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.

2022 Year-End Stats

Animal Intakes

Stray Dogs / Puppies: 3,124
Stray Cats / Kittens:  2,884
Owner Surrendered Animals: 313

Total: 6,321


Live Release

Adopted: 2,182
Transferred to Rescue: 1,477
Returned to Owner: 733
Returned to Habitat: 522

Total: 4,914


Animals to Foster: 1,033

Euthanized-Untreatable: 1,025


Live Release Rate: 86%



Spay/Neuter Surgeries: 7,684

2023 Year-to-Date Stats

Animal Intakes

Stray Dogs / Puppies: 2,099
Stray Cats / Kittens:  2,318
Owner Surrendered Animals: 212

Total: 4,615


Live Release

Adopted: 1,658
Transferred to Rescue: 674
Returned to Owner: 501
Returned to Habitat: 333

Total: 3,166


Animals to Foster: 673

Euthanized-Untreatable: 1,603


Live Release Rate: 74%



Spay/Neuter Surgeries: 4,042

Meet Our Team


Jeff Sheppard

President & CEO


Katie Stout

Director of Development

Nicole Smith accounting

Nicole Smith

Finance Coordinator

Valarie Rahbany Volunteer and foster coordinator

Valarie Rahbany

Volunteer and Foster Coordinator

Jose Farias rescue coordinator

Jose Farias

Rescue 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 (9)

Cindy Gissel


New Project (6)

Sean Motlagh


Jacque Wigle-12

Jacque Wigle

Board Member

New Project (4)

Andrew Vallejos

Past Chairperson


Denise Glass

Board Member

New Project (5)

Lakshman Koka

Board Member

New Project (3)

Bob Duistermars

Board Member


Kris Jensen

Board Member


Tanya Stewart

Board Member