Dogs need to find new owners

Buzz – Chihuahua mix

buzzMeet Buzz!  He is 7 months old, weighs 14.8 lbs is neutered, micro-chipped and current on all vaccinations including rabies, distemper/parvo and Kennel Cough.  He is on a monthly HW preventative and a monthly flea/tick pill.  Buzz is timid and cautious when you first meet him but he warms up quickly!  He has been in a “not so great” situation and needs to feel safe and secure.  Buzz needs to be introduced to other dogs slowly but in no time at all he’ll be playing wide open.  Buzz would also be great as the only dog.  Are you the special someone Buzz is looking for?  All he needs is a little love and compassion.  Buzz has a tendency to be food aggressive because he’s had to be in the past to possibly survive.  We think this will improve with time.  Please help Buzz find his fur-ever home.

Jax – American Bulldog / Boxer mix

peanutMeet Jax!  He is an American Bulldog/Boxer mix, approx. 7 months old, weighs 42 lbs.  He is neutered, microchipped and current on all vaccinations.  He’s on a monthly HW preventative and monthly flea/tick pill.  He’s full of puppy love and puppy energy.  House and crate trained. Is learning to walk on a leash but has made great progress.  Jax is looking for his fur-ever home!

Whisky – Chocolate Lab mix

WhiskyMeet Whisky!  He’s a lovable Chocolate Lab (mix) weighing 55 lbs and approx 18 months old.  Whiskey is a wonderful dog who minds well, loves to ride in the vehicle, walks well on the leash, knows his basic commands and strives to please.   He’s house and crate trained.   Whisky has the most beautiful eyes that say “take me home and love me fur-ever.”
Whisky is neutered, micro-chipped, HW neg (and started on preventative) and current on all vaccinations.  He’s also on a monthly flea/tick pill.  He’s available to join his new loving family.

Rusty – Terrier mix (possibly Chow)?

Rusty is a long haired male, Terrier mix (maybe Chow), approx. 5 years old and weighs 45 lbs.  He has recently been to the groomer for a summer time hair cut!  Rusty is current on all vaccinations, HW neg and on HW preventative along with a monthly flea/tick pill.  SPAR will have him neutered and micro-chipped before he goes to his fur-ever home.   Rusty is an owner-surrender because he can no longer give Rusty the attention he needs.  You see, Rusty has separation anxiety and is afraid of thunder storms and other loud noises.  According to the owner, Rusty is very spirited and independent (sometimes stubborn).  Rusty does know his basic commands such as sit, stay, shake, etc.  It’s uncertain if Rusty is house trained because he’s currently an outside dog only.  Rusty prefers to be the only dog.  No cats or small children.  Rusty would do best with someone who is home most of the time.

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Lost and Found Pets

Looking for Your Lost Pet

In the Morongo Basin area there are three (3) animal shelters. When you are looking for your lost pet, it is important to understand that depending on where your pet was lost, he or she could be in more than one animal shelter. Depending on where you live, we highly recommend you visit the all of the animal shelters in the area when looking for your lost pet.

Ways to Find Lost Pets


  • Check all of the animal shelters in the Morongo Basin area. Phone numbers and locations can be found within this website.
  • If your pet was wearing a current license or I.D. tag or is micro-chipped, we will make every effort possible to notify you and reunite you with your lost pet.
  • If your pet was not wearing a tag or is not micro-chipped, it is very important that you personally visit the animal shelters in the Morongo Basin area. You may have to make several visits as, every day, new dogs and cats are picked up by our animal control officers or by concerned citizens and brought into the shelters. Lost dogs and cats have been known to wander some distance. Ask about any injured animals that may have been taken to a private veterinarian or that were picked up deceased.
  • The animal shelters keep a list of reported or found lost pets. Give them a description of your pet, your name, your phone number, where the pet was lost and when, etc. Add a photograph of your pet if possible. You send a photograph and description via email to our shelter.
  • Search your neighborhood, leaving the description of your pet and your name and phone number with as many people as possible. Remember to ask mail carriers and paper delivery service personnel.
  • Advertise in local newspapers and be sure to read the “Found” ads. Many community papers will allow you to post information about a “Found Pet” free of charge. For Yucca Valley, call the Hi Desert Star at 760-365-3315. Remember when reading the “Found” ads that not everyone may describe your pet the same way as you.
  • Call the local radio stations to find if they air “lost and found pets”. also has lost and found pet information on their website.
  • Keep looking! Remember, many well-meaning people do not know it is unlawful to keep a stray animal and will not immediately take a lost pet to an animal shelter. They sometimes keep it in their yard for several weeks hoping to find the owner on their own and not realizing you are looking for your lost pet in the animal shelter that provides service to your area or city.
  • If you are fortunate enough to find your lost pet, be sure to attach a license and identification tag to his/her collar. Also, consider a microchip for your pet as a permanent form of identification. Call your veterinarian for costs and questions on micro-chipping today!


