Sadly, some people who adopt a pet later find out that they cannot care for it or any young that it might produce. Shockingly, however, it seems that a minority of the folks in such situations will then take their pets and leave them somewhere to die. This particular story, for instance, began on one freezing winter’s day in Michigan.
Temperatures in this area had plummeted drastically, and the sidewalks were covered with a thick, fresh layer of fluffy white snow. Perhaps it was this that convinced the owner of these pups that it was better to abandon them than take them to a shelter.
As is presumably always the case, the staff from the Michigan Humane Society were hard at work caring for the animals in their care. In fact, the Michigan Humane Society was the first shelter of its kind to open in Michigan, and it is also its biggest. Of course, the Society provides veterinary care and finds adoptive homes for the animals that it rescues.
On this particularly cold day, then, rescue driver Chris Ouwerkerk was among the staff working at the Society. So when the team received an anonymous tip about some animals abandoned on the side of the road, it was time for him to leap into action.
When Ouwerkerk arrived at the scene, he found that the helpless creatures had been heartlessly dumped on the side of a busy road. Plus, despite the freezing cold conditions, they had been left with almost nothing to protect them from the elements.
With no time to lose, then, the dedicated rescue team swung into action. First of all, they found the blue plastic container nestled in the snow and covered over with a larger white container.
As one of the team carefully removed the top container, they discovered five furry little puppies inside. With no blanket for warmth, the tiny dogs huddled together, perhaps to maintain any scrap of heat they could.
Strangely, the adorable pups had been left a mere three blocks from the rescue center. “The puppies had definitely just been dumped there,” Ouwerkerk revealed in an amazing video documenting the rescue.
“I don’t know if the people were bringing them up to the shelter and just got tired of carrying them and then called us,” Ouwerkerk reasoned. “Or if somebody stopped and threw it out of the car and left.”
Either way, Ouwerkerk and his team got the puppies back to the shelter. Fortunately, some of the pups were in better shape than the others, and all were incredibly hungry. Still, once the litter had some food in their bellies they were well on the road to recovery.
So, under the Michigan Humane Society’s tender care, the puppies were finally getting the love and attention that they needed. In fact, all of the dogs received vaccinations and were set up with food, water, blankets and toys.
The video of the rescue was, of course, posted on YouTube, and it has since been viewed over 300,000 times. Naturally, though, many of the comments questioned how someone could be so callous as to leave the puppies out to die.
“Those poor precious little babies!” read one. “I don’t know how anyone could do this! I could never ever in my life hurt an innocent animal.” Another praised the Humane Society by simply saying, “Thank you for saving them.”
What’s more, the Michigan Humane Society condemned the actions of those who left the doggies in such conditions. They wrote on Facebook, “A snow bank on the side of the road in Detroit is no place for puppies.”
“Yet that is where we found these five puppies, huddled together, shivering and cold. They weren’t strays roaming the streets,” the post continued. “These helpless pups were purposely placed in a container and abandoned.”
The team soon began to get to work on finding the puppies loving forever homes where they’d be safe and warm for the rest of their lives. And, thanks to their adorable faces, it didn’t take long before one of the puppies was snapped up.
“Snowcap has already been adopted,” Ouwerkerk revealed in the rescue video. “Taylor, Dana, Oscar and Raisinette are currently in foster care battling off a respiratory infection,” he added.
“Once they are healthy, they will be up for adoption at a Detroit location,” Ouwerkerk continued. Unsurprisingly, though, all of the puppies had found new homes merely days after the footage of their rescue was posted on YouTube.
In fact, on March 24, 2014, the Michigan Humane Society posted a photo on Facebook of Dana, Taylor and Oscar with their new families. “Remember the puppies we found huddled together in a bin on the side of the road? All five puppies found loving homes already,” the organization wrote.
Although this story had a happy ending, countless other tales of abandonment don’t. This is especially the case when the animals are left alone in the elements. “If someone hadn’t notified the MHS Rescue Team, it is very likely [the puppies] would not have survived the night,” the Michigan Humane Society warned.