(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.

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For teenaged pups who want to keep practicing their dog-dog social skills in a safe and supervised setting, we offer Adolescent Puppy Playgroup!

Trainers narrate play and combine pups who are compatible playmates, monitoring carefully to make sure puppies are learning and having good experiences.

Periods of play will alternate with plenty of breaks, where we'll work on building your dog's focus on you in the face of distractions (such as seeing other dogs playing). This helps build a well-mannered adult dog less prone to behavior issues, and helps your pup learn self-control.

Please arrive at Playgroup about 5-10 minutes prior to start time, with your dog, and bring his/her vaccination records and some high-value treats. 

Upon check-in, all puppy owners will sign a liability waiver acknowledging the potential risks associated with off-leash dog play, and accepting full responsibility for any injury to their own puppy or self. 

Frequency & Duration: Every Wednesday, with few exceptions.  See below for dates and times.

Fee: $10 per dog (please familiarize yourself with our cancellation and transfer policies prior to signing up)

Please familiarize yourself with our cancellation and transfer policies prior to signing up. Review the Dog Training Class Policies.



Puppies must be between 18 weeks and 8 months of age and have received at least their first 2 DHLPP (aka DHP) vaccinations. Proof of vaccination status is required at check-in! We recommend keeping copies in your car, or taking pictures of all vaccination records with your smartphone so they're always with you. Please bring a 4 foot leash, flat collar, and lots of motivating training treats for your pup!

Class capacity: 10 adolescent pups maximum. We ask that no more than two humans attend per dog - this includes kids.


  • Adolescent Puppy playgroups are held outdoors in our Green Play Yard.
  • Adolescent Puppy Playgroup spots are available by pre-registration. Please register using the links below for future dates.

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center group training classes are not meant for:

  • Dogs who have growled, snapped or bit a person.
  • Dogs who have bitten other animals.
  • Dogs who exhibit aggression or other behavioral issues.

Upcoming classes: