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  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.
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Animal Samaritans
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Sheri Templeton!
Sheri is a Volunteer Superstar! Sheri began volunteering with Animal Samaritans over 3 years ago. Sheri has been a huge help at our Animal Samaritans Shelter. She helps our shelter in many ways. She has been a friendly face, greeting customers at the front desk but her main passion is making sure our rescue pets get lots of love, socialization and exercise. Sheri volunteers her time every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to walk our shelter dogs. She makes sure they all get out to have some fun! Our shelter pets get so excited when they see her because they know it's time to go for a walk! Sheri also helps train our new volunteer Dog Walkers.

Sheri says the greatest reward of working with our rescue dogs is seeing their progress from being shy and timid when they first arrive then watching them grow into happy dogs through the love and attention they receive at the shelter.

Thank you Sheri Templeton for your kindness, compassion and dedication! YOU are an inspiration to us all!

Inspired and interested in volunteering with Animal Samaritans? We would love to have you on our team! Email Valerie Kattz at for details!
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Animal Samaritans
Our Sweet Patty was adopted from the Westin Mission Hills.Program. Happy with Mom in her forever home today.
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Animal Samaritans
Katelin of Palm Valley School has donated Cat Toys that she made herself. Great Job Katelin!!
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Animal Samaritans
Butterscotch found a new Daddy, Thanks Jeff for adopting.
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Animal Samaritans updated their cover photo.
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Animal Samaritans
Volunteer Spotlight: Jane & Moto!
Meet Jane Voroba & Moto! They are both Volunteer Superstars! Jane and Moto are part of Animal Samaritans' ACT (Animal Companion Therapy) Program. They joined our ACT program in August 2018. Since joining the program Jane and Moto have spent much of their time spreading love through Animal Companion Therapy. They regularly visit Brookdale Assisted Living residents and they spread joy to children with their visits to the Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage Public Libraries. At the library they participate in the "Read to Dogs" program where children can read their favorite books to dogs like Moto! The kids love it and Moto of course enjoys the attention too! Jane and Moto also enjoy visiting schools with our Animal Samaritans Humane Educators. During these visits they teach children how to be responsible pet owners.

On top of all the hard work they do with our ACT Program, Jane and Moto also regularly help at our Animal Samaritans events including Men of the Desert, Old Bags Luncheon, month Yappy Hours and so much more! Jane and Moto never turn down an opportunity to better the lives of animals and the people who love them.

Thank you Jane and Moto for your kindness, compassion and dedication!
YOU are an inspiration to us all!

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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!