A super-cute litter of nine sausage dogs named after Santa's reindeer are looking for their forever homes, but it seems like they'll be spending this Xmas in the animal shelter.
By, 9 Dec 2019
The nine pups arrived at the RSPCA Halifax Branch earlier this month along with their proud mum, a miniature Dachshund named Olive.
They still needed names, so the staff decided to get into the Christmas spirit by naming them after Santa's reindeer.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolf are a rowdy little bunch who require round the clock specialist care.
"We have to have one member of staff constantly allocated to these puppies as even the simplest of tasks can take ages with nine wriggly, little puppies."
Although they're still too young for rehoming, it looks like the pups will be spoilt for choice when it comes time to find their forever families.
"We are currently taking applications for these adorable little pups, and we've been absolutely inundated with responses - with more than 500 coming into us in less than 24 hours," remarked Julie.
Olive and her babies will go up for adoption in the new year, meaning they'll spend this Xmas with their new human friends at the shelter.
Lend a helping paw
Animal rescue services are often overstretched at this time of year, and the RSPCA is asking for your help to make sure these sausage dogs have the perfect Christmas:
"If any members of the public are able to help by making donations or dropping off any useful items, then that would be hugely helpful," said Julie. "We're particularly looking for puppy food and toys to keep them entertained."
Visit the RSPCA Halifax Facebook page for more info on how to donate or adopt. Just remember, as adorable they are, a dog is for life, not just for Xmas.
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