Animal Friends of the Valleys is proud to offer these services to our community!

When funds are available through donations or grants, AFV offers financial aid to senior citizens and low-income families within our jurisdiction to pay for medical procedures for their pets.

Please understand that our programs cannot cover full vet bills; we are granted them to help many low income and or senior residents within our jurisdiction.

All grants are based on qualifications of residency, income, and pet owner’s age that must be met – please read below before proceeding:

  • One grant application per household. Do Not Apply for Multiple Grants.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to find a participating veterinary clinic which will accept our grant program vouchers.
  • AFV does not have a Veterinarian on staff. Please do notbring your pet to the shelter.
  • Applications can take anywhere from 24-72 hours to process.
  • All requested documents will be emailed


*Click on the grant name for application.*


→ Dryden Grant:

  • One document proving income level ( i.e. checking statement, and / or current years SSI Benefit Letter) eligibility: maximum gross income $2000.00 a month for one person / $4000.00 household
  • Proof of residency (utility bill or rent receipt)
  • If you have it, proof of pet ownership (previous vet record, photo, or license)
  • Copy of driver’s license or identification card
  • Must be permanent resident in one of the cities we serve


→ Herdina Grant:

  • One document proving income level (i.e. checking account statement, current years SSI Benefit Letter) eligibility: maximum gross income $1700.00 a month for one person
  • Proof of residency (utility bill or rent receipt)
  • Proof of age (66 years of age & older)
  • Must be permanent in Southwest Riverside County


→ Mildred E. Smernoff Fund:

  • One document proving income level (ie: monthly checking statement, current years SSI Benefit Letter) Eligibility: maximum income $2000.00 a month for one person)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill or rent receipt)
  • Proof of pet ownership, if you have it (previous vet record, photo or license)
  • Must be permanent in Southwest Riverside County


→ Chili’s Fund for Animals

  • One document proving income level (i.e. bank account statement, payroll stubs for one month, current years SSI benefit letter). Eligibility: maximum gross income $4166 per month
  • Proof of residency (utility bill / rent receipt)
  • Copy of driver’s license or identification card
  • Photo of your pet
  • Must be permanent in Southwest Riverside County


For more information, email Animal Friends of the Valleys at



You can also find additional organizations for financial assistance here. Please click on the names of the organizations below for their website to learn more. (** AFV does not have any affiliation with these organizations.**)

  • Anicira: Nonprofit veterinary service provider (low cost surgery) and more | San Diego location: 760-290-4955 | Email:
  • Actors & Others: Surgery, medical, therapy assistance, etc. | 818-755-6045 or 818-755-6323 | Email:
  • RUFF: Veterinary care & low cost surgery, etc. | 949-580-1092
  • Red Rover: Animal crisis & domestic violence support, financial assistance, etc. | 916-429-2457 | Email:
  • Karma Rescue: Medical aid for low income, etc. | 310-512-7833 |
  • Senior Pet Wellness Fund: Funding for seniors and their pets (Must be 65+, click on site for more requirements) | 951-688-4340 ext. 318 | Email:

Every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30pm, people of all ages are invited visit and read to the shelter animals!

Feel free to bring a book or two, check in at the classroom, and then go read to the animals.

Not only does this help with reading skills, but it also provides companionship and socialization for the animals!

This program is completely free and open to the public every Wednesday afternoon.

Special thank you to Tracy Lystra and the Saving Huey Foundation for implementing and overseeing this great program!

For more information, please email

Never been to AFV and want to know more?

Animal Friends of the Valleys believes that a humane future depends on our community’s understanding of what we do for our cities, as well as knowledge as to what kinds of services we provide for animals.

To schedule a tour of the shelter, call (951) 674-0618 at ext. 207 or 218

*Tours are only available to be scheduled M-F at the shelter. Please ensure you can give us an estimate of the number of people in your group before we schedule a date.

Lost your pet?

Here are some of the best ways to ensure that your pet returns safely home to you:

1. Come to the shelter to look for your lost pet!
Please bring proof of rabies vaccination and spay/neuter certificate (if applicable) and a collar and leash.

2. If your pet is not at the shelter, fill out a lost report HERE.

3. Look at other shelters in the area.

4. Put up signs in the vicinity of where the pet went missing.

5. Check with local veterinarians and groomers.

6. Continue to come to the shelter every few days and physically look for your pet.

Visit AFV’s website at under the tab ANIMALS regularly to see if your animal has arrived. DO NOT GIVE UP!

If you are reunited with your pet, please have the animal microchipped in the event the animal goes missing in the future.

If you have found a pet and want to hold it and try to find the owner, bring the animal to the shelter to have it scanned for a microchip. Please be sure to file a found report HERE.

Petco Love Lost also has great tips for lost pets HERE.

Nearly 90% of animals without microchips who become lost never find their way home again. A microchip is a foolproof way of identifying your pet and ensuring his safe return.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique number which will identify your pet. Most shelters, veterinarians and many pet stores utilize scanners to detect microchips in pets. If your pet is microchipped, and your information is current and the animal comes in to our shelter, we will contact you.

AFV provides microchipping for $20 at the shelter, no appointment needed.

Pet already microchipped? 

Make sure to keep the microchip information updated with the microchip company you registered with. This means a current phone number best to reach you at, address, and more to ensure your pet can be reunited with you. Information can be updated online.

AFV is a firm believer in humane euthanasia for very sick, elderly or seriously injured pets.

For more information and advice, please call 951-674-0618, ext. 233 or 205

By appointment only.
Appointments available Monday – Saturday. Please call to schedule.

AFV works closely with many approved rescue partners.

Our Rescue Coordinator sends out emails and calls daily in hopes of having one of our rescue partners come and take an animal from the shelter in an effort to free up needed space.

To partner with AFV, the rescue group must have an approved application on file. For more information, please call our Rescue Coordinator at (951) 674-0618 Ext. 224.

Please click here for general information on fees regarding the following:

  • Licensing

  • Adoptions

  • Impounds

  • State fines

  • Euthanasia

and various other fees depending on circumstances.