More than two dozen puppies have a new temporary home at the Austin Humane Society. The 30 shepherd and hound mixes were rescued Monday from a rural property in the Waco area.
"We got a call from our partner, the Animal Birth Control Clinic in Waco, and they were contacted by an individual who had some dogs they were overwhelmed by, and no longer able to care for appropriately," said Sarah Streif with the Austin Humane Society.
Tuesday, the dogs were being checked for ticks. Streif told FOX 7 they're mostly in good condition.
"We've seen flea and tick infestation. They had some food, they had water, but it was kind of stagnant water, not fresh. They weren't living with a family and able to be socialized," Streif said.
The 30 dogs range in age from three to four-week-old puppies to three adult dogs.
"They get a full work up from our veterinarians. They get vaccinations, microchips and they get spayed and neutered and they'll be ready for adoption," Streif said.
As adorable as the puppies are, those at the Humane Society say this large rescue is a reminder of the importance of spaying and neutering pets. The shelter is already overcrowded.
"We've talked about the overwhelming capacity of animal shelters. Anybody that has a place in their home for an animal we'd love for them to come out and adopt, not only these dogs, but the dogs we already have in our care. And of course we always need donations."
The dogs should be ready for adoption within the next week.