Shelter Swamped With Puppies
A local animal shelter is hoping to give three sad tales a happy ending this holiday. The Asheville Humane Society is currently caring for 26 puppies after their abandoned and abused mothers were recently brought into the shelter.
Officials are asking the public for help. They need foster families to provide good care for these animals until they are ready for adoption.
Gaia came to the shelter about a week ago after a cruelty investigation. When animal control removed her from her property, she was pregnant and had a collar embedded into her neck. A veterinarian was able to remove the collar and also determined Gaia was days away from giving birth. A few days later, she delivered four healthy puppies. The Asheville Humane Society says it is thankful all the animals are safe.
"I am just very grateful that we were able to get her before she had her puppies and they can have a nice, warm, clean place to be. It would be great if they were in a home. We love them all to death but it would be great if they all had individual attention," said Angie Wilt.
The Asheville Humane Society is also searching for a foster home for Dixie and her 11 puppies. Her owner turned her over to the shelter because they weren't able to care for her and her babies.
Then there's Melon. She was brought in as a stray dog and delivered 11 puppies at the shelter.
It's a peculiar situation that the Asheville Humane Society hopes teaches pet owners to spay or neuter their animals.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent for these dogs and their puppies or any other animal at the shelter, click here.
Officials also say this is a perfect time of year to adopt.