(951) 688-4340
6165 Industrial Ave, Riverside

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

What shelter-in-place means for animal shelters.

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center will be open from 10am – 4pm by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to adopt an animal, please email .

We will continue to provide the following services to our community:

  • The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center’s Pet Food Assistance Program feeds 100’s of dogs and cats each month in coordination with different partner organizations throughout the community.  Our Pet Food Assistance Program is also available to anyone who is experiencing financial hardship and might need a little help providing food for their beloved pet(s). We coordinate individual pet food packaging and delivery to those in need and in these times that includes pet owners who are struggling with the loss of employment due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Food can be picked up from the Center Thursday – Saturday from 10am – 1pm.
  • Owner relinquishments of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks of age by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment please fill out the form on our website
  • Fostering animals is especially critical right now, since we anticipate fewer people will be coming in to adopt pets amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Thanks to our incredible volunteers, we do not currently need fosters, but that may change in the coming days. If you would like to help us be prepared for that eventuality, you can sign up here.

Upon visiting the Adoption Center, you will immediately be greeted by one of our volunteer receptionists or an Adoption Counselor.  If it is your first visit, you will be instructed as to where you can see all of our animals available for adoption.  Once you find a pet that you think you would like to adopt, you would locate an Adoption Counselor to help you:

1. Staff will make arrangements for you to visit with the animal.  Depending on the size and species of the pet, you may be outside in a play yard or inside in one of our “meet and greet” rooms.

2. Once you have been matched with the perfect pet, one of our Adoption Counselors will make sure you are fully informed about the pet and answer any questions that you may have. 

3. The adoption process takes approximately one hour.  Adoptions will stop one hour before closing time at 6pm.

4. All of our pets are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations (including rabies) and microchipped.

Puppies 1 year & under  $250
Dogs 1 year+  $125
Kittens 1 year & under  $135
Cats 1 year+ Name Your Price!

Adoption fees waived for veterans who present a California driver's license or ID card with the “VETERAN” designation on it.  No other forms of ID will be accepted for adoption fees to be waived. 

5. All cats must leave in a carrier.  Carriers can be purchased in our Pet Store.

6. All dogs must leave wearing a collar and leash and ID tag.  Adopters may bring their own or they can be purchased in our pet store.  All sales from our Pet Store benefit the Adoption Center.



Things to Consider During the Adoption Process:

If you are adopting a puppy/dog: Dogs in our care have been exposed to Kennel Cough, which is contagious and could be described as a “dog cold.” Symptoms can include watery eyes, watery nose and/or coughing. Similar to a child that is exposed to extra germs in a school environment, your dog may or may not contract kennel cough. If your dog does come down with kennel cough, it will be your responsibility to take them to a vet to get them the proper treatment.

If you are adopting a kitten /cat: Cats in our care have been exposed to Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) which is contagious and could be described as a “cat cold.” Symptoms can include watery eyes, watery nose and/or sneezing. Like a child that is exposed to extra germs in a school environment, your cat may or may not contract URI. If your cat does come down with URI, it will be your responsibility to take them to a vet to get them the proper treatment.

Your dog/cat/ has been microchipped: The majority of our pets are microchipped with a Found Animals microchip, you will receive directions on how to register in your adoption packet or you can register here.  If you need to change your address or phone number, you will do that with the microchip company directly. If your animal ever gets lost, the animal’s microchip number will be linked to you, so the animal can be returned to you.

Your kitten /cat or puppy /dog has been spayed or neutered: Your animal may have been recently spayed or neutered. If the animal was recently spayed or neutered, we ask that you wait 10 days from the time of the surgery to bathe your animal. You can find the date of spay/neuter in the animal’s Medical History Record. Surgical glue was used to seal the surgery site and we don’t want to prematurely dissolve that glue by bathing the animal before 10 days. If you notice your animal bothering the surgery site, you may need to purchase an e-collar and contact your own vet for additional information.

Your adopted animal is currently up to date on all of their vaccines: Each animal is current on all the necessary vaccines when they are adopted. You can find the vaccine history in the animal’s Medical History Record. We suggest continuing a flea treatment and necessary vaccines after adoption. After adoption, future vaccination needs may change. Please speak to your vet regarding your pet’s health and lifestyle to determine what future vaccinations are needed and when.

Vaccines are available at our low-cost vaccine clinic each Saturday.

What to Do After Adoption

Schedule Your Free Vet Exam

  • Using the “Free Vet Exam Certificate” given at time of adoption.
    • This certificate is valid within the first ten days after adoption.

 Register with Finding Rover

  • This is a free app to assist in finding animals faster, if they go missing.
  • This app uses facial recognition to match your dog to your information. Your pet’s photo has already been uploaded to Finding Rover!
  • To register, all you need is the email you gave to us at the time of adoption. From your cell phone, go to the Finding Rover website and follow the instructions for registration.

Schedule Behavior and Training Classes

  • For behavioral questions and training tips, please visit our behavior library.
  • We offer a variety of training classes from Level 1, Canine Good Citizen to TRICK/Specialty classes.  All of our classes use positive based training methods that are fun and easy to learn.