Our Mission Statement

We promote the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need and by providing compassionate care, lifesaving programs and humane animal control.

Our Vision

In partnership with our communities and donors, we provide effective services and programs to offer animals every opportunity to be treated with respect and kindness.

Our Values

Our values are about treating others with respect, going above and beyond for our clients, sharing expertise and being a team player.

  • Expertise
  • Passion
  • Take Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Respect for All
  • Work Life Balance

Essential Resources

We offer all significant information on animals' care and feed, low-cost spay and neutering services, pet microchipping, and more. Please join us to become animal advocates to assist us in saving maximum animals out there.

- Jeff Sheppard, President/CEO

Open Admission Shelter

We are a non-profit and an open admission shelter for four cities. As an open admission shelter, we accept all animals from the cities we serve regardless of whether they are aggressive, old, sick, injured, or underage.

  • Hemet
  • San Jacinto
  • Calimesa
  • Beaumont

"Paws"itive News

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Our Statistics

We feel that transparency is a significant part of being a contracted agency. We want to make our communities realize the realities of a shelter. We want to empower citizens by helping them know how they can make a positive impact by increasing animal adoption and decreasing euthanasia.

2021 Year End Stats

Animal Intakes

Stray Dogs / Puppies: 2,248
Stray Cats / Kittens:  2,526
Owner Surrendered Animals: 518

Total: 5,292


Live Release

Adopted: 2,192
Transferred to Rescue: 1,500
Returned to Owner: 716
Returned to Habitat: 300

Total: 4,708


Animals to Foster: 476

Euthanized-Untreatable: 354


Live Release Rate: 93%



Spay/Neuter Surgeries: 7,862

Nov. 2022 Year-to-Date Stats

Animal Intakes

Stray Dogs / Puppies: 2,866
Stray Cats / Kittens:  2,756
Owner Surrendered Animals: 276

Total: 5,898


Live Release

Adopted: 1,941
Transferred to Rescue: 1,416
Returned to Owner: 677
Returned to Habitat: 493

Total: 4,527


Animals to Foster: 957

Euthanized-Untreatable: 948


Live Release Rate: 86%



Spay/Neuter Surgeries: 7,684

Meet Our Team


Jeff Sheppard

President & CEO

Valarie Rahbany Volunteer and foster coordinator

Valarie Rahbany

Volunteer and Foster Coordinator

Jose Farias rescue coordinator

Jose Farias

Rescue Coordinator



Nicole Smith accounting

Nicole Smith

Finance Coordinator

Tanya Dominguez front desk manager

Tanya Dominguez

Customer Service Specialist

Our Board of Directors

We gratefully acknowledge our board of directors for their valuable time, support, and leadership.

New Project (2)

Wayne Disher


New Project (7)

Shelia McLalin

Vice Chairperson

New Project (6)

Sean Motlagh


New Project (9)

Cindy Gissel


New Project (4)

Andrew Vallejos

Past Chairperson


Denise Glass

Board Member

Jacque Wigle-12

Jacque Wigle

Board Member

New Project (8)

Laura Brock

Board Member


Kris Jensen

Board Member

New Project (5)

Lakshman Koka

Board Member

New Project (3)

Bob Duistermars

Board Member