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Dogs rescued from Hurricane Delta up for adoption in San Diego

Nine dogs flown from overcrowded shelters and rescues in Louisiana were available for adoption as of Wednesday. One was scooped up right away!
Credit: San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services
Gumbo, a 4-year-old neutered male, is one of the County's Hurricane Dogs up for adoption.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diegans can be heroes for dogs affected by disaster starting Wednesday. The San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services is looking for people to help put a happy wag in the "tales" of several dogs recently rescued from Hurricane Delta in Louisiana by adopting or providing a temporary foster home for one.

Animal Services, the San Diego Humane Society, the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility teamed up to rescue about 90 dogs a week ago in collaboration with “Wings of Rescue,” which flew the dogs from overcrowded shelters and rescues in Louisiana to San Diego County.

As part of the rescue effort, animal services said Wednesday they began taking adoption calls for the nine dogs they took in.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said County Animal Services Director Kelly Campbell. “These dogs were literally saved from an impending hurricane.

“People naturally have a soft spot in their hearts for animals saved from disaster,” Campbell said. “And I would love for us to have people who are interested to have the opportunity to help these dogs.”

One of the nine dogs was adopted Wednesday. Three others have been cleared medically and are ready for immediate adoption. The remaining five are also available for adoption, but with the caveat that new owners agree to continue to have the dogs monitored because they’re still receiving ongoing treatment for heartworm.

Because some of the dogs are still being treated, animal services is offering an opportunity it has never done before — to also let good-hearted people take the animals in temporarily as foster families to help them recover. Veterinary support, if required, will be provided for those fostering or adopting one of these very special pups to help ensure that they get off to a healthy, happy start in a new home.

County officials said the best situation for all animals is to be in people’s homes and around loving humans, rather than in a kennel situation — no matter how loving — to help them recover.

Currently, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, animal services is offering touchless adoptions to protect both the public and shelter staff.

Anyone interested in adopting or fostering one of the rescued dogs — or any of animal services other pets you can see on their website — should complete an adoption application, available here, and submit it via email to DASInfo@sdcounty.ca.gov, or call animal services to set an appointment at 619-767-2675.

Animal services staff will contact people in the order their application was received and conduct the adoption process over the phone.

Here are the hurricane dogs waiting for homes: