When Amanda Hood saw a clear storage tote resting on the front lawn of her workplace one morning, she didn’t think much of it at first. As Calhoun County Humane Society’s rescue coordinator, she was used to items being dropped off overnight.
“I initially thought it was donations,” Hood told The Dodo. “Until I saw something move.”
Hood approached the disposable container to get a better look. The bag had two tiny holes punched at the top, and as she drew nearer, she could see steam building up within.
Hood cautiously opened the top and was astounded to discover not just one little animal but almost a dozen tiny puppies inside the tote.
There were 11 pups crammed into a little bag, according to Hood.
Here is a video of Hood opening the bag:
@ah080912 Early morning surprise that has become all to common. We are drowning in dumps and adoptions are almost nonexistent. Are you a 501c3 rescue that can help? Please email [email protected] Free transport is available. #abandoneddogs #puppiesoftiktok #shelterpup #animalshelterlife #animalshelterworker #helpushelpthem #dumpedpuppies ♬ Rescue – Lauren Daigle
No one knows exactly how the puppies got there, but Hood thinks they weren’t there for too long before she found them.
“They were probably only there for an hour or so,” Hood said. “Because with those two tiny holes for ventilation, I don’t think they would’ve made it for much longer.”
Hood quickly brought the puppies into the Humane Society for a closer look. The puppies were estimated to be around 5 weeks old and, luckily, all 11 of them were in good condition.
After their initial screening, the tiny family quickly settled into the shelter and started doing all the things that puppies typically do.
“They eat, sleep and like to be held,” Hood said. “They’re the sweetest babies.”
Unfortunately, Calhoun County Humane Society is filled to the brim with rescues, which means they don’t have the space needed to keep the family of puppies.
“There seem to be a lot more animals needing homes than there are people to adopt them here,” Hood said.
To give the pups a better chance at being adopted, the humane society transported them to Forever Home Dog Rescue in Illinois, where they are currently waiting to go into foster care.
Staff members at Calhoun County Humane Society already miss cuddling with the puppies, but they’re happy to know that all 11 of the pups will soon have the loving homes they’ve always deserved.