MANHATTAN – Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue, based in Manhattan, is hoping to expand the level of care it can provide to newborn puppies.
The non-profit is one of the only rescue organizations in the state of Montana that rescues puppies who are just days old.
The care for these babies is intense, between vet visits, bottle feeding and much more.
“The hardest thing in keeping them alive is just keeping their body temperatures regulated so their digestive system works properly,” Tiny Tails Owner and Director Diana Stafford said.
Stafford said it could make a huge difference having an incubator and this type of equipment when it comes to caring for these bottle-fed puppies.
“It would be a way of keeping the puppies in a containment area that is easily sanitized. It would stabilize their temperature where they aren’t going from a rice sock to a heating pad to inside someone’s coat,” Stafford said.
With a 99.5 survival rate, Tiny Tails rescues anywhere from eight to ten litters of newborns a year.
The non-profit is continuing to do whatever it takes to get these puppies up to full health and become adoptable because that’s a reward within itself.
“Our payday, because we don’t get a paycheck, we don’t get any city, state, or federal funds, when we get one of these little guys into a great home and I get an update on them playing with their toys or going on vacation or out on the boat, going out on a hike, that’s what our payday is,” Stafford said.
Reporting by Emma Hamilton for MTN News