Yesterday Mr A called in to a house just on the outskirts of the village as he had become aware of some pups needing help. The man and his wife who live there have a bitch who has had countless litters in recent years. These people are, like many others in this village, quite poor and uneducated and they really don't know to deal with all this.
The dog has had yet another litter. They are now about 2 weeks old. We both called in again this morning, and the pups were so close together feeding from mum that it was difficult to count them, as we didn't want to get too close. There are 7 or 8 of them.
We gather that previous litters have died and it breaks my heart to think that these little ones may suffer the same fate. As I mentioned in my previous post, donations are drying up, and we are already concerned about how we will be able to continue to feed the industrial estate and village dogs that we have committed ourselves to. But we can't just stand by and do nothing.
We always have a bag of dried food in the motorbike, so we left this for the mum. Mr A has just returned to the pups with the last of our worm tablets for them and the mum. We will also flea treat her, and the pups too when they are a little older.
I have received a couple of donations since my last post, which have provided food for the estate dogs. When I arrived home and checked my emails I had received another donation from someone in Australia. An amount sufficient to provide continuing the worming, flea treatments and food for the mum. When the pups are weaned we will help to feed them with appropriate food. We would also like to get them all vaccinated in time, if we can afford to do so. I was so upset about the pups and anxious about how we could look after them, that getting a donation today competely overwhelmed me and I just burst into tears.
We have given as much advice to the owners of the dog as possible, including the need to have her spayed at the earliest opportunity. Something else that will cost money as the Belediye vet is still dragging his heels with our request for spaying more of the industrial estate dogs, so we hope that we will be in a position financially to use our own vet.
Later today Mr A is going back the the man's house and is going to help him to build a shelter at the back of his house, to keep mum and pups safe. Of course it would be wonderful to find homes for the pups, and we will certainly do what we can to achieve this.
You know what comes next...I need more donations. Thankyou so much to everyone who has donated so far. Anything, no matter how small, will help us to help this mum and her pups for the foreseeable future, and all the others we look after. You'll find the Paypal button at the top of this page. Thankyou xx