Three orphaned puppies which are so small they fit in the palm of a hand are looking for a home after their mother tragically died following the birth.
The tiny Yorkshire Terriers were taken in by Dogs Trust three weeks ago when their owners couldn’t take care for them.
Staff at the Bridgend rescue centre in Wales stepped in to help care for the litter, which needed around the clock care.
This included hand-rearing at the centre’s assistant manager Becky Baker’s home to ensure they had the best possible chance of surviving their first few weeks.
At the time they weighed just 250g – but they have now doubled in weight.
Becky Baker said: “The puppies were so tiny and came to me at a crucial point in their development so needed a huge amount of TLC and attention to ensure that they grew into healthy and well-socialised pups who could eventually go off to their forever homes.
“I’ve seen them grow into playful, confident and funny pups that I could watch all day so it’s hard not to get attached to this adorable bunch that I’ve worked so closely with, and it’s bittersweet seeing them off to their new homes.
“But I know I’ll be over the moon when they find their love match for life and have a fresh start with a happy ending.”
Now six-weeks-old, the puppies are searching for a new family who are around most of the time to help them settle in and learn all about family life.
When fully grown, they will only weigh around 2kg and th breed has a life expectancy of 12-15 years.
Becky added: “These pups haven’t had a great start to life but they are now ready to be whisked off to a new home by a loving new owner.
“These fun-loving little pups are full of energy so we are looking for owners who appreciate the demands of young puppies and are at home most of the day to help them settle in.
“They need homes with secure gardens to play around in and loving new families prepared to dedicate time to their training and socialisation.
“They are super little dogs who would make the perfect pets in the right homes and we don’t think it’ll be too long before they find their love match.”