Humane Society rescues 12 dogs from Fresno shelter

February 2, 2010 9:23:58 AM PST
Twelve dogs rescued from the over-crowded Central California SPCA in Fresno will arrive at the Marin Humane Society today around 4 p.m.

The dogs will be the first rescued canines to stay at the Humane Society's new $650,000 Intake Center, said marketing and communications manager Carrie Harrington.

The Intake Center can accommodate the nearly 150,000 animals the Marin Humane Society rescues every year from about two-dozen shelters in the state through a Pet Partnership Program, Carrington said.

The economy has contributed to the pet over-population problem in the Central Valley where pet spay and neutering is not as prevalent as in Marin County, Harrington said.

Some families whose homes have been foreclosed in the hard-hit Central Valley have had to abandon their pets, Carrington said.

The rescued dogs will be medically evaluated and should be available for adoption in a few days, Carrington said.

The Intake Center allows the Marin Humane Society to expedite the intake and evaluation process and reduce the risk of spreading disease to other pets at the shelter, thereby saving the lives of more animals, Carrington said.

The Marin Humane Society's van will leave around 5 a.m. and is expected to return around 4 p.m., Carrington said. Updates on the arrival time are available by calling Carrington at (415) 606-4421.