The four pups were brought in "to temporarily help their owners who were affected by COVID". Now, they will never be reunited with their parents.
Oliver, 5, Winston, 5, Isabelle, 4, and Izzy, 6, are four lovely dogs that have lost their family as their owners are now dead. They are currently looking for a lovely family that can take all of them in. According to PEOPLE, the four puppers were brought to the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals "to temporarily help their owners who were affected by COVID," the organization wrote on Facebook. The post shared: At that time, their mom was hospitalized with the virus and her father, who was also battling COVID, was home caring for the dogs.
Basically, Jennifer Stien had asked her dad Barry Stien to take care of her babies because she was in the hospital. Barry was also battling COVID-19, but he was doing so from home. Normal day-to-day care of the dogs became impossible for him and although difficult to part with his daughter's dogs (her babies), he knew it was the only way he could get better and help his daughter recover. We assured him they would be waiting right here for her when she got released from the hospital. However, Barry's condition was deteriorating as well. A Nassau SPCA rep said, "He just couldn't care for them anymore, he was having trouble breathing just getting the dogs out to us."
Unfortunately, Barry didn't make it. A day after we took the dogs in, the father was also hospitalized and sadly, passed away a few days later. We were all so hopeful the daughter would recover and she would have her babies to come home to. Unfortunately, that reunion will never happen as Oliver, Winston, Isabel, and Izzy lost their mom this past week. They've lost everything. The organization added: It breaks our hearts when we look into their little faces and they are asking when they could go home, but we are determined to keep those tails wagging.
The poor babies will never know that no one is coming to get them because they're no longer alive. They might just think they've been abandoned. Now, the organization is also asking for donations so they can take care of Oliver, Winston, Isabelle, and Izzy. "This is the first instance we've had an entire family die, and these pets have nowhere to go," Nassau SPCA President Gary Rogers told CBS New York. "They've lost their pet parents, and they are out of their home. And this is the side of COVID that nobody looks at." Rogers added that the SPCA is "hoping to try to get all four of them in together" with one family.
"We've gotten a lot of families who need help financially with not being employed at the moment or losing their job – but our main thing is just helping families financially with medical care, lifesaving medical care for their dogs that they can't afford, or providing food," the rep said. The rep added that they've also helped temporarily house animals of families who "need time to get back on their feet" due to losing their home amid the pandemic. Splitting Oliver, Winston, Isabelle, and Izzy up would be like tearing apart family, and if you or anyone you know would be willing to take in these four kind souls, then please reach out to Nassau County SPCA.