One morning, there was a discovery in the parking lot of the Furry Friends Refuge located in Iowa. It was two wire cages and both were completely filled with small dogs. The dogs were so packed in that they had trouble moving, and when rescuers got closer they noticed something else. The dogs had fur that was so matted they struggled to move or walk on their own. Lucky for them, an employee discovered all nine dogs early in the morning and brought them inside. Once they were examined, it was realized they were really suffering. Not only were the mats so thick they could not move, but they were pinching the dogs’ skin and they had fleas. Many of the dogs had dental issues and ear infections, also.
The biggest concern was figuring out where the dogs came from and finding out if there are other dogs in need of help. The group is working with local law enforcement to investigate, as there is a worry the dogs came from either a hoarding situation or a backyard breeder. It was also clear that the dogs were not used to being around humans, as they were fearful of being touched or held. But that did not deter the staff from giving them the haircuts they so desperately needed. Once all that heavy hair was removed, the dogs seemed to be at ease.
While the dogs had not been socialized, they did enjoy being groomed and no long having that heavy fur weighing them down. The dogs all have a long way to go, but each has been placed in a foster home where they are working on basic commands, house training, and trusting humans. They all just need some patience and love. The dogs are all going to be spayed and neutered and then they will be placed for adoption into loving homes.