, and is a leading 501(c)(3) no-kill animal shelter, full-service veterinary clinic, and comprehensive outreach animal welfare organization committed to “Improving the Lives of Animals and People.” Animal Samaritans relies on foundation grants and the generosity of individual and corporate donors to protect and save abused and abandoned animals; educate students and the public about the importance of humane treatment of animals through our Humane Education Program; provide Animal Assisted Therapy to patients in hospitals, residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as the disabled; offer financial assistance programs for pet owners on a limited income, discounts to our active and retired military, and low-cost high-quality veterinary care for all pet owners.
Animal Samaritans
Animal Samaritans
With kitten and puppy season fast-approaching we are asking for donations and emergency fosters to help during this important time. Animal Samaritans is so grateful for all of our fosters who have opened their heart and home to animals in need.
Animal Samaritans
Animal Samaritans
We all need stories of hope right and we want to share a story that is happening in real-time. The response for fostering has been remarkable and we are so thankful for our fosters who are now providing a loving home for dogs like Lux. Lux is a beautiful example of how important fostering is. While at the shelter Lux had a lot of anxiety, now she is in a loving home with a foster mom who just adores her and is as calm as can be. You can learn more about Lux and see a list of all of our adoptable animals at Adoptions are by appointment only, please call 760-601-3918 to schedule an appointment. #nokillanimalshelter#stayhomeandfoster#adoptdontshop
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Animal Samaritans
Need a Social Distancing Buddy?
Meet George! He would LOVE to be your new BFF!
Animal Samaritans is currently doing adoptions by appointment only.
If you’re interested in adopting George please call our Animal Samaritans Shelter at 760-601-3918 to set an appointment.
If you’re interested in fostering please contact Autumn at acorrow@animalsamaritans.
Please share to help him find the loving home he deserves!
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Animal Samaritans
Animal Samaritans
Double the trouble, more like double the FUN!!! These four adorable pups were rescued from a hoarder who had over 20 dogs. They are two sets of bonded pairs and we would love them to find their forever home together, so we are offering a #2for1adoptionspecial to make that happen. If you would like to meet them please call 760-601-3918 to set up an appointment.#nokillanimalshelter
Animal Samaritans
Animal Samaritans
Jennifer contacted us looking for a Companion Cat. She wanted an adult cat, not a kitten. She found two beautiful Siamese Cats, Mickey and Minnie. She did not want to separate these two 5 year olds, nor did we. To Jennifer our many thanks for adopting.
Animal Samaritans
Animal Samaritans
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Elise Loeb!

Elise is a Volunteer Superstar! She began volunteering with Animal Samaritans in 2019. She quickly became a huge help in many ways! Her love of animals makes her an exceptional pet socializer. Our rescue pets love spending time with her because she gives them lots of love and special attention.

Elise also helps run our shelter's Front Desk. As a Front Desk volunteer, she greets customers, answers the phone and spreads enthusiasm to everyone she encounters! She pitches in to help with shelter cleaning and laundry too!

In addition to socializing our shelter pets and working the front desk, Elise regularly volunteers at our many off-site events. She is always willing to lend a helping hand!

Thank you Elise for your hard work and dedication to helping our shelter pets live their best lives! YOU are an inspiration to us all!

Inspired and want to become an Animal Samaritans Volunteer? Please email for details on how you can help!

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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!