Puppies adopted in hours

A third litter of puppies, which will go up for adoption in about six weeks. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

Earlier this year, the SPCA took in four litters of puppies. Now, they can’t hold on to them.

The shelter had already sent some of the puppies to partner organizations in other cities. But they kept a few from each litter. The first batch, two Chihuahua puppies, went up for adoption on Thursday. They were gone in two hours.

A second litter of seven puppies was ready on Friday. They were all named after trees, with names like Magnolia, Maple and Hawthorn. Shelter operations manager Liana Maloney said a passer-by found them by the side of a road in February.

“They got brought in in a laundry tub,” she said. “They were sitting beside the highway by Spruce Home. It was freezing cold.”

Two foster families decided to keep theirs, but five went up for adoption at 11 a.m.

By 3 p.m., only Hawthorn was left. But it didn’t take long for him to catch someone’s eye.

For more on this story, please see the March 18 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.