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Shelter seeks foster families, adoptions

By KATIE FITZPATRICK

Staff writer

Ten dogs living in deplorable conditions in an Arkansas home have been brought to Calvert County to find new homes.

The Humane Society of the United States assisted in the rescue of 95 animals from an Arkansas home in July after authorities discovered them living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care, according to a press release. Nearly 50 dogs and puppies of those rescued were brought to Gaithersburg on Wednesday and were picked up by various rescues and shelters in Maryland.

The Humane Society of Calvert County picked up 10 dogs from Gaithersburg, said HSCC adoptions counselor Kirstyn Northrop Cobb.

“We received a call from the Humane Society of the United States stating that they did have this large hoarding situation in Arkansas, and they don’t have an actual shelter, so they go in and save the animals and disperse them to other various shelters throughout the country,” Northrop Cobb said. “At this time, we are at a point where we had quite a few adoptions [last] weekend, so we had extra room.”

The Humane Society of the United States has a large truck specially outfitted to transport large numbers of dogs, Northrop Cobb said, which made it easy to bring the dogs to Gaithersburg.

On Wednesday, four HSCC volunteers traveled in three cars to Gaithersburg and picked up 10 dogs, Northrop Cobb said.

“It was a long drive … but [the dogs] are all good,” she said. “We brought them back and they all had their dinner.”

Some of the dogs’ coats are in poor condition, Northrop Cobb said. To help get their coats healthy again, Northrop Cobb said someone brought by scrambled eggs for the dogs to eat. She said the Omega-3 fatty acids in the eggs will bring back shine to their coats.

Northrop Cobb said although the dogs were “overwhelmed” from being brought to a new place, they are all doing well. She said some of the dogs that are still a bit anxious may “do better in a foster situation, and we are looking for foster families for them.” The other dogs, she said, are ready for adoption and will be available this weekend.

The rescued dogs range in age from 7 weeks to 10 years old, and range in size from 3 to 50 pounds, she said. Four of the dogs are male, and six are female, of which the majority are spayed or neutered, she said.

“[They have] been through a lot, and this is just one more thing for them to get past and move on,” Northrop Cobb said. “They seem to be doing very well.”

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com