Animal Friends of the Valleys continues to help local strays find homes

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New Wildomar Animal Friends of the Valleys Executive Director Monica Wylie visits with a group of kittens at the shelter. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Now three years into its third decade, Animal Friends of the Valleys continues to help stray local dogs, cats and other animals find homes, reunite lost pets with their owners, offer spay and neuter services and more. The animal shelter, established in 1987 as Lake Elsinore Animal Friends, the organization has since expanded to cover the entire southwest Riverside County region, Monica Wylie, the shelter’s new executive director, said. The shelter’s goal is to help every single stray that comes in either get back to their old home or find a new one, Wylie said. “We are certainly advocates for the animals in our communities,” she said. About 20% to 30% of the stray dogs that come into the shelter are eventually reclaimed by their owners, she said. Cats are usually not so
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