Dogs fostered for the Fourth of July

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 02:26:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) --Several animal rescue groups teamed up to help make more room at the County of San Diego Animal Services ahead of Fourth of July.

Laura Oliver coordinated dozens of volunteers from the San Diego Rescue Coalition, made up of Holly’s Garden Rescue, Second Chance Dog Rescue, Dogs Fur Days, Lionel’s Legacy, Synergy Rescue, Rescuing Cujo Mission.

Their event "Clear the Kennels" partners with animal services to remove dogs from shelters and put them into foster homes for a few weeks to make room for pets lost after the Fourth of July.

“Fourth of July comes around, fireworks go off and the dogs start running everywhere," Oliver said. "And [they end up at the shelter]. We can do our small part by helping open up a few extra kennels right before the Fourth of July.”

They removed dozens of dogs from shelters across San Diego County. The hope is by the time the dogs are returned to the shelter, all of the lost pets will be reunited with their owners and back home. Close to 200 pets were lost and picked up by Animal Control Officers last July after they ran away.

“We’re always looking for creative ways to help and support and also prevent,” Oliver said.

The dogs that are removed from the shelter into foster homes will be returned in a few weeks and will be available for adoption.

For information on where to find a lost pet, or how to adopt a pet, visit the website for County Animal Services.