GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of dogs seized during a puppy mill raid in Stone County a week ago are ready to be adopted. On Tuesday, the Humane Society of South Mississippi announced that 42 dogs will be available for adoption this Friday.
The animals have been declared healthy, happy, and ready for new homes. Here's a heads-up: If you want to adopt any of those dogs, you better get to shelter early.
For a week now, the pooches have enjoyed the comforts and much-deserved pampering at theHumane Society of South Mississippi. Since they were rescued from a suspected puppy mill, the animals have been generating a lot of interest from concerned citizens.
"They're the animals that when they end up in the shelter, under other circumstances, they hit the adoption floor and are automatically adopted. So we know that people are going to be lining up to get these guys and we're excited about it," said Krystyna Szczechowski with the Humane Society of South Mississippi.
The 42 dogs that are up for adoption this Friday are considered shelter VIPs, or "Very Important Pets."
"Yorkies, Shih Tzus, Pomeranians, all those tiny little breeds you can carry around in your purse, very high in demand," said Szczechowski. "People love to rescue animals and when they find them in the shelter, it's like you hit the jackpot. People's faces light up. It's amazing."
In all, 52 dogs were taken in at the shelter last week. Ten of them have serious medical problems, like broken bones, a collapsed trachea, and eye problems. Those animals will be placed in foster homes.
All of the dogs have been treated for Scabies, a skin mite condition that's contagious to both humans and other pets. Fifteen of the dogs have heart worms, and a few are still a bit nervous around humans.
"These animals have never known a home environment. They've been in kennels. They've been with 70 plus dogs their entire lives, so they've never had that one-on-one time that every pet deserves," said Szczechowski.
So if you take any of the dogs home, expect to give them some extra TLC.
"I guarantee you, these animals will be fabulous pets. These dogs are just yearning for human affection," said Szczechowski. "They're adorable dogs. I mean, you just look into their faces and you can't want help but want to take them home."
The adoption fee is $150 for each dog and that covers the spaying and neutering, micro-chipping, and other costs and benefits. The fees are lower for the dogs with heart worm conditions. The doors of the Gulfport shelter open at 10 a.m. Friday. It's first come, first served.