GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - News of the rescued dogs from an alleged Tylertown puppy mill last Monday drew several volunteers to the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM). Since the dogs arrived in Gulfport they've continued to improve. According to the HSSM, they are currently in need of various supplies to help care for the dogs.
Current list of supplies needed (this list will continue to change):
Creamy peanut butter
Science Diet Adult Small Bites
Disposable surgical gowns and booties
"Instead of the low grade dog food they were eating in Tylertown, we specifically feed these dogs Science Diet Adult Small Bites. We use the creamy peanut butter for toys. It will go in stuffable toys," Marketing Specialist Krystyna Szczechowski explained.
Szczechowski said the dogs have never been exposed to a toy. She said the peanut butter helps them know that a toy is something they use for fun.
On Tuesday the HSSM will hold a meeting about the conditions of the rescued dogs and they may have an adoption date to announce in the next few days.
"The more we interact with them. The more we realize how resilient they are. Most of the cages they were found in were rusted shut for who knows how long. The more time we spend with them, the more we know they will make great pets for families in our communities," Szczechowski said.
Even the dogs that were more fractious or unpredictable at the time of rescue are becoming more acclimated to being handled by humans, she said.
"There isn't a lot of pack mentality. They have great temperaments," Szczechowski said. "You can tell just something as simple as climate control, they are so much happier."
The dogs are eight months to eight-years-old. They are primarily pure-bred Yorkies, Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds. They've already received their first shots, flea treatments, and full veterinary examinations.
The HSSM's needs will continue to change each day while these dogs are in their care, so you can monitor what supplies they need on their Facebook page: Humane Society of South Mississippi or click: https://www.facebook.com/MyHSSM?fref=ts.