About a week ago, the Joplin Humane Society in Missouri received a small pack of Pittie mixes looking a little worse for wear. Nine pups arrived from “a bad situation,” and animal control reported a majority of the dogs were living outdoors in poor conditions, and that some may have been offered free online. A tenth pup arrived soon after.
Connie Andrews, the shelter services manager at Joplin Humane, told the BarkPost a bit more about the dogs’ battered conditions:
We expect that their lives were pretty grim before they arrived at the shelter. All arrived covered in fleas, very thin and dirty. Some had open sores. At least one had a puncture wound abscess.
#TheJoplinNine now ten are just snoozing and relaxing after their first full week at JHS. Today, everyone got weighed…
Though the shelter now has ten pups, the group has been dubbed #TheJoplinNine, and there is quite a generous outpouring of support on Facebook.
THANK YOU TO LINDA LEWIS FOR SPONSORING MADDIE'S ADOPTION!Pretty Maddie of #TheJoplinNine now ten is ready for long…
As one might expect, the pups were all pretty frightened when they first showed up, but Andrews says that slowly but surely their unique personalities are beginning to shine through:
Some are quite shy and reserved, very polite. Some are exuberant and boisterous, some are super social and can’t wait to see you while others are a little more slow, but all are very friendly to people.
Vets rated almost all the pups with body condition scores below one out of a possible five, and now their only job is to gain some weight and become healthy and happy canines. Unbelievably dedicated volunteers and shelter staff are working ’round the clock to provide special diets for each dog, but the cost of their food and medical care is skyrocketing.
“The pictures [of the dogs] showed a very sad story,” says Andrews, “a life of hunger and hopelessness. It is our hope that very soon we will be able to share much happier pictures, adoption photos of the Joplin nine all going home with new families!”
For any pup-lover who would like to help the Joplin Nine (now ten), the shelter is in desperate need of canned food, something people don’t donate often. If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please visit the Joplin Humane donation page. The shelter also has an Amazon wish list filled with much-needed items, and you can purchase food or other essentials there and send straight to the pups at 140 E Emperor Lane Joplin, MO 64801. Any help is greatly appreciated for these pups and all the others receiving the care they need and the love they deserve.