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Adoptive Families Sought For 14 'Yorkipoo' Dogs, Four Parakeets Rescued From Tiny Apartment

Jul 21, 2015 03:14PM ● By Bill Gilman

The puppies were frightened but are now settling into foster care (credit MSPCA-Angell)

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the MSPCA Nevins Farm.)

A cramped and dirty one-bedroom apartment in Lawrence, Mass. was the only home that four parakeets and 14 Yorkipoo dogs (plus one elderly Chihuahua) knew until they were voluntarily surrendered last week to Lawrence Animal Control and transferred to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, where they will soon be placed for adoption, theMSPCA-Angell announced today.

Unlicensed Breeding Operation 
All of the dogs, which range in age from six weeks to 12 years old, are “Yorkipoos,” with the exception of an elderly Chihuahua.  Seven puppies are too young to be placed for adoption and will remain in foster care for the next two to three weeks.

The dogs were part of an unlicensed breeding operation that was operating out of the apartment.  The identity of the animals’ previous owner is not being released.

Adopters Wanted

According to MSPCA-Nevins Farm director Mike Keiley, the adoption team will be prioritizing supportive, patient adopters.  “These dogs have never known the world outside the apartment in which they lived, and many of them need additional training to walk on a leash and to learn basic skills,” he said.

The eight adult dogs are ready for adoption now and Keiley expects they will go fast.  “Adopters should come right to the adoption center because once word gets out, these dogs will be claimed quickly.”

The MSPCA-Nevins Farm expects to announce availability of the puppies in the next several weeks.

Overwhelming Number of Birds

The MSPCA-Nevins Farm was already home to 49 homeless birds prior to the surrender of the four parakeets.  Typically the bird room at Nevins houses 20 birds at this time of year but, due to recent large surrenders, the adoption center is bursting at the seams. 

“For anyone considering a winged pet now is the time to adopt,” said Keiley.  “So many people believe you have to go to the pet store to buy a parakeet, but in fact you can go to your local shelter and adopt one.  We hope people will opt to rescue one or some of these birds.”

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  These animals represent just some of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals by clicking here.


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