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Shelter seeks homes for pets

first_imgWith the new year around the corner, county officials are hoping to find homes for a group of animals who survived Hurricane Katrina.After being separated from their owners in the Gulf Coast, 10 dogs in need of care were brought to the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter.The hope was to reunite them with their owners, but since they have been living at the shelter since Sept. 19, county officials said it’s now time to move on.Adoptions are scheduled for Saturday at the Baldwin Park shelter.“We held on to them since September hoping we could find their owners or that their owners would find them, and for some of them we did,” said Brenda Jimenez, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control. “But for the ones who are left, we want to place them into a nice home and give them a chance to start a new life.”While Panda – a Jack Russell terrier mix – was the only one of the 10 to be reunited with his owner, in Memphis, six canines remain at the shelter.“Since they have been here they have really improved and have become a lot more friendly,” said David Nelson, spokesman for the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. “They are more relaxed and they are making great progress.”On the adoption list are six dogs: two beagles, two pit bulls, a shepherd mix and a spaniel mix.There are three dogs – a boxer, Chihuahua and beagle – that county officials are working with owners on positively identifying. Shelter employees and volunteers will be conducting interviews and a screening process to ensure a good match is made between the animals and potential owners.“We want to make sure they are going to the best home possible because they have been through a dramatic experience and they need to be placed in a really good home,” Jimenez said.Adoption fees will range from $77 to $132, depending on the size of the animal. Vaccinations, spaying, neutering and the insertion of microchips are included in the fee.Those interested in adopting one of the dogs can visit the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on or before Saturday to express interest. After Hurricane Katrina, 124 animals were flown to California. Jeff Blodgett of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said that since then12 dogs have been successfully reunited with their families.The Baldwin Park Animal Shelter is at 4275 N. Elton St. and is open on Saturdays for adoptions from 10 a.m. to5 p.m. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more