So this morning we get an unexpected knock on the door. I look out the blinds and see a young teen there with a pit bull. I ask him what he wants and he asks if I'm the lady that does pit bull rescue. I take a deep breath knowing this is probably not going to be good news and I open the door. We sit on the front porch and he tells me he needs to give away 11 pit bull puppies that are only two weeks old immediately.
Two weeks ago, I got a call from Kate who is the local director of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. She had 2 kids show up at her door about the same age saying their pit bull had a litter of 11 puppies the night before and the landlord said all the dogs had to go ASAP. We tried to find a place for them to go but couldn't come up with anything. The boys said animal control was going to pick them up the next day. At the last minute the dad agreed to take the mom and puppies to his house down the street. I guess he changed his mind...
The dad is keeping the mom and puppies in an old shed in the backyard. They want to keep the mom, but he wants the pups gone now. Initially, they wanted us to just take the puppies, but I explained that it's extremely important that if at all possible the mom stay with the puppies until they are 8 weeks old so they can be properly socialized. I asked if they would let mom stay with us until they are 8 weeks old and then we would get her spayed and give her back to them. He agreed. The male dog in the photo above that fathered the litter was neutered last week.
The whole time he was telling me his situation, you could tell he was fighting back tears. When I told him we would do our best to help, he seemed so relieved. I felt so bad for him being so young and wanting to do the right thing but not being able to. We have a foster home lined up.
Here are ways to help:
-Donations of high grade, meat based, puppy food, especially canned. Other helpful items: puppy pads, newspaper, tarps, and toys (that aren't easily breakable or ingested)
-Foster homes for the puppies when they turn 8 weeks old.
-People to help us network the puppies and find them responsible homes after they are all spayed/neutered.
-Tax deductible monetary donations are always greatly appreciated. While we have the funds to rescue these lil pups, we'll need to replenish those funds in order to continue rescuing more dogs, you can donate by clicking here