Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
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It has been nearly a month since eight puppies landed on the doorstep of the Elmbrook Humane Society, some after being left in the trash.
Now five remain as volunteers help get these little courageous canines the life their original owners couldn't provide.
Jeannette Perdzock, who works for the Humane Society, has been taking care of the puppies that were left in the trash. (The others were dropped off at Elmbrook after their mother stopped producing milk.)
Their resiliency has astonished her. Now seven weeks old, one pup survived pneumonia and is, like her brothers and sisters, off bottle-feeding and is eating dry food.
"They're not as big as we thought they were going to be, so we're still not sure exactly what breed they are," Perdzock said.
Providing normal life
Regardless of breed, Perdzock and the staff at Elmbrook just want to give these dogs a chance at having a home and a family. The priority now is to get them back on track, progressing and growing like any other puppy.
The three males and two females are living with volunteers like Perdzock until they're ready to be adopted and are reaching the age when Elmbrook would normally receive puppies.
"They try to play fetch, but they don't always find the ball," Perdzock joked. "But they're doing well."
Fundraising for food
Elmbrook has raised more than $1,200 to pay for food and medical check-ups for the puppies. The shelter hopes to raise about $2,000 total to cover all the costs, and staff have been encouraged by all the support. They are still trying to spread the word about these puppies in hopes of attracting more people willing to donate.
Elmbrook's veterinarian has been checking on the puppies weekly, and each has received its first set of vaccines. Next week they will get a second set. The funds already raised will cover these types of initial costs, but the longer the puppies remain at Elmbrook the more it will cost to keep them healthy and well-fed.
Finding a new home
While these pups are healthy, bright-eyed and barking, they won't be ready to be adopted for about another month.
Rachel Coolbroth, also with the Elmbrook Humane Society, said those who have already inquired about adopting the dogs will not be fast-tracked once the puppies officially are put up for adoption. Once Elmbrook's staff and veterinarian deem the puppies ready, they will be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of past inquiries made about adoption.
The dogs also must be spayed or neutered before those in the market for a new puppy are allowed to provide that new home.