Saturday’s Pet Adoption Event to Benefit Combat Vets and Shelter Pets

News Release


May 31

Saturday’s Pet Adoption Event to Benefit Combat Vets and Shelter Pets

THOUSAND PALMS – Adoption fees will be waived for the first 25 dogs adopted during Saturday’s Boots and Paws Adoption Event, an event that will offer discounted adoption rates and contribute to nonprofits serving veterans and shelter pets.

Supervisor V. Manuel Perez will welcome adopters to the inaugural Boots and Paws Adoption Event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus. The shelter is located in Thousand Palms, 72-050 Pet Land Place.

“I’m excited to launch Boots and Paws, an event that gives back to two outstanding and worthy causes: helping shelter pets get adopted into caring homes and serving veterans in need, as they have served us,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “This event is an opportunity to find a lovable companion to adopt, with each adoption helping our local veterans and great shelter pets.”

Boots and Paws is among a series of countywide events to honor veterans who have served in war zones, and place shelter dogs into loving, forever homes. This event is hosted by Supervisor Perez in partnership with the Riverside County departments of Animal Services and Veterans’ Services.

The first 25 dog adoptions will be free, thanks to a sponsorship by SOAR (Society’s OutKasts Animal Rescue). The next 25 dog adoptions will be offered at a discounted rate of $24.50, courtesy of the Palm Springs Kennel Club.

After the first 50 dog adoptions, subsequent adoptions will be $49, a lower rate than the regular adoption rate of $105 for dogs.

Of that special rate, $20 from each adoption will go to Reaching New Heights Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists veterans transitioning from active duty and homelessness. Another $20 of the adoption fee will go to the Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK) Foundation, which provides direct support to the county’s shelter pets through volunteer and fundraising activities. The remaining $9 of the adoption fee will offset some of the shelter costs associated with caring for the pet.

Each person who adopts a dog or makes a cash donation will receive a personalized dog tag. Adopters will also receive toys and treats in the adoption bag, as well as camouflage bandanas on the dogs, compliments of SOAR.

A dog license is not included and is required within 30 days of adoption if the adopter lives within the Riverside County Department of Animal Services’ coverage area. Fees range in price based on the city of residence.

The $49 special adoption rate will also be honored at the county’s Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto and the Coachella Valley Animal Campus during other Homeless Pets & Combat Vets adoption events planned for June 10, June 17 and July 8. To learn about these events, visit and for updates.

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