Clothing needed for homeless pets

Posted at 6:50 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 12:15:26-05

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services is collecting sweaters and jackets for homeless dogs.    

“What we really need is something to keep them warm and dry,” said Animal Services Deputy Director, Laurie Joniaux.

Joniaux said, despite what many people may think, many homeless dog owners are conscientious and concerned for their pets.  

“They’re very bonded with their animals – sometimes the only companion they have,” she said.  

The plan is to pass out dog sweaters and jackets at a homeless event next month.  

Joniaux says hundreds of people are expected to turn out, and she expects to see 65 to 90 animals. Mostly dogs, she says, but there may be a few cats, too.

“They’ve told us what they can use is pet jackets and sweaters,” she said.

Joniaux showed us a table full of cute pink dog outfits, but appealed to the public for durable clothing that would protect the dogs from the elements. She also made an appeal for “medium” sizes.   

She says donations can be dropped off at any of the three Animal Services locations. More information can be found here.