Last weekend, a phone call came into the Pet Charity of Ohio, a nonprofit humane culture, that a household of dogs needed their help.
When Jane MacMurchy, operations director of the Animal Charity of Ohio, received a call reporting a family of dogs in need of help, she came to save the poor animals. She arrived at the address to find a 7-year-old mother and her two 5-month-old puppies living in ᴛᴇ.ʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴs. They lived in a makeshift pen and were completely unsocialized. It was clear that they were not cared for by their owners and had to fend for themselves.
The owners gave up the 5-month-old puppies, named Peaches and Layla, and their 7-year-old mother, Lady, to the rescuers, that rushed the dogs to the sanctuary.
While a vet check-up located the dogs were relatively healthy, the puppies lacked confidence and had no concept of what to do when their mother had not been there to show them. It damaged MacMurchy’s heart to see Peaches and Layla hug each other for comfort in the sanctuary.
” We were doing the vaccinations and the wellness check, and Mom finished first,” MacMurchy said. “We were walking her out right into our intake area, and the puppies, without mother, latched on to each other because they were so scared.”
The little household is living together at the shelter, where they’re learning what it means to be safe.
” We give them time multiple times a day to just relax and get some TLC in a quiet room with an employee so they can learn just how to count on,” MacMurchy claimed. “They do much better when their mom is about, so we work with all 3 together, as well as separately. It’s a slow process, but they are learning how to be positive on their own.”
Just a few days after being rescued, Lary is already confident on her own and is happy to meet everyone. However, for her two puppies, they need more time to learn to be confident. Now, the little family is living together at the shelter, where they get the medical care and socialization they so desperately need. The staffs try to give them time multiple times a day to just relax and learn how to trust.
” [Lady] is a tail-wagging, wiggle-butt little love, that is just pleased to get affection,” MacMurchy claimed. “The puppies are not quite there yet. They are approving of love and accepting of affection, they are wiggly and pleased when they’re together and they’re leaning on each other for their confidence.”