Empowering Pet Owners and Supporters

Resources

This Resources guide is provided to support pet owners, adopters, and animal enthusiasts. Scroll down to learn more about Pet Care and Safety, Adoption Guides, Turn-In Requirements, and FAQ’s!

Pet Care and Safety

Lost Prevention Tips

Microchip your pet, keep up-to-date tags on their collar, and ensure fences/gates are secure. Teach your pet to come when called and consider keeping cats indoors. If you’ve lost a pet in the Morongo Basin, here’s some helpful resources:

Rehoming Your Pet

If you need to find a new home for your pet, start by reaching out to friends and family. Use social media responsibly to find potential adopters, and screen them carefully. Always be honest about your pet’s behavior and health.

Veterinary Resources

Regular veterinary care is crucial. Look for local clinics offering routine check-ups, vaccinations, and emergency services. Low-cost spay/neuter programs are available through various organizations to help control the pet population, including.

Behavior Resources

Understanding pet behavior is key to a harmonious home. For behavior issues, consult with a professional trainer or behaviorist. Positive reinforcement training is recommended.

Adoption Guide

How to Adopt: Adoption is a rewarding way to find your new best friend. Visit us during our open hours or view our pets online. The process includes filling out an application, meeting the pet, and a home visit for dogs. We aim to ensure a good match for both the pet and the adopter.

Adoption Requirements and Approvals: Adopters must be 18 years or older, have a valid ID, and undergo an interview process to ensure a good match. References and a home check may be required, especially for dog adoptions. All animals are spayed or neutered by MBHS before adoption. Our contract requires that cats remain indoors at all times. Adopted dogs must have a secure fenced area appropriate for their size but are not to be kept outside. Humane Society staff will conduct a home and yard check for dogs prior to adoption.

Post-Adoption Support: We offer a free veterinary exam within the first week of adoption, advice on pet care, and behavior, and are always here to answer any questions you might have as you adjust to life with your new pet.

Bringing Animals to the Shelter

Turn-in Requirements

Animals are accepted at the Joshua Tree No-Kill Shelter on a space-available basis. Before bringing an animal to the shelter, please contact us to discuss the situation. Our team will assess the animal’s adoptability and available space at the shelter. This ensures that we can provide the best care possible for the animal and that we have the resources to accommodate them.

If you are planning on turning a dog in to us, please fill out our Behavior Evaluation Form. This helps us better understand the dog’s behavior and needs, allowing us to provide appropriate care and placement.

Our shelter is currently full and not accepting new turn-ins. However, you can fill out the form to be added to our waiting list. 

Animal Turn-in Fees

To cover the costs of caring for incoming animals, the Morongo Basin Humane Society charges turn-in fees. These fees help support our operations and ensure that we can continue to provide quality care for all animals in need. The fees vary based on factors such as the animal’s species, age, and reproductive status.

Animal Type Fee
Neutered Dog/Puppy $50
Un-neutered Dog/Puppy $100
Neutered Cat/Kitten $25
Un-neutered Cat/Kitten $50
Pregnant Cat $120
Pregnant Dog $200
Animal Type Fee
Neutered Dog/Puppy $50
Un-neutered Dog/Puppy $100
Neutered Cat/Kitten $25
Un-neutered Cat/Kitten $50
Pregnant Cat $120
Pregnant Dog $200

FAQ

We primarily serve the local community but do consider out-of-state adoptions on a case-by-case basis, with a thorough application and vetting process.

Yes, visitors are welcome during our open hours, Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended for specific adoption inquiries.
Our shelter is open Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. While appointments are not required, they are recommended for specific pets or adoption consultations.

Fees vary by age and species:

  • Adult Dogs: $150
  • Puppies: $200
  • Senior Dogs: $100
  • Adult Cats: $100
  • Kittens: $125
  • Senior Cats: $50
Fees include spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and a free vet exam.

