Saving Shelter Pets of California, Inc.

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Saving Shelter Pets of California, Inc.

A Non Profit Corporation dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals.

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Saving Shelter Pets of California, Inc. is non profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue located in North County San Diego that saves animals facing euthanasia at city & county facilities.


WE NEED FOSTER HOMES! If you can provide a foster home to a dog and would like to learn more, please contact us. For information on becoming a foster home and it's responsibilities, please visit Furry Foster

Wish List: Gently used leashes and collars, crates, wire kennels, harnesses, blankets, doggie beds (clean, no flea infestation), canned dog food, Greenies Pill Pockets

Thousands of beautiful, healthy pets lose their lives every day in Southern California shelters. County facilities are facing high euthanasia rates due to the amount of strays and owner surrenders they are taking in. They simply do not have enough adopters for all of the animals they take into their shelters.

Please check your local county and city shelters for animals in need of homes, as they face high euthanasia rates, some pets have as little as 4 days.

To help the overpopulation, here is what you can do to help:

*Do not surrender your pet to a county facility. Instead, inquire with no kill humane societies and rescues to see if they can take in your pet or help find a new, permanent home for you. Too often, surrendering your pet to a county facility leaves them little chance of getting out alive due to shelter overcrowding.
* Always spay or neuter your pets - see "Who We Are" below for low cost options
*Keep your pets vaccinated - see "Who We Are" below for low cost options
*Keep your pets inside to avoid them escaping your yard
*Adopt a pet from an animal shelter or rescue rather than buying a new pet. You will be saving their life!
*Be a foster home or transporter for a local rescue or shelter.
*Never buy a puppy from a pet store or breeders. There are oodles of puppies available in the shelter system who need homes quickly
*Volunteer with your local shelter
*Donate supplies to local rescues and shelters

If you are interested in adopting one of our furry friends, the process begins with an the completion of an adoption profile. Upon receipt of the completed profile, we will schedule a telephone interview, followed by a face to face meeting with the pet you are interested in adopting, a home/yard check, and finally, both parties will execute an adoption contract, and you will at that time pay an adoption fee and take possession of the pet.

Adoption fees may vary, however we keep them as low as possible, to help cover the cost of pulling the animal from the shelter, and any medical fees we may incur.

The lowest cost of owning a pet is typically their adoption fee. Please consider the long term costs associated with owning a pet (food, ID tags, collars, leashes, veterinary care, annual vaccines, rabies vaccines, emergency medical costs, professional dog trainers for behavioral issues, etc.) We understand the difficulty of the current financial times we live in, and thus we promote education to the public and pet owners, including low cost options for health care. When you adopt a shelter dog, you are agreeing to care for the pet's well being for the duration of his or her life.

We firmly believe all pets should be spayed, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated against diseases that can be extremely harmful, if not fatal. If cost is an issue, please consider one of these options if you live in the local San Diego area:

Low cost vaccines in San Diego: (in side Petco locations) (Kahoots Pet Stores)

Low cost spay & neuter services in San Diego:

[From ASPCA/Dear Abby column]

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU!

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget.

7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say "I can't bear to watch it" or "Let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for ME if you are there. Remember, I Love You.

Do I Go Home Today?

by Sandi Thompson

My family brought me home cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys.

I sure do love my family, especially the little girls and boys.
The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them -- all snuggled in the sheets.

I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say!
These are the things I'll not forget -- a cherished memory.

I now live in the shelter -- without my family.
They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference between the old one and the new.

The kids and I would grab a rug, for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.
They said I was out of control and would have to live outside.
This I didn't understand, although I tried and tried!

The walks stopped one by one; they said they hadn't the time.
I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime.

My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.

So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye.
If I'd only had some training as a little pup.
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.

"You only have one day left," I heard a worker say.
Does that mean I have a second chance?
Do I go home today?