The nine adorable Lurcher pups were born after their mother Lilly was rescued by an animal charity, and they’re now looking for a forever home as they prepare to leave her side.
But after being given the all-clear to leave the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, Cambs., on the day of the Eurovision Song Contest, staff have given them appropriately-themed names to mark the occasion.
Pet owners looking to adopt a new pet could take home dogs named Dublin, Oslo, Rome, Athens or Nicosia, while those wanting a bitch have Sofia, Vienna, Paris and London to choose from.
Star of the show Lilly the Lurcher, believed to be around three-years-old, was taken to the shelter as a stray earlier this year when she was found to be heavily pregnant.
She gave birth to the unusually large litter on March 24 and is now also looking to be rehomed herself, where she can have some well-earned time to herself and relax.
Sue Ketland, Dog Behaviour and Training Specialist at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, said: “Lilly is such an affectionate and playful girl.
“She really loves to be around people and would make such a great companion.
“We all have a bit of a soft spot for her, so it would be wonderful if we could find her a loving home.
“Her puppies are gorgeous too and we want them all to be winners this Eurovision – we would love to find them their forever homes.”
The Eurovision Song Contest is now in it’s 61st year and the 2016 event will be hosted in Sweden.
This year’s competition is set to be a banner year with a revamped voting system, the return of some nations that were absent from recent years, and a special guest country making another appearance.
Musical duo Joe and Jake are to represent the United Kingdom after being voted for the honour by the British public.
Westley Pearson, director of claims for animal insurance company Animal Friends said: “Accidental pregnancy is a common reason for owners surrendering or abandoning their pets, as the prospect of having to care for a little of puppies or kittens can leave them unprepared and overwhelmed.
“This is why most shelters will neuter or spay animals under their care before they are rehomed.
“Hopefully the mandatory microchipping law, which came into force this spring, will act as a deterrent to owners who are thinking about cruelly abandoning their dogs.”
To find out more about adopting Lilly or her pups, call 0300 303 9333.