An update on the 11 puppies rescued after being left in a box beside a dumpster in North Bay earlier this week.

The North Bay and District Humane Society reports, thanks in large part to the overwhelming support from the community, the days-old puppies have been nursed back to health.

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The puppies are being nursed by a lactating mother and are happy, healthy and growing. The Humane Society also announced that the puppies, eight boys and three girls, will be up for adoption in the coming weeks.

The Humane Society posted, “In response to our call for help, our shelter was overwhelmed with phone calls, messages, emails and visits from concerned citizens who dropped by to lend support,” in a Facebook message thanking the public.

“In the first two hours, more than 150 people came forward to offer volunteer support, while shelters and rescues throughout Ontario and Quebec offered space and resources. Community members shared our story more than 2,400 times and local media helped spread the word too. In total, our message was seen by over 160,000 people.”

If you or someone you know has an animal they care for, but cannot give it the attention it needs, the Humane Society is here to help.

The North Bay and District Humane Society encourages surrendering companion animals instead of abandoning them. Surrender fees imposed by the Humane Society are on a sliding scale geared to income with the intention of promoting what’s in the best interest of the animal, including but not limited to, access to food, shelter, water, enrichment and veterinary care. Members of the public looking to surrender animals are encouraged to call 705-474-1251.

With files from Kortney Kenney,