Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Many other shelters, animal care facilities and sanctuaries define themselves as "no-kill" shelters. And while we at the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. salute the work of animal welfare groups everywhere, we find the label of "no-kill" to be inaccurate. Organizations like these are better defined as "limited access" shelters because they have the option of turning away animals for health, behavior and in some instances cosmetic reasons. In order to comply with their idealistic arrangement, and maintain their public image, they have to restrict their intake of animals to only those that have the best chance of being adopted.
We do not have such a luxury. As a full-access shelter, the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. takes in sick and injured animals and those that are not probable candidates for adoption. Everyday dozens of pets that are no longer wanted are turned over to the caring hands of IVHS; everyday we accept pets from people who are unable to care for them anymore; and everyday our doors open for the dozens of stray animals that are lost, abandoned and homeless.
At the core of the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. is our obligation to care for these animals. We work vigorously to find new, loving and permanent homes for every healthy pet, and we do a great job at it.
Because we are a full-access shelter and never deny any animal entry, there is no set time limit for how long an animal will be available for adoption. As long as the animal is healthy, maintains a good disposition and we have space, we'll keep a pet for an indefinite period.
The Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. also operates a progressive foster care system for animals that are either too young or too sick to be kenneled with the rest of the shelter population; and we work daily with dozens of breed-rescue groups who help us find homes for harder-to-place animals. Everyday we are committed to doing everything in our power to avoid euthanasia of healthy animals.
However rigorous our attempts are, we are still faced with the daily crisis of over-population and the reality of this is that there is not enough room to accommodate every animal. Because of this we are forced to compassionately euthanize those animals, mostly cats, which are not chosen for adoption. In addition, we sometimes must perform euthanasia on aggressive animals that cannot be rehabilitated and are deemed a threat to the public, as well as animals that are extremely injured who are not treatable.
Funding is provided through animal control contracts with the fifteen cities we service and through donations: corporate and private. We provide a variety of services, including:
* Animal Sheltering
* Field Service and Rescues
* Wildlife Rescue/Education
* Humane Education
* Investigations, Inspections and Animal Advocacy
* Licensing Services
* Veterinary Care Services
* Volunteer Opportunities
We are a private, non-profit organization and provide animal control services to the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, La Habra, La Verne, Monrovia, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, San Dimas and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino including West End, San Antonio Heights and Mt. Baldy.
Age, breed or sex does not make a difference in the adoption fees
* Dogs: $145
* Cats: $120
* The adoption fee for miscellaneous animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and other animals, such as livestock, varies.
For Dog and Cat Adoptions, the fees include the following:
* First set of shots (5-in-1 for dogs and FVRCP for cats)
* Spay or Neuter
* Two weeks follow-up care
Come and "Find your Somebuddy" from the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A.
Adoption office hours are:
9:30 - 5:30 Monday through Saturday
9:30 - 7:00 Wednesday
* An approved adoption application is required before any adoption can take place. One will be given to you to complete after you have found a pet you may want to adopt.
* Allow extra time for the adoption process. This is a 'Companion for Life' and should not be taken lightly. Every precaution is being taken to help you make the right choice for your new family member.
* A short interview with the adoption counselor may be required before any adoption is approved.
* A health exam by our staff veterinarian is required before any adoption is approved. All approved adoptions appear healthy with no visible signs of illness at the time of adoption.
* Adoptions begin at 10:00 a.m. If you have a specific pet you are interested in, make sure to arrive around 9:45 a.m. on the day it becomes available to fill out the adoption application. Be aware that more than one person may be interested in the same pet. In these cases, there will be a drawing for all approved applications. This ensures fairness to all approved interested parties.
* If you have children or other pets at home, it may be required to bring them in for a socialization session to ensure everyone gets along. Make sure your pet at home is current on all its vaccinations before bringing it into the shelter.
* Be aware that adoptions are denied at times for various reasons. That may simply mean looking for a different type of pet than the one chosen. IVHS is trying to make sure both the new pet and the new owners are compatible.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.