The Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley resumed normal operations Monday, welcoming walk-in visits, after more than 18 months of limiting shelter admissions to only those with appointments under a COVID-19 prevention policy.

“We had been operating with the COVID-19 virus still in our midst, and some of the restrictions put in place were done to protect employees and the public,” shelter administrator Kim Youngberg said. “But we believe the county is trending in the right direction. It’s time our hours reflect a more welcoming approach.”

The shelter at 6851 Van Buren Blvd. is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Pet viewing, adoptions, stray pet relinquishment and licensing are all available. However, those seeking spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping services for their dogs and cats will still need to make appointments by calling 951-358-7387.

“These changes will help us serve our pet owners and would-be adopters more efficiently,” Youngberg said.

Information regarding hours of operation at the county’s other shelters can be found on the Department of Animal Services website, www.rcdas.org/index.php.

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