Coachella Valley Animal Campus Commission

The Coachella Valley Animal Campus, located in Thousand Palms at 72-050 Petland Place, opened in 2005.  The facility is a partnership with Riverside County Department of Animal Services, Animal Samaritans and the Coachella Valley cities of Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.  The Coachella Valley Animal Campus Commission is comprised of one representative from each member city and county staff.

Commission Membership

The members of the Animal Commission are appointed by cities.  A current list of Commission members may be found on the right sidebar. 


Meeting Schedule

The Animal Commission meets quarterly (every three months) on the first Thursday at            9:30 a.m.  The meetings are virtual until further notice. 

If you have any questions regarding the agenda, please contact Laurie Dozier at the Department of Animal Services, 951-358-7442 or via email,     

  Click here for the 2023 Meeting Schedule


Council Membership

City of Indian Wells

Councilmember Kimberly Muzik

 Mayor Dana Reed (Alternate) 

City of La Quinta

Councilmember Steve Sanchez

Councilmember Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Alternate)

City of Cathedral City

Councilmember Mark Carnevale


Mayor Ernesto Gutierrez (Alternate)

City of Coachella

Councilmember Denise Delgado

Vacant (Alternate) 

City of Desert Hot Springs

City of Indio

Councilmember Lupe Ramos Amith

Scott Trujillo (City Staff Representative)

City of Palm Desert

Councilmember Karina Quintanilla


Mayor Kathleen Kelly (Alternate)

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Vacant, Executive Director 

Friends of Palm Springs

Animal Shelter

Tamara Hedges, President, Ex-Officio

City of Rancho Mirage

Councilmember Steve Downs 

Mayor Ted Weill 

County of Riverside

Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

Alexis Perez, Board Assistant

Fifth District Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez

Animal Samaritans

Len D. Betz, President, Ex-Officio
Tom Snyder, CEO 

County Staff

Laurie Dozier, Executive Assistant I