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With school nearly closed and the summer heat setting in, many Imperial Valley residents began planning an escape from our brutal summer.

Unfortunately, many people have currently included the discount of their pets as part of their summer vacation. Over the past three weeks, there has been a disturbing and overwhelming number of pet owners calling the Humane Society of Imperial County wanting to return their pets. When asked why they have to give up their pets, many openly admit that they leave town for the holidays. Humane Society staff did their best to accommodate these animals, but had little or no success in keeping up. Again, the shelter is over capacity and the number of unwanted animals there is alarming. Adoptions are at their lowest ever, and herds of animals continue to enter the shelter daily. Historically, the Humane Society sends animals to out-of-town rescue groups when the shelter is full, but shelters across Southern California are experiencing the same problem — we’re in a regional crisis.

The Humane Society team believes that travel should never be a reason a pet is separated from its family and placed in a shelter, as there are other options.

Although we do our best to make the animals in our care as happy and comfortable as possible, the shelter environment can be scary for some animals. Shelters are noisy, give off a lot of unfamiliar smells and, more often than not, they are overcrowded. All of these factors make it very difficult for some pets to adapt to change, making their search for a home all the more difficult.

This is to say that many inhabitants of the Imperial Valley do not know what resources are available to them, so they do not take advantage of them. The Humane Society frequently refers pet owners to local community members and businesses that provide pet boarding or boarding. Desert Veterinary Group is a local veterinary office that provides boarding services to the community. Buddy Sweets has years of experience providing exceptional pet sitting and boarding services to our community. Cathy Dobson and Mike Burk (both local animal lovers, advocates and supporters of the Humane Society of Imperial County) both provide exceptional in-home pet sitting services for our community.

Each of these local professionals has years of experience in the pet care field. Whoever you decide to board your pets with or have them babysat for you, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pets will be treated kindly and well taken care of while you and your family are away. your family. Don’t forget that having a trusted family member, friend, neighbor, or colleague to babysit or drop by every few hours to check on your pet is also a great alternative! If you are unable to schedule something with the resources listed, please visit This website will help you find other affordable and reputable pet sitting services that are perfect for your pet.

Although these services are not free, we cannot put a price on the happiness, health and well-being of our furry children. In all situations, being with family is ultimately what’s best for your pets. Remember that all family members deserve to be with their families all year round, especially our four-legged family members.

If you and your family are planning to leave town this summer and cannot bring your pets with you and need to inquire about setting up a boarding/sitting appointment of animals. Be sure to make the phone call today to ensure your pet is happy, comfortable and safe while you’re away.

  • Buddy Sweets, (760) 353-7833
  • Cathy Dobson, (760) 550-5718
  • Desert Vet Group, (760) 355-0141
  • Mike Burk, (760) 554-6569

Devon Apodaca is executive director of the Humane Society of Imperial County.


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