Chain of Hope received a call from a young woman named Amy, who lived in Northeast KC. Apparently, she had been keeping her friend’of a friend’s Rottweiler because where ever this person lived, they couldn’t have her there. The dog wasn’t spayed and Amy had a Rottie mix male named Malcolm, who was not neutered. The female got pregnant and had 8 babies one night inside Amy’s house. The mother started acting aggressively toward the puppies like she was going to hurt them or was trying to kill them, according to Amy. She called one of the emergency clinics in town and she said they were very helpful and talked to her for almost an hour. They told her to take the momma away from the puppies or she would kill them if she was acting like that aggressively toward them. Amy put the momma dog back outside on her chain. The whole situation just sucked.
The emergency clinic told Amy what and how to feed them, how she would have to make sure that she made them go potty, since momma wasn’t there to do all of that for them. Amy hit the ground running and began feeding and caring for 8 tiny Rottweiler mix puppies around the clock. the emergency clinic gave her Chain of Hope’s number and told her that maybe we could help her. Thank goodness, Amy called. We actually had quite a bit of puppy formula, so we headed over the next day with that, some bottles and syringes. Amy was thrilled to have the bigger bottles. She had the little tiny ones and she said those babies were sucking it down faster than she could fill them up again. They were hungry!
We talked with Amy and told her that the only way that we would help her was if we got the momma spayed, Malcolm neutered and all of the puppies fixed BEFORE she gave them away. We also told her that we would take the puppies when the time came if we needed too. Amy told us that the momma dog really belonged to this other person (there’s such an evasiveness in the hood). We told her since the dog had been there more than 3 days, she was considered the owner and she could make whatever decisions she wanted for the dog. The momma was somewhat aggressive (she had every right to be upset!). Malcolm is a big marshmallow!
We told Amy that as soon as the momma’s milk dried up, we’d get her in and get her spayed. When the owner called Amy about the dog, Amy told her that she was going to have her spayed. The next time we were at Amy’s house, the momma dog wasn’t there. Amy told us that the owner didn’t want her spayed and had come and gotten her. Ugh!!! This was so disappointing. It’s hard to take something like that, but we have to realize that we are not successful 100% of the time and what we’re doing out there is very difficult.
We’ve helped people with litters of puppies many, many times-too many to count. We always give them the same speech-we’ll only help you if you spay the momma and hang onto all of the puppies until we can get them all spayed and neutered, at about 8 weeks. They usually tell us that 8 family members all want one, blah, blah, blah. Inevitably, when the time comes to get them in and get them fixed, the entire litter is not still there. They always give some away. People start giving them away at 6 weeks. They always do. As soon as they start walking around and becoming “messy”, they’ll start giving them away to get them out of there. Then we are faced with spaying and neutering whatever is left or walking away from all of the mess because they didn’t hold up their end of things. There are always difficult decisions like this everyday. We have to opt to spay and neuter whatever we can get our hands on though-whether it’s 8 puppies or 4 puppies. We always give these people some of our cards and encourage them to give them to people that take one of their puppies.
I have to tell you that Amy is the first person in all of these years, that actually hung onto the ENTIRE litter until we could get them in at about 8 weeks and get them all fixed.
Malcolm is now neutered and all of the puppies have gone to their new homes. Amy was pretty careful about who got these guys-after all, she had put a lot into these puppies and they were her babies! In the very least, they won’t be out there reproducing. We can’t possibly take all of the litters that we come across, but we can get them fixed before they got out into the world. Amy loves these little guys and she did a great job. Syringe and bottle feeding from day 1 is pretty dicey whether they’ll all make it or not, but Amy did not lose a single puppy. She was dedicated to these babies and kept them all alive and healthy. I wish things would’ve been different for the momma dog, but the owner refused to have her spayed. Geez…..how many rottie and rottie mixes do we see in the shelters everyday???
But Amy-she totally got it about not letting the puppies reproduce and shutting down that breeding cycle.