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.
San Diego is a military town and home to a large number of active duty military members as well as veterans. Did you know that the FACE Foundation has helped dozens of soldiers and veterans save their beloved pets by providing them with financial assistance for life-saving veterinary care?
With Veterans Day coming soon, we thought we’d take a moment to thank all veterans for their service, and to share just a few adorable pictures of some FACE Success Stories…military edition! These sweet pets are the fur kids of San Diego area veterans or active duty military. Enjoy!
An orange tabby cat named Romeo and a miniature schnauzer named Juliet were recently found living on the streets together and brought to the City of Chula Vista Animal Care Facility here in San Diego. Romeo and Juliet were initially separated into the dog and cat sections of the shelter. It soon became obvious that these two were a bonded pair, as Romeo began to deteriorate without the companionship of Juliet. Staff reunited the two best friends and decided that not only should they be housed together at the shelter, but also had to be adopted out as a pair.
Check out this sweet video about Romeo and Juliet. We’re happy to report that this special couple had a much happier ending than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The two have found their new forever home…together!