Confirmed victory

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and outraged Riverside County residents filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against the City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs police and animal control officials, and the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter for an ongoing pattern of abuses and failure to follow state and local laws protecting animals at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, resulting in the extremely high euthanasia rates of adoptable animals, despite the shelter’s publicizing itself as a “no-kill” facility. In addition to the unnecessary and wrongful killing of scores of dogs and cats impounded annually, the shelter has failed to provide routine veterinary care to Palm Springs’ sick and injured homeless animals.

Sign ALDF's petition to the City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs police and animal control officials, urging them to offer true protection and assistance to the homeless animals they are entrusted with protecting by immediately bringing the Palm Springs Animal Shelter into compliance with all state and local animal protection laws.

Letter to
City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs Police and Animal Control Officials
The Palm Springs shelter is advertised as "the only municipal no-kill shelter in [California's] Coachella Valley." However, a substantial proportion of the cats and dogs impounded there are in fact euthanized—more than 50% of live, unclaimed dogs and over 80% of live, unclaimed cats during certain periods for which requested records were made available. In addition to disseminating misleading statements about the "no-kill" nature of their shelter to the public, the shelter and other defendants in the case routinely violate local law with respect to euthanasia of shelter animals impounded at their shelter. The Palm Springs Municipal Code prescribes a 5-day mandatory holding period for animals impounded at its Shelter, but homeless animals are routinely killed prior to the expiration of the holding period. The shelter has also been violating the law by failing to keep accurate records and by discriminating against certain breeds of dogs, like chows and pit bulls, who are euthanized at an above-average rate, and by failing to provide veterinary care to sick and injured animals. That's why the Animal Legal Defense Fund and outraged California citizens are filing suit to ensure that misconduct and misuse of funds at the city's shelter are stopped, and real protection for animals is implemented.

Please offer true protection and assistance to the homeless animals you are entrusted with protecting by immediately bringing the Palm Springs animal shelter into compliance with all state and local animal protection laws.