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Local Animals Hope to be Home 4 the Holidays
 
Chula Vista’s Animal Care Facility (CVACF) is partnering with other San Diego area shelters and nearly 3,000 worldwide animal rescue organizations to ensure orphaned pets around the globe have a happy holiday season this year. The CVACF is participating in Home 4 the Holidays, a campaign aimed at increasing adoptions from animal shelters to good, loving, permanent homes. The event runs through January 5.

More families bring pets into their homes during the holidays than at any other time of year. But only less than 20 percent of animals are adopted from animal rescues or shelters.

“Our facility is full of all types of loving, deserving dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits just waiting for a home. We hope residents look to us as an alternative choice to buying an animal from a pet store or breeder,” said Leah Browder, Deputy City Manager.

Browder reminds the community the adoption drive isn’t about reaching numbers or goals, but about finding quality families to save the lives of homeless animals. The campaign does not endorse the adoption of a pet as an impulse gift. Browder says adding a pet to your home should be a careful decision and lifelong commitment.

“Last weekend, a Chula Vista couple adopted "Buddy," a 12 -year-old Dachshund with dental and cardiac challenges,” said Browder. “When the couple found Buddy wandering the streets, they brought him to the animal care facility for food, shelter and medical care. After Buddy was with us a few days, the couple came back for him. They couldn’t bear the thought of him living out the rest of his life in a shelter.”

Buddy’s story has a happy ending. But many of the animal care facility’s animals, including aging pets and long time “residents” are facing months of cold, damp weather at the busy shelter this holiday season.

“We need the community to help us. And in return, our staff will give each family the best opportunity for a lifelong relationship with their new pet and help keep animals out of shelters. That way, everyone wins.”

This is CVACF’s fourth year of participating in the program. Last year, 560 orphaned animals found a home thanks to the efforts of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility.

The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility is located at 130 Beyer Way and open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 691-5174.

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