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The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (Riverside)


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The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (formerly the Riverside Humane Society) is a unique domestic animal adoption center.

All of our animals are spayed or neutered, updated on all vaccinations and microchipped upon adoption. They enjoy indoor, comfortable kennels and are socialized by our group of 300 volunteers on a regular basis.

Our mission is to eliminate the suffering of homeless cats and dogs by:

-Providing humane care for pets in transition
-Facilitating adoptions to loving homes
-Providing humane and pet overpopulation education to the public
-Supporting sterilization of companion animals

The Adoption Center is a limited-entry facility that takes in healthy, adoptable animals. Most of our dogs and cats are surrendered by people who can no longer care for their pet. When space allows, we also transfer animals from local animal control facilities.


The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center
6165 Industrial Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
TEL: (951) 688-4340
FAX: (951) 359-6417

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I just took two kittens to the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter.  I thought they would help them to get healthier and adopt them out.  After I dropped them off and left, my adult daughter in Orange County asked if she adopt one of the kittens.  I called to the Shelter and the lady said that they were put down 10 minutes after I left.  If I had known that they were going to put down those beautiful sweet little kittens, I would have nursed them back to health myself and found them a good home.  There is no reason why those kittens weren't given a chance.  I found them over the weekend, so I had to take care of them.  They were eating on their own and their eyes were staying open after I had been cleaning them.   I think it is discussing that they did not tell me they were going to put them down if I left them.  They did tell me if they were older and could take care of themselves, they would have just taken them back to the area where I found them and dropped them off.  What is the point of having a no-kill shelter, when they lie to the public about the procedures of caring for the animals.  They do not care about the animals. They are telling the public they are are no-kill shelter when they  for sure are not!! Please do not take any stray animals to this shelter.  They will evaluate them to be ill and put them down.   Like I said, these kittens were in good shape and had gotten better just in the two days I was taking care of them.  No excuse.  They could have given them some care and food, and they would have made somebody wonderful companions.  They were already very alert and purring and loving.  Please spread the word!  This Shelter must have new management.  We pay for these services as tax payers.  Animal lovers in Moreno Valley should be extremely angry, as I am.  Discussing!!   Whoever makes the decisions, should be ashamed of themselves.  And lying to the public as to having a no-kill animal shelter in Moreno Valley, just to make them look good!.  Its NOT true!!!  -- Patricia Pfeil, Director Smithson Realty Groupwww.shawnsmithson.com Mobile - 951-325-5585 Buy land, they're not making it anymore. Mark Twain
posted by Patricia Pfeil, on 2021-06-29 23:08:45
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I am looking for my red nose blue nose female pitof eight years old that was wrongfully taken and possibly adopted . I have been in the hospital for a few weeks and my girl was in the care of my roommate until I return home. A family member of mine picked her up for a couple of hours and never returned her. She is my everything and I need my girl back. I last seen her in Murrieta.
posted by Linda Parry, on 2020-05-29 15:16:30
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I'm trying to help my mother find a home for her loving half boxer, half pit, name super. He's 7 years old. He has all his shots and has a chip in him that can be redone to a new owner. He's loyal and loving. Loves kids. Sits, lays and knows yes and no. Goes to his spot when told. Doesnt use the bathroom in the house, ever. And he prefers to be indoors. He's an indoor dog. My mother attempted to make him an outdoor dog, but was unsuccessful. The dog was given to her, and she tried to make it work, but he's to big and to hard for her to handle. He is not a violent dog. He's like a child. He needs a loving home.
posted by Nay, on 2020-04-23 17:01:07
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I'm trying to help my mother find a home for her loving half boxer, half pit, name super. He's 7 years old. He has all his shots and has a chip in him that can be redone to a new owner. He's loyal and loving. Loves kids. Sits, lays and knows yes and no. Goes to his spot when told. Doesnt use the bathroom in the house, ever. And he prefers to be indoors. He's an indoor dog. My mother attempted to make him an outdoor dog, but was unsuccessful. The dog was given to her, and she tried to make it work, but he's to big and to hard for her to handle. He is not a violent dog. He's like a child. He needs a loving home.
posted by Nay, on 2020-04-23 17:00:59
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Hi I need a home for 8 cute kittens around 3 to 4 months old that were born under my trailer and I've been feeding and taking care of but can no longer do cuz I have too many cats. Please help.
posted by Alma Urrutia, on 2019-12-03 22:21:01
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Hi I need a home for 8 cute kittens around 3 to 4 months old that were born under my trailer and I've been feeding and taking care of but can no longer do cuz I have too many cats. Please help.
posted by Alma Urrutia, on 2019-12-03 22:20:35
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There is a dog at Riverside County Animal Services (a high kill shelter) that is in danger. he is 1 and his family abandoned him because they are having a baby. Any way he can be pulled? There are members who offered to foster (myself included) he just needs to be pulled
posted by Kristine Bernstein, on 2019-11-12 16:00:23
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I really want to find a home for a sweet cat in my apartment complex. I don’t want him to be put down because he’s just a very sweet boy.
posted by Genevieve Thie, on 2019-08-05 00:51:25
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5 kittens found under my house need a home call 951-254-6791 need to find a home
posted by RichardCalderwood, on 2019-06-27 21:35:52
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I am helping friends rehome their 7 year old male Pitbull, named Chili. He is beautifully marked white with brown spots. His owners had to move and unable to take all their pets. Chili is neutered and has a sweet disposition. However, he is not a fan of cats. He is best suited in a home with older children and the only pet. He was raised with small dogs but not sure how he would take to new dogs. His home had a swimming pool but he is not a fan of water and doesn't go near it. I fostered him nearly a week however he was outside on a small patio and I feared the vinyl fencing could not contain him when he played. He can be a couch potato or play and go on walks. He loves females. If you can help this family, please email me immediately before they take him to a shelter. Thank you for reading. [email protected] or [email protected]
posted by gingerwilbert, on 2019-05-19 17:09:40
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I inherited my son's 85 pound Mastiff mix when he passed away. He is sweet and loyal once he gets to know you but very protective and possessive of the one he is attached to. He only barks if alerted to possible danger and spends most of his time lounging and sleeping. He is mostly a house dog as that is how he was raised. He is actually a great companion for a woman if you like big dogs. I am sharing a house with others and there is not adequate yard space nor do I have time to walk him properly or spend much time with him I also travel and it is difficult to find care as he is quite bonded to me. With love and attention, he will rebond to another and make a great companion and protector. If interested please contact me at [email protected]
posted by zundee3156, on 2018-06-15 19:57:38
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I'm trying really hard to find homes for 3 kittens. I really don't want them to be put down because they are precious. Please contact me at [email protected]
posted by resa3535, on 2017-07-16 04:00:49
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I am working with Rescue Only Kitties of Devore. We are desperately trying to save 2 cats from being killed at 2:00pm. If you can help us, please call Devore at 909-866-4943 + 0.
posted by JanPratt, on 2017-01-15 14:07:28
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Tabbies and black kittens //with mother ..4-5 weeks old.. giveaway or they are going to the pound.
posted by JamesLewis, on 2015-05-22 19:38:30