Pet adoption

‘BarkChella’ Free Pet Adoption Event Runs Until April 30


Riverside County Animal Services Press Release: RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Animal Services launches its first-ever BarkChella…–event-runs-through-april-30.html

Riverside County Animal Services press release:

RIVERSIDE — Riverside County Animal Services is launching its first-ever BarkChella, an adoption promotion that begins just at the dawn of the Coachella Music Festival.

The free pets promotion includes neutering or neutering the animal, vaccines and a microchip. As with previous free adoptions, adopters must be prepared to pay for the compulsory license if they live within the jurisdictional areas of Riverside County.

The first weekend of the Coachella Music Festival begins today after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms are used to seeing the heavy influx of visitors and heavier traffic on Interstate 10 when the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals boost the regional economy.

“Thousands of music fans come to us, so why not raise the profile of our pets and the need for adopters?” said Jackie Schart, head of animal services who oversees Coachella Valley Animal Campus operations. “Come for the music, leave with a friend forever.”

The BarkChella promotion will also be honored at the department’s Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in the Jurupa Valley.

“We need help right now and we don’t hesitate to take a creative opportunity to promote our homeless pets,” said Erin Gettis, Director of Animal Services. “Right now we have over 700 dogs and cats who need loving families.”

As of Monday, staff at the Western Riverside shelter were caring for nearly 600 animals, including 391 dogs. The Coachella Valley shelter team started the week caring for 225 animals, including nearly 200 dogs.

BarkChella will run until April 30.

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