Tonawanda News — WHEATFIELD — Cindi Stricklin showed up at the SPCA of Niagara’s Lockport Road shelter on Tuesday looking to offer a helping hand.
She left with a trio of Pomeranians, a mom and her two puppies.
“I’ve rescued cats before,” Stricklin said. “I have a friend who is a volunteer (at the shelter) and she said they needed help. So I stopped by and they asked if I could foster some dogs.”
Stricklin didn’t think twice and left the shelter with the 1 1/2-year-old mom and her 3-week old puppies in tow. For the next several weeks, until the mom is ready to ween her pups, Stricklin, and her 13-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter will be Pomeranian foster parents.
“You take them into your home and you take care of them,” Stricklin said. “And you take them back (to the SPCA) every few weeks for checkups. Then when the puppies are ready, (the shelter will put them up for adoption).”
Stricklin wasn’t looking, at first, to adopt any of the 60 dogs taken from a Lockport puppy mill Monday. But now that they’re in her home, she admits the kids are already getting attached to them.
“The mom, she’s amazing,” Stricklin said. “She’s very docile and very attentive and she’s got such a great personality.”
Does that mean there might be an adoption in the Stricklin family’s future?
“I would adopt her in a minute,” Stricklin said with a chuckle.
SPCA officials say they’ll begin sending some of the rescued pomeranians to new homes later today. The dogs’ owner, Ellouise Magrum, agreed on Monday to surrender the animals to the shelter.
“She relinquished all of them and that has made this a lot easier,” SPCA of Niagara Executive Director Andrew Bell said. “Our first three batches, of 30 dogs, will be heading out (today). We’ll have them come back for spay and neutering when we can get surgery time. The adoptions can’t be final until we spay and neuter, but until then, we’ll get them into their new homes.”