|The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus officially opens with a grand opening celebration Saturday.|
The shelter is located at 581 S. Grand Ave. in the city of San Jacinto.
The $18 million shelter has been completed since the fall of 2010, but the county’s economic downturn prevented Riverside County Animal Services from hiring employees and opening the state-of-the-art facility. The 10-acre property has multiple buildings, including kennel structures with more than 140 kennel runs and the ability to care for more than 100 cats. The shelter also features a livestock area.
One important element to the shelter is a modern heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system that keeps the animals comfortable – and healthier – by pumping in fresh air in multiple cycles every hour. The kennel runs are designed with the ability to provide ambient heating, giving the dogs some extra warmth during the winter months.
Last month, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved spending general-fund money to get the shelter up and running. The shelter also has a large spay and neuter clinic, which has been opened since mid-February 2011.
The first 500 guests at the grand opening will get a free hot dog lunch. All shelter dog adoptions will be just $20, which includes the pet’s rabies vaccination and a microchip. For those that already have a pet and are not in the market for another furball, there will be free rabies vaccinations offered. Face painting and a dog-agility demonstration are also on tap.
The shelter will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The spay and neuter clinic will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Shelter spay & neuter appointments can be made at this website.
|Officer Abel Buenrostro watches over the first set of impound dogs housed at the new facility -- a momma dog and her three pups.|