This week saw the arrival of six tiny puppies. I had just arrived at shelter on Tuesday morning and the rain was pouring down. I had barely checked over all the animals when a car horn blew at the gate. Back on the waterproofs went and I headed down to see what the matter was as we only open to the public from 2pm – 4pm each day.
When I opened the gate there stood a man soaked to the skin with an equally soaked box, inside were six collie cross puppies, barely four weeks old. The man explained that he had found them dumped at the side of the road the previous day.
We admitted them to the shelter and gave them a health check just to make sure they were fit and well. All six, four boys and two girls are healthy but traumatised after their experience and sudden departure from their mother. A shelter was no place for them at such a young age.
We are full to the rafters with animals of all kinds at present so we quickly arranged a nice, quiet, experienced foster home for them as they would need round the clock care. They have settled in well and are thriving. When the puppies are eight weeks old we will start to look for forever homes for them. We like to keep foster homes available for emergencies like this and we would be lost without kind and caring people who open their home and their hearts to animals in need.
We are currently trying to trace the whereabouts of the mother so that we can try reunite her with her puppies or at the very least help and give advice to the owner to spay the mother before another unwanted litter is born.
If your cat or dog isn’t neutered please do so as soon as possible as there is simply not enough good homes out there and dumping animals is not the answer.
Dan Donoher of Kildare Animal Foundation writes the weekly Pet Rescue column in the Leinster Leader