Over 100 Dogs Rescued from Overcrowded 2-Bedroom Apartment Now Seeking Adoption

Dogs are rescued from horrible living situations every day, however, some scenarios are more shocking than others. On Thursday, April 11th, more than 100 dogs were rescued from a small two-bedroom townhome in Riverside, California. These dogs are now getting a chance to live a normal life, and all need loving homes.

Hoarding situation: Over 100 Dogs Now Seeking Adoption After Being Rescued from Overcrowded 2-Bedroom Apartment

Riverside County Animal Shelter Was Called to a Home on Fire

Riverside County firefighters responded to a house fire at a two-bedroom townhome. Upon arrival, they were shocked to discover 113 small dogs being hoarded by the resident. 

Source: @missionviejolife

The firefighters promptly called the Riverside Animal Shelter Rescue Department to the scene. All 113 dogs were successfully removed from the home and taken for veterinary evaluation. Despite their horrendous living conditions, the dogs were deemed healthy enough to be spayed and neutered before being made available for adoption.

Mission Viejo Animal Services Steps In To Help

On the day of the rescue, the Riverside Animal Shelter contacted the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center and requested their assistance in caring for some of the dogs. Through the center’s “A Mission for Home” program, seven dogs were taken into their care: Schmango, Dupree, Figgy Pudding, Fergus, Farley, Schmoo, and Batman. The remaining dogs stayed under the care of the Riverside shelter.

Hoarding situation: Over 100 Dogs Now Seeking Adoption After Being Rescued from Overcrowded 2-Bedroom Apartment
These are the seven dogs that are available in the Mission Viejo facility.

The “A Mission for Home” program, founded in 2000 by the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, has saved countless animals from overcrowded shelters and helped them find loving forever homes. Since its inception, thousands of pets have been given a second chance at life through this vital program that rescues animals in need. The seven dogs that were taken in will be available for adoptions separately from the dogs in Riverside shelter’s care. For more information about these seven adoptable dogs, visit the City of Mission Viejo’s website or call 949-470-3045.

106 of the Hoarded Dogs Still Need Homes

Shelters always seem to be overcrowded, and trying to add 106 more dogs is overwhelming, to say the least. Fortunately, these dogs were rescued just in time to coincide with Riverside County’s Barkchella, a FREE pet adoption event. The animals are all spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all vaccinations. Other animals will also be available for adoption.

Hoarding situation: Over 100 Dogs Now Seeking Adoption After Being Rescued from Overcrowded 2-Bedroom Apartment
106 of the rescued dogs will be available for adoption at Riverside County’s Barkchella event.

Erin Gettis, director of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, commented on the event, saying, “So many people have a heart for animals and want to see them loved and protected. Barkchella is a great way for the community to help our shelter pets find a new reality in a new home.” She added, “We are always grateful to everyone for coming together in this way to support Riverside County shelter pets, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our shelters for the Barkchella pet adoptions to help save lives.”

The event will take place on April 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Coachella Valley Animal Campus at 72050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms
  • San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto
  • Western Riverside Animal Shelter at 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley

While the adoption fees are waived, county residents are still responsible for purchasing a new dog license for each pet adopted. If you are in Southern California and looking for a new pet, be sure to check out Barkchella and help save a pup’s life. This is a great opportunity to provide a loving home to one of these rescued dogs while taking advantage of the free adoption event.

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