Saving Roxy the stray and her puppies

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Staff members from Ponca City Humane Society in Oklahoma have saved a stray Catahoula mix named Roxy and her puppies, thanks to an Orvis grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

Roxy was saved

Roxy is still waiting to be adopted. (Photo credit: Ponca City Humane Society)

We received this grant report from Executive Director Patricia Amador:

“We were contacted back in the beginning of March of this year by an individual who had found a stray who had had puppies behind our local skate park. We at that time did not have room to take the stray and her puppies in, but we were able to secure the person who found them to keep them on a temporary basis as a foster.

Roxy Babies

Roxy’s puppies (Photo credit: Ponca City Humane Society)

“She was able to house them but began to inform us that her neighbor was trying to take the mother dog, now named Roxy. Roxy sadly was stolen from the foster’s yard on March 17. Her puppies, who were still nursing, where found scattered in the driveway of the home. Luckily, the foster was able to locate all eight puppies. We scrambled for fosters and were able to find two that were willing to take the puppies in. They were fostered for roughly two weeks and returned to our facility. Roxy was eventually found at our local animal control and we were able to reclaim her from there.

“The puppies, unfortunately, had been exposed to parvovirus, although only five came down with the disease. All were admitted into our local vet and aggressive treatment was started. Sadly, we lost three of the female puppies. We were saddened that even with aggressive treatment we were unable to save them all.

“The remaining puppies recovered well and the first puppy from that litter, Disco, was adopted on March 8. The second, Buster, was adopted on March 10. Disco went home with a lovely young lady, while Buster, now named Ace, was adopted by a father, son and daughter team. We wish them all the best in their new homes.”

Roxy’s remaining puppies — including Hank, Pepper and Linus — have all been adopted, too, but Roxy is still waiting.

Amador thanked Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation for the life-saving help: “We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill small humane society that does not receive any government funding and relies on the good will and generosity of individuals, corporations, and adopters and donors to keep us going.”