ENCINITAS–Two Chihuahua-mix puppies who were found abandoned in a trash can at the Old Town Transit Center in San Diego on January 12 are about to begin the lives they nearly lost.
The pups, now named “Brooks” and ‘Dunn,” will become available for adoption by appointment only on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.
Brooks and Dunn were about 7 weeks old when they were picked up by officers from the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. A veterinary exam showed them both to be in good health, in spite of their ordeal. Because they were so young, the pups were transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through the FOCAS program. They went into private foster care until they were old enough to be spayed and vaccinated.
“There’s absolutely no reason for this,” says Kathy Zerkle, Vice President of Adoption Services at RCHS. “Whoever dumped these puppies could have taken them to an animal shelter. The Old Town Transit Center is exactly 1 mile from the DAS facility on Gaines Street. They could have contacted a shelter or one of the 200 animal rescue organizations in the county. Instead, they threw the puppies away like they were trash. These pups got lucky. In most situations it would have been a death sentence.”
“They don’t seem to be any worse for wear,” according to Zerkle. “These are terrific little puppies who will grow up to be just like any other dogs.”
The discovery of Brooks and Dunn marked the second time in ten days that puppies were found thrown in the trash in San Diego. Two other puppies, believed to be 12-days old, were found in a box in a dumpster in the Midway area on January 2.
Zerkle says the humane society will follow standard adoption protocol for the two female puppies.
“We will begin accepting applications Wednesday morning, January 31st, at 11:00 a.m. Applications must be submitted in person. Potential adopters will need to meet with a counselor to be pre-approved in order to make an adoption appointment on Thursday. We expect to take 10 applications before capping the list. We’re not anticipating any problems finding their first homes… their forever homes…for Brooks and Dunn.”
The $195 adoption fees for Brooks and Dunn include their medical exams, up-to-date vaccinations, their spays, and their registered microchips. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or visit www.SDpets.org. Kennels and Cattery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.