Approval typically takes 1-3 days after the application. It includes reference checks and, for dogs, a home visit.
A meet and greet involves bringing the potential adopter (and possibly their current pets) to meet the shelter pet in a controlled environment to observe interactions.
Adoption is a permanent commitment to a pet, while fostering is temporary care until the pet finds a forever home.
Yes, we highly recommend and can arrange meet and greets between your current pet and a potential new pet to ensure compatibility.
We provide the initial vet exam for free and may offer starter supplies. Ongoing medical expenses are typically the responsibility of the pet owner.
While we focus on the initial health and readiness for adoption, we can offer guidance and resources for emergency situations and recommend pet insurance for ongoing health care.
The length of a foster commitment can vary depending on the specific needs of each animal. Typically, it ranges from a few weeks to several months. We work closely with our foster caregivers to ensure the arrangement suits their schedule and lifestyle.
If you find yourself unable to care for your pet, please contact us. We can provide guidance on rehoming strategies or, depending on space and resources, may be able to take the pet back into the shelter. We prioritize making the transition as smooth as possible for the pet.
If you find a stray animal, please first check if it has any identification tags. If it’s safe to do so, you might try to approach and check for a microchip at a local vet or animal shelter. Contact animal control or local shelters, including ours, to report the found animal and seek further instructions.
If you suspect animal abuse, it’s important to report it to local authorities immediately. Animal welfare organizations, animal control, or the police can intervene. You can also contact us for advice on the next steps and resources available in your area.
Donations are crucial to our operation. They are used for veterinary care, shelter maintenance, food, enrichment programs for the animals, and community education efforts. We ensure that every dollar donated goes towards making a significant impact in the lives of the animals we care for.

Yes, we do adopt pets to homes with children, but we carefully consider the temperament of the pet and the household environment to ensure a good fit. We provide guidance on introducing your new pet to children and monitoring interactions to ensure safety and comfort for both the pet and your family.

While the intention is appreciated, we encourage the prospective pet owner to be directly involved in the adoption process. This ensures the best match and commitment, as adopting a pet is a significant, long-term responsibility.

All pets adopted from our shelter are up to date on vaccinations appropriate for their age and species. Dogs typically receive vaccinations for rabies, DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus), and sometimes bordetella. Cats receive FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and, in some cases, rabies vaccinations.

Yes, all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. This is part of our commitment to reducing pet overpopulation and promoting the health and behavior benefits associated with these procedures.
Yes, all pets adopted from our shelter are microchipped before they go to their new homes. Microchipping is a crucial part of our commitment to pet safety and helps ensure that if your pet ever gets lost, they have a much higher chance of being returned to you. We register the microchip with your contact information, and we strongly recommend keeping that information up to date. If you move or change phone numbers, please remember to update your pet’s microchip registration. Microchipping provides a permanent form of identification that can’t be lost or removed like a collar or tags might be. It’s a simple, quick, and relatively painless procedure that can make a huge difference in reuniting lost pets with their families.

We primarily serve the local community but do consider out-of-state adoptions on a case-by-case basis, with a thorough application and vetting process.

Yes, visitors are welcome during our open hours, Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended for specific adoption inquiries.
Our shelter is open Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. While appointments are not required, they are recommended for specific pets or adoption consultations.

Fees vary by age and species:

  • Adult Dogs: $150
  • Puppies: $200
  • Senior Dogs: $100
  • Adult Cats: $100
  • Kittens: $125
  • Senior Cats: $50
Fees include spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and a free vet exam.

Approval typically takes 1-3 days after the application. It includes reference checks and, for dogs, a home visit.
A meet and greet involves bringing the potential adopter (and possibly their current pets) to meet the shelter pet in a controlled environment to observe interactions.
Adoption is a permanent commitment to a pet, while fostering is temporary care until the pet finds a forever home.
Yes, we highly recommend and can arrange meet and greets between your current pet and a potential new pet to ensure compatibility.
We provide the initial vet exam for free and may offer starter supplies. Ongoing medical expenses are typically the responsibility of the pet owner.
While we focus on the initial health and readiness for adoption, we can offer guidance and resources for emergency situations and recommend pet insurance for ongoing health care.
The length of a foster commitment can vary depending on the specific needs of each animal. Typically, it ranges from a few weeks to several months. We work closely with our foster caregivers to ensure the arrangement suits their schedule and lifestyle.
If you find yourself unable to care for your pet, please contact us. We can provide guidance on rehoming strategies or, depending on space and resources, may be able to take the pet back into the shelter. We prioritize making the transition as smooth as possible for the pet.

If you find a stray animal, please first check if it has any identification tags. If it’s safe to do so, you might try to approach and check for a microchip at a local vet or animal shelter. Contact animal control or local shelters, including ours, to report the found animal and seek further instructions.

Dogs and/or cats can be taken to your local public animal shelter where they have safe, secure, drop off kennels. Animals are not kept in those kennels for long periods of time. All drop-off’s are under video surveillance with in-call staff 24/7, so they will get the animal secure in a timely manner.

If you suspect animal abuse, it’s important to report it to local authorities immediately. Animal welfare organizations, animal control, or the police can intervene. You can also contact us for advice on the next steps and resources available in your area.

Donations are crucial to our operation. They are used for veterinary care, shelter maintenance, food, enrichment programs for the animals, and community education efforts. We ensure that every dollar donated goes towards making a significant impact in the lives of the animals we care for.

