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Abandoned dogs find new homes
Nearly all 38 dogs recently dumped outside Richmond Animal Shelter have found new homes, according to a city spokesperson.
"We received more than 100 expressions of interest from the community from people interested in adopting the dogs, so the response was very positive," said Ted Townsend.
On Aug. 30 staff at the No. 5 Road shelter arrived in the morning to find outside dozens of small dogs in several cages. Yorkshire terriers and Chihuahuas were among the abandoned animals.
Staff accommodated the animals at the shelter, operated by the Richmond Animal Protection Society, and found them to be in good health. Potential adoptive families quickly stepped forward, and Townsend said as of this week only a few animals remained at the shelter for some additional socialization before moving to their new homes.
"We don’t need any additional homes for the abandoned dogs, but (the shelter) always has some animals looking for new homes, particularly cats," he said.
Townsend said the incident led to significant costs for shelter operators, who spent an estimated $12,000 on veterinarian care, food and supplies for the dogs. Although most costs will be recovered through adoption fees, the expenses have still put a strain on the nonprofit society, said Townsend.
The origin of the dogs is unknown. Richmond RCMP investigated the case, but once the animals were found to be in good health—with no possibility of charges related to animal welfare—the file was closed, said Cpl. Stephanie Ashton.
Also on Aug. 30, another 12 dogs were abandoned in cages outside New Westminster's animal shelter. Most of those animals have also found new adoptive families.
Richmond Animal Protection Society is hosting a fundraiser on Oct. 26 at Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel. Paws and Pumpkins will feature a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, dancing and games. Tickets are $100, or $900 for a table of 10. For more information on this event, or to find out more about adopting an animal or making a donation, visit rapsociety.com or call 604-275-2036.