Pups Left in Laundry Basket in Shopping Plaza: Rescuers Swoop In


Written by Melanie Elmore  of Mississippi (USA)

It was a particularly hot April day. My mother and I were running errands when we made a quick stop at a small shopping center. I sat in the car as my mom went inside the store. As I was looking out the car window, I spotted something moving on the sidewalk about 20 feet from my car. Then I saw something else. After about thirty seconds, I realized what I was looking at. I got out of my car and rushed over to find two tiny little puppies and a tipped over laundry basket, along with an empty water bowl. I immediately scooped them up and checked to make sure that they were okay. My mom came out of the store and I called her over. Of course, she was as enthralled with them as I was. She went into the nail salon which I found them in front of and spoke with the lady inside. The lady came out and informed us that her son gave the puppies to her, but she didn’t know what to do with them, so we could do what we wanted with them.

It was about 85 degrees outside and these puppies were left in a parking lot about 30 feet from an extremely busy street. I never put them down, and I don’t think that anyone could have pried them from my arms at that point. My mom and I looked at each other and made an unspoken decision that those puppies were coming with us.

We got in the car and told each other that we would take them home and find good homes for them when they got a little older. They weighed about 3 lbs. One was a little brindle girl and the other a copper-colored little boy. We took them immediately to the vet, who gave them their first shots and estimated them to be about 10 weeks old. They were malnourished, but the vet said that vitamins and good food should do the trick.

Baby Bailey

We Took Them Home

We brought them home and introduced them to our four (yes four) basset hounds. It took the bassets about two days to completely adopt them into their pack.

We posted an ad at the vet clinic, on petfinder, and at the local humane society. About a week later, the phone rang. Someone was interested in one of the puppies. My heart absolutely sank… and, almost instinctively I said, “They’ve already found a home! Thanks for calling!” *click*. A couple of days later, after we decided that there was no possible way that we could let these babies go, my mom admitted to me that she received a similar call. I named the little girl Bailey and the little boy Copper.

Today, they are almost three years old and happy, healthy 25 lb dogs. We’re not sure about their breed, we just know that they fit into our pack perfectly. We rescued a little beagle mix named Lizzie in September 2011, so now we have seven pups in our pack and we wouldn’t have it any other way!  See a photo of the whole pack together

Cooper and Bailey all grown up and dearly loved.


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful story and for being heros!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Melanie, you and your mother are wonderful people!! Bailey and Cooper look like they are happy, healthy and loved babies!!

Erin Delancy-Hummer
Erin Hummer3 years ago

God bless the ladies who saved the puppies. I can't understand why irresponsible people get pets. If you don't want the responsibility don't get a pet!!!!

Maria Vicareo
Maria Vicareo3 years ago

Great story, great people!

Carrie Anne Brown

great ending thanks for sharing :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


Penny L.
Penny L.3 years ago

i love pet rescuers

Nancy L.
Nancy L.3 years ago

Good for you all!! :)

Marie Therese Hanulak

What a wonderful story. Good thing these ladies don't live in Canada. Only 2 dogs allowed per house hold. One young couple next door had 3 dogs that were like children to them.
They were forced by the Quebec Gestapo, to get rid of one.
Poor people, how do they chose?
Society is involving into a hate animal society.
Those that hate them get the laws passed and we who love them carry no weight.
I'm glad I'm old and soon will not have to witness all that shit anymore.