HB Cats Need Rescuing Before Jan 8th!

This is a special place for Catsters to help Catsters arrange for community transport of rescues or cats being re-homed. Even though we love our community, please remember this is the Internet. Be sure not to post personal information publicly or share it prematurely; always use your best judgment when working with people unknown to you. Thanks for helping our furry friends get to their furrever homes!

Joey Bear

The Most- Beautiful Cat in- the World
Purred: Mon Jan 1, '07 1:23pm PST 
I just heard that the HB Humane Society is closing its doors on the 8th. All dogs there will be killed on the 8th. PLEASE spread the word so someone will go and get the dogs and cats. Maybe several rescue groups can go in and help out!

Orange County Humane Society
21632 Newland, Huntington Beach, CA
714-536-8480 - open 7 days 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

They are located one half block from the Pacific Ocean just behind the power plant.



I'm really a- doll ... honest!
Purred: Mon Jan 1, '07 2:25pm PST 
I just heard also that only those who live in Huntington Beach can rescue them! Does that make sense to you? It sure doesn't to me.

Please forward this on and post in your groups and forums - the more the word gets out, the more chances these poor animals have!


If it looks- edible,eat- it!!!!
Purred: Mon Jan 1, '07 4:34pm PST 
My heart fell on the floor when i read this..i am in Canada,what can i do to help?

It makes me sick thinking of all those dogs to be put down..by the way,why in the world is the shelter closing?!?!

How sad..Grisu'

Joey Bear

The Most- Beautiful Cat in- the World
Purred: Mon Jan 1, '07 5:01pm PST 
I know, it's awful! We haven't heard why it's closing. It's owned by a vet. And the cats are being ignored. We need to get it on TV and in the Orange County Register. Post it in forums and groups ... I wonder if writing to the OC Register would help? Passing the word can only help.

We just got another email from the head of the other rescue group who got it from another rescue group - and I just copied/pasted it:

Please be advised that Huntington Beach Humane Society (the 'humane' part is
questionable) is closing down for good on January 8 and ALL DOGS MUST BE
ADOPTED OR THEY WILL BE EUTHANIZED. The shelter is not publicizing this
very well (probably for fear of the bad publicity) so we need to spread the
word. Please share this information with other animal lovers in the hopes
that more animals will be adopted from there. The shelter is 'selling' the
dogs for 50% off to move them out.

And this:

Pls look at their pix and bio's...they will all be killed on Jan 8th.

Link to list of animals

http://search.petfinder.com/shelterSearch/shelterSearch.cgi?shelte rid=CA1107&preview=1

Below are individual links to pix of dogs and bio's

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7355642 Lola 2 yr old American Bulldog/English Bulldog F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7355668 Ariel 10 month old American Bull dog/Boxer F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7355714 Spanky 1 yr old Collie/Spaniel F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7362326 Clyde 18 mo Boxer M

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7362364 Mandy 2 yr old Bull terrier/Boxer F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7362440 Rufus 4 yr old Boxer/Dane M

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7362448 Sadie 1 yr old Shepard/Cattle dog F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7420880 Girlie 1 yr old Border Collie F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7486471 Lilly 1yr Corgi/Sheltie F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7596332 D.O.G 9 month old Husky/shepard M

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7596351 Mia 1 yr old Staffie F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7596361 Misty 7 month old Staffie/Shepard F

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7596386 Mackie 3 yr old M Rottie

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7619417 Kwame 6 month old M Sharpei/GS mix

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7619427 Emma 1 yr F Pekinese

The Huntington shelter will close its doors on Jan 8th, 2007. Any animals not adopted will be KILLED. Pls cross post widely.

Icebox- (Rainbow- Bridge)

Principles ...- Values ...- Common Sense
Purred: Tue Jan 2, '07 4:58am PST 
Where are the cats? I went to the site and I can't find anything about the cats.

And adoptions are 1/2 price? They should be free.

Our shelter here is so over crowded that cat adoptions are free until further notice.

Joey Bear

The Most- Beautiful Cat in- the World
Purred: Tue Jan 2, '07 11:09am PST 
I was told by someone who had visited there before Xmas that there were lots of lovely cats there. My Mom is supposed to take pics of the kitties today ... however, am trying to get additional information as to the true status of the shelter, so will get back to you on that.

♥- Callie- ♥

Purred: Tue Jan 2, '07 6:50pm PST 
Mom took pics of the cats today. I know - they don't have anything about the cats anywhere. There are 11 cats right now and tons of dogs. The cats are CUTE. Lots of black ones, one tabby, a very cat they have listed as a Siamese but they're WRONG! It's got long fur. What's that called? Not Burmese? Darn ... anyway, I'll try to get them up on Catster somehow. Gee, should I post all their pictures in a group and then advertise them that way? Any ideas?

Here's some info:

Read this whole thing - it's long but important. I just got this. The consensus seems to be that the vet who owns this shelter is responding to the pressure we’re putting on him.

• The source that gave GSROC the info was from a shelter worker that wishes to remain anonymous and that he is in fact closing for "remodeling" so that he can re-open as a boarding facility, not a shelter.

•A trainer who checked into the story:
I talked to the Huntington Beach Humane Society and they said they are not closing for good. However, they did mention that they are going to do a complete remodel and need to move the dogs out of their facility. The half off sale was for the holidays and I was told it is no longer in effect.

• An article in the Register:
Humane Society shelter to remain open during remodel

The large-scale project is set to begin later this month at the no-kill facility in Huntington Beach.


