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Box of puppies left on Gulfport shelter's doorstep; Reunited with litter-mate

The yellow Lab mix puppies were left inside a cardboard box outside the shelter's Lost & Found/Owner Surrender Entrance. (Photo source: HSSM) The yellow Lab mix puppies were left inside a cardboard box outside the shelter's Lost & Found/Owner Surrender Entrance. (Photo source: HSSM)
The shelter workers later realized the pups looked a lot like another dog dropped off by Gulfport Animal Control. It turned out to be a lost litter-mate. (Photo source: HSSM) The shelter workers later realized the pups looked a lot like another dog dropped off by Gulfport Animal Control. It turned out to be a lost litter-mate. (Photo source: HSSM)
If you're interested in learning more about adopting or fosters these or other animals, call (228) 863-3354 ext. 117 or visit HSSM during business hours. (Photo source: HSSM) If you're interested in learning more about adopting or fosters these or other animals, call (228) 863-3354 ext. 117 or visit HSSM during business hours. (Photo source: HSSM)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

When workers at the Humane Society of South Mississippi arrived at their Gulfport office Tuesday morning, they were greeted by seven shivering puppies. The yellow Lab mix puppies were left inside a cardboard box outside the shelter's Lost & Found/Owner Surrender Entrance.

Even for a place that deals with homeless animals every day, the dropoff was a surprise.

"It has been a long while since we've found a litter abandoned on our doorstep," said Krystyna Schmitt, HSSM Marketing Specialist, "It's truly unfortunate. We don't know how long they were out in the cold and we strive to accommodate owners needing to surrender their pets for care and placement. Now we have seven more precious lives in our care and there's little to nowhere to put them should they need extra care."

The shelter workers later realized the pups looked a lot like another dog dropped off by Gulfport Animal Control. It turned out to be a lost litter-mate. So the brothers and sisters have been reunited, at least for now. The hope is all the puppies will be able to find forever homes with animal lovers in our area. 

The arrival of these puppies brings HSSM's current animal count to 247. Sixty-six of those animals need temporary foster homes for treatable illnesses, injuries, or other reasons. And the seven new arrivals may need foster care as well.

With this many animals in their care, HSSM is in desperate need of families willing to either temporarily take in a foster pet or families looking for a more permanent addition to adopt. If you're interested in learning more, call (228) 863-3354 ext. 117 or visit HSSM during business hours to meet the animals face to face. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm. It's located at 2615 25th Avenue in Gulfport.

HSSM provides all medical care to pets during foster care, as well as a starter bag of food. Foster homes can expect to have pets in their care for anywhere between two and six weeks, based on their needs.

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