Early last December, just as the first frosts were falling, the staff at Mielec Animal Protection and Rescue Guard received a desperate call. Someone had found five puppies dumped in a field with nothing except a blanket to protect them from the cold.
Rescue workers then rushed to the scene outside a small town near the Luze region, Poland. The five fur babies were cold, malnourished, and terrified. What's more, it was clear that they wouldn't have survived another winter night.
The puppies come in from the cold
Back at the shelter, staff worked round the clock to make sure these puppies made it. They warmed them, fed and watered them, and treated them for several dangerous health issues, including an eye infection and parasites.
And, of course, they dished out high doses of the one thing these adorable little critters had never experienced - love!
The German Shepherd pups are already showing huge signs of improvement, and staff are confident that each one will find a forever home. But Mielec Animal Protection Centre runs on a tight budget and needs donations to continue its fantastic work.
How you can help
"If today's puppies have stolen your heart, you can become a virtual guardian," posted the Centre. "You can also fund their piggy bank by entering the title 'donation for 5 abandoned puppies.' Every bit of help is worth its weight in gold."
If you'd like to donate, visit the Mielec Animal Protection and Rescue Guard Facebook page for more info.
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