Yes, we do adopt pets to homes with children, but we carefully consider the temperament of the pet and the household environment to ensure a good fit. We provide guidance on introducing your new pet to children and monitoring interactions to ensure safety and comfort for both the pet and your family.

All pets adopted from our shelter are up to date on vaccinations appropriate for their age and species. Dogs typically receive vaccinations for rabies, DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus), and sometimes bordetella. Cats receive FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and, in some cases, rabies vaccinations.

Yes, all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. This is part of our commitment to reducing pet overpopulation and promoting the health and behavior benefits associated with these procedures.
Yes, all pets adopted from our shelter are microchipped before they go to their new homes. Microchipping is a crucial part of our commitment to pet safety and helps ensure that if your pet ever gets lost, they have a much higher chance of being returned to you. We register the microchip with your contact information, and we strongly recommend keeping that information up to date. If you move or change phone numbers, please remember to update your pet’s microchip registration. Microchipping provides a permanent form of identification that can’t be lost or removed like a collar or tags might be. It’s a simple, quick, and relatively painless procedure that can make a huge difference in reuniting lost pets with their families.

We primarily serve the local community but do consider out-of-state adoptions on a case-by-case basis, with a thorough application and vetting process.

Yes, visitors are welcome during our open hours, Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended for specific adoption inquiries.
Our shelter is open Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. While appointments are not required, they are recommended for specific pets or adoption consultations.

Fees vary by age and species:

  • Adult Dogs: $150
  • Puppies: $200
  • Senior Dogs: $100
  • Adult Cats: $100
  • Kittens: $125
  • Senior Cats: $50
Fees include spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and a free vet exam.

Approval typically takes 1-3 days after the application. It includes reference checks and, for dogs, a home visit.
A meet and greet involves bringing the potential adopter (and possibly their current pets) to meet the shelter pet in a controlled environment to observe interactions.
Adoption is a permanent commitment to a pet, while fostering is temporary care until the pet finds a forever home.
Yes, we highly recommend and can arrange meet and greets between your current pet and a potential new pet to ensure compatibility.
We provide the initial vet exam for free and may offer starter supplies. Ongoing medical expenses are typically the responsibility of the pet owner.
While we focus on the initial health and readiness for adoption, we can offer guidance and resources for emergency situations and recommend pet insurance for ongoing health care.
The length of a foster commitment can vary depending on the specific needs of each animal. Typically, it ranges from a few weeks to several months. We work closely with our foster caregivers to ensure the arrangement suits their schedule and lifestyle.
If you find yourself unable to care for your pet, please contact us. We can provide guidance on rehoming strategies or, depending on space and resources, may be able to take the pet back into the shelter. We prioritize making the transition as smooth as possible for the pet.
If you find a stray animal, please first check if it has any identification tags. If it’s safe to do so, you might try to approach and check for a microchip at a local vet or animal shelter. Contact animal control or local shelters, including ours, to report the found animal and seek further instructions.
If you suspect animal abuse, it’s important to report it to local authorities immediately. Animal welfare organizations, animal control, or the police can intervene. You can also contact us for advice on the next steps and resources available in your area.
Donations are crucial to our operation. They are used for veterinary care, shelter maintenance, food, enrichment programs for the animals, and community education efforts. We ensure that every dollar donated goes towards making a significant impact in the lives of the animals we care for.

Yes, we do adopt pets to homes with children, but we carefully consider the temperament of the pet and the household environment to ensure a good fit. We provide guidance on introducing your new pet to children and monitoring interactions to ensure safety and comfort for both the pet and your family.

While the intention is appreciated, we encourage the prospective pet owner to be directly involved in the adoption process. This ensures the best match and commitment, as adopting a pet is a significant, long-term responsibility.

All pets adopted from our shelter are up to date on vaccinations appropriate for their age and species. Dogs typically receive vaccinations for rabies, DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus), and sometimes bordetella. Cats receive FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and, in some cases, rabies vaccinations.

Yes, all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. This is part of our commitment to reducing pet overpopulation and promoting the health and behavior benefits associated with these procedures.
Yes, all pets adopted from our shelter are microchipped before they go to their new homes. Microchipping is a crucial part of our commitment to pet safety and helps ensure that if your pet ever gets lost, they have a much higher chance of being returned to you. We register the microchip with your contact information, and we strongly recommend keeping that information up to date. If you move or change phone numbers, please remember to update your pet’s microchip registration. Microchipping provides a permanent form of identification that can’t be lost or removed like a collar or tags might be. It’s a simple, quick, and relatively painless procedure that can make a huge difference in reuniting lost pets with their families.