We went dog shopping and brought back two lives that were nearly lost

We call it “dog shopping” when we go to other shelters or rescues to help ease their overcrowding. It was on a dog shopping trip that we met Lassi and her friend Samosa. That day changed their lives.

Lassi is a two year old, 11 pound, female, Chihuahua / Pomeranian mix. The breed is our best guess. Teeth are generally a pretty good indicator of a dog’s age. Samosa is about six months older, three pounds heavier. They were transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society from a rescue in Imperial County through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program.

When our dog shoppers got to El Centro they asked how these sweet dogs ended up homeless. A witness had seen a guy pull over at a street corner, open the car door, dump them out, then drive away.

Who does that? There are two shelters and a large rescue group within a few miles. They would have welcomed Lassi and Samosa with open arms. But…no. This guy dumped his dogs and drove away.

Every day Lassi and Samosa returned to that corner. They sat. They waited, hoping the guy who dumped them would come back. He didn’t.

Rescuers tried to catch them, but Lassi and Samosa worked together to avoid capture. Finally they were caught, then we met them when we went dog shopping.

They rely on each other and need to be adopted together. As a bonded pair, you pay the $145 adoption fee for one, and we waive the fee for the other. The adoption fee includes physical and behavior exams, up to date vaccinations, spay/neuter, and registered microchip.

If it’s not a good time to adopt, please make a donation to help us cover the costs for Lassi, Samosa, and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits we meet when we go shopping. Make a donation that saves lives.

For more information call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org, or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®