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Turning in Owned or Stray Pets

How Much Does It Cost To Turn In a Stray Animal to the Animal Shelter or have a stray animal picked up by animal control services?

There is no charge if you bring a stray animal into the shelter or if you put in a service request for animal control to pick up the stray animal. Please note it is absolutely critical that any stray animal is turned into the animal shelter that provides service to the city or area where the animal was found. This assists owners greatly in knowing where to start their search for their lost pet. We do not accept pets from outside of our service area.

Will It Cost Me Anything For You To Accept A Pet That I Own?

If you live in the Town of Yucca Valley, the fee is $55.00 for an animal control officer to pick up your pet from your home. If you bring your pet up to the Animal Shelter, the fee is $15.00.
If you live in the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin, the fee for relinquishing a pet is $89.00.

How Long Will The Animal Shelter Keep My Pet?

Owner released animals can immediately go up for adoption if the animal is healthy is a good adoption candidate. Stray animals are held for five business days (as per state law) to give their owners time to find them. Found owned animals are held for 10 days to give the owner a chance to find them. If the animal is not reclaimed by their owner and is a good candidate for adoption, the pet will be offered for adoption. We do not have a time limit for this period as it depends on how well the pet does here at the facility (some pets gets very stressed) and how much space there is available.

What Happens If The Shelter Can’t Find A Home For My Pet?

The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter makes every effort to place pets into suitable homes. We work with other agencies, including various animal rescues, our pets are shown weekly in the local newspaper/real estate pictorial magazine, we participate in outside pet fairs/activities and we have photos and information on our pets on the internet at Unfortunately, we cannot always find homes for all of the pets brought into our shelter. If we are unable to find a home for an animal, the animal will be humanely euthanized by an injection in the company of very caring staff members who are trained and certified in euthanasia.

Will The Shelter Call Me Before My Pet Is Put To Sleep?

No, we cannot accept the responsibility for notifying pet owners in the event we cannot find a home for your pet. The best time to change your mind about giving up your pet is before you turn it into the animal shelter.

If I Find a Dog on the Weekend/Holiday or After the Shelter is Closed, What Can I do?

If you feel comfortable transporting the dog, you can bring the dog up to the animal shelter and put the dog into one of our kennel runs, located outside of the office. We ask that you fill out the information form we provide so we can have as much information as possible to help find the dog’s owner. We also provide locks for the kennel runs. This is to help prevent dogs from being stolen out from the kennel runs prior to staff returning to work the next day.

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Overheated Pets- Your Dog May be Dying

Ever notice when the temperatures are warm, that if you leave for parked car for at least 10 minutes, when you come back, it is much warmer, if not hotter, than the outside temperature? Have you ever actually stayed in your vehicle with the window cracked and because it became so warm, you either had to open the window all the way or open your door? Weren’t you glad you had the capability to do that to get relief from the heat?
You may think that you are being a kind, loving pet owner by taking your animal with you during some of your outings in your vehicle. On an 85-degree day, the temperature in your car, even WITH the window slightly opened, can reach 102 degrees in ten minutes. In 30 minutes, it can go up to 120 degrees.
A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees to 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit. A healthy dog can usually withstand a body temperature of 107 degrees – 108 degrees Fahrenheit for only a very short time before suffering irreparable brain damage—or even death. And the suffering that goes along with this death is not only horrible but it is also illegal. (CA PC 597)
Bottom line— when it’s hot, leave your pet at home! Open windows and shaded parking areas won’t save your pet’s life.
In addition, be sure you know these signs of heat stress:
Heavy panting
Glazed eyes
Rapid pulse rate
Deep red or purple tongue
If your dog does become overheated, get him/her into the shade and take these emergency steps:
Apply ice packs or cold towels to head, neck and chest or;
Immerse your pet’s body in cool, not cold water until body temperature is lowered
Don’t give your pet an unlimited amount of cold water all at once. Also you can let him lick ice cubes.
Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately. It could save your pet’s life.

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