Animal Shelter To Open Saturdays

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)–Need a pet license? Looking to adopt a new cat? Did your dog get out of your yard and picked up by animal control? These situations don’t just happen Monday through Friday. To better serve our residents and their pets, the Town Council on Tuesday approved Saturday hours for the Apple Valley Animal Shelter for a three month trial period.

Mayor Barb Stanton brought this recommendation forward when she was first appointed mayor in December 2011.  “We have an incredible animal shelter with beautiful animals just waiting to find a home,” said Stanton. “It is extremely important to be open weekends so our citizens have time to come look.”

As of April 30, the shelter will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public can stop by for licensing, micro-chip services, adoptions, return to owners and much more. The council will review the results of the Saturday operations in 90 days to consider making the Saturday hours a permanent feature.

“We are hoping that our Saturday hours will provide greater opportunities for families to adopt pets,” said Animal Services Manager Gina Schwin-Whiteside. “We are not adding any staff, but will shift schedules to give the public better access to all of our services on Saturdays.”

Field services will continue to provide 24/7 emergency response after hours, Sundays and holidays. Contact the Animal Shelter for more information at (760) 240-7000 x7555 or visit

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