NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Dozens of puppies from South Carolina will soon call the Norfolk SPCA home … at least for now.
The Norfolk SPCA answered a cry for help from the Marion County animal shelter in South Carolina after they were inundated with 42 puppies and three adult dogs.
Officials say the South Carolina shelter did not have the resources to provide food and medical resources for all the dogs.
“I thought, well, I’m not sure we can do this. Then thought, I think we can. We’ll make it work,” said SPCA Executive Director Kimberly Sherlaw. “We have an amazing team of volunteers, foster volunteers, our CARE team here. We all aid. We’re going to roll up our sleeves and make this happen.”
Sherlaw says their volunteers met the volunteers from South Carolina halfway on Saturday.
Now, the SPCA is looking for supplies and foster homes for the six to nine-week-old pups.
Twenty foster homes have been identified and are expected to welcome two or three dogs into their homes temporarily.
Since Saturday, the shelter has received tons of donations both in-person drop-off and delivery.
“Normally, we have one Amazon truck driver. We had four folks in a truck with about four inches left in the ceilings of the truck,” she said.
The SPCA is looking for donations of the following supplies:
- Large reusable tote/shopping bags (like the type sold at Marshall, T.J. Maxx)
- Any brand canned puppy food
- Plastic Ziploc bags – sandwich, 1 quart, 1 gallon
- Bath towels and Small soft blankets
- Puppy toys
- Puppy pee pads
- Pet wipes
- Esbilac Puppy formula
- Newspaper for shredding
- Wire playpens- 36 and 48 inches in height
- Large and X-Large wire dog crate (for their foster homes)
Sherlaw says puppy pee pads and canned puppy food are the donations they need the most.
Most of the puppies will be available for adoption in late May.
Monetary donations will go toward medical costs.
The public can also sponsor a dog for $200 which will help the SPCA pay for the costs of vaccines, dewormer, microchip and spay/neuter surgery.
“We are incredibly grateful to the community. The outpour has been tremendous. We’ve met people from all over the community who have come together to support this emergency crisis project. It was a lot. We feel really thankful. We know the puppies will get what they need. They’ll get medicals, spayed and neutered, and placed in homes,” Sherlaw said.