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8 Orphaned Puppies are Safe

A volunteer holding 2 puppies in front of the FUR transport van.
8 orphaned puppies are starting their new lives.

When a nursing mama died, her 8 puppies were in dire straits. The owners, a husband and wife in the Navy, are both deploying this weekend, making a bad situation even worse.

They had no one available to bottle feed these puppies after they deployed. The puppies can’t survive without round the clock bottle feeding. They went to both shelters in Jacksonville to surrender them and were turned away.

First, they were told they had plenty of fosters available, but once they learned they weren’t strays, they changed their answer. They were given an appointment to come back at the end of March, but that was several weeks after they would be deployed.

The puppies are Goldendoodle/Huskies, so they contacted Terri Cooper at G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida. G.R.E.A.T. didn’t have anyone who could foster bottle babies, so Terri reached out to FUR. We are still beyond max capacity with puppies, including round the clock care for a litter of neonatal puppies with ongoing medical problems. Even so, we wanted to help them if we could.

Susan Merrlll contacted Francia Vogini at Husky Haven, and she came through once again. Francia found two fosters in South Florida to take 4 puppies each. We had a transport planned to help Collier County Animal Services, so we juggled the schedule and put a plan together.

We picked up the puppies, and our road warrior Kevin Dykes headed down to Fort Lauderdale. The Husky Haven fosters met Kevin en route, handing off 4 puppies to Maria Haws Allen in Jupiter and 4 to Sanjana Gonsalvez in Ft. Lauderdale. Maria and Sanjana bottle fed the puppies in the parking lots before getting on the road to take them home.

All 8 puppies are now safe and in good hands. We're thankful to have great rescue partners who go the extra mile, and a dedicated team that scrambles to help animals in danger. Thank you Francia, Maria, Sanjana and Husky Haven for taking in these sweet puppies!

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