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Friends of the Desert Mountains

Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the area's conservation land resources while at the same time be a partner in education, research and support for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and surrounding areas. We work with local, state, and federal conservation partners, community members, landowners, and businesses to acquire and conserve land. Our volunteers assist us with everything from invasive species removal, trail maintenance, and citizen science projects to visitor services, interpretive hikes, and youth education. We appreciate everything our volunteers do for us, and always welcome more!

Guide Dogs of the Desert

Guide Dogs of the Desert was founded in 1972 with the goal to provide quality guide dogs to the blind and the multi-handicapped blind. With the help of the Cathedral City Lions Club, Guide Dogs of the Desert was incorporated and licensed under California State Law and the Department of Consumer Affairs. By 1975 Guide Dogs of the Desert leased a two-bedroom house with a detached garage located on the current school property. In 1976, several individual members of Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs, California backed the purchase of the property and renovations commenced. The demand for specialized guide dog training and individualized instruction soon required larger facilities. In 1982, Lions Club members, local businesses and a grant from the Lions Club International Foundation served to expand the kennels and dormitory. The adjoining six acres was purchased to provide for future expansion. An additional five acres was purchased in 1995 for the development of a breeding facility and additional kennels. Student housing was completed in the fall of 1997, with accommodations for 12 students. The dormitory was designed with the input of students and graduates. The facility offers single bedrooms for each student with a shared bathroom for every two students. There is also an auditorium with a kitchen and a dining room. The dorm also has a recreation room equipped with a talking computer with Internet access, exercise equipment, musical instruments and a television. Microwaves and laundry equipment are also available. An additional kennel was built in 1998, made possible by the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation. This facility is used strictly for the care of breeding dogs and their puppies.

Loving All Animals

This is what we do to make a difference: E-ADOPT NETWORK: Through our email networking, we recieve and send photos, descriptions and details of animals that are available for adoption. Thousands of dogs, cats, birds, horses, rabbits and other pets have found loving homes through our networking efforts. ADOPTION FAIRS: We organize and sponsor public events where local shelters can bring animals that are ready for adoption. SPEARHEAD: We coordinate groups, non-profits, individuals and veterinarians to help one another when special needs for animals arise. RAISE FUNDS: We plan special events to raise funds in order to assist local animals groups in need.