New San Diego Humane Society adoption center opens at East County Petco
The sign of the times featuring the merger of profit and non-profit entities took another step with the opening of a San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) adoption center inside the local branch of PETCO on 2nd Street in El Cajon.
Through a donation by PETCO Foundation, the nation-wide chain for pet products is the newest source for animal rescue and adoption. The local store already offers adoption of cats in partnership of East County Animal Rescue.
“PETCO approached us about the project,” said Jessica Heylman, the SDHS Adoptions Coordinator at the store. “Then the PETCO Foundation built this wonderful facility for us, which mimics our main Humane Society shelter on Gaines Street (near USD in San Diego).” “Each animal has its own enclosure, aiding to the health and well-being of each animal,” Heylman added.
SDHS neared its goal of finding homes for 50 dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages during its grand opening last weekend. “The adoption fee varies with the age of each dog,” noted Heylman. “It also covers spay or neutering, current vaccinations, an I.D. microchip and a veterinary exam. The fees are $175 for dogs up to six months of age, $75 for seven months to seven years, or $25 for future pets over age seven,” she added.
Along with Heylman, there is a list of volunteers assisting San Diego Humane Society. “I wanted to volunteer because I really love dogs, said Eyad Elseidny, 24, a communications major at San Diego State. “I once adopted a dog through the Humane Society after I saw they really care about dogs and treat them well.” “I thought it would best to be a part of it,” he added.
Pet adoptions will be available year-round, helping rid the practice of puppy farms for commercial enterprise. “For now, our hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays,” added Heylman. “Those are also the hours for people who would like to donate gently-used blankets for our dogs.” “An East County location will make pet adoption more readily available without the need to drive 15-20 miles to the main animal shelter near Linda Vista. “People from Alpine to Jamul can now come here,” Heylman added.
The facility also includes a room dedicated for the adoption of rabbits and bunnies. In addition, PETCO also sells smaller animals likes hamsters and lizards.