Just in time to be adopted for the holidays, 18 dogs, including one expecting puppies, were successfully rescued by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
“Transports like this are common for HSSW,” said Andrea Bruno, president of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, in a press release. “We’re always grateful when we can relocate animals for a second chance for a happy home, but it’s especially heartwarming when we can do it during the holidays.”
Early on Dec. 8, two Humane Society volunteers drove to Yreka, Calif. They returned that evening with 18 dogs, among them several small terrier and chihuahua mixes, a young husky mix and a pregnant dog named Tabitha, according to a press release.
The rescue was part of an ongoing effort coordinated by the Humane Society, Companion Animal Protection Society and Kern County Animal Services in Southern California. The goal is to relieve overcrowded animal shelters and provide the dogs with loving homes in the Portland metro area, according to the release.
“HSSW truly is a lifesaving pathway for animals and our rescue partners around the country,” Bruno said. “And while our first priority is always the people and animals right here in Southwest Washington, when we have the space and resources to help our rescue partners, we will. We’re thrilled to help these dogs find homes for the holidays.”
And so they have.
After receiving medical exams, vaccinations and behavioral evaluations many of the dogs have already been adopted. Some are still waiting to be spayed or neutered before being placed.
Overall, the Humane Society reported the dogs to be in good health, with a few minor cases of respiratory infections.
Tabitha, the pregnant dog, was placed with a Humane Society foster volunteer within hours of arrival and is awaiting the birth of her puppies before they will all be up for adoption.