GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Among the animals available for adoption at the Guilford County Animal Shelter (GCAS) are 10 dogs who were among the more than 100 animals seized from a Pender County breeder three weeks ago.
GCAS executive director Marsha Williams said since the rescue, most of the animals have been spayed and neutered, have had their teeth cleaned and have had their eyes checked. The dogs not yet ready for adoption still are awaiting necessary surgeries. She said some have still have bad ear infections. Most of the currently adoptable dogs are the older dogs who did not have serious surgical needs.
Williams explained the animals have progressed substantially with their communication skills since they were rescued. She said socialization is a key aspect to adoption preparation.
Aside from the animals' remaining socialization needs, Williams said, "What you need to remember if you're going to adopt an animal from a suspected puppy mill situation...is you need to have patience. They aren't house trained, they are a little afraid of people and loud noises, and you're going to need to do some research and talk with one of our staff about how to acclimate them into your family."
There were more than 100 animals--including chickens and a goat--taken from the breeder in the rescue, but the other animals are recovering at Wake County shelters. Several of the dogs are purebreeds, including English Bull Dogs, American Eskimos, Huskies, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas.
Williams said the shelter always is in need of donations and experienced volunteers to assist with veterinary care and grooming. Monetary donations can be made through Susie's Fund.
For information on the adoptable animals, visit the Guilford County Animal Shelter Facebook page or call 336-297-5020.
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