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Six feral puppies need homes after their rescue from a rough start

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As an ice storm bears down on Oconee County, South Carolina, bringing with it yet another wave of frigid cold temperatures, six young puppies probably owe their lives to the quick action of a team of rescue workers with Oconee Rescue.

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Less than a week ago, Jeanne Johnson got the call: a litter of nine of feral puppies had been spotted in a decrepit abandoned trailer near Seneca, South Carolina.

A group of concerned community members was able to rescue six of the nine puppies that had been seen at the trailer. (Efforts continue to trap the other three puppies and their mother.)

It's surprising that the puppies survived until they were rescued. They were living in an abandoned trailer with no heat or running water, and the conditions were deplorable. The puppies had never been handled and were completely feral. They were rescued in the nick of time.

Johnson took on the task of getting these beautiful babies ready for the snow.

Right away, the puppies were bathed, treated for fleas and parasites, and given their first round of puppy shots. The socialization process began immediately. Johnson wore a sling around her neck, and since the morning after their rescue, the puppies have taken turns being carried in the sling, getting used to human companionship.

The puppies have responded to the tender loving care just as Johnson hoped. They are relaxing and warming up to humans. They have stopped cowering and trying to hide and are beginning to seek out people.

The puppies are ready for foster homes and will be ready to adopt shortly. The non-profit organization welcomes assistance with the puppies; volunteers are invited to stop by the Pet Spa, where the puppies are being fostered, to spend some time socializing and playing with the puppies.

They accepting donation to cover the vet care and the spay/neuter surgeries, and people interested in adopting one of the puppies are encouraged to contact oconeerescue@yahoo.com or visit their website at oconeerescue.org.

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