In a fortunate twist of fate, a compassionate Texas woman stumbled upon three abandoned puppies in desperate need of rescue. Kristin Erwin (@streetheartstx) shared a heartwarming incident in a viral TikTok video. While driving, Erwin noticed a couple of individuals holding a sign that read “Free puppies.” Without hesitation, she immediately made a U-turn to save these fragile dogs, who someone had confined to a crate.
This heartwarming video, posted on April 11, has since amassed over 10 million views and received more than 915,000 likes.
The Plight of the Puppies
Erwin’s innate compassion compelled her to rescue these adorable puppies, believed to be chiweenies—a crossbreed of dachshunds and Chihuahuas. At the time of discovery, each puppy weighed a mere 2 pounds, highlighting their fragile condition. Determined to give them a chance at a better life, Erwin dedicated herself to nursing them back to full health.
Alarming Animal Shelter Statistics
This incident sheds light on the prevailing issue of the staggering number of animals taken to shelters each year. According to statistics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.3 million animals are admitted to shelters across the country annually, with dogs accounting for 3.1 million of them.
A Glimmer of Hope
Thankfully, around two-thirds of these sheltered animals find a happy ending. People estimate that each year, individuals adopt 2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats, providing these animals with loving forever homes.
A Dedicated Rescuer on a Mission
Residing in Dayton, Texas, Erwin remains vigilant in her pursuit of rescuing dogs in need. Her area is, unfortunately, teeming with animals yearning for a safe and caring home. Collaborating with Rescue Texas, Erwin ensures that the rescued puppies receive vital vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering before finding loving owners.
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Erwin’s Encounter with the Puppies
Recalling the heartwrenching encounter, Erwin shared, “I noticed a man, possibly accompanied by his young daughter, holding a sign that said ‘Free puppies.’ They were located at a four-way intersection.” She continued, “After removing the fleas and administering a dewormer, the puppies are showing significant improvement. While they require a few more doses to fully eliminate the worms, their recovery is underway.”
Erwin added gratefully, “The man informed me that he had initially given away three of the six puppies.” Consequently, I took in the remaining three. Homeless puppies overwhelm Texas. They leading us to transport them to other states.”
Erwin believes the puppies were approximately 5 to 6 weeks old at the time of their rescue. Their recovery is expected to take around six weeks to ensure their complete restoration to health before finding permanent homes. As she only cared for them temporarily, Erwin refrained from naming the puppies and instead entrusted them to Rescue Texas.
One of the puppies has already found a loving adopter in New Mexico. They will relocate the other two puppies to a rescue center in New York, where they will await suitable families.
Upon reflection, Erwin expressed her regret, saying, “I wish I had found them earlier when they had fleas infesting them and their bellies were distended—a clear indication of worm infestation.” Social media has played a significant role in raising awareness, and generous individuals have contributed dog supplies to support our cause.”
The TikTok video of “Free Puppies” shared by Erwin.