Apple Valley Animal Shelter postpones turn-ins by owners

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Each year during the July 4 holiday, the number of lost animals coming into the Apple Valley Animal Shelter increases. In preparation of this expected increase, the shelter will be temporarily postponing the acceptance of owner surrendered “turn-in” animals beginning June 26 through July 13. 

“Unfortunately, our shelter sees a substantial increase in stray animals during this busy holiday season,” said Mayor Curt Emick. “Some of this increase we can attribute to illegal fireworks that can harm or scare animals away from their owner or residence. All fireworks, including ‘safe and sane’ are illegal in Apple Valley and in unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Residents should keep a close eye on their animals and bring them indoors if possible.”

The Apple Valley Animal Shelter will continue to accept owner-surrendered animals that are irreparably sick or injured. However, owners are encouraged to take treatable animals to available veterinarians.

Apple Valley Animal Services does not provide emergency veterinary care.

“Managing the number of animals coming in during the busy 4th of July holiday helps free up kennel space for lost pets needing to be reunited with their owners,” said Director of Animal Services Gina Whiteside. “Our goal is to provide every opportunity for the animals in our shelter to be placed into permanent loving homes. Let’s keep Apple Valley and our friendly animals out of danger this holiday as we celebrate safely and together.” 

For further information, please contact the Apple Valley Animal Shelter at (760) 240-7555 or visit

To report use of fireworks in Apple Valley during regular business hours, please call the Apple Valley Fire Protection District at (760) 247-7618. After hours, please call (760) 956-5001

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