ENCINITAS–Ten puppies and adult dogs who began in the darkness Friday in the Mexican state of Sonora crossed into the United States then spent the night in Escondido before being transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas Saturday morning.
This is the second lifesaving transfer of dogs from Rescue Fenix to the facility, according to Rancho Coastal Humane Society spokesman John Van Zante.
“These dogs were rescued from the streets and taken to an outdoor animal shelter where many of the younger and smaller dogs do not survive,” says Van Zante. “The dogs live in colony kennels. The puppies and smaller dogs compete for food and safety with every other dog. Many of them don’t make it out. Rescue Fenix transferred these dogs from their facility in Sonora to one of their officials who lives in Escondido. From there they were transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS program.”
Early Friday morning the dogs were loaded onto a transport vehicle then began their 17 hour ride to Tijuana. They crossed the border then spent the night at the home of a Rescue Fenix official in Escondido.
“The new arrivals include a young, male, German Shepherd mix, a male Poodle mix pup, two 2-year-old female hound mixes,” Rancho Coastal Humane Society President Judi Sanzo said.
Each dog arrived with medical history. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society medical staff performed initial examinations before the dogs were settled into their new kennels with food, water, and the first soft bedding of their lives. In the coming days the dogs will receive more extensive exams, vaccinations, medical treatment including spay or neuter, and each dog will be microchipped before becoming available for adoption.
During the first transfer in July, San Diego resident Susan Rosenberg, Director of International Programs for GreaterGood.org, stated that, “If Rancho Coastal Humane Society hadn’t taken these dogs, they would not have made it. You saved their lives.”
Rancho Coastal Humane Society is scheduling “Adoptions by Appointment.” Visit www.sdpets.org to see pets who need homes and schedule an Adoption by Appointment.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society seeks “Virtual Foster” to help pay for the care of the pets in the shelter.