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PORTLAND -- Nine American Eskimo-mix puppies and a 4-year-old purebred adult female became available for adoption Thursday, after a Portland couple surrendered them to Multnomah County Animal Services.

The dogs had lived with the couple in a small fifth-wheel trailer in Southeast Portland.

Photos: Some of the puppies up for adoption

The puppies range in age from four to nine months old, all have shy demeanors, said Multnomah County Communications Director David Austin. Because the dogs have spent their first months crowded in a trailer with two adults, special attention will need to be given to socializing the puppies with new people and to helping them adjust to their new homes.

Austin said the dogs had all received health and behavior evaluations and would be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter.

Multnomah County Animal Services is looking for adopters who are able to provide the dogs with formal training and who are able to closely supervise their new companions in their first weeks at their new home, Austin said. It will be important to always leash these dogs for their own safety.

He added that apartments and other communal-living situations may not be a good fit for the dogs.

The dogs were available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services shelter, at 1700 W. Columbia River Highway, in Troutdale, Oregon.

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