Vinnie, Kevin, Cindy, Raymond and George, now around 3 months old, were taken to the shelter about a month ago by a Harvey dog owner whose Mastiff had an unwanted pregnancy, volunteers said Monday.
They were sick with canine parvoviris, a contagious viral infection of the intestinal track, but miraculously, all survived. They now have an exemplary bill of health and if you see them play together, you'd never know they were ill in the first place. Brothers Kevin and Vinnie rolled around on the lawn outside PAWS Monday afternoon, nibbling and jumping on each other.
Watch the accompanying video to see them in action.
All five puppies are being fostered by a PAWS volunteer. They have been spayed or neutered and are now ready for "furever" homes. Volunteers believe the dogs may have some Shepherd in them, they noted.
Mastiffs are one of the biggest dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, according to the organization's website. They love being around people and are known to bond closely with their families.
Anyone adopting one of the Mastiffs will have to go through a PAWS "house check" in order to verify that there's enough room available for the pets—they could grow to at least 100 pounds each.
But as far as PAWS volunteers are concerned, the bigger the dog, the more there is to love.
If you're interested, contact the shelter at 815-464-7298 or visit its website.
Looking for more adoptable pets?
Shadow remains up for adoption, as is sweet, loving pup, Lana. Our success story this week is of 3-year-old Cane Corso, Brando, who was taken to an Indiana breed rescue and adopted within 30 minutes of arriving there.