Hope Ranch Animal Sanctuary near Temecula seeks home for stray dogs – Press Enterprise

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A local animal rescue team is dedicated to finding a sanctuary for the growing number of stray and homeless dogs.

Kathy Haley has always had a heart for animals and started helping them when she was in nursing school. While volunteering at an animal shelter in Wildomar, she made connections with like-minded friends and decided to do more. In 2003 she moved to Anza and started a large animal rescue. Hope Ranch Animal Sanctuary was created to provide homes for abused and neglected alpacas, llamas, donkeys, pigs and more.

Realizing that she could also have a greater impact in rescuing dogs, Haley expanded the shelter’s work to provide dogs with a better life than life in kennels. Today, Hope Ranch has permanent residents as well as adoptable dogs awaiting permanent homes. The shelter’s dogs live at Haley’s home on a 5-acre lot or with foster homes in Temecula, Murrieta and neighboring towns.

“The need is so great that dogs are now a tremendous part of the rescue effort,” Haley said. “We have about 10 foster families and new applicants are always welcome.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, animal shelters have had a difficult time collecting strays, Haley said. Spaying and neutering programs were not considered essential and there has been an explosion of stray dogs, she said. The organization is currently trying to make up for the two-year castration and castration break.

Hope Ranch works to neuter and neuter every stray dog ​​in Anza, east of Temecula. The organization has started offering low-cost clinics through mobile veterinary services and is struggling to meet demand. However, mobile services can only accommodate dogs under 50 pounds. As such, the organization has also helped cover the fees for individuals who need to transport their dogs to vets outside of Anza.

Currently, the organization is inundated with puppies. Puppies and dogs in the shelter’s care are given veterinary care, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and spayed or neutered. They are socialized in the shelter or foster homes and then put up for adoption. The organization has a variety of dogs that they can foster or adopt. They can be viewed on Hope Ranch’s website or through adoption sites such as Petfinder.

Foster families must live in the Temecula area. To prepare dogs for adoption, foster parents work on common issues such as housecleaning, crate training, leash management, and socializing. Hope Ranch provides groceries, supplies, medical expenses, and offers support and 24/7 assistance via a text line. Interested parties who would like to get involved in the sponsorship commitment can download an application from the association’s website. The more foster homes Hope Ranch has, the more dogs it can rescue.

The organization recently received a grant from the Illes Family Donor Advised Fund through the Inland Empire Community Foundation. The organization relies on grants, fundraisers, adoption fees, and donations to increase the number of animals it can help.

“With every rescue you want to do good, but everything costs money and vet bills are going up just like anything else,” Haley said. “We can only do what we have the money for.”

Anyone interested in adopting a pet can also visit the organization’s website and apply. Hope Ranch works to ensure that each dog and their home are a good fit. The adoption fees cover the dog’s medical expenses. However, the organization has a seniors-for-seniors program that matches an elderly resident with an elderly companion, and fees for these adoptions are waived.

According to Haley, the rescue center and other rescue organizations need support while dealing with the increasing number of strays in the area.

“Support your local rescue,” Haley said. “We are the down to earth”

Information: 951-515-4077 or http://www.hoperanchanimalsanctuary.org/

The Inland Empire Community Foundation works to strengthen Inland Southern California through philanthropy.

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