Virulent Newcastle Disease Update from State Veterinarian

This week brings some good news and, unfortunately, some disappointing news, as well. The regional quarantine is still in effect. For a list of virulent Newcastle disease cases since the outbreak began in May 2018, visit the USDA VND website.

Relinquishing a Pet x1200

The Department of Animal Services provides a relinquishment service to the public for pet owners who are unable to keep their pets. Each pet will be evaluated at the time of relinquishment.

After completing an animal history form you will have a consultation with an animal care employee. It you come in before the designated time for consultations, you may be asked to come back later. Refer to the list of times per shelter below.

A $143 Commitment Fee applies to all cats and dogs at the time of relinquishment at the shelter. Additional fees may apply if your dog is not currently licensed. You may be liable for retroactive or late licensing fees. Also, please remember to bring your pets medical records and vaccine history. If you cannot provide proof of current vaccinations, you will be charged for vaccines needed to surrender your dog or cat to the shelter.

Other animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, birds, etc.) can be relinquished during normal business hours for a fee of $20.


To relinquish your dog or cat to one of our facilities: $143

For a field officer to pick up your dog or cat from your home: $145 for cats and $153 for dogs

Relinquishment of other animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, birds, etc.): $20

Dogs and cats can be relinquished between the hours of:

Western Riverside County/City Shelter: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Coachella Valley Animal Campus: During normal business hours

Blythe Shelter: During normal business hours

*Other animals may be relinquished during normal business hours.


You may want to consider surrendering your pet to an animal rescue organization instead. Rescues are privately run groups that usually specialize in certain breeds or breed mixes. A good number of rescues keep their pets with fosters families in a home environment until they are adopted. In some cases they are able to assist in placing animals with special needs.  Below are list of referral agencies for animal rescues. The Department Of Animal Services does not recommend or endorse this list.

Breed Specific Rescue Referral

Pet Friendly Establishments

Contact a Shelter

Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
San Jacinto: (951) 358-7387
Coachella Valley: (760) 343-3644
Blythe: (760) 921-7857

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