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Dog rescue group from Corpus Christi saves a furry family from high kill-shelter, donations needed

KIII-TV Corpus Christi logo KIII-TV Corpus Christi 2/20/2020 Myra Sanchez
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 A united effort from a local dog rescue group helped to save a mother and her nine puppies. 

According to volunteers, a stray that was picked up from the streets of Corpus Christi named Elsa came into Animal Care Services in terrible shape. 

Rescuers had no idea of the life Elsa once lived, but according to rescuers, she needed to be nursed back to health.

One local advocate, Vicki Pieper, said that Elsa has tested positive for heartworms, had skin issues, and was very pregnant.

Elsa was on the euthanasia list, and she and her nine puppies were rescued by a foster who stepped up to get Elsa out of the animal shelter, and into a warm home to give birth. 

"She gave birth at foster's home a week later. She's struggling with a skin condition and is having to go back to the vet Thursday," stated Pieper.  

Elsa gave birth to her nine puppies on February 15, and now rescuers from Faith and Hope Rescue, have assumed all medical bills for Elsa and her litter.

Now, rescuers are in need of a good quality puppy food or monetary donations for further veterinarian care. 

Faith and Hope Rescue have arranged a Pay Pal account where the community is able to donate money for animal care for Elsa and her puppies. 

The Faith and Hope Rescue website is also another way for people to donate money for the veterinarian bills the puppies have accumulated.   

You may also call 361-215-8775 to set up a pick-up time for the puppy food or money that you want to donate, and one of the rescuers can conveniently go to your home.  

"Once puppies are fully vetted and old enough they will be put up for adoption out of state in the Pacific Northwest. They are then transported to loving homes," added Pieper. 

Pieper says it costs about $125 to fully vet a puppy, so monetary donations are graciously accepted. 

If you would rather donate directly to the veterinarian, you are able to donate to Everhart Animal Hospital under Faith and Hope for Elsa and her puppies. The phone number to the Everhart Animal Hospital is 361-854-1439 for all inquiries. 

Many people are not aware of the fact that the Animal Care Services, located on Holly Rd., is a high kill animal shelter, per Texas law. 

Ofter times, people automatically think to take dogs and cats they find on the streets to the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services on Holly, not realizing that strays get a three-day hold before they are euthanized. 

The animals at the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services rely heavily upon rescuers that selflessly give their time and energy to save dogs from being euthanized on a weekly basis.

Rescuers urge people to utilize tools such as Facebook, Ring app, and other websites to try and find an animal's owner first, before taking them to animal control. 

Workers at the Corpus Christi Animal Care Sevices work in conjunction with rescuers to try and find fosters, rescue groups, and loving families for the animals at the shelter. Workers will also extend the hold for animals on the euthanasia list.  

There are currently over 40 puppies and 100 dogs at the Animal Care Services located on Holly Rd., which are also in need of donations of puppy food, blankets, and toys. The Corpus Christi Animal Care Services does not accept monetary donation, according to rescuers.  

"The mission of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services and Vector Control is to promote responsible pet ownership, prevent the spread of animal-borne diseases and protect the public by seizing stray public nuisance animals. CCACS strives to provide temporary shelter for stray, unwanted or homeless animals, and to maintain a vigorous relocation program to include health screening, vaccinations and spay or neutering," stated Animal Care and Services officials. 

The community is able to head over to the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services, located at 2626 Holly Rd., seven days a week from 1 to 5:30 pm for pet adoptions. 

For more information on how you can adopt a pet from the animal shelter, call 361-826-4630.

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