Yorkie fans, start your engines.
Eighteen of the 28 Yorkshire terriers removed from a home in Gulfport on April 5 will be available for adoption at the Humane Society of South Mississippi on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 10 a.m., according to a news release from HSSM.
"Adoption of the rescued dogs will follow all of HSSM's usual protocols. Adoptions will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at HSSM's facility in Gulfport and all adoptions will be first-come, first-serve," the release states. "All necessary paperwork will be provided on the day of adoption -- no forms will be available beforehand. Numbers will be given out to adopters in the order which they arrive or line up. Adoption fees for the rescued dogs will range from $125 to $175 per HSSM's standing fee scale."
All dogs will be spayed or neutered before going home with their new families, and adoptions will be limited to one animal per household, HSSM said. "HSSM's adoption paperwork is a legally binding contract and the person adopting must be the person who will be the primary caregiver of the animal."
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The available dogs range from a 2-year-old male to a 13-year-old female. The other Yorkies have been "placed into experienced foster homes while they recover from medical issues or while they grow big enough to be adopted," HSSM said.
"The dogs that will be made available for adoption are relatively healthy and have all been vaccinated and treated for any existing medical issues," the release states. "HSSM wants to make clear that the dogs available for adoption are adults, not puppies."
Pictures of most of the rescued dogs can be found on HSSM's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MyHSSM. A photo ID is required to adopt, and all adoptions will include the new pet, updated vaccinations, an updated rabies vaccine, microchipping and an engraved ID tag, 30 days of pet health insurance, a free veterinary visit within seven days of adoption, a starter bag of food and a discount in HSSM's BowWow Meow Boutique.