My husband and I have a 40 acre farm and live in the Midwest, and as some of you know we had a wind storm from hurricane Ike a couple of weeks ago. Well we were out walking our property to survey the damage and on the back corner of our property along a dirt road we found a mother dog and 9 puppies ( some jerk had shoved all of those puppies in a crate).
The puppies seemed to be fine, but the poor mother dog was skin & bones. Well that same day we took all of them to our vet to have everyone looked over, the puppies had worms and needed vaccinations so we got that all taken care of ( vet said they look like a lab mix). And the mother ( Zoe is her new name) is going in next week to get fixed and after a trip to the groom shop looks 100% better! And as you can tell by the name we have decided to keep her, she is so sweet and seems like she has had a very hard life. So my question is the how do I find these puppies good homes?
I will make sure they are ALL fixed before the leave my farm, and have any shots needed. But I don't know how to go about finding good homes, should I give them away or charge a fee? I just want to make sure I am doing all that I can. So ANY advice would be great!!
I wish I could reach out through cyberspace and give you a great big hug. I can't even find words to say how much I admire you for what you have done and are planning to do for these innocent creatures...you are truly their Angel. I'm not sure I believe in Karma, but I do believe that what goes around comes around, and that the heartless monster who dumped these poor babies will get what he/she deserves (hopefully a VERY hot spot in hell).
While thinking about the usual ways to try to place puppies, such as talking with your vet to spread the word, newspaper ads, etc., an idea came to me that I really think would work to ensure you find good homes for all the puppies. This would be a wonderful "human interest story" for your local newspaper or a TV station. If you relate the story just as you have in your post, you would likely have people coming out the woodwork wanting to adopt or at least help you with expenses. If neither the newspaper or one of your TV stations is interested in pursuing the story, you could at least write a "letter to the editor" about the irresponsibility and coldheartedness of people who would even consider doing something like what was done to Zoe and her puppies. While that may not be quite as effective at getting people to consider adopting one of the pups, I think it would still be a good option for you.
If you decide to go a traditional route, do request an adoption fee since I really feel that too many people think of a "free" puppy as even more disposable than one they pay for. And DON'T hesitate to tell how you came to have these puppies in the first place, in fact spread the word loud and clear.
Zoe is such a lucky dog to have been