BC SPCA hopes animal lovers will rally to help six eight-week-old German Shepherd puppies who were found abandoned in a remote area near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. A passerby heard the cries of the puppies and alerted the SPCA.
“The poor little puppies were in bad shape,” said Lorie Chortyk, director general of communications for the BC SPCA, in a press release. “They were malnourished, their eyes closed with scabs of infection when they were rescued, but they still wagged their tails and were so sweet.”
The puppies suffered from severe demodectic mange, secondary skin infections, conjunctivitis, ear infections, worms and were infested with fleas. Four of the puppies will require entropion surgery to repair the abnormalities of their eyelids, with two of the puppies requiring surgery in both eyes. Entropion is a condition where the eyelid is rolled inward and rubs the eyelashes against the eyeball.
“The puppies were given antibiotics and were bathed daily for their scabies, as well as other medical treatments,” said Chortyk. “They are now recovering with foster families and are doing well. They are so well behaved and are happy and energetic puppies. “
The cost of care for the six puppies is expected to exceed $ 4,000. Anyone who wants to help them and other animals in need can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency.
Chortyk noted that the puppies will need several weeks to recover and are not ready for adoption yet.
With the SPCA doors closed to the public, donations have soared, said Sam Sattar, SPCA director at Alberni-Clayoquot BC. “Without pedestrian traffic, these donations have stopped and we don’t know when we can host another fundraising event,” he said.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Port Alberni branch can do so online at https://spca.bc.ca/donations/alberni-clayoquot/.
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