Puppies found in box at 401 freeway entrance

Puppies found in box at 401 freeway entrance

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth is asking for the public’s help in caring for five puppies that were found abandoned in a box just off Highway 401 in Kitchener.

A good Samaritan discovered the puppies late Saturday night near the driveway of Homer Watson Boulevard and took the animals home before calling animal control.

“We think they’re about six to eight weeks old. They’re currently being cared for by foster parents, mostly staff here, and we take them home every day to care for them,” Victoria Baby, the animal shelter’s CEO, said Thursday.

The dogs are healthy after their ordeal, but there is still a lot of work to be done before they are ready to find new, loving homes.

“They’ve had a wellness check. They’re going to be spayed and neutered in a week or so. They’re going to have all their vaccinations – everything they need to go home. They’re going to be available for adoption in a couple of weeks,” Baby explained.

The animal shelter estimates that medical and care costs for the puppies could run up to $8,200 before they are ready for adoption.

“That would cover the cost of spaying, neutering, vaccinations, flea/tick control – all the medications they need to go home healthy. Obviously we want them home.”

Ultimately, Baby wants to get the message across that prevention is key. She urges people to spay or neuter their pets.

“There are plenty of animals here that are ready to go to homes. There are plenty of animals that are healthy and ready to go to homes. But when something like this happens, and I can tell you it’s happened three or four times in the six months that I’ve been here, it’s a lot of help for us. It’s a lot of work to get them up to speed with their vaccinations, with their spaying and neutering, etc.”

People who want to donate or adopt can visit the animal shelter’s website.