PALMDALE – The operating license of Garland Rescue Ranch in Palmdale has been revoked. This means about 30 dogs and 40 cats must vacate the property within 72 hours.
Lost and Found Dogs of the Antelope Valley (LAFDAV) has stepped in to help by organizing a special adoption this weekend to save the animals.
“LAFDAV’s motto is ‘together we can,’ and this situation requires a village,” stated founder Jeanette Portocarrero. “We know many are considering a pet, or are able to foster a pet until we can secure a loving home… we just need to get the word out as soon as possible.”
The special adoption event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Garland Ranch, located at 40939 16th Street West in Palmdale.
Interested parties should come ready to meet the pets. If ready to adopt, you will be required to fill out a quick application, and the LAFDAV team will follow up with a home visit to make sure everything is going well.
LAFDAV is waiving the adoption fees, but donations are being accepted to ensure that the animals left behind can be boarded.
Both small and large breed dogs of all ages are available, and about 98% of them are in good health, according to Portocarrero. She said they’re most concerned about the Pit bulls, because those dogs are more likely to be put down first.
“LAFDAV members wake up daily with the heavy burden of having to pick up the pieces because someone decided their family pet didn’t matter much. Many are left behind, dumped, neglected or not properly cared for,” Portocarrero stated. “Our mission is to restore the humanity in the eyes of our disillusioned pets. I believe we will witness again many kindred souls with the Garland Ranch situation.”
LAFDAV was founded in 2011 as a central online station for locally lost pets. LAFDAV’s mission continues to expand, and the network now provides support, education and funding for the local pet community, as well as a resolution towards pet negligence and abandonment.
To see many of the pets that will be available at the special adoption event this weekend, visit LAFDAV’s Facebook page here.
For more information on LAFDAV, visit http://lafdav.com.
UPDATED 2/3/14: More than half of the pets were vacated from the Garland Ranch this weekend, thanks to the efforts of LAFDAV and other volunteers. The deadline for animals to vacate the property has reportedly been extended for another week, thanks to this weekend’s efforts. There are around 20 pets left, and volunteers are still working hard to provide the remaining pets with a proper home, according to Portocarrero. To participate in this effort, visit LAFDAV’s Facebook page here.