The Sacramento SPCA recently took in a group of dogs with serious, but treatable skin issues.
Now the "Nifty Nine" need foster homes to recover in.
On Wednesday, a mother dog and her eight 10-month-old puppies (pit bull mixes) were surrendered to the SPCA "due to the family not being able to afford medical care," according to Sarah Varanini at the public relations and social media specialist with the SPCA.
"It's unknown whether they were part of a backyard breeding situation, or an accidental litter that grew up and left the (human) family overwhelmed," Varanini said.
The dogs all have severe demodectic mange.
Although the pups are behind on dog socialization, they are "quite sweet and squishy," she said.
Each dog will be looking for its own foster home, where it will likely stay for several months so it can build confidence and socialization skills.
If you're interested in being a foster, email email@example.com.
"Please send good thoughts their way!" the SPCA said in a Facebook post.