A New Beginning Adoption EventUpdate: All of the dogs from the Phelan hoarding case were adopted over the weekend due to the generosity and kindness of our residents.

Animal Care and Control will have an adoption event this weekend in hopes of finding homes for 38 dogs rescued during a recent animal neglect investigation.

The dogs will be available for adoption at “A New Beginning Adoption Event” at the Devore Animal Shelter on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The event is made possible by the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF), which contributes to the shelter’s offsite adoption events and the care of animals at the shelter.

A $25 adoption fee will include micro-chipping, initial vaccination and the spaying or neutering of each of the dogs surrendered by the dog hoarder. The license fee will vary depending on the adopter’s city of residence and there is a limit of two dogs per family.

The dogs were surrendered to Animal Care and Control during a July 2 animal neglect investigation near Phelan. Most of the dogs had severely matted hair. At first glance, it was difficult to distinguish the front of the dog from the rear of some of the dogs. Shelter staff and groomers from Cutie Pie’s Grooming in Redlands spent the Fourth of July giving makeovers to the dogs.

“We are grateful for all of the donations that have been made to the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF) that makes it possible for us to have this special adoption event to help the dogs in this case,” said Brian Cronin, Chief for Animal Care and Control. “These dogs have been through so much already and our shelter staff has seen the transformation in these dogs since they have been in our care. They are lovable and ready to be adopted. We want to see them move onto their forever homes.”

The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, CA. Donations can be made to the Animals are First Fund (ARFF) at: http://www.arffund.org/ Call (909) 386-9820 or visit Homeward Bound Project Adopt Facebook Page for more information.

YouTube video of the makeover of ‘Babe’

County of San Bernardino News Segment about the dogs

Photo album of one dog’s nearly two hour makeover

Photos of the dogs when they arrived