Oops, I did it again...
...only worse. This mama dog and her new puppies were in a "shelter" in San Bernardino (about three hours from San Diego). Mama and puppies missed being euthanized by about an hour, after a rescuer in San Bernardino called a rescuer in San Diego pleading for help finding a foster home...and I happened to click on the "pets" link on craigslist a few minutes later. I offered to take them, and a rescuer from San Diego drove up to San Bernardino yesterday and brought the dogs back. We met at the home of the rescue coordinator and did the hand off last night.
Apparently, the shelter didn't think any of them were worth saving, so they didn't bother feeding the mother, who is now severely emaciated and doesn't have enough milk for her pups. Mama and all the puppies have a severe case of worms. Two puppies died in the shelter, and one more probably won't make it through today. I'm bottle feeding (actually dropper feeding) the nine currently-surviving puppies, and I've become expert at administering medication to squirmy, uncooperative puppies (with nine puppies, expertise comes quickly).
We think the pups are two weeks old, so they've got six weeks before they'll be available for adoption, assuming any of them survive. Eight of them seem to be doing pretty well. If anyone has any connection to the Higher Powers, could you please put in a good word for these babies and their mama? They've had a rough start and could use a little help.
Oh, and send newspapers. Lots of newspapers.