Two animal shelters in the San Diego area are experiencing pet overcrowding due to a variety of factors, local officials said. (San Diego County)
SAN DIEGO — Two animal shelters in the San Diego area are experiencing pet overcrowding due to a variety of factors, local officials said.
County Animal Shelters. According to the County of San Diego, there is a need for adoption and foster families in Bonita and Carlsbad.
“There are more dogs coming into shelters this year than last year, and fewer dogs are being adopted or reclaimed by their owners from shelters,” said Kelly Campbell, director of San Diego County Animal Services. said Kelly Campbell, director of San Diego County Animal Services. “We don’t want to run out of room and need the support of the community. Adopting or fostering makes a huge difference to the animals in our care and is a great benefit to the foster or adopter.
The county says overcrowding factors include a challenging economy and housing shortages, the rising cost of food and animal care for some families, the death of an owner or their ability to care for animals at home and Too many dogs involved.
Last year, more than 5,700 animals were taken to county Department of Animal Services shelters, while more than 5,100 were adopted or returned to their owners.
Adoption fees will be waived for all dogs that have been at the shelter for more than 30 days. Fostering is also an option for those who do not want to adopt.
Walk-in hours at the South Shelter, 5821 Sweetwater Road in Bonita, and the North Shelter, 2481 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, are Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.