300+ Small Pets Headed to Arizona to Find New Homes
More than 300 small pets from San Diego Humane Society are on their way to Arizona for a new chance at finding loving families.
The mass transport — the largest in San Diego Humane Society’s history — will alleviate some of the pressure on our shelters, which set a new record of 2,584 animals in care on July 7, 2023. As of today, we are still at 175% capacity for dogs and 176% capacity for cats in our care.
At 5:30 this morning, staff members started carefully loading rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters and rats into transport crates and then into an airconditioned truck. Staff departed our San Diego Campus at 8:30 a.m. and headed towards The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSAZ) in Tucson. HSSAZ has a low inventory of small pets available for adoption and will also work with their local rescue partners to place these deserving pets into homes.
San Diego Humane Society staff is planning to bring back a 9-year-old dog named Bulma from HSSAZ. Bulma came in as a stray and has been with them since February. We hope Bulma will benefit from our specialized care at San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior Center, as we work to set her up for success while she waits for a new family.
Because San Diego Humane Society has reached such a critical level with pets in care, we are asking the community to help by volunteering or fostering animals. To sign up, visit sdhumane.org/volunteer. We also continue to encourage those who are facing the decision to give up their pets to use our resources at sdhumane.org/rehome and avoid bringing pets to the shelter.
We are so very grateful to HSSAZ for taking in 318 rabbits, Guinea pigs, rats and hamsters and giving them a second chance in Arizona.
Published: August 8, 2023