Save a life – become a volunteer foster family for Loving All Animals

In 2008, Linda Biggi based love all animals with a mission to be a conduit for animal welfare in the Coachella Valley. The organization sought to help shelter and rescue organizations work cooperatively to maximize programs that prevent animals from being euthanized.

A decade later, the pet rescue center at Coachella moved to Love All Animals. Today, the organization continues its mission to ensure that adoptable animals and those with treatable conditions are not euthanized. Loving All Animals offers adoptions, facilitates fostering of lost and stray animals, and works with community partners to transfer animals out of animal control.

“We are one of the few shelters east of the Coachella Valley,” said the organization’s executive director, Michael Phipps-Russell, noted. “We want these services to be accessible to the whole valley.

Loving All Animal’s shelter can house ten adult dogs, and its ability to house animals is limited only by the number of foster families who volunteer with the organization. In 2021, Loving All Animals was able to help 168 animals, 139 of which have since been adopted. A few animals have been placed in the care of more capable partners. The organization also dedicates space and time to animals requiring extended medical care.

Working to care for animals instead of euthanizing them increases costs significantly. The organization depends on donations and grants to help with these additional medical expenses. Animals that receive the medical care needed to become adoptable are worth every penny, according to Phipps-Russell.

Zoomer is one of many animals with treatable conditions that has brought joy to her foster family and all who meet her. Zoomer fights against juvenile cellulite, a disease in which the immune system attacks the skin. This resulted in severe hair loss and scabs around his muzzle. The medicine to treat the disease compromises the immune system, and Zoomer also had to fight off a terrible ear infection.

Working with a veterinary dermatologist, Zoomer has since turned a corner and is in good health. Loving All Animals works hard to help the pup get over their difficult beginnings and find a forever loving home.

Recently, Loving All Animals received a grant from the Todd Barajas Legacy Fund through the Inland Empire Community Foundation. The organization welcomes donations to help care for animals like Zoomer and is in particular need of support following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout 2020, spaying and sterilization services were deemed non-essential. This has led to an explosion in the cat population, and currently the organization is working to raise more funds to fund spaying and neutering clinics.

Loving All Animals always welcomes additional volunteers, especially for transporting and welcoming animals. There was a high demand for veterinary services and the organization had to transport some animals out of the valley to receive care. There is also a need for volunteers to help with the upkeep of the facility as well as the care and social interaction needs of the animals.

In 2021, 97 volunteers dedicated 5,842 hours of their time to the organization.

Phipps-Russell encourages the community to vaccinate and neuter their pets if they delay veterinary care during the pandemic. It also encourages pet owners to microchip their pets. Those who have lost a pet or found a stray can visit the organization’s website to find instructions on how to report to the appropriate entity.

“We are available for the community to receive their animals or answer questions about strays and work diligently with our partners to share resources, Phipps-Russell said. “We work very hard to keep the animals out of the kill shelters.”

For more information, visit lovingallanimals.org or call (760) 834-7000.

The Inland Empire Community Foundation strives to strengthen the Southern California interior through philanthropy. Learn more at iegives.org.