Sheriff’s Lieutenant Hosts Drive To Help Homeless Pets

Homeless pets at two animal shelters in San Bernardino County, California, are getting a helping hand this holiday season thanks to a fundraising effort headed up by James Porter, a lieutenant at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s West Valley Detention Center, and his girlfriend, Natasha Francis. Years ago, when Porter was working at the Morongo station, he started a collection box for the Morongo Basin Humane Society. Porter told the San Bernardino Sun, “It was just a cardboard box and a flier then.”


The quest to help out the animal shelter has steadily grown through the years. Today, with the help and support of the sheriff’s department, the campaign to collect dog and cat food, along with supplies for the shelter, has steadily grown. In fact, so many supplies are donated by members of the community that the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS), another area shelter, now receives donated items as well.  Annette Florez, executive director of YAPS, told the SB Sun how much the donated items help, “It will likely get us into June with feeding our animals.”


On November 25, the Morongo Basin Humane Society commended the sheriff’s department for the pet supply campaign and let area residents know that donation drive has been extended:

A big thank you to the SB County Sheriff’s Department for the pet food drive they are having. It has been extended to December 4, 2016. Donations may be dropped off at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station in JT. If you’d like to donate but can’t drop off, please contact the Sheriff’s Dept and they will make arrangements to pick up.

Don’t live in the area, but love this idea? Consider starting a pet supply donation drive for shelters in your own neighborhood. Host a “for the pets” holiday party (guests bring donated items) or set up a donation collection box at work.

Find the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Facebook page here. Yucaipa Animal Placement Society Facebook page here. Morongo Basin Humane Society here.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.