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Sep 20 2020

Ginger Bryk has made a career out of rescuing cats and dogs at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS). However, during the El Dorado Fire her rescue efforts expanded to farm animals of all types. When news of the evacuation order for the Oak Glen area came through, Ginger knew people and animals were going to need help. She immediately hooked up her horse trailer to her truck and was one of the few vehicles headed into Oak Glen.

Her first stop was Apple Annie’s in Oak Glen, where she met local dog trainer, Steve Bechtold. She directed Steve to another resident needing help. She then drove into the pasture where the farm animals are housed at Apple Annie’s, which was difficult to reach with a truck and trailer. She maneuvered her truck to a near jack knife position to be able to reach the animals. She was able to get 15 potbellied pigs, 5 sheep, 6 llamas, 12 goats, 1 bull and 3 ducks transported down to her sister’s property in Wildwood. Kenny and Amber Rice of American Eagle Construction welcomed all the animals to their horse barn and pasture.

Unfortunately, the next day the Bryk and Rice Families received a mandatory evacuation notice and all the animals needed to be transported to a safer location. Ginger reached out to her friends that own local ranches, who are also supporters of YAPS, because she knew they would help with the evacuation effort. Nancy Hannah and the Haman Family of Noble Ranch in Cherry Valley took in the pigs and ducks. Horseshoe Ranch and Eastside Ranch helped transport all the other animals to Horseshoe Ranch. Ginger also had her personal horses transported to a ranch in Hemet, as to not overload the other local ranches with more horses.

As word got around of Ginger’s efforts to save so many animals, her colleagues at YAPS, her friends and neighbors sent her thank you messages most of which can be viewed on the YAPS Facebook Page. Her neighbor, Councilman Dick Riddell, called Ginger over on Saturday to hand her a donation to YAPS in her honor.

“I am not comfortable taking all the credit for helping these animals during the evacuations. I helped because it is in my nature to save animals and I love my community. It was wonderful to see many other “horse people” evacuating the North Bench, while I focused on Oak Glen,” said Ginger Bryk.

Ginger has a history of stepping forward to help people and their pets. In 2017, she traveled to Texas with pet supplies and her horse trailer ready to aid people affected by Hurricane Harvey. In 2019, during the Sandalwood Fire, Ginger created a Facebook Page dedicated to local animal evacuations: Animal Evacuations – Yucaipa/Calimesa/Cherry Valley/Beaumont. This page served as a resource to help victims of the fire with supplies and reunite them with their pets. To date this Facebook Page continues to be a resource to the local community.

Ginger is thankful that she had help evacuating the animals both times. “I didn’t do this all alone. Every person that helped is connected to YAPS in some way and being able to rely on those connections made the difference,” said Bryk.

Ginger Bryk became the Accounting Manager at YAPS in 2014. Her role evolved into Operations Manager in 2015 to present. The YAPS Team is always ready to support the community in any way they can. “We are grateful and proud to have Ginger be part of YAPS,” said Annette Florez, YAPS Director.


Mar 29 2020

"I'll be there for you, 'Cause you're there for me too . . ."

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Mar 13 2020

YAPS is open by appointment only. Appointments will be scheduled in half hour increments from 11:00am to 3:30pm Tuesday through Saturday. Our facility has plenty of open space where you can meet pets and adhere to the recommended 6-10 feet for social distancing. Masks covering your nose and mouth are required when on site.

You can arrange an appointment by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 909-790-1440. Same day appointments are available as the schedule permits.

An appointment is required for:

  • Adoption meetings
  • Donation drop-offs
  • Foster vaccinations
  • Spay/neuter vouchers 
  • Surrender a pet

The best way to reach us is by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. We typically respond within 12 hours Monday through Friday.

For Adoptions: An "Adoption Inquiry Form"  must be received by YAPS before we can set an adoption appointment. We set appointments according to when we receive adoption inquiry forms and when we have available time slots. We are receiving a record number of adoption inquiries daily. Adoption Inquiry Forms can be accessed below and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the name of the pet you are interested in meeting when you email. 

To learn all about our adoption process and policies, please click here: http://www.yaps.org/adoptions/adopt-a-pet.

We do ask that if you are not feeling 100% healthy, have been exposed to any bacteria or virus, have traveled by plane, train or public transportation, please stay home. 

We thank you for your patience!

2020 dog inquiry form.pdf  2020 cat inquiry form .pdf


Dec 09 2017

17,000. An impressive number no matter what it references. Unfortunately, I am referencing the nearly 17,000 animals that were euthanized by the 17 shelters located in San Bernardino County in 2016. These shelters span from Apple Valley to Yucca Valley and the cities in between.

17,000. Acknowledging this number increases the pressure on all pet lovers, especially the YAPS team of staff, volunteers and donors. Although we celebrated 640 cat and dog adoptions in 2016, it’s sometimes hard to feel successful when so many pets continue to lose their lives in the municipal shelters that surround Yucaipa. Still, we remain committed rescue warriors at YAPS, and we’re determined to lower the euthanasia rate in San Bernardino County one pet at a time.

Each week, YAPS takes in pets from both municipal shelters and from owners that can no longer provide care. Each week we field hundreds of calls from organizations and individuals looking for a no-kill shelter where they can safely surrender pets. Sadly we sometimes have only one vacancy at our facility and have to choose which life to save. This is the hardship of a rescue warrior. We face heartbreaking challenges like this together. It’s difficult, but the reward of a saving even a single life is well worth it.

To that end, YAPS placed 612 pets in 2017. So, whether you donate your time, talents or hard earned dollars to YAPS, please know that you are sincerely appreciated. Every donation gives life; every donation creates hope; every donation inspires others.

Thank you for your continued support. I wish you peace and happiness in 2018.


Annette Florez

Aug 23 2017


Birthday Wish for Homeless Dog

 Hearing “I don’t want him . . . he’s not cute,” is all it took to motivate local middle school student, Lily Florez, to step into action. Lily is a volunteer with Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS), a nonprofit, pet rescue facility. On a recent Saturday afternoon she overhead a potential adopter say this about Pony Boy, a shepherd mix.  Lily’s birthday is next week and she has started a fundraising campaign asking for donations to go to YAPS to help cover the cost of his adoption fee in lieu of presents.

Lily, visits with 6 years young Pony Boy every chance she gets and her birthday wish is for Pony Boy to get a Forever home. Pony Boy has been at YAPS for 165 days and sometimes the pet care team wonders if it due to his scar.  He came in with this scar after sustaining a kick in the face from a horse.

Lily has learned that Pony Boy loves to go for walks, loves to play ball, enjoys a good meal and enjoys curling up next to you until he falls asleep. “I spend as much time as I can with Pony Boy when I volunteer at YAPS and hearing someone say he is not cute bothered me. I had to do something,” said Lily.

There have been other children in the community that have requested donations for the orphaned pets at YAPS in lieu of gifts. Recently, 7 year old Alex Grider, was able to raise $450.00 plus much needed supplies by making such a request for his birthday. “This is a positive way students can help homeless pets at YAPS and gives family members and friends the opportunity to make a difference as well,” said Ginger Bryk, YAPS Operations Manager.

 Donations for Pony Boy have not been totaled but it is likely that his fee will be reduced. For more information on Pony Boy, or any of his furry friends at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society call (909)790-1440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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