There is only one thing known about Zodiac, a black-and-white terrier originally from Louisiana: He was brought to California as a favor, and is now in need of a permanent home. After Hurricane Katrina plowed through the nation’s Gulf Coast many pets were abandoned. While some fell victim to the devastation, many were sent to surrounding shelters causing them to fill very fast. Tara McCurry, owner of Zara’s List Animal Rescue in Corona, said when she got a call from a friend in Texas, she knew she had to help. “They had a lot of pets taken to Texas because the shelters in Louisiana were crowded,’ McCurry said. “And in turn, Texas shelters were becoming full. I did what I could.’ “You don’t know what they’ve been through, some are calm, some are depressed and some you just don’t know,’ said Sherri Hergenrother, a senior at the school. “If we can make them pretty maybe it’ll help get them a home.’ So while the dogs came in shaggy and smelling sour, they left the school with a whole new attitude. “It’s as important as grooming and bathing yourself,’ said Marisa Ornelas, a student groomer who works at Petco. “It makes you feel good to be kept clean and it does the same for dogs.’ Donna Owens, director/instructor of the the grooming program, said having the opportunity to groom these six dogs was rewarding on both ends and said statistics have shown keeping a dog groomed raises the adoption rate from 70 percent to 90 percent, a number she is counting on to get these dogs adopted. “It’s great for the students who were able to share in the experience and it’s beneficial to getting the dogs placed in a home because it makes a tremendous difference,’ Owens said. @tagline columnist:Nisha Gutierrez can be reached at [email protected] 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 McCurry brought Zodiac and five other dogs, including a Shih Tzu and terrier-poodle mix, from Texas and is now trying to find them homes. She said that while the other pets brought to Los Angeles in mid-September by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles are only available for temporary adoption, these dogs are ready for a permanent home. “I am not posting their photos on Web sites for reuniting purposes because they were already in shelters and some of them were strays,’ McCurry said. “What we are doing is looking for families to adopt them and willing to make them part of their family.’ The first step toward the road to adoption, according to McCurry, was to get the dogs cleaned up. So she turned to students at the Hacienda La Puente Adult Education Grooming School, who have now been grooming the dogs every other Tuesday since mid-September.