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ARE Animal Rescue Opens Pet Adoption Center and Administrative Office in Hemet, CA

Young Rescue Saved 1,910 Cats and Dogs from Euthanasia in 2019

HEMET, CA, February 18, 2020 – ARE Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, recently opened a pet adoption center at 101 East Florida Ave. (Highway 74) on the corner of State St. in Hemet, CA. The 5,300 sq.-ft. center also includes an isolation room for sick animals, the organization’s administrative office, and large freestanding community rooms where cats and kittens enjoy socializing and playtime during the day and where anyone interested in adopting can spend time getting to know one or more of the cats.

The center is open to the public Monday – Thursday, 3 – 6 p.m.; Friday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. –  6 p.m.; and Sunday by appointment.  The majority of animals at the adoption center are kittens and cats.  Ninety percent of the animals ARE rescues are kittens and cats, while 10 percent are puppies and dogs. 

For people in San Diego County looking to adopt, ARE Animal Rescue has the cattery inside PetSmart, Mission Marketplace, 471 College Blvd. in Oceanside.  The cattery is staffed during store hours seven days a week.

Additionally, ARE holds adoption events every Saturday and Sunday at the 471 College Blvd., Oceanside, PetSmart, as well as at Petco in Countryside Marketplace, 30464 Haun Rd., Menifee, and at Petco, 18290 Collier Ave., Lake Elsinore.  All in-store weekend events are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A Gift of Love to Benefit Animals

Director Amber Schlieder’s husband, Grant Brubaker, in July 2018 formed the nonprofit corporation as an anniversary gift to her so that she could formally do the work she loves.  In its first six months of operation that year, ARE saved 911 animals and found forever homes for 800 of them.  In 2019, ARE saved 1,910 animals and found homes for 1,300 animals. Ninety five percent of the animals are from Riverside County Dept. of Animal Services’ shelter in San Jacinto.

“It’s thrilling to think of what we’ve accomplished is less than two years,” Schlieder says.  “However, I’m not resting on any laurels when there are so many innocent animals still being euthanized and pet overpopulation is a serious problem in our communities.”

“Not only do we want to save more animals’ lives, but we also want to expand on the care we provide animals here at the center, provide education and services to the public to help them better care for their pets, and open a low-cost spay/neuter clinic which our region desperately needs.  In order to realize our plans, we need donations of money, goods and services,” she continues.

“We have a large team of wonderful, dedicated volunteers, but with so much yet to do, we have to recruit more volunteers,” Schlieder adds.  “We need more people who have specific animal-related, administrative, creative and professional expertise, as well as generalists to help here at the center, at our adoption events and with programs and services we’re planning for the months ahead.  And, we’d like more foster volunteers, people who just want to love on and care for animals.”

ARE currently has a network of more than 240 foster homes in four counties:  Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego.

In addition to rescuing treatable, adoptable animals, ARE also saves feral cats from euthanasia, has them spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and places them as working cats.  They go to ranches, vineyards and orchards, warehouses, and other places where they can help control the vermin population, or where they just can live out their lives in a safe environment away from the public.

ARE Animal Rescue, founded in July 2018, is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue organization serving Southern California.  ARE’s goal is to attain a no-kill community by reducing euthanasia in high-kill shelters.  ARE Animal Rescue is dedicated to rescuing at-risk cats/kittens and dogs/puppies from high-kill shelters and from situations of immediate danger and giving them a chance at life.  All rescued animals receive appropriate veterinary care and vaccinations, are spayed or neutered and microchipped, and reside in nurturing foster homes while they await adoption into responsible, committed, forever homes.

For more information, visit, email, or follow ARE Animal Rescue on Facebook and Instagram.