Homes found for thousands of pets

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 657,000 orphan dogs, cats, and other pets woke up with their new families this morning after being adopted during the first 10 weeks of the Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive. Animal shelters and rescue groups around the world are working together, pursuing a goal of 1.5 million adoptions by Jan. 3.
The 12th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays drive began Oct. 1. The 3,884 participating animal shelters and pet rescue organizations in 22 countries around the world report 657,752 pet adoptions. Adoptions were made for 351,688 dogs, 291,808 cats and 14,256 assorted other animals.
“We’re not sure why cats are tailing dogs this year,” Helen Woodward Animal Center and IH4TH San Diego spokesman John Van Zante said. “Usually there just aren’t a lot of kittens available in December. But this year ‘kitten season’ arrived late and lots of shelters and rescue groups still have armloads of kittens. It’s time for cat lovers to put their best paw forward and take their new best friends home for the holidays.”
“The 25 participating groups in San Diego County are leading more than 3,800 others worldwide,” he said. “This year we’re joined by animal shelters and pet rescue groups in the Cayman Islands, Samoa, the United Kingdom and Ukraine. IH4TH also takes business away from puppy mills during their most profitable time of year. In many cases, the pets adopted during Iams Home 4 the Holidays would have been euthanized if they had not been adopted.”
To locate participating animal shelters worldwide, go to www.home4theholidays.com, visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, or call (858) 756-4117.

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