The BC SPCA is caring for the A-Team – 12 adorable German Shepherd mix puppies who were left orphaned at only four weeks old in a rural area west of Williams Lake. The pups – now named Adam, Abel, Archer, Alec, Aiden, Alvin, Atlaas, Aspen, Ava, Allie, Angel and Alina – were discovered by a Good Samaritan after their mother disappeared. They were taken to the Wild West Animal League for care until arrangements could be made to get them to the BC SPCA in Williams Lake.
“All of the puppies arrived with big swollen bellies from internal parasites. Three of the pups are very malnourished, so they will need special attention and constant monitoring,” says Liz Dighton, manager of the BC SPCA in Williams Lake. “They are a bit fearful of people as they don’t appear to have been around humans before, but we have put a customized behaviour plan in place to make sure they get the best socialization possible at this critical age.”
Dighton says that despite their rough start to life, the puppies all have the potential to be amazing companions. “They warmed up to our staff quickly once they understood how amazing scratches and belly rubs can be,” she says. The puppies are now in foster homes as they continue to recover. They will remain in SPCA care for at least a month before they are ready to find their fur-ever homes. Adoption information will be posted on our website (spca.bc.ca) as soon as the pups are ready for adoption (we ask that people please not call the branch directly at this time).
The puppies all need special formula, vaccines, on-going veterinary treatment, and eventually, spay/neuter surgeries. Cost of care is expected to exceed $10,000.