March 2020 Animal Count

March 2020 Animal Count

March was a month of change in 2020, bringing safer-at-home orders, mandated closures of local businesses, and a sense of panic that swept our nation. We at AFV were challenged with continuing to provide our essential services of caring for the lost, homeless, and abandoned animals in our valleys and provided care for 609 pets throughout the month.

Thanks to the incredible support of our donors, adopters, volunteers, fosters, and hard-working staff, we saw 94 cats and 172 dogs adopted to new homes of their own, 125 dogs and 12 cats returned to the homes from which they had been lost, and 56 pets taken in by our rescue partners.

We are so blessed to have a community that cares so deeply for the pets in need in our valleys–we truly could not do the work that we do without support of Animal Friends like you.

February 2020 Animal Count

February 2020 Animal Count

February was a strong month at AFV with 126 cats and 174 dogs adopted from the shelter, 29 cats (wow!) and 148 dogs returned to their owners, and 46 pets sent to rescue organizations throughout the month!

We are proud to have continued our 0% “placeable euthanized” rate throughout the month of February, but we will need your help to continue that trend throughout the upcoming months facing the new challenges of COVID-19.

If you are able, please help us in our mission to find forever homes for all of the lost, homeless, and abandoned animals at Animal Friends of the Valleys.

Visit to view our animals that are ready for adoption, foster, and the love of a forever home.

Complete an adoption application online and bring it with you during our open hours at 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595

Because shelter pets are #HeadsandTailsAbovetheRest 💖

January 2020 Animal Count

January 2020 Animal Count

January 2020 marked the beginning of a new year, a new decade, and the start of a new life for 174 cats and 192 dogs that were adopted from AFV throughout the month. We were so glad to see 14 cats and 121 dogs returned safely to their owners, and are so grateful to our rescue partners who took 58 pets from our shelter into their care to find their forever homes from there.

We are always striving to find forever homes for every pet that walks through our doors, and one way to do that is to decrease the number of animals in need of homes through spaying and neutering! That’s why in February, AFV handed out over 500 vouchers for FREE spay/neuter at our Low-Cost Clinic in Lake Elsinore. We are also proud to offer vouchers to spay/neuter feral cats in our area, and hope to beat this upcoming “kitten season” before it begins.

For more information about the services Animal Friends of the Valleys provides, visit the “Public Services” tab on our website

December 2019 Animal Count

December was a busy month here at AFV.
219 cats and 180 dogs found their forever homes for the holidays, and 6 cats and 126 dogs were returned to their owners after becoming lost.
The absolute BEST way to get your pet returned to you if they are lost is to have them MICROCHIPPED!
At Animal Friends of the Valleys, we offer Found Animals Foundation microchips for only $20 at our shelter and at our Walk-In Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic every day between 10:00am and 1:00pm.
Microchips are required for cats and dogs living in the cities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Wildomar, and local County areas along with having your pets spayed and neutered, and we highly encourage our Animal Friends in the Cities of Murrieta and Temecula to do so as well and help us return your lost pets to you!
It takes a “village” throughout our entire valley to help AFV achieve our mission to prevent the suffering of animals and end pet overpopulation in the communities we serve, and we are so thankful to be part of such an amazing, animal-friendly community.
For more information about our Microchipping and Spay/Neuter services, feel free to visit