Thank God for the San Diego Humane Society | Opinion

On Saturday September 3, 2022, I was leaving Southland Plaza and driving towards Palm on Saturn Blvd. Suddenly I noticed a little kitten in front of my car. I had to look twice, it was gray, the same color as the concrete. I stopped my car… reached out to traffic and a lady in another car spotted the kitten, her paw was seriously injured. We gently placed the injured, bleeding kitten in a cloth bag I had. I stopped at the local gas station and after a while not knowing who to call or what to do…I called the San Diego Humane Society emergency number. They responded immediately and asked if I could bring the kitten to their Gaines Street establishment. I said “yes” and after a 30 minute drive I arrived at the San Diego facility and they took the kitten. I share this experience with readers for two reasons…one, to express how upsetting such a situation can be…especially in this instance where someone had obviously thrown a helpless little kitten in the middle of a busy street. And second, to share the valuable information we need to deal with such an emergency. The Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Office told me that any ongoing situation, such as an abuse situation or a dog actively attacking or biting, is a call to 911. All other situations, such as an injured animal, may be handled by calling the San Diego Humane Society emergency number. 619-299-7012 and press #1. The line is open 24 hours a day. They will also come to pick up the animal. In my case, I chose to drive him there, it was faster and he was just a tiny little kitten. We must be careful when approaching a larger injured animal… like a dog or wild animal. Thank goodness for the quick response from the San Diego Humane Society. It’s good to know they’re ready to help with animal emergencies in our county. Unincorporated areas should call the County Animal Services Department.


Flight. 38, n° 36 – Thursday, September 8, 2022

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