Litter of 10 pups gets ultimate Valentine

Humane Society making adoptees social media rock stars, got them all adopted in one day

When Paola Farrell saw the photo of the puppy on the St. Charles Parish Humane Society Facebook page, she immediately knew one thing – I’ve got to have that dog.

Farrell rushed to the Humane Society’s Valentine adoption event at PetSmart on Veterans Highway in Kenner. To her surprise, the line of prospective adopters was about 30 people deep and this German Shepherd mix puppy was exactly what her husband and daughter wanted in their second dog.

The odds of at least 10 people getting a puppy that day were good because the one Farrell wanted was from a litter of 10 – half of them black and the other half with German Shepherd markings – that someone had given up to the Animal Shelter.

This isn’t a new story, sadly, and not that long ago it might have had an even sadder ending with so many animals needing a home at a time when shelters typically contend with limited resources.

But this story has a happy ending.

“Everyday a shelter seems to be a dumping ground for unwanted animals, our parish is no exception,” said Jackie Boudreaux, president of the St. Charles Parish Humane Society. “The St. Charles Humane Society works in a collaborative effort with the animal control officers at the parish shelter to get as many as possible adopted to good homes.”

What is news is all these puppies got a ‘forever home’ that day.

And, yes, the Farrell family got their dog, the one she lovingly described as “the little fat one” who has been named Chance.

And he’s a Farrell now.

“These little fellows are our latest success story,” Boudreaux said. “The pups received a lot of tender loving care by all involved at the shelter.”

All of them were vaccinated, sprayed or neutered and closely monitored.

“The pups sprung into action once they knew walking meant playing and playing meant mischief,” Boudreaux said. “On Valentine’s weekend all were ready to be showcased and adopted. It was a wonderful day, which took a lot of work by the Humane Society volunteers to handle and screen for 10 adoptions, but the task was accomplished and those pups left being cuddled, kissed and the promise of a chance to have a good home and a lot of love.”

When the event was announced on social media, she said the response was overwhelming.

“Social media is an excellent venue to engage with other pet owners, rescue groups and shelters – all for the good of animals,” Boudreaux said.

Although it took months for Farrell to find the desired dog on the Humane Society Facebook page, she “shared” the posts of many other animals up for adoption hoping to help find them homes. She also praised the Humane Society’s efforts to dress up the dogs and cats to make them more appealing for adoption, as well as the cleanliness of the shelter and kennels, and good viewing area to see the animals for adoption.

Farrell is also a loyal Facebook follower.

At eight weeks old, little Chance is already showing up in selfies and family photographs hugging, playing, sleeping and even eating. He’s buddied up to the first family dog, Jasmine or “Princess Jasmine,” who is also a rescue.As for her new addition’s future at his new “forever home,” she unabashedly added, “Chance is going to be spoiled rotten.”

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