Nine of the 13 purebred schnauzers rescued by Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch last month have been adopted, while the other four continue to receive care.
JUPITER - In the month since they were rescued from a filthy, debris-strewn home in Miami, 13 purebred schnauzers have thrived under the care of a Jupiter animal rescue organization, and more than half have found new homes.
The dogs, ranging in age from 8 months to about 4 years, were nursed back to health by Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch after they were found living in squalor, said Pat Deshong, Furry Friends’ president.
The organization received a tip in early June that the dogs might be living in dangerous conditions, and several staff members drove down to Miami to retrieve them from the owner’s home and bring them to Jupiter for care and treatment.
Since, nine of the 13 dogs have been adopted, including a female named Doris Day who was picked up Tuesday by an Ocala family. A day earlier, a male pup named Gandhi also was taken to its new home.
The other four dogs require additional care and won’t be ready for adoption for at least another month, Deshong said.
"Every one of these dogs had issues, and the remaining four have the most issues," Deshong said. "Two were pulled out of a couch. They were not socialized at all. The guy who owned them named them all the same name."
Furry Friends continues to work with the four dogs, and Deshong is confident they will be ready for adoption soon.
The other nine dogs are doing beautifully in their new homes, Deshong said. She has encouraged their owners to share photos and updates when they can.
"It’s so nice to see pictures of them in their new homes," she said. "They’re beautifully groomed. They’re just completely different dogs."
Deshong hopes the same can be said for the four dogs that continue to be cared for at Furry Friends, as well as two others that remain inside the Miami home.
The owner refused to part with those dogs when the others were removed last month, Deshong said. Negotiations are ongoing to bring them to Jupiter.
Until then, Furry Friends will continue its work with the remaining schnauzers and the other animals in its care. The organization also has a ranch in Palm City.
Said Deshong: "Helping animals is our mission."