Animal Friends of the Valleys celebrates 10 years of service in the Valley

Animal Friends of the Valleys

WILDOMAR – Animal Friends of the Valleys celebrated 10 years of service at 33751 Mission Trail Road in Wildomar with a special ceremony and shelter tour on their Facebook live feed Sunday, Oct. 18.

AFV, a state-of-the-art nonprofit animal shelter, was built to care for lost or homeless animals in the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Menifee and surrounding rural county areas. On Oct. 4, 2010, AFV opened the shelter doors and attended to over 15,486 animals in the first year. Last year, the shelter’s numbers dropped to 9,806 dogs and cats. AFV’s mission is to help end pet overpopulation in the cities they serve as seen by the reduction of those animals entering the shelter.

The shelter has 32,000 square feet and offers temperature-controlled rooms for dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, tortoises and various wildlife. AFV also has a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that offers low cost vaccinations at 29001 Bastron Avenue in Lake Elsinore. The clinic has two veterinarians on staff and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

AFV has an Animal Control division, staffed by Chief Mo Middleton. These officers work in all cities pursuing AFV’s core values of employee excellence, outstanding community service, building strong networks, partnerships and alliances, educational advocacy and fiscal responsibility. AFV is dedicated to promoting humane care of animals through education and proactive animal service programs such as their foster programs.

“We are here for the animals,” Beth Soltysiak, director of development for AFV, said. “Our mission is to find all adoptable pets a loving and forever home. COVID-19 has put a strain on us all. AFV has been opened throughout this pandemic as we are deemed an essential business by the governor. All spring and summer fundraising events were canceled due to social distancing. We need to continue to reach out to the communities we serve. These animals need our help.”

The nonprofit has two signature AFV events coming up, including it’s Spooktacular Pet Costume Contest Saturday, Oct. 31, at the shelter from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wines for Canines and Kitties Sit-Stay-Sip virtual event Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. Visit for additional information on all events.

Submitted by Animal Friends of the Valleys.