Rancho Mirage will cover adoption costs

Palm Springs, California:  The well-behaved corgi mix at Thursday’s Rancho Mirage City Council meeting barked only once, when the leader of the high school color guard bearing the flag said, “Present colors.”

A 4-month-old dachshund-spaniel puppy wriggled and licked a Riverside County animal control worker in the next back-row seat.

The dogs were soon called up to the front of the chamber by Mayor Pro Tem Dana Hobart, who solicited kisses from them as he told the audience the city will cover the fees for any resident who adopts from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services’ Thousand Palms shelter.

Due to overcrowding at the shelter, the dogs could be euthanized within the week if they were not adopted, he said,

“That’s the third or fourth time I’ve done that,” Hobart said Friday.

“I have them bring a couple of dogs in, and if they don’t get adopted, I don’t really want to know about it.”

Rancho Mirage has paid for the adoption of 49 pets since May 2009, according to the city.