LUBBOCK, Texas – A local veterinarian’s office needs help finding a new home for seven puppies abandoned outside the clinic’s door, along with a letter of apology.
The mixed breed pups are around eight weeks old and were discovered in a crate outside the Key Animal Clinic on Thursday. The clinic said the “playful” puppies are healthy and should grow into medium to large dogs.
“Very cute little lovely girls and boys, and I think they would make great pets,” said Dr. Emily Shockey, veterinarian and owner of the Key Animal Clinic.
Eight puppies were originally abandoned, but one has now been adopted, so seven – three female and four male – are on the hunt for their eternal homes.
With her box came a piece of paper that sometimes read: “I can no longer take care of you. Please bring these puppies back home. I’m so sorry. Forgive me.”
The clinic did not hesitate to help the little ones, but it cannot hold them for long.
“It’s always hard because we’re here to help, but we don’t really have the facilities for eight pups either,” Shockey said.
Shockey suspected that whoever dumped the pups was likely trying to “do the right thing”.
“I really think they wanted the best for the pups,” said Shockey.
Shockey also praised the person for bringing the pups to the clinic instead of leaving them alone by the roadside or in the country.
“[Out in the country] they need to find food, they need to find water … they could potentially starve, dehydrate. There are predators out there, ”Shockey said.
The clinic added that if you really can’t take care of your pet and you have to give it up, it is better to turn it into an animal service or shelter than a veterinarian practice as rescues have more resources.
The clinic would like to use this situation to remind pet owners that they are not getting more animals than you can handle.
“Please spay and neuter your pets so they don’t have to be put in this position yourself,” Shockey said.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering a puppy, call the Key Animal Clinic at 806-792-6226.