More than a dozen puppies will celebrate their independence from a life of abuse at a special adoption event Saturday.
The “Freedom Friends” — 17 puppies and two adult dogs — have been nursed back to health and are ready for a new home, said Christy Counts, president of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
The pack was among 30 seized in March from a suspected puppy mill in McClain County.
They were found trapped inside a tiny shed with no ventilation, food or water, and many had contracted parasites, viruses and other diseases, Counts said.
While their former owner awaited disposition in the criminal case filed against her, Humane Society volunteers and staff spent the past three months re-socializing the puppies and getting them in shape for adoption, Counts said.
“It took us several months of work and love and attention to get them to where they would even solicit human attention,” she said. “This has been a long road for our entire team and it's been a very expensive road for our entire team.”
Counts said this the first time the Humane Society has promoted an adoption event for a specific set of dogs.
The reason is because of the unique situation by which these dogs were found, seized and treated.
The “Freedom Friends” are not meant for just any pet owner, she said, and Saturday will be a good chance for staff to meet prospective adopters to ensure the pups are put in the right hands.
“They're not going to be normal dogs, they're going to need special love and attention,” she said.
“We just wanted to make sure that we were able to celebrate the fact that these dogs got out alive, and now they need special homes.”
The dogs can be adopted Saturday at a discounted rate of $25, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The adoption event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the society's Adoption Center, 7500 N Western Ave.
For more information or to see photos of the dogs, go to www.okhumane.org/freedomfriends.