- Posted August 23, 2014 by
San Diego, California
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San Diego Humane Society Saves More Than 400 Chinchillas
Four teams of experienced San Diego Humane Society animal welfare professionals rescued and transported 426 chinchillas to San Diego Humane Society during an 8-hour rescue operation in Vista, California. This is the largest animal rescue in the history of San Diego Humane Society!
The organization received the request from PETA to rescue and care for these chinchillas from the Vista-based business they procured, along with Hollywood mogul Sam Simon (co-creator of The Simpsons). Although the Humane Society wasn’t exactly prepared for 400+ chinchillas on top of the nearly 2,000 animals they’re already caring for, they didn’t hesitate to take them in. To prepare for this rescue, the Humane Society stocked up on tons of supplies and resources, including 500 lbs of pellets, 600 lbs of hay, 500 cardboard boxes that volunteers folded into hide houses so the chinchillas can hide if they are stressed and scared, and much more. Check out my video with Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society.
About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. The San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services. For more information or to view current animals available for adoption; please visit www.sdhumane.org.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is the largest animal rights organization in the world with more than 3 million members.