(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.

When your companion animal dies, it’s natural to feel grief and sadness, even depression. Our support group is designed to help anyone grieving the death, loss or terminal illness of a beloved companion animal (need not be a MSRPAC adopted animal.) Led by Jeanne E. Kataoka, RScP, OAC, who is an ordained Animal Chaplain, credentialed Animal Bereavement Facilitator through the Passmore Animal Chaplain Program of the Emerson Theological Institute.

Memorial services are held quarterly in the Community Room at the Riverside Center for Spiritual Living. The group usually ranges in size from 6 to 12 participants. Some people come once or twice, others four or five times. There is no need to sign up or RSVP.

Memorial service dates remaining for 2020:

  • June 18
  • September 17
  • December 17

Our Pet Loss Support Group sessions are held at the Center for Spiritual Living’s Animal Chapel and begin at 7:oopm. The Chapel enables visitors to reflect and appreciate how companion animals have enriched their lives, and to help heal the very real pain that accompanies a beloved animal’s transition.

The Riverside Center for Spiritual Living is located at:
3891 Ridge Road, Riverside, CA 92501
Memorial Services begin at 7:00pm

Children may benefit from completing the workbook I Miss My Pet.



Bereavement Support: suggested offering $65 (up to 90 minutes)

Euthanasia Accompaniment: suggested offering of at least $50

Welcoming/Blessing a new pet at your home: suggested offering $195

*MSRPAC receives a portion of your fee






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