You’ve likely heard of the movie The Magnificent Seven, where seven gunmen come together to save a village from outlaws.
Now meet “The Survivor Seven”: seven puppies saved from a savage disease, but need a village of animal lovers to help them find forever homes.
The group just arrived to the Vancouver-area from Manitoba, where they were rescued from remote First Nations communities.
The pups are Jordan (formerly Barn), Roger (formerly Snowy), Grey, Clifford (formerly Crown), Zoe (formerly 3rd Eye), Dusk and Dawn.
Six of the seven were diagnosed with parvo, a highly contagious viral illness that can kill young puppies as it attacks heart muscles. There was originally 13 puppies, but five lost their lives to the virus. Even more tragic is that the disease is nearly entirely preventable if puppies are properly vaccinated.
After being quarantined and treated by Save A Dog Network, the Vancouver-area group L.E.A.S.H. paid the vet bills and the pups to be flown to BC with the help of WestJet and a flight volunteer. All have now been medically cleared, are gaining weight and are playful happy puppies.
They are extremely lucky: As Save A Dog Network said on its Facebook page about the “easy to spread and hard to kill” virus: “It leaves a horrible infected trail of sad people and dead puppies.”
Zoe and Clifford’s four litter mates didn’t make it.
Although it’s impossible to say what breeds they are, it’s certain they will all be large dogs.
L.E.A.S.H. believes they could be any mix of Shepherd, Husky, Labrador, Border Collie, Rottweiler and Malamute. You can throw delightful mutt in there too: often reserve dogs are very intermixed through the generations.
The pups are all described as sweet, loving and playful, with some more rambunctious than others. Overall, each have been judged to be well-natured and eager to please and learn.
They are three to four months old and will be vaccinated and microchipped before becoming available for adoption Friday, March 3.
If you’re interested in adopting one of these seven sweeties, applications are available through L.E.A.S.H.’s website.
You can also email inquiries directly back to [email protected]
Please read the frequently asked questions before applying. The volunteer-run group has specific requirements for adopters, including a home check, meet-and-greet, and only adopts to people living in BC.