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

Animal Friends of the Valleys believes that a humane future depends on the young people of our community.

AFV’s humane educator teaches children kindness, compassion, empathy and proper animal care.

The humane educator provides humane education in area schools, camps and for civic groups. These classes are offered free of charge.

To schedule a tour of the shelter, a presentation at a different location or information on Furry Friends Kids’ Camp call (951) 674-0618 Ext. 210.

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 only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30pm children of all ages are invited visit the shelter (accompanied by a parent) to 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 the child with their reading skills, it provides companionship and socialization to 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 [email protected]

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 can not 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 owners age that must be met.

Dryden Grant:

  • One document proving income level ( i.e. checking statement, and / or 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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

For more information email Animal Friends of the Valleys at [email protected]

Additional organizations for finical assistance:

** AFV does not have any affiliation with these organizations **

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. CLICK HERE for a list of other shelters to check

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.

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.

AFV works closely with many approved rescue partners.

Our rescue coordinator sends out emails 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 call our Rescue Coordinator at (951) 674-0618 Ext. 224.