Johny Sandoval and Nella

Johny Sandoval, operations manager for Ark-Valley Humane Society, holds Nella, a Chihuahua-mix dog in search of a foster home. Ark-Valley Humane Society is looking for foster homes for Nella and nine other dogs removed from a Salida home in July. See related story page 11.

by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Ark-Valley Humane Society is still looking for foster homes for 10 Chihuahua-mix dogs removed from a 10th Street Salida home that was declared uninhabitable July 23.

AVHS took in a total of 15 of the small dogs, which have been cared for at the Buena Vista shelter since then.

The Humane Society is currently seeking foster homes for the dogs, which range in age from about 6 months to 7 years.

Several of the small dogs have already been fostered to individuals, but more foster homes are needed.

The Humane Society would prefer to foster the dogs out in pairs, since they have spent their lives together and are attached to each other.

An ideal situation would be to have a home where a large bathroom or spare room could be dedicated to them with caretakers who would be willing to work on potty training and socialization, as many of the dogs are shy and skittish.

Emy Leubbering, AVHS outreach coordinator, said all of the dogs have received their first round of vaccinations.

She said it is unknown at this point when the dogs will be available for adoption, but they are looking for at least a two-week commitment to foster them.

None of the dogs have been spayed or neutered, so any other animals in a potential foster situation must be spayed or neutered.

The dogs will be spayed or neutered at the shelter before they can be adopted.

Important requirements for fostering the animals include residency in Chaffee County and the ability to bring the dogs back to the shelter for any medical care, including spay or neuter and for visits with potential adopters.

Leubbering said sometimes people foster with the idea of adopting when the pet is available.

Those interested in becoming a foster for these dogs or other shelter animals can contact Leubbering at or 719-395-2737.

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