The Orange County Register

HUNTINGTON BEACH - The Orange County Humane Society animal shelter is not closing.

A shelter remodel is scheduled to begin later this month, said Dr. Samir Botros.

Botros responded today to rumors swirling around Surf City that his animal shelter was being shut down next week and that the animals not adopted would be euthanized.

"I don't think we'll even turn away any animals" during construction, said Botros, who noted that he runs a no-kill facility.

The shelter, which has been open on Newland Avenue for about 28 years, and the adjacent AAA Animal Hospital are scheduled to begin a massive remodel in upcoming weeks, said Botros, who owns both businesses.

The shelter will remain open during construction, but its capacity will be slashed to about 60 percent or 70 percent. There are now up to 64 cages for dogs at the shelter and a large room to accommodate cats, Botros said.

Shelter officials already have signed contracts with other area shelters and rescue groups to take animals that can't be accommodated during the remodel, which should take six to eight months, Botros said.

The shelter is funded with proceeds from animal control contracts with Costa Mesa and Westminster, medical bills from the clinic and money from animal adoptions. Occasionally it receives private donations.

The shelter will be able to maintain its contracts with Westminster and Costa Mesa during the remodeling, Botros said.

He also said he believes the facility won't have to turn away pets given up by their owners.

Contact the writer: 714-445-6688 or jmuir@ocregister.com

• Then, someone responded - whose name I won't release, but it is a person involved in rescue:

There is a skeleton of truth that surrounds his statements ... however, it is unclear if the shelter kennels will be 60 to 70%, which leaves about 20 kennels remaining, OR does it mean 60 to 70% of kennels will remain, leaving about 39 or 40 kennels standing. This needs to be clarified.... as a difference of 20 kennels is major, when the shelter is required to take owner-releases from Westminster and Costa Mesa, as well as all their strays brought in by their animal control services......20 kennels will be insufficient to keep the "humane society" animals alive until they are adopted......oh, and he is not a "no-kill" shelter; low-kill would more accurately describe the shelter.

About 2 or 3 years ago, there were 70 kennels, in addition to about 8 to 10 kennels in a back separate area where animal control services brought in their strays holding them in these outdoor, isolated kennels for 5 days where hopeful owners can claim them (most of these animals do not get claimed and join the general kennel population after 5 days). In addition to these kennels, very small dogs were kept inside adjacent to the cat room, so there were potentially 80 kennels available!

Also, construction of a new animal hospital will precede a new shelter. This could take a full year. Interested parties should contact the architect to see the exact plans.

Anyone addressing these issues should do so anonymously,
as well as maintaining the writer's anonymity. Thank You. (It is surprising that this article should appear in today's paper, Tuesday, the 2nd, when the shelter and animal hospital was closed the prior Sunday and Monday.)


This is MY home!
Purred: Wed Jan 3, '07 12:01am PST 
An email from a trainer I know:
I had a student come to the store tonight to tell me she had to return a dog to the HB Shelter she adopted because the dog was to hard to handle. She was an 11 mo. American Bulldog mix and very sweet, but she chewed everything up when the owners left her alone. The lady said the people at the shelter said you know this dog is going to be put to sleep if you return her don’t you? They really pressured her to take the dog back because the dog was going to be put to sleep. I told the lady that was what I had heard about the dogs at the shelter and she was very upset but said she just couldn’t keep the dog. This dog was very friendly with the other dogs in my class and had a real sweet personality. I tried to get her to foster her but she said she would get too attached to her and it was very hard for her to take her back to the shelter.

And then a response from a lady who works in another rescue group:
I think the story is changing to suit the public. The vet will probably quietly PTS the dogs and cats there because he is interested in renovating his facility. The vet office is first and will take a year. He has had numerous allegations about how the dogs are handled, where they eat and sleep (with all the local rodents) and it is really a sad situation. I want to know if he is really associated with the real Humane Society, and if he receives government money. It all comes back to money. Who is asking these questions? He thinks it will go away. And the great dogs and cats there will suffer. Too many stories are coming from here...he knows we are on to him, so the people who answer the phone are given a script about the situation. A volunteer there was the original person who broke the news to rescues.


World Record- Holder for- Catlympic Relay
Purred: Wed Jan 3, '07 3:52am PST 
Thanks for updating us! Mommy has an uncle in Huntington Beach and she sent him this info hoping he will adopt someone.

If someone does adopt one of them and needs transport, we are in Illinois

Joey Bear

The Most- Beautiful Cat in- the World
Purred: Thu Jan 4, '07 4:13pm PST 
Please forward this on to your friends who live in CA, as I just discovered that you can live anywhere in order to adopt, but you do have to go into the shelter to adopt. (No online adoptions, etc.)

The Orange County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, will soon be remodeling their facilities, so many of the dogs and cats will need to be placed in other shelters. This is the perfect time to visit the shelter and adopt a deserving dog or cat, as it will help relieve the burden that will be placed on other shelters and get these animals into a good home.

The address is:

Orange County Humane Society
21632 Newland, Huntington Beach, CA

They are located one half block from the Pacific Ocean just behind the power plant.

The phone number is 714-536-8480, and they're open 7 days per week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Their website is ochumanesociety.petfinder.com.

This is what you will need in order to adopt from them:
* Proof of home ownership (property tax bill) or rental agreement stating pets are OK
* If you own another dog, you must bring that dog to meet the new dog.
* Dogs will not be adopted out as gifts or as a "surprise" for someone.