The Humane Society of the Desert began with a simple concept; help those who cannot help themselves.

For thousands of neglected, abandoned, and abused animals, this concept evolved - it became their second chance in life.

The Humane Society of the Desert is now one of Southern California's largest no-kill animal sanctuaries.

Our Mission

To rescue and heal neglected, abandoned and abused dogs and cats.
By providing the space to facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats, the chance to live a full and happy live with loving pet owners is made possible. We are a No-Kill animal sanctuary. The largest in Southern California.


Our Vision

To focus in reducing the homeless population of dogs and cats
through community awareness programs and partnerships across the country. We are advocates of the No-Kill movement and believe in changing society to value and protect the lives of animals. 


One of Southern California's largest no-kill animal sanctuaries.

The History of The Humane Society of the Desert

Its humble beginnings are far removed from its present status:


Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in North Palm Springs. The animal sanctuary was also known as the Orphan Pet Oasis. It began with 16 Kennels on 2 acres and housed 20 dogs


Compassionate donors added a small trailer to begin rescuing cats.


An additional 6 acres was generously donated


Malinda Bustos was elected President of the Board of Directors in 2004. While Bustos continued the rescue mission, she saw the importance of quality of life for each animal and the need for facility modernization. Strong winds and high temperatures had taken its toll. Renovations began in Fall 2004.


Mrs. Anne Barry donated the Barry Cat Rescue Center. This 1,400 square foot building offers accommodations to more than 50 cats


Still thriving...At The Humane Society of the Desert our most important work comes with paws and fur. We rescue dogs, cats, livestock and even bunnies! Our guests arrive every day-from high-kill shelters, neglectful environments, financial hardships and owner abandonment. We don't always know why they come or from where they come-we just know they count on us.
Each year, thousands of animals are euthanized in local and county shelters throughout the United States. At The Humane Society, healthy, playful adorable animals are just waiting for you to discover them. Make adoption your option..and make a difference today!

As the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned animals has grown, so, too has The Humane Society of the Desert.

To date, notable accomplishments include:

  • Complete facility renovation
  • New kennels with misting systems
  • Landscaping and walking paths
  • A Puppy Park
  • Four large dog play areas
  • Vet Mobile

We have grown from a small rescue facility to one of the largest animal sanctuary's in So. California.

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of 7 professionals, each committed to the mission, "Protect, Heal and Adopt for life".

The Sanctuary is Staffed

by eight full and part-time employees. In addition, we are extremely grateful for ourhost of dedicated volunteers.

Formerly orphaned and abandoned pets are now well cared for, nurtured and loved.