In Freeport, Florida, animal rescue volunteers with the Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Save Underdogs team have taken in 47 dachshunds after the owner became ill and was no longer able to care for the dogs. The dogs had all been scheduled to be surrendered to the local animal shelter – that is until the futures for the dogs suddenly changed for the better:
“They were going to be taken to a local shelter that wasn’t a no-kill shelter so, within a day, the reason it was so urgent for us to get them within this 24-48 hour time period was because they were going to be euthanized,” Alaqua Animal Refuge Communications Director Mary Chris Murry stated.
The dogs range in ages from a few months old to seniors, however most are younger dogs from two to six years old.
Terri Bondi, founder of Save Underdogs, arranged to have all the dogs driven to her organization in northwest Florida after a friend told her about the situation. Because her home couldn’t accommodate all of the dogs, she kept 20 and Alaqua (PAWS), took 27 of the dogs. The dogs have been treated at the local veterinarian and checked for fleas, parasites and neutering or spaying. Some of the dogs had likely been inbred.
On Tuesday, Terri updated the organization’s Facebook page referencing the many calls and inquiries about the dogs; although they are no longer accepting adoption applications:
“Hi! We have had alot of people emailing, calling and texting about fostering or adopting and we could not be more appreciative!!! We hope everyone will be patient as we are just a tiny group of volunteers who also have other jobs to tend to. We have no office staff, etc. Some of us answer emails on our lunch breaks and catch up with texts/calls in the evenings. Others of us are occupied being hands on (no kennel staff either) with the care of not only these dogs in the media, but also many others in our rescue. So in other words…we are super busy but we will respond as soon as we are able.”
As for the dachshunds at Alaqua Animal Refuge, there are also multiple applications for adoption, but there are so many other dogs – just as cute and just as deserving of a loving home. Check here to see some of the most adorable faces.
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