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since, I think, Fri­day to help," Thomp­son said. "I don't think there's any­body down there that could."

The pup­pies were born un­der a porch in New­ton County. Wil­liams got in con­tact with the wo­man who took them in and she and Thomp­son met her half­way to pick up the pup­pies.

"We got down there at about 7 p.m. and we thought there would be four pup­pies, but there are 10," Thomp­son said. "There are five girls, five boys, and they're nurs­ing right now. They have teeth, but they aren't ready to leave their mama, yet."

Grass­roots is a pri­vate, foster-based res­cue in Ok­tibbeha County. Thomp­son said they are not bound by a geo­graphic area like res­cues that are par­tially funded by tax dol­lars.

"We try to go and help dogs that need our help re­gard­less of where they are," Thomp­son said. "We do a lot of work in Ok­tibbeha and Web­ster County, but we've been all over."

The pup­pies are about five weeks old, and Grass­roots Animal Res­cue will give them to foster fam­i­lies once they are fully weaned in one to two weeks. They are stay­ing at Thomp­son's house un­til then.

Thomp­son said the dogs don't look like they will get big, and their mother will only be about 35 pounds once she is healthy and no longer nurs­ing.

"There may be some hound and some bea­gle in her, and maybe some shep­herd in some of the pup­pies be­cause some of the pup­pies are kind of fuzzy," Thomp­son said. "The pup­pies are in all colors."

The pup­pies are cur­rently be­ing treated for worms, but that is the only health prob­lem res­cuers have seen. They will re­ceive their vac­ci­na­tions in a few weeks and foster fam­i­lies do not have to buy food or pay for vet­eri­nar­ian bills for their foster an­i­mals. Thomp­son said Grass­roots cov­ers all fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions.

Grass­roots hopes to have foster fam­i­lies take in two to three pup­pies at a time.

"A lot of peo­ple foster five or six pup­pies," Thomp­son said. "Two is more rea­son­able. They play with each other and are some­times eas­ier to man­age than just one."

When think­ing of fos­ter­ing, Thomp­son said the big­gest doubt she hears peo­ple ex­press is they fear they won't want to say good­bye to their foster animal when it finds its per­ma­nent home.

"Peo­ple are ner­vous, they don't want to get at­tached, but it's worth it," Thomp­son said. "You're sav­ing that dog and you're the rea­son that dog gets to live a happy life."

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