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Support 4 Paws

and their humans

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Who We Are

Support 4 Paws is a 501c3 nonprofit ​animal rescue organization ​supporting animals and their ​guardians through community ​outreach, medical assistance and ​educational programs. Our mission is ​to keep animals safe, out of shelters ​and off the streets by providing much ​needed services to their owners.

What We Do


Microchip clinics

Vaccine clinics




Fix-it Fund

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Education programs

Microchips and vaccines provided at no cost to underserved areas. Sponsor a clinic now.

Upcoming Events

We’re happy to announce our first FREE vaccine & microchip clinic of 2024 - ​we’re back for our 4th time at our Yucca Valley/Landers location.

Upcoming Clinics:




Click to follow us ​on Facebook for ​events and ​announcements

How to Help

Rescue doesn't end when the animal is out of the shelter or off the street. Rescues rely on community support to function.

What can you do?

(1) Donate money

(2) Volunteer

(3) Become a foster

(4) Adopt

(5) Become an advocate and demand your local representatives fight for low-cost spay/neuter options

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Fostering Saves Lives

There are 85 million US household with pets.


If just

of those households


Fostered just

dog per year

We could eliminate preventable euthanasia tomorrow*.

*Source: Petco Love Foundation

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Adopt Me!

Our current dogs in foster care. Some are ready to adopt today and others need ​some time.

Ruby is ready for a new ​home now. About 10 years ​young. Sweet, calm, rarely ​barks. Low energy. Doesn’t ​need walks if you have a ​backyard (she isn’t great on ​a leash). Spayed. UTD on ​vaccines appropriate for her ​age. Dental done in Oct. ‘23. ​Ruby is a survivor of the ​shelter redlist. She was due ​to be euthanized only ​because she’s a senior. No ​way we were going to let ​that happen! She deserves a ​wonderful forever home.

Howie is a 9 year old special ​needs pup that we consider a ​hospice case. He needs a loving, ​long-term foster or better yet an ​adopter who understands his ​situation. He had surgery in ​December to repair a large ​perineal hernia and prolapsed ​rectum. He’s recovered and ​doing well, but his hernia repair ​wasn’t fully successful. Contact ​us for details. He’s a sweetheart ​that literally wants nothing more ​than to follow you from room to ​room or cuddle on the couch.

Available Soon!

These dogs aren’t ready quite yet, but will be soon. If you’re interested you can ​contact us for an application.

Candy and her candybar puppies:








Puppies were born on December 26th and will ​be ready for adoption starting in March. They will ​all be neutered or spayed, vaccinated and ​microchipped. Candy will be spayed and ​available for adoption at the end of February.

We are doing DNA on the puppies to find out ​what wonderful mix they are.

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Rescue's rule of 3

All dogs are different but rescue dogs will benefit from being allowed to decompress when you bring your new friend home. The rule of 3 is a good guide to prepare you and help you understand your new family member.



Feeling overwhelmed

May be scared and unsure

Not comfortable or confident enough to act like normal

May not want to eat, drink or even go potty

Shut down and wants to hide

Tests boundaries



Starting to settle in, feels more comfortable

Realizing this could be his forever home

Starts getting into a routine

Lets his guard down, true personality begins showing

As he gets more comfortable, behavior issues could come up



Fully comfortable in his new home

Has built a trust and true bond with his new humans

Has gained a complete sense of security with himself and his new family

Has settled into the household routine

The Shelter Crisis

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Riverside County shelters are overflowing with adoptable dogs ​because, simply, the number of dogs coming in far exceeds the ​numbers being adopted. That means healthy, adoptable dogs are ​being needlessly killed to make room for the new ones.

The most vulnerable are owner turn-ins and the seniors. If you ​surrender your dog to the shelter it is most surely a death ​sentence. Owners are dumping their senior dogs - dogs that have ​been in a home for 12 or 15 years - in alarming numbers. As dogs ​age they need more medical attention. Nearly every senior dog in ​the shelter is going blind and deaf and needs an expensive dental ​cleaning/extractions. Some owners can't afford to pay the ​associated costs so the dogs end up terrified in the shelter. Worse ​yet, owners will simply turn dogs loose in the desert because they ​don't want to pay the surrender fee the shelter charges - or the ​shelters have refused to take the dog due to overcrowding.

By the Numbers

We’re going in the wrong direction! The euthanasia rate continues to climb across the nation at a ​steep rate. In Riverside County alone, in 2022 it more than doubled to 15%, from 6% in 2021, and now ​more than 1 in 5 dogs and 2 in 5 cats were euthanized in 2023.











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Data is from Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Riverside County has 4 County shelters: ​Coachella Valley Animal Center (CVAC), Riverside (Western), San Jacinto & Blythe. Returned means ​either to owner or, in the case of cats, back to the streets after being spayed or neutered (TNR).


Veterinarian Shortage

There is a crippling vet shortage nationwide and it's having a huge impact on the Coachella Valley. Low-cost options in our area are increasingly difficult to come by because they don't have the staff for more clinics and appointments at a vet clinic are weeks out and more expensive than many can afford. A quick google search yields frightening headlines like:

"New Studies Find Veterinarian Shortage Could Leave 75 million Pets Without Medical Care by 2030."

Scary, right? Even with an average of 2,500-2,600 veterinarian graduates a year, there is still an estimated 15,000 vet shortage for U.S. animals in less than 7 years.

The Coachella Valley is already feeling the impact and is losing its only 24 hour emergency vet. Now, pet parents are going to have to drive nearly an hour to the nearest emergency vet. Imagine doing that while your pet is lying on the seat next to you struggling to breath.

Fix-It Fund

Like a lot of areas, the Coachella Valley struggles with inequitable access to veterinary care. Lack of access coupled with a vet shortage + rising costs of animal care + an economic crisis + changing priorities in the post pandemic life = dogs and cats dying in shelters and on the streets.

The Fix-It Fund is how we're going to make a big difference in the desert. The fund is available to help those who have no other options and may be forced to surrender their pet if they don't get assistance. Our goal is to keep pets with their owners and if we can help, we want to 'fix it.'

Heart with Bandaid

If you are in need of assistance with pet expenses - medical, food, supplies - reach out with details and we will be in touch.

Sponsor & Donate

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Sponsor a microchip & vaccine clinic and your sponsorship will be advertised in marketing and at the event


To send a check please email

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Donations go to our general fund unless you direct it to a specific dog, event or fundraiser

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EIN 92-1841003