Animal Rescue Reserve celebrates 40 years of service

COAST CITIES — The San Diego Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Animal Rescue Reserve (ARR) celebrated 40 years of service by honoring past and current volunteer members for their contributions in rescuing and evacuating animals in times of need. ARR currently has 71 volunteer members; some have committed more than 30 years of service to the group.
ARR is part of the County Disaster Team and is equipped to rescue animals threatened by natural and man-made disasters and other day-to-day emergency situations. ARR was formed after the 1970 Laguna Fire and has been on the frontline of local disasters as the 2002 Pines Fire, the 2003 Firestorms, 2006 Horse Fire, the 2007 Harris and Witchcreek Fires, La Jolla Landslides and has also responded to aid in disaster relief efforts for national tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike.
ARR also works throughout San Diego County to rescue domestic animals or livestock that may have become trapped and cannot get free.
For more information about ARR, contact Kelli Herwehe at or by calling (619) 243-3419. Animal Rescue Reserve Officers can be contacted via 24-hour emergency hotline at (619) 299-0871.
Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty and neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.
For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, visit


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