Maria Keena (@kmoxmaria)By Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s a horrific form of animal abuse – people allowing their dogs to starve to death, and Stray Rescue’s Jennie Foster says it’s a huge problem.

“We see this more often than not, where these dogs are just left to fend for themselves,” Foster says. “And they’re domesticated animals, so they don’t know to hunt. They know to dig in the trash, or look for scraps here and there, but left on their own, they’re going to starve to death.”

Dogs available for adoption at Stray Rescue. (Maria Keena/KMOX)

Dogs available for adoption at Stray Rescue. (Maria Keena/KMOX)

Since Stray Rescue is a no-kill shelter, all the animals live at the facility, even after their recovery, until they are placed in foster care, or adopted.

The latest rescue is Hanukkah, a mother of 10 puppies who was rescued this weekend from east St. Louis.

Hanukkah, with her 10 puppies, who are available for adoption at Stray Rescue. (Maria Keena/KMOX)

Hanukkah, with her 10 puppies, who are available for adoption at Stray Rescue. (Maria Keena/KMOX)

Hanukkah is a feral dog, meaning she was born on the street and has never had human contact.

She is now in a foster home with her puppies.

“The puppies will only know what it’s like to be loved in a good environment,” Foster says.

If you’re thinking about adopting a four-legged family member, Stray Rescue’s adoption fees are $25 for adult dogs through the end of December. The price includes spay and neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping.

 

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