Adopt-a-Pet: Dez and Samantha


Dez is a sweet five-year-old pit bull who was turned in with his sister due to his former owner becoming allergic to dogs. His caretakers say he is super sweet, loves to play an is great with kids. He is like a big house-trained teddy bear who just wants to love his people and play with his dog friends. Dez needs to be neutered before going to his “fur”ever home. His intake number is 396606. Reference picture: Dez.

Samantha is a nine-year-old domestic long hair. She is looking for a peaceful home to call her own. Her caretakers say she is playful and loves a good scratch behind the ears. She is spayed and ready to go to her “fur”ever home. Her intake number is 105003. Reference picture: Samantha.

All dog and cat adoption fees include a microchip, basic shelter vaccines (excluding rabies) and a free veterinarian check-up. All cats/kittens, pit bulls and Chihuahua adoptions are just $5 (spay/neuter fees, if applicable, are additional).

To adopt either of these pets, contact Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) at 951-674-0618. The shelter is located at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shelter offers animals for adoption as well as providing animal control and spay/neuter services.

  • AFV has a spay and neuter clinic and also offers vaccinations and microchip implants at the old shelter location, 29001 Bastron Ave. in Lake Elsinore. It’s open Mondays and Thursdays only. For an appointment, call 951-674-7729 (SPAY) or 951-374-3491.
  • Residents can help save animals that would otherwise be put down by providing temporary housing through AFV’s foster program.

Visit to view available animals, for more information or to make a gift that can be designated for litter or canned wet food with a personal note in the section provided, or call 951-471-8344.