A mother and her 7 newborn puppies were found alone and living under an outdoor deck. Without assistance from the London Humane Society, the new mother would not be able to locate adequate food and nutrition to sustain herself or her puppies. They would die. The new mother, a shepherd retriever cross, was a friendly and loving dog who quickly endeared herself to London Humane Society staff. It was heartbreaking to know that this loving dog was left alone with new life on its way.
We named her “Momma” and recognized her fatigue. Immediately we provided a special diet of essential nutrients for both her nursing pups and herself. Without proper diet, the puppies would not develop properly and could die.
The puppies were shy, terrified of loud noises and needed immediate treatment for flea infestation. It was clear that Momma and her puppies needed a special space that was quiet and separated from busy shelter areas and so a room was transformed into Momma’s nursery.
Keeping the nursery clean was a challenge but critical to ensure a healthy outcome for the newborn puppies. Momma was suffering with a gastrointestinal infection and the medication relief was not immediate but her health did return. We suspect that Momma had been exposed to a poor diet after she had been abandoned.
Our Investigations Department located the owner during this time who surrendered ownership to the London Humane Society.
Beneath the adorable images of these puppies were seven sets of new life that needed medical attention to ensure seven healthy lives. It is a reality that many puppies suffer needless death due to lack of veterinary attention.
We provided medication, vaccines and veterinary care to these puppies and their Momma. As weeks went by, they developed into healthy, playful puppies, fully weaned and adjusted to a new diet. Eventually, Momma and the energetic puppies were moved up for adoption. Happily, we can report that the playful puppies and Momma have all found new forever homes.
One unspayed dog such as Momma can be responsible for 67,000 puppies over six years. That is why the London Humane Society spays and neuters every dog and cat we adopt into the community. Without the care and compassion that the London Humane Society provides, animals such as Momma and her puppies would face certain death.