Animal hoarding stories are always tough to hear about. A recent hoarding case in the San Diego County community of Poway has gotten a lot of attention recently. An incredible number of dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation…123 to be exact (the number grew after animal welfare workers found additional dogs that the owners had been hiding during the original rescue operation).
In this sad case, an elderly couple had been hoarding these little Yorkie-mix dogs in their home, and the living conditions faced by the dogs were, as you can imagine, horrific. The dogs are now in the care of the San Diego Humane Society, and it’s been all hands on deck caring for these sweet pups. They’ve needed grooming, dental care, vaccinations, and other services.
They soon will be made available for adoption. San Diego Humane has set up a special web page to help field the many inquiries about the adoption process for these Yorkies. If you live in the San Diego area, consider opening your heart to one of these special dogs. You can also watch a news video about the dogs HERE.
Many San Diegans are familiar with our famous “Original Dog Beach” (one of the first dog-friendly beaches in the U.S.), popular with locals and tourists alike. But did you know that not far from Dog Beach is a Mission Bay jetty that is home to the “Jetty Cats”—a colony of stray and abandoned cats who have made their home among the jetty rocks?
The Jetty Cats are not your average feral cat colony. Sadly, many of them are former pets left there by owners who no longer want them. Others are strays who have joined the group. They are quite friendly and approachable, and many locals enjoy visiting them and feeding them. They are also cared for by local animal welfare advocates who make sure they are spayed and neutered.
The Jetty Cats are under threat. The City of San Diego and the USDA’s Wildlife Services Division have plans underway to trap and euthanize these much-loved cats. The stated reason is to protect endangered bird species in the area, but concerned animal lovers fear that this is an inappropriate reaction to what is generally regarded as a very well-managed cat colony.
You can learn more about this issue and sign a petition showing your support for the Jetty Cats HERE. Interested in learning more about this unique community of cats? Check out THIS VIDEO from our local ABC New station.
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA is overflowing with adorable beagle puppies! A total of 42 rescue pups were brought here recently…35 were rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue from a large-scale commercial breeding operation in the central United States, and the remaining pups were rescued by Four Paws Coonhound Rescue & Friends, based in El Cajon, CA.
The puppies are currently being cared for by Rancho Coastal Humane, and staff say they should be available for adoption in the next couple of weeks.
You can watch a short video about the rescue on the local NBC News site:
The Humane Society of the United States has summarized some positive animal welfare news on its blog, A Humane Nation. Several U.S. states have passed some encouraging animal protection legislation this year…a bit of good news for all of the animals who live among us.
Massachusetts: 78% of voters approved an anti-factory farming ballot measure that stops the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves. The measure also says that eggs, pork, and veal sold in the state must conform to the humane standards, regardless of where the food came from.
Oregon: 70% of voters approved a measure to restrict the interstate trafficking of ivory, rhino horns, and the body parts of 10 other wildlife species endangered by trafficking.
Oklahoma: A measure (supported by powerful agricultural interests) to amend the state constitution to ban future limitations on the “conduct of agriculture” in the state was rejected by voters by over 60%.
California: Voters affirmed a statewide ban on the sale of plastic bags, harmful to many species of wildlife, particularly in the ocean.
How can animal lovers ensure that they are electing political candidates who believe in the humane treatment of animals? The Humane Society Legislative Fund has created an endorsements website that features their picks for candidates who have solid positions and records on animal protection issues.
The HSLF also produces the well-known Humane Scorecard which tracks each U.S. Congressperson’s record on animal welfare issues. They also provide scorecards for certain states like California, Maryland, Texas, and New Mexico.
The HSLF endorsements site can be searched a number of ways so you can easily find the candidate, state, or issue you’re looking for. You can narrow your search by U.S. state, and also by positions, endorsements, ballot initiatives, and office (President, House, and Senate).
What types of legislation do the HSLF-endorsed candidates support? You can find out who sponsored or introduced key animal welfare bills such as the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, the Global Anti-Poaching Act, the Humane Cosmetics Act, the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, and many others.
The HSLF endorsements site also provides other interesting information, such as which legislators scored 100 (or better) on their scorecard, and even which lawmakers are veterinarians…there are 3 vets in Congress, by the way!