Huntington Beach Humane Society IS NOT Closing
LAist loves animals as much as the next guy, maybe less because we don't have any pets. But still we get into Do-Something mode when we get an email like this:
Long time well informed citizens of Orange County know the facts. They say, The Huntington so called 'Humane Society' is not closing but renovating. Which means essentially all the animals will be killed save for 15 kennels only. The owner is merely trying to protect himself and his questionable non-profit status by having people respond to calls that everything is fine. Please go down immediately and adopt the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals!
Dr. Nabil Nasre, who previously owned the duel facility and sold it to Botros in 2002, said the shelter normally has about 40-50 dogs at any one time, with an adoption rate of 90 percent, or an average of 4,000 dogs a year. Both Saad and Nasre said they had no idea how the rumor of the closure and euthanasia got started.
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.