Six puppies being hailed as survivors are now up for adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe.
The 4-week-old, shepherd/terrier mix dogs – dubbed the “Patriot Puppies” – were rescued on Friday in amid the heat wave that struck Southern California.
They were abandoned without food or water in a shopping cart outside a mall in California City, Calif., as the temperature skyrocketed to 107-degrees.
When a concerned passerby found them, the puppies were listless and hanging onto life.
The dogs were rescued and given medical attention, and brought to the Helen Woodward Animal Center on Tuesday.
In honor of their survival so close to the 4th of July, the Patriot Puppies have been named Glory, Justice, Freedom, Stars, Stripes and Valor.
They are currently staying with a foster family, and will be ready for adoption by the end of the month, ready for a new chance at life, liberty and happiness, center officials said.
For more information on adopting the Patriot Puppies, visit this website, or call the Helen Woodward Animal Center at (858) 756-4117.
Animal care experts at the center want to remind people of the dangers pets can face during the hot dog days of summer. Water and shade are essential to keeping pets happy and healthy.