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SPECIAL REPORT: Imperial Valley local shelters rescue animals looking for their forever home

Jailene Aguilera showcases how a local animal shelter operates and rescues animals

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Dee Forbey is the owner of Dee’s Rescue in El Centro, which is a non-profit organization that shelters cats and dogs. 

The majority of the animals are rescue animals or pets that owners can no longer take care of. 

Forbey is 78 years old and her rescue started off as a dog grooming business in the 90s, which was also a daycare for pets.   

The animal shelter is inside Forbey's home located on Evan Hewes Highway in El Centro. 

Upon arrival, visitors are welcomed by rescue cats roaming around the front lawn and barking dogs excited and waiting to be adopted.  

They also provide transportation services for animals in need of veterinary services over to Mexicali.  

“The vet situation here in the Valley is kinda scarce. We transport to Mexicali Vets for people who need medical, spayed or neutered or dental work and stuff,” explained Volunteer Cosme Arredondo.

Arredondo has been volunteering for over a decade and has seen animals in all kinds of conditions, some are even dropped off in boxes, run over in the street, or left out in the fields.  

Every day with an increase of animals coming in, Dee’s Rescue makes adopting affordable for those looking to take home a furry friend. 

Puppy adoption fees are as low as $75.   

In 2015, Dee’s Rescue got its non-profit status and is always welcoming volunteers and donations. 

Dee’s Rescue is currently accepting donations such as cleaning supplies, and canned and dry food. Puppy food; Pedigree Puppy Growth and Protection dry food and Diamond brand puppy dry food. 

Donations can be dropped off at 941 W Evan Hewes Highway, El Centro. 

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