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MSPCA Cares for Two Legged Chihuahua Puppies

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Uploaded on Mar 8, 2011

MSPCA Cares for Chihuahua Puppies Born without Front Legs: Open admission adoption centers never turn away an animal in need

Three 10-week-old Chihuahuas born without front legs are currently receiving care through the MSPCA at Nevins Farm's Foster Care Program. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is one of four open admission adoption centers operated by the animal welfare organization, never turning away an animal in need.

The tiny puppies arrived at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm on February 22 after their owner passed away. The adoption center staff quickly assessed that the Chihuahuas were adapting to life without front legs and could be potential candidates for wheeled carts.

"The puppies astounded us with their upbeat and resilient nature," said Mike Keiley, director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at the MPSCA at Nevins Farm. "They immediately showed us that they could overcome their physical obstacle as they hopped and ran after each other."

The three Chihuahuas are currently in the care of experienced foster parents, Linda and Marty Jones, who have provided care to the MSPCA's homeless animals for more than a decade. As part of their care, the puppies are learning to socialize with other dogs through Puppy Play 'n Learn, one of many classes offered by the MSPCA's Dog Training and Behavior program. The Joneses are also working with the puppies to strengthen their muscles to compensate for their lack of front legs.

"Kensi, Hetty, and G continue to show us that animals can overcome many of life's difficulties if they are provided a chance," Keiley added. "At the MSPCA we consistently provide thousands of chances each year that other organizations may not be equipped to handle including caring for animals suffering from severe trauma, in need of behavior rehabilitation, and life threatening illnesses. We urge residents to support the work of the few open admission adoption centers and shelters throughout Massachusetts."

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