The persons caring for a passel of Labrador-mix puppies -- of which a majority of the canines were abandoned -- report this week that the young dogs are doing well and growing bigger.
Four lab-mix puppies were found in early January allegedly dumped among trash set out for a Madison garbage hauler. After some checking, two more puppies belonging to the same litter were found with local residents thought to be the original owners.
For the time being, five of the little dogs are kept with a foster home associated with Almost Home Canine Rescue until they are older. One puppy was adopted before the animal adoption group collected the lab-mix litter from local authorities and the Madison City Pound.
According to Barbara Stacey-Olajide, a local Almost Home volunteer, the six-week-old, black and cream-colored puppies are in good shape after a rough start in life.
"They've grown quite a bit," Stacey-Olajide said.
Stacey-Olajide visited the foster home this week, partly to check on the canines' progress. The sixth lab-mix was adopted before its siblings came under Almost Home's care, "...but it's in a good home," she said.
The remaining five puppies will go up for adoption after they've reached 12 to 16 weeks in age. Almost Home officials spay or neuter the animals that they offer for adoption, so the puppies will need to reach that age before they are safely "fixed."
When adopting-out the lab-mix puppies, Almost Home will charge a $150 fee for each pup. The price includes the expense for fixing the dogs.
While interested potential owners might need to wait for the puppies to grow a bit older before adopting them, they can fill out one of Almost Home's adoption application forms right away. Applicants can reach the animal adoption group online at Facebook with a search for "Almost Home Canine Rescue."
Contact with the animal adoption group is also available via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.