From dog beaches in Ocean Beach, Del Mar and Coronado to Fiesta Island to dozens of dog parks across the county, it’s clear that San Diego loves its canines.
He said, for various reasons, hundreds and hundreds of them were surrendered last year by owners who could no longer care for them.
On Thursday, the San Diego County Department of Animal Services said it was at a critical stage of overcrowding in dog shelters. Residents were being asked to adopt or foster. To deal with the nationwide crisis.
“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,” County Animal Services Director Kelly Campbell said in a news release. have been.”
San Diego County Department of Animal Services shelters took in more than 5,700 animals last year, and more than 5,100 were adopted or placed in new homes. It’s a ditch for 600 pets with no one to go home to.
Of those 223 dogs currently in the county’s care, 180 are up for adoption, an animal services spokeswoman said. There are 70 dogs in the Northern Region shelter looking for forever homes, and 70 or more in the Southern shelter, including this sweet boy, Arlo:
“Every day, we’re running at about 97-98% capacity,” said Carl Smith, assistant director of the county’s Department of Animal Services. And what we’re actually seeing is that on a daily basis, fewer animals are going out and more animals are going in.
Smith told NBC 7 on Thursday that the shelter would like to bring that number down to 50%.
The county’s call for people to help is a far cry from the early days of the pandemic, when stay-at-home and work-from-home San Diegans swarmed shelters for companionship.
“I think we have kind of the perfect storm.” Smith said. “Coming out of the pandemic, I think a lot of people have become owners, pet owners, who maybe weren’t ready to be pet owners, and then once they had to go back to work and some For people telecommuting was not an option, they started bringing their pets back to us.
On Thursday, the county said many of the dogs are being abandoned because of housing or financial issues, because their human has died or can no longer care for them or (see headline above), simply , one had too many dogs. Home.
“I think we’re also seeing a bit of an economic situation where for certain breeds, from homeowners insurance to certain apartments and houses not being willing to accept pets, or if they are, it’s an extra.” It’s going to come at a cost, and some people, the extra cost for some people is a choice between keeping that pet or not,” Smith said.
The county is urging people to try to find alternatives before surrendering their pets to a shelter, including reaching out on social media or Next Door, or re-homing them with a friend or family member. trying to go
120458 “We work with many of our partners, many of our rescue partners, they are also to capacity.”
The county is making it as cheap as possible for San Diegans to go home with their new fur friend. how much? Free: “All dogs that have been at the shelter for more than 30 days will have the adoption fee waived,” the news release states. And if you can’t afford a home, the county wants you to consider another free option: promoting. For more information on this, call (619) 767-2675.
All Huskies fees are being waived from Friday and until January 28, the spokesman said.
The situation at the county shelter echoes a message from the San Diego Humane Society, which told NBC 7 on Wednesday that it, too, was full of dogs. Nina Thompson, the local society’s director of public relations, said the society has about 500 dogs in its care in some capacity, including a very sad number: 95 dogs.
The San Diego Humane Society will have 50% off all adult dogs January 26-28., therefore, $55 on those dates, and that includes “everything,” Thompson said, including shots. Microchipping, pet supplies and some “starter” food. And they are all spayed or neutered.
Linus, who has been at the shelter since July 29 and can be seen below, would love to say hello next weekend, Thompson said: