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Resources for Animal Rescue

and Adoption in the High Desert

Where can I find a cats to foster or adopt in High Desert Area (Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley)?

Below are a few wonderful organizations that have companion animals available in the Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Morongo Valley Area:

Joshua Tree:

Morongo Basin Humane Society

Yucca Valley:

Yucca Valley Animal Shelter

Twentynine Palms:

Paws-N-Palms Shelter

Additionally, there are always many pets available on and It is possible to search with very specific criteria on this site to narrow down breed, color, location, etc.

Where can I spay or neuter my cat/dog?

Most veterinarians perform this procedure. A complete list of low cost vet in California can be found here:

In the High Desert area, there is an organization called Animal Action League right on highway 62 in Joshua Tree. They offer affordable sterilization procedures as well as other services and are friendly and efficient.

What is TNR?

TNR stands for trap, neuter, release. TNR is done in areas of high feral cat populations. Feral cats are considered to be “undomesticated” and in urban areas are usually a result of cats having kittens that grow up in the streets and are not used to living with people.

TNR involves catching these feral cats, bringing them to a veterinarian to be spayed/neutered and then releasing them back to the area where they were caught. Often these cats have one clipped ear to indicate they have been fixed.

What else can I do to help?


If you’re on the fence about adopting a cat, fostering is a great way to learn more about living with a cat. Or get your kitty fix if you are able to have a cat temporarily only. It helps relieve the number of cats that are currently in shelters and gives the kitties more personalized attention. 

Become a Volunteer:

There are many rescue organizations and most are always looking for volunteers to help in their mission. Volunteers may do tasks such as transporting cats, playing with cats to help socialize them, feeding and taking care of the cats’ living spaces, and so much more! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, chances are your local rescue groups have plenty for you to do!

Get the Word Out:

By learning about and supporting responsible pet ownership, you are helping prevent the unnecessary euthanization of many shelter animals and improving the quality of life for companion animals. By talking to your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors, posting about these issues on social media or sharing animal advocacy content, you are helping increase awareness about cat rescue and TNR and encouraging others to adopt, foster, spay/neuter their pets and support the cause as well.