One-week old puppies dumped
A BOX of abandoned puppies dumped on the doorstep of a Hervey Bay pet grooming salon has prompted animal rescuer Marie Bares to plead for public support.
The Fraser Coast Pet Warriors chief said the increasing load of abandoned pets and dwindling number of animal foster carers was overwhelming her small team of dedicated volunteers.
Early yesterday morning Foxy Furrs worker Rebekah Booth found nine border collie/kelpie cross puppies dumped in a cardboard box at the door of the shop.
The puppies are just one week old and are yet to open their eyes.
Ms Bares said it was devastating that people in the area felt they had no other option.
“It’s so sad when this happens,” Ms Bares said.
“The puppies are just helpless and didn’t ask for this.”
While she understands financial hardship can make it difficult for some pet owners to look after their animals, Ms Bares said rather than neglecting or dumping them, people could phone organisations like hers.
“If only these people had known I could have come out when they were born,” Ms Bares said.
“Lucky they were brought to this place because they would have been put down nearly everywhere else.”
She also asked the owners of the puppies to let her look after the mother so they could have a fighting chance.
At the moment the puppies are being fed a supplement in a bottle every four hours. If the mother isn’t handed over, foster carers will be required around the clock for the next couple of weeks.
Fraser Coast Pet Warriors rescues animals and works with the pound to give abandoned animals the best chance of finding a home.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer, adopting a puppy or donating can telephone 0407 371 538.