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The dogs are filthy and in serious need of grooming, but for the most part, the 43 Pomeranians rescued from a Halawa home on Wednesday are doing okay.
Petco stores on Oahu are donating grooming services to the rescued Pomeranians. Fourteen of them were brought in with wild, overgrown, and matted hair and transformed into something more adorable.
“Changes their demeanor. They’re happier, cleaner, ready to be adopted in a forever home,” Petco manager Jennan Beers said.
Finding a forever home probably won’t be that hard.
The Hawaiian Humane Society has received hundreds of calls from families interested in adopting the purebred Pomeranians.
The first batch, a total of 12 dogs, will be available Thursday.
The Humane Society will open at 9 a.m. — one hour earlier than usual.
A spokesman points out that the dogs have been through some harsh conditions so they need a lot of Tender Loving Care.
“It’s going to take some time. They’re not used to socialization. They’re all friendly, but they’re not used to that human interaction or being a part of a family and that’s what we’re really looking for when finding them a home,” Humane Society spokesperson Keoni Vaughn said.
Vaughn says most of the dogs are six to 12 years old. Some are still suffering from the effects of overbreeding, while others have rotting teeth.
“Really haven’t been cared for by a veterinarian throughout its life, so the best thing based on our chief veterinarian’s assessment is to have them removed,” Vaughn said.
According to Vaughn, all of the medical conditions will be taken care of at no cost to the families adopting them. He also points out that it’s always best to adopt as opposed to buying a dog. He says anyone who chooses to buy a dog should take the time to know where it comes from.
“Because you never know, you could be supporting a situation like this, so make sure you do your due diligence,” Vaughn said.
The Humane Society is still accepting donations including blankets and towels to care for the animals.
For information on how you can donate, visit the Humane Society’s website.