Humane Education Program (2016-2017, 2015-2016)Animal Samaritans, the Coachella Valley’s largest most-comprehensive animal welfare organization, is a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in 1978 and dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people. We achieve this mission by offering all pet owners low-cost high quality veterinary care, which includes financial assistance for qualifying seniors and low-income pet owners. We provide humane education to local students from five area school districts and summer Critter Camps for youngsters. We also provide animal rescue for adoptable at-risk dogs and cats, and Animal Assisted Therapy to hospital patients, disabled children and adults, youngsters at Juvenile Hall, and residents of assisted living and nursing homes—all free of charge. At our no-kill animal shelter, we commit to our dogs and cats for life while working to adopt them into forever homes. More information is available by calling 760-601-3756 and by visiting www.animalsamaritans.org
In addition to providing quality, low-cost veterinary care to struggling pet owners, free pet therapy, animal rescuing, sheltering and adoptions, Animal Samaritans has been educating youngsters about responsible pet ownership, pet safety, the importance of spaying and neutering our pets, and respect for all living creatures. During the school year, we instruct more than 20,000 school children, and during the summer we provide our affordable Critter Camps for children ages 5 through 11.