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Avondale Dog Show Brings in Much Needed Funds – Watch Video of Event

Avondale Dog Show Brings in Much Needed Funds – Watch Video of Event

Avondale’s twelfth annual dog show held April 3 brought in over $27,000 to help cover costs of caring for dogs at PRC awaiting forever homes. Thank you Avondale residents and everyone who attended the show and for your generous donations.

Special thanks Cheryl Clark and Kathi James and the committee for their great job generating funds from the silent auction and selling calendars.

Carol Eddy created this beautiful video of the event. Thank you Carol!


William Gazecki, shown here in Jack Russel tee shirt, started the Avondale Dog Show and built the Tocoma Humane Society. He attended this year’s show with newly adopted “Sugar” in his arms. He adopted Sugar from PRC just prior to the show. PRC Director Christine Madruga calls him the “King” of The Pet Rescue Center for his long-standing support.

RSVP Now for Our 18th Birthday Western Barbecue Bash March 13

RSVP Now for Our 18th Birthday Western Barbecue Bash March 13

Live kick-up-your-heels music! Delicious food! Beer! Wine! Unique auction items! Mingling with like-minded, dog-loving compassionate folks! You may even brush elbows with a celebrity or two!

This annual birthday bash is not only fun, it’s also the primary fundraising event that enables us to continue saving dogs’ lives. So tell your friends and call now to RSVP.

For just $90 per person, you’re reserving a day of fun and helping us save lives.

Held at J & J Ranch 58300 Almonte Dr. in LaQuinta from 5-9pm.

Call Christine Madruga at 760-398-7722 or 760-496-7038.

Thank You for Your Continued Support

Thank You for Your Continued Support
PRC President Christine Madruga

PRC President Christine Madruga

I can’t possibly express the magnitude of my appreciation for your years of love and support. Since we began in 1998, PRC has saved the lives of over 10,200 dogs. It has only been possible because of our loving volunteers and generous donors.

Everyone who helps us can be assured their donations go directly to caring for the dogs and running the Center.

The work here does not become easier or less costly. There are more strays requiring more than routine vaccines, spay and neuters. Our vet costs alone average $3k a month. Liability insurance increases each year.

Your continued support enables us to continue finding the best homes possible for these once unwanted pets.

You can mail your tax-deductible donation to our P.O. Box 6570 in La Quinta, Ca 92088. Better yet, stop by and meet our dogs currently available for adoption and drop off your donation in person during adoption hours at 83-496 Avenue 51 in Coachella.

The PayPal link on this website is also an easy and fast way to get your donation to us.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your help, love and continued support.

Why Adopt from The Pet Rescue Center?

Why Adopt from The Pet Rescue Center?

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are five reasons to adopt your new best friend.

1. If you adopt, you’ll save a life
Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.

Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.

By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. When you adopt, you get a healthy pet
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong.” In fact, most animals are given to shelters or rescue groups because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes.

3. Adopting will save you money
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.

4. Adopting a pet will make you feel better
Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

Find your new best friend today! Search for adoptable pets at the Shelter Pet Project.

Pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren’t just good friends; they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.

5. If you adopt, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores
Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most animals raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.

Puppy-mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet, and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.

Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy-buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.

By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing from them. Instead of buying a pet, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue group, where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies, kittens, and adult pets—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.