Animal Shelter Report 
Rescue Express delivers deserving pets

Sara, a volunteer, got off the Rescue Express bus with a dog at 4 a.m.

Things have been hopping the last several weeks at the shelter. We recently rescued 11 abandoned cats and got them spayed and neutered and vetted for their new homes. Several of them were quite frightened, and required extra TLC.

Last week, we received seven new dogs transferred from Bakersfield, California. For several years now, we have been working with a rescue organization in California that saves dogs from overcrowded kill shelters and arranges for them to be transferred to other shelters along the I-5 corridor that have agreed to accept and care for them.

The dogs are from Bakersfield Animal Care Center. They are transported by an organization called Rescue Express. Their transport vehicle is a large old school bus renovated to hold cages. The bus is staffed by dedicated volunteers who donate their time to drive many miles to save lives.

Our pickup point for the dogs we receive from the bus is in the Longview-Kelso area. Our time frame, due to transport scheduling, is always in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning. Pickups are done by a dedicated group of Humane Society staff and volunteers, who have to leave the shelter usually at about 11 p.m. to make their journey.

Because of transport laws across state lines, the dogs come already vaccinated, but very few of them have been spayed or neutered. We get them altered on our dime, and also get veterinary care for any experiencing health conditions, such as skin problems or kennel cough. By the time the dogs are placed up for adoption at the shelter, they are fully vetted and ready to go.

Of the seven dogs we received last week, six have already found their forever homes! Dog lovers always flock to the shelter when the word is out that we have new dogs, and rightly so — we get some very nice, cute dogs.

“Scottie” is the last little guy not yet adopted from the last transport, but we do not think he will be at the shelter long either, because he is adorable. He is a year-old long-haired Chihuahua mix with black fur accented with white and rust accents.

He has the exuberance of youth, and loves to go for walks and be out and about. He would not make a good couch potato, but would be a wonderful addition to a home with more active adults and gentle kids. He loves visitors to his kennel, and greets everyone with enthusiasm. Scottie is very gentle and gives soft kisses.

Cinder and Kharma sponsored

Thanks to the generosity of a dog lover, two of our dogs that have been lingering at the shelter are now partially sponsored and can go to their forever homes at a reduced rate.

We have written about both of these dogs in the past, but sadly, no one has come forward for them. We are hoping that the lower adoption fees will help.

Cinder is a very sweet lab shepherd mix who loves people, but can be a “resource guarder” around other dogs. She also should probably go to a cat-free zone home.

She loves to go for walks and is good on a leash. She is good with other dogs she meets on walks, but apparently becomes jealous in a home setting and does not want to share.

Kharma is a sweet white and brown pittie mix who is very affectionate and loyal and loves to go for walks and car rides. Her previous owner said she was amazing with her cats.

Life has been passing by for both these nice dogs. The shelter meets their needs for “three hots and a cot” but is no match for a loving forever home. Can you help either of these deserving dogs?

Adoptions require approval of an adoption application. Applications are available at beachpets.com. Email the completed form to spchs330@gmail.com. Prospective adopters can also fill out an application at the shelter.

SPCHS Shelter is at 330 Second St. NE, Long Beach, WA 98631 (P.O. Box 101) 642-1180. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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