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Humane Society’s Foster team enabled temporary care dogs and heartwarming reunion


Source: San Diego Humane Society

February 8,2024 (San Diego) -- In a heartwarming tale of resilience, three small dogs have been reunited with their owner following the challenging aftermath of the Jan. 22nd flooding in San Diego.

Chihuahuas Anabelle, 5m and Sookie, 16, along with Brownie, an 18-year-old Shih Tzu, were returned to their dog-mom, Patricia, on Wednesday after spending six days with San Diego Humane Society’s Safety Net Foster Program.

Patricia’s ordeal began on Jan. 22, after her home was flooded and she was forced to evacuate. She sought refuge at the American Red Cross location at Lincoln High School, where San Diego Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team provided assistance for her beloved dogs. Later, on Feb. 1, Patricia and her dogs relocated to the newly established Red Cross shelter at the San Diego Municipal Gymnasium in Balboa Park, as they still had no home to return to.

Unfortunately, while at Balboa Park, Patricia faced a medical emergency that required hospitalization. In this critical time, San Diego Humane Society stepped in to place Anabelle, Sookie and Brownie in its Safety Net Foster Program while Patricia focused on her recovery and securing a temporary housing situation for herself and her cherished furry companions.

Amidst the heartwarming reunion between Patricia and her dogs, San Diego Humane Society’s Foster team underscores the pressing need for additional Safety Net Foster volunteers, in order to continue to support pet owners who temporarily fall on hard times. Safety Net Fosters make an incredible difference for pet families during their most challenging moments by providing short-term homes for animals until their owners are able to reunite with them. 

In addition to protecting the human-animal bond between animals and the people who love them, the Safety Net Foster Program also ensures that the pets don’t have to stay in shelters, which have limited capacity due to overcrowding. To learn more about becoming a Safety Net Foster volunteer and to submit an application, visit

Anyone in need of foster support through our Safety Net Foster program, can call our Resource Center at 619-299-7012.

Photo/video credit: San Diego Humane Society

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