‘Dumpster Puppies’ Doing Better: Shelter Spends $7K To Nurse Them Back To Health

Paula Mooney - Author
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Dec. 29 2014, Updated 7:14 a.m. ET

Call them the “dumpster puppies” that won the heart of a nation. When seven puppies – each of them only two days old and still attached to umbilical cords – were left for dead inside a dumpster in Susanville, California, the Nevada-based Pet Network Humane Society heeded the call and drove for hours to retrieve the tiny puppies and strove to save their little lives, reports Today.

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All of the efforts of the shelter employees paid off, with the PNHS staff sacrificing their own time in order to bathe, feed and take care of the dumpster puppies, who are now approximately two months old and thriving, thanks to the staff’s round-the-clock concerns. Today reports that all seven of the so-called dumpster pups were adopted in time for Christmas, and a current look at the Crowd Rise crowd-funding to offset the cost of saving the dumpster puppies shows $7,075 in donations raised thus far by the PNHS shelter.

As reported by the Inquisitr, the heartwarming story of puppies abandoned in a dumpster on the verge of death who were discovered by a Radio Shack worker on October 29 made the nation sit up and take notice at the cruel way the puppies were disposed of. Sadly, the reports of people disposing of puppies in dumpsters aren’t unique or a one-time situation. A previous article about a 10-day-old puppy being left for dead in a dumpster also thankfully turned out with a happy ending when that fat-bellied puppy was rescued and nursed back to health.

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This seems like the perfect place for a public service announcement: They might be called “Top Dog Dumpster Rental” or names similar to that fact, but that doesn’t mean dumpsters should act as disposal places for folks who don’t know what to do with unwanted and unexpected pets. I suspect that certain folks don’t realize they should simply Google their local humane society or pet rescue place – and can easily find a place willing to take in small puppies or other animals without resorting to dumping them cruelly in a cold dumpster. For example, in the city where I live, there’s an excellent One of a Kind Pet Rescue place that has volunteers who bend over backwards to try and take in needy animals – or at least direct folks to places with space to take such animals. With a little bit of research and effort, people who no longer want their pets can avoid being a culprit of dumping animals.

[Image credit of ‘Dumpster Puppy’: Today.com/Rich Chew]

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