I love looking through old boxes of assorted stuff – buttons, jewelry, whatever. What made me think of that? I was just looking through the photos of these assorted treasures at the Henry Co shelter in GA.
Police went to the former owner’s home to arrest him on an unrelated charge when they discovered 38 dogs in the home. Animal cruelty charges were added and the owner surrendered the dogs to the shelter.
The little buttons range in age, appear to be related and were apparently never let outdoors. As such, mosquitoes didn’t get to the dogs and all that have been tested so far have come up negative on heartworm. The owners had no records of veterinary care for the dogs. Their main challenges are readily treatable – heavy flea infestations and rotten teeth (already started on antibiotics).
They are very friendly buttons in the main and the few who are timid warm up pretty quickly with a little one-on-one TLC. All but one of the dogs appears to be intact so adopters/rescuers need to plan on having neuter surgery for the dogs.
Henry Co has already placed 14 of the dogs with rescues and wants to find each little treasure a spot on someone’s couch. The shelter is adopting these guys out at a reduced fee of $35 each which includes first distemper combo shot, pre-paid voucher for rabies shot, registered microchip and de-worming. Licensed rescues pay $10.
The shelter has some specific needs for the group, including a bottle of Virbantel to treat tapeworms and volunteers who don’t mind getting wet as all the dogs need flea baths.
All these pets were submitted by reader Gerri whom you can meet at the shelter if you go down to lend a paw or have a look-see at the li’l buttons.
527 Hampton Street
McDonough, Georgia 30253
This shelter’s kill rate for 2010 was 49%.