Success Stories The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter helps thousands of animals a year find forever homes. Read about one of our most recent success stories. Finding Home: The story of Jax The day A468818 arrived at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter the dog was frightened, unwilling to come out of his kennel. He barely moved, preferring to huddle in the corner, a 70-pound ball of fur trying to ignore the world outside.
There was no denying the Chinook mix – a combination of Husky and Saint Bernard – was handsome. But he was scared. Behind his brooding eyes, Moreno Valley Rescue Coordinator Margret Linne saw something special in A468818. There was a loving, playful dog in there - somewhere. She was going to have to coax it out of him. It started slow. Visits. Small talk. Treats. But even treats couldn’t entice him to move from his chosen spot inside his kennel.
He didn’t bark. He didn’t whine. He stayed put. Linne put a leash on him and took him for a walk outside – her choice not his. He hugged the shelter walls, ignoring the other dogs, even the ones much smaller than him. People reached out to pet him – but he showed no emotion. Not a wag of a tail or a lick of affection. Linne was not giving up on A468818. There was a family out there looking for him.
She continued to reach out to rescue groups, advocating for a home for him. Meanwhile, the visits, the treats, the walks and the trust building continued. Then it happened. Linne walked in the room for a visit. A468818 stood up and wagged his tail. It was working. The playful, loving dog she knew was in there – somewhere – was making an appearance. A hundred miles away in Thousand Oaks, Fran and Robert Smith’s broken hearts were just beginning to heal as they mourned the loss of their bulldog.
After Thanksgiving they decided it was time to begin the search for another dog to rescue. Hollywood Huskies, a dog rescue operation based in Los Angeles, had already exhausted its 2016 budget when Linne contacted founder Heather Schmidt about A468818. Schmidt didn’t have the funds to help, but she too saw something special in those brooding eyes. She would help if they could find a foster home to house him until she could find him a permanent family.
A468818 was making progress. He no longer hugged the shelter walls as he was led outside. He bounced and bounded and wagged his tail. He let his tongue hang out like a dog should. He licked and kissed. And he followed Linne around like a shadow. Gone was the sad, lonely dog. With a belly full of celebration hamburgers and fries, he left the shelter for a foster family and the next step in finding a forever home.
Fran Smith found A468818 on petfinder.com, an online, searchable database of animals that need homes. He was the one. She contacted Hollywood Huskies to start the adoption process. Sometimes you just know it was meant to be. It’s a feeling you can’t explain. But you know when you feel it. Smith felt it when the 70-pound A468818 immediately ran up to her and sat on her lap. “It was love at first sight,” she said.
“You couldn’t ask for a sweeter dog. We knew the minute he came in the door he was home.” A468818 moved in with the Smiths on December 22 and made himself right at home. They named him Jax. He played with their four grandchildren, napped, and played some more. He now follows Smith around like a shadow, refusing to be left out of anything. On Christmas, Jax sat right next to the Christmas tree as the Smiths opened presents.
He didn’t need a present. He had his family. Adoptions Through the ASPCA Adoption Ambassadors program, those who foster animals become adoption counselors on behalf of their local shelters. Ambassadors take home adoptable dogs or cats and find safe and loving homes through word of mouth, social media posts and emails to friends and family, or by hitting the streets with their foster pets. Moreno Valley Animal Services has dogs and cats available for adoption for a nominal fee.
The shelter also has other services available for residents and their pets. Before you adopt a pet...Read this short paper before you make that important decision: Be 18 years of age or older Have identification showing your current address Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet. How to adopt a pet Information Pets must be spayed or neutered before they are allowed to go home.
This is a StateLaw that is intended to reduce pet over-population. Microchipping is mandatory and is the best way for your lost pet to be identified and returned to you. Fees Dog & Puppy- $31.00 Adoption (plus the spay/neuter fee)- $16.00 Microchip- $20.00 5 in 1 Vaccination- $20.00 Rabies Deposit- $15.00 License (MV Residents only) Cat & Kitten Adoption- $20.00 (plus the spay/neuter fee)- $16.
00 Microchip- $10.00 3 in 1 Vaccination Military and Senior (60 Years +) Discounts $50 Dogs / Puppies $25 Cats / Kittens (Includes S/N surgery, vaccines and HomeAgain Microchip) Available Tues – Fri 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and Sat 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Found and Adoptable Pets “The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter’s listings of lost and adoptable pets are posted and updated hourly on www.PetHarbor.com.
The Pet Harbor website is administered by HLP Chameleon and includes records from most municipal animal shelters and humane societies throughout Southern California, including Moreno Valley Animal Services, Riverside County Department of Animal Services, San Bernardino County Animal Care & Control, Los Angeles County Animal Control, Orange County Animal Control, Pasadena Humane Society and San Diego County Department of Animal Control.
” Don't Forget About that Dog License... All dogs living in Moreno Valley that are four months of age and older must be licensed. You can obtain a license simply by having your dog vaccinated against rabies for a nominal fee at our Animal Shelter Clinic or you can go to your own veterinarian to obtain the rabies vaccination. Make sure to bring in your dog's Rabies Certificate — you'll need it to get the dog license.
You will be offered a discounted rate on your dog license if your dog is spayed or neutered. Mandatory Microchipping Shelter Services Other services available at the shelter Spay and neuter clinic Microchip ($16.00 total fee) Trap Rentals (limited availability)Cat - $12/ per week with a $50 deposit Donate to Help the Shelter, Help the Pets without Homes The following programs provide both money and comfort.
California Pet Lover Plates How can getting this plate help? Over 1 million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes. The easiest way a pet owner can help reduce pet overpopulation is to spay or neuter their pet. The California Pet Lover's License Plate will provide a large scale, permanent funding source for spay & neuter programs.
These programs have proven to be the best way to help reduce the number of unwanted pets. Donate a Bed Give the Gift of Comfort to a shelter dog or cat. Your kindness will make a world of difference to them! Prices are specially discounted for donation. Items ship directly to the shelter in your name. Click here to donate a Kuranda bed to City of Moreno Valley Animal Services. Be a Volunteer for the Shelter The animal shelter is urgently seeking experienced groomers to volunteer their services at the shelter.
Help with adoption events in the community Clean and care for the animals Laundry and cleaning cages Walking Dogs Pet Caretaker Pet Photography Lost & Found Services What are the minimum requirements for a volunteer application? Must be at least 18 years old Complete and return volunteer application Attend a Volunteer Orientation Review Training Videos Pass a DOJ background check Get an application and start helping today! Needed Donations / Wishlist Your donations to the shelter will allow us to provide comfort to homeless pets during their stay at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter.
This "wish list" is from the people who work with the animals every day in providing care and comfort to our community animals. Here are some of the items you can donate to help your shelter. Purina Puppy Chow | Kitten Chow “Dawn” dish soap Cat Litter (clay, non-clumping) | litter boxes Cement mixing trays for dog beds Chicken, Turkey | Rice baby food for wildlife Cockatiel Food, Parrot Food and cages Collars | Leashes (new | gently used) Crates | kennels | pet gates Dog Flea Shampoo Lap or travel-size blankets Liquid Laundry Detergent and Bleach Rabbit, Hamster, Guinea Pig Food, cages and toys Recycles (bottles | cans) Side by side pet bowls (dog | cat) Towels (new | used) Toys (cat balls | cat mice, dog balls, ropes and chew toys) We also accept monetary donations.
Groomers The animal shelter is urgently seeking experienced groomers to volunteer their services at the shelter. We have dogs and cats that could use your expertise. Help get a pet adopted!See Also: Dekalb County Animal Shelter
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