Animal Samaritans Brings Changes to Coachella Valley Animal Care
Revered anthropologist Jane Goodall once said, “You can’t share your life with a dog or a cat without knowing full well that animals have personalities, minds and feelings.”
animal samaritans understands this fact all too well and, for over four decades, has generated a sea change in the way animals are cared for in the Coachella Valley. Now one of the largest and most comprehensive animal welfare organizations in the region, it has so far overseen the rescue of over 14,000 at-risk shelter animals and the adoption of over 10,000 cats. and homeless dogs.
And yet, the organization is just getting started in many ways.
In 2019, Animal Samaritans repaid its loan to a Thousand Palms veterinary clinic, making it a debt-free entity. In 2020, the expansion of his Indio veterinary clinic had a bigger impact. And the road ahead is promising with the construction of its long-awaited Pet Adoption and Humane Education Center.
“We’re very excited about this,” says Animal Samaritans CEO Tom Snider. “We also have many charitable financial assistance programs for our veterinary services. People may not be aware that we currently have a dual board certified veterinary oncologist on staff. Pet owners struggling with the stress and worry of a cancer-stricken pet can seek medical attention here rather than having to venture out of the area. There’s a lot going on here.
Other programs stand out. pet therapyfor example, has been praised for its healing programs, offering animal companionship as a cost-effective form of treatment for those in need. silver paws provides financial assistance to seniors on fixed budgets when their animal companions need care they cannot afford. The organization’s two clinics offer a wide variety of veterinary services at affordable prices.
Innovation is key, Snyder says, pointing to the addition of a canine behaviorist for the organization.
“They’re really hard to find in the Coachella Valley,” he says. “We’re now laying the groundwork for staffing, and that’s really important because ‘behaviours’ are often a major barrier to adopting certain animals.”
He adds that designated donations help fulfill our “vision of having a better place for animals where they can thrive and then get the training they need to become someone’s pets.”
Recently, Animal Samaritans received a grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation through the 150 Circle of Giving Fund.
Snyder says the funding will help with the organization’s capital campaign and the creation of an indoor canine playground, which will be used as a behavior training area. “This addition will be significant,” he says. “And that really ties into our multi-pronged approach to animal welfare.”
A significant example of the organization’s success in this multi-pronged approach is education, specifically in providing state-accredited humane education to area schools at no cost to students or schools.
With so many good intentions pouring out of the dog bowl, is there one thing Snyder enjoys most about being around Samaritan pets?
“I love working with animals,” he says. “I am with a dog or a cat every day. It could be a shelter pet, it could be an employee’s pet – our administrator or administrative staff can bring their dogs into the office. Or it may even be an animal that is at the shelter, being treated. Thus, I can interact daily with the animals and it is an excellent anti-stress.
“One of the benefits of owning a pet is that it gives us the opportunity to calm our nerves, slow our heart rate, lower the cortisol in our system and put a smile on our face,” he adds. he. “And I smile a lot.”
For more information about Animal Samaritans or to donate, visit animalsamaritans.org.
Learn more about the Inland Empire Community Foundation at iegives.org.