The “Helpful Honda Guys in Blue” rolled into the Riverside County Department of Animal Services San Jacinto facility March 18 to help the animal care technicians find new homes for the many lost or abandoned dogs and cats up for adoption.
The first thing Helpful Honda ‘Guy’ Wendy Montano said while putting a dog leash into a gift bag for new pet adoptees is “Everything you see on TV about Helpful Honda Guys in Blue is true. We are here today. Our job is to be helpful to needy people. It’s all real.”
The Helpful Honda Guys mission at the animal shelter was to help and encourage potential pet adoptees to find the right “furry friend,” dog or cat needing a happy new home. The Honda Guys representing the area’s helpful SoCal Honda Dealers were helpful as more than the normal number of new pet seekers showed up for the special event at the shelter, held from 12-4 p.m. at 581 Grand Avenue in San Jacinto.
By 1 p.m. animal care technicians had written up 10 new pet adoptions for more than a dozen dogs. For each adoption, the adopted pets’ new family received a bag of animal “goodies” from the Helpful Honda Guys consisting of a leash, pet water bowl, doggie bags, a freeze-dried bag of dog food and a bottle of “Germs shmerms.” But even more exciting for the new owners was a photo of the family and their new furry family member.
Animal services were available for only a $20 adoption fee for cats and $40 for dogs and also provided a microchip, shots and license for each adopted animal.
One of the first new adoptive pet families, the Moldanado family from San Jacinto, loved their two new Chihuahua family members, one they named “Cream” and the other yet to be named. The family adopted the two new pets after they recently lost two other dogs, one of their four children said. It was hard to tell who was happier the family or the two little dogs who licked their new owners, constantly wagging their little tails.
“This is pretty fantastic,” Devin Perdomo, animal care technician, said. “It’s pretty cool the Honda Guys moving to help the animals. They are definitely helpful to us. Without them we would not have as many adoptions as we have had today. There could be way more.”
The San Jacinto animal shelter houses about 200 cats and dogs at one time and adopts out 30 to 50 animals per month depending upon the season.
For the Helpful Honda Guys, this event is the 6th annual Helpful Honda Pet Adoption campaign with local shelters and rescue groups through the month of March. Over the past six years, the SoCal Honda dealers have helped over 500 pets find their forever homes. In an effort to find more dogs and cats find their forever homes this year, the Guys in Blue will be doing other “pawsome” things, providing free dog washes, a fun pet-photo booth and the doggy bags like those handed out at the San Jacinto shelter. They also made a supplies donation to the San Jacinto shelter.
The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For information, call (951) 358-7387.
Helpful Honda Pet Adoption partners include Wags & Walks, Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley, Barks of Love Pet Care, German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, Ventura County Animal Services and Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
SoCal Honda dealers said sponsoring the Helpful Honda Pet Adoption Guys is raising awareness for adoption. They believe pet adoption is one of the most humane and beneficial ways to bring a new pet into the family and help decrease pet overpopulation and euthanasia. It is just another way helpful Honda is continuing its commitment to being helpful.
On Valentine’s Day, the Guys in Blue surprised thousands of residents with complimentary roses. Every day the blues shirts can be seen in the community doing other Random Acts of Helpfulness such as cleaning up local parks and shopping plazas, opening doors, carrying groceries, providing tissues during the cold season and handing out water to help people cool down when it’s warm outside just because “it’s their job to be helpful.”