Unfortunately, because of the circumstances in which they were born, three of the puppies have died. The others are trying their best to stay alive. They are "infested with parasites," Stafford says, but are too small for the procedures that could otherwise save them.
"It is horrible," Stafford says. "But I am glad that they've been knowing what love is for a short time and I hope that some of them will be able to pull through it."
Adeline, miraculously, is doing great, despite what she's been through. She is starting to put on weight. She is tenderly taking good care of her eight remaining puppies — the ones she gave birth to and her adopted little crew, equally. And perhaps most incredibly of all, she is sweet, calm and loving. She craves being around people. She is, Rauscher says, "amazing."
"It makes my heart ache thinking of what she has been through," Rauscher says. "But I know that she will never be in that situation again."