Everyone at San Diego Self Storage is proud to embark on the third year of our Community Giving Project, carrying on a tradition of giving back to San Diego. We love this project! San Diego Self Storage facilities span San Diego County from Temecula to Otay Mesa. We wanted to find a way for all 17 of our locations to develop meaningful ties to their local communities. We’ve given each site $500, which they may contribute to any organization they see fit. We’ve contributed to a variety of philanthropies, with charities benefiting children and animals at the top of the list. Our teams have also chosen to help fight cancer, contribute to local history and humanitarian efforts.
Carlsbad Self Storage has proudly contributed their donation to the County of San Diego, Department of Animal Services. The story of how the Spirit Fund was established captured our staff’s attention, and their hearts. The Spirit Veterinary Medical Fund was created in July 2008, after a 10-week-old puppy was savagely beaten near our border with Mexico. The beating was seen on a Border Patrol surveillance camera several miles away. Border Patrol officers went to the site, rescued the battered puppy and called for a Department of Animal Services officer.
The little puppy came in with many broken bones and veterinarians could tell this wasn’t her first beating. She needed extensive medical assistance. The man who beat her could break her bones, but he couldn't break her spirit. Despite her brutal injuries, this little dog sought out the attention and love of everyone at the shelter. She was given the name, Spirit. When news of the savage beating was broadcast, donations poured in from around the country. Soon there was enough money to help other animals too.
County Animal Services established a permanent fund so more animals in need of expensive treatment could be helped. A team of 128 animal welfare professionals and over 400 active and dedicated volunteers care for more than 25,000 cats, dogs, livestock and exotic animals each year that are lost, abandoned or neglected. With gifts to the Spirit Fund, these animals can receive the treatment needed to be adopted into new and loving, forever homes.