San Diego Humane Adopts Out 84 Cockatiels Rescued from Hoarding Situation

Back in January, the San Diego Humane Society took part in a large-scale rescue operation of 84 cockatiels from a one-bedroom apartment.  The rescue made the news and many interested adopters began contacting San Diego Humane about the birds.

The cockatiels spent several weeks at the Humane Society receiving lots of TLC and were ready for adoption at the end of February.

In a very happy ending to an unfortunate hoarding story, all the birds were adopted out in the first three hours!

Check out this video for more on the cockatiel adoption success story:


Keeping Pets Safe from Coyotes

In many communities around the U.S. cats and small dogs are at risk of being attacked by coyotes.  Many pet owners have reported that cats have been taken from enclosed backyards and small dogs were attacked while out on walks.

What can pet parents do to keep their fur kids safe from coyotes?  We’ve gathered some of the best advice on what to do to protect your pets, including some interesting products you can buy as well.

For cats, it’s always safest to keep them inside in areas where coyotes are active.  Outdoor cats are at greater risk for attacks by coyotes and other animals, in addition to being hit by cars and picking up parasites.

The Humane Society of the United States reports that feral cat colonies are also at risk for coyote attacks and suggests that colony caretakers make sure to provide vertical escape routes and elevated feeding stations for community cats.

What about small dogs?  As with cats, don’t leave them outside, even in a fenced-in yard, unattended.  Coyotes can dig under or jump over fences.  Dogs tethered with ropes or chains can be especially vulnerable.

Our friends at the Drake Center for Veterinary Care here in San Diego where coyotes are active have some great dog walking advice:

  • Keep your dog on a short leash while on walks, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • Avoid using retractable leashes because your dog can get too far away from you during an emergency.
  • Walk in high pedestrian traffic areas and avoid paths and trails bordering bushy areas where coyotes hide.

Did you know that you can also buy a Coyote Vest to keep your small dog safe when on walks?  These vests have either spikes or bristles that go over your dog’s back to help protect them from attacks.

You can also carry coyote deterrents while out on walks.  You can carry a noisemaker like an airhorn, whistle, or even an aluminum can filled with coins.  What about deterrent sprays?  You can buy commercial deterrent sprays or make your own by filling a spray bottle with water mixed with vinegar or ammonia.

Want more advice on keeping your pets safe from coyotes?  Check out the Coyote Smarts website for great tips!


Dog Beach Dos and Don’ts from San Diego Humane

Here in San Diego we have quite a few dog-friendly beaches for people and their pups to enjoy.  Are you planning on bringing your dog to the beach for some fun in the sun this summer?  The San Diego Humane Society has put together a list of some helpful dog beach etiquette tips for you and your best friend!

  • Many dogs go off-leash at the beach, but keep your dog leashed if you have any concerns about her behavior towards strangers and other dogs. You should also keep your dog leashed if she doesn’t come when called!
  • Bring plenty of fresh water for your dog to drink and an umbrella to provide your dog with shade on hot, sunny days.

  • Not every dog is a good swimmer, especially certain short-muzzled and short-legged breeds like Bulldogs and Dachshunds. Start your dog out leashed in shallow water to see how he does.  Make sure to pull him from the water if he gets tired.
  • Having up to date identification like tags and microchips is especially important when your dog goes off-leash at the beach.

  • Flea and tick prevention should also be up to date before you head to the beach.
  • Rinse the sand and salt water off of your dog when you’re done, and dry her off with a walk before getting back in the car.


123 Yorkie-Mix Dogs Rescued From San Diego-Area Home


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.


Animal Lovers Rally to Save San Diego’s “Jetty Cats”


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.