AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week ASPCA officials said shelters nationwide agreed to care for the pets until Saturday. However, after more than 1,000 of them were reunited, they decided to ask for more time. “A lot of animals are being reunited and they seemed to have underestimated the amount of time needed to get as many of them as possible back to their owners,’ Sanchez said. Although many local residents had hoped to take one of the 10 dogs housed at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter home, they will now have to wait to see if their owners come forward. “We’ll continue to treat them and if they are not reunited by December we’ll adopt them out into a new home,’ said county spokeswoman Kaye Michaelson. “But for now, they’ll stay with us and will be waiting for their owners.’ Of the 8,000 dogs, cats, horses, and other animals that were rescued in Louisiana and Mississippi, 124 have been housed in shelters throughout California. A handful already have been reunited with their owners. BALDWIN PARK — There has been a slight “paws’ in the quest for local people wanting to acquire one of the 10 Hurricane Katrina canines up for adoption at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. The adoptions scheduled to take place Saturday have been put on hold until the end of the year. On Thursday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with other pet organizations, requested all animal shelters, breed rescue groups and others sheltering animal survivors of the hurricane, extend the holding period of the pets until Dec. 31. “They asked us to hold off on our adoptions that were going to take place Saturday at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter,’ said Brenda Jimenez, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Care and Control. “They want us to give people more time to claim their animals.’ “Sassy was the first, and on Wednesday there was Princess who was in Pomona,’ said Dawn Cotterell, spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. “Right now we are working on Snowball and Simba, who we think will be reunited in a few days.’ Along with those four dogs, the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter also is scheduling a reunion to take place soon. “The owner of Panda, a Jack Russell Terrier mix who was actually a show dog, came forward and a reunion will happen in days,’ Sanchez said. “His owner was on vacation when Katrina hit her Mississippi home and she was not allowed to go back for him.’ Panda’s owner saw his picture on www.petfinder.com and contacted the spcaLA. In order to prove that Panda was hers, county officials said the owner sent in photos that confirmed her claim. Panda will be flying to Memphis, where his owner has relocated to since Hurricane Katrina, in a few days. “She’s been e-mailing and calling and she is so happy to have Panda back. She can’t wait,’ Jimenez said. “That’s the goal, to get these pets back home.’ Nisha Gutierrez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!