Despite intense media coverage, no one came to adopt the 55 dogs and cats saved from horrible hoarding conditions in Phelan, California, on their first available date. These hoarding survivors were finally released from a legal hold and made available for public adoption on July 10, 2014.
So the County of San Bernardino Animal Care and Control and Homeward Bound Project Adopt decided to take matters into their own hands. They are sponsoring an adoption event this weekend in hopes of finding homes for remaining dogs.
16 of these dogs were rescued or adopted today, which leaves 22 remaining dogs available for adoption.
There is no chance at a happy future for the cats. Out of the 17 cats seized from the hoarder house with no power and no running water, only 1 is still alive and available for adoption. Doug Smith, Supervisor of Devore Animal Shelter, ordered 16 cats to be killed immediately upon their availability date. There was no warning given to volunteer groups. Volunteers discovered this after the fact. Koala is the last remaining survivor. Click here to adopt the last remaining feline survivor, or any of the other available cats.
For those following the Phelan 55, or High Desert Hoarding Case, the dogs and cats suffered extreme conditions, with matted hair covered in feces, as was first reported by the SB Sun and the LA Times.
These dogs are very lovable. They're very friendly," said C.L. Lopez, a spokeswoman for San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.
The dogs will be available for adoption at A New Beginning Adoption Event at the Devore Animal Shelter on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
A $25 adoption fee will include micro-chipping, initial vaccination and the spaying or neutering of each of the dogs surrendered by the dog hoarder.
The license fee will vary depending on the adopter’s city if residence and there is a limit of two dogs per family.
The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, CA.
Call (909) 386-9820 x0 for more information.