WELLAND, Ont. -- They played. They pawed. They pounced.
And you watched.
Puppy Cam Niagara had eyes across the region -- and Ontario -- glued to computer screens Thursday as 10 rescued pups were put in the spotlight at Welland and District Humane Society.
About 7,000 people tuned in to see the pint-sized lab and border collie crosses, which have been at the shelter since they were only one day old. The litter was rescued in early February with their mother from beneath a deck in the Six Nations of the Grand River area.
Watch the LIVE Puppy Cam below. Click the SMALL play button in the bottom grey bar to start the feed.
Click the SMALL play button in the grey bar to start the feed.
As the pups are nearing adoption age, QMI Agency opted to put them in the spotlight with an online live stream to help find them loving homes.
The broadcast will continue live Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at www.wellandtribune.ca.
Viewers can vote for their favourite puppy, identified by different coloured collars.
A live chat is also running. To take part, tweet using the hashtag #PuppyCamNiagara.
While much planning went into the puppy cam, the live stream was almost derailed at the last minute.
The rambunctious pups were feeling mischievous overnight, escaped their enclosure and chewed through the network and webcam cables.
The tiny bundles of fur were discovered exploring their room at about 8 a.m. by shelter staff -- only 30 minutes before the live stream was to begin.
QMI Agency staff were able to rework the setup and get the broadcast underway, despite the small setback.
But the monkey business didn't end there.
Only an hour into the broadcast, the puppies pulled down a humane society sign taped to the wall inside their play area, happily chewing away at it until it was taken away by staff.
One of 10 rescued puppies rolls around at the Welland and District Humane Society. (MARYANNE FIRTH/QMI Agency)
Applications to adopt the energetic six-week-old pups will be accepted beginning next week.
The year-and-a-half-old mother, named Sarah by shelter staff, has tested positive for heartworm and will need to be fostered while she undergoes treatment.
Treatment will be paid for by the humane society and once she has recovered, Sarah will be put up for adoption.
For more information on fostering or adoption, call 905-735-1552, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the shelter at 60 Provincial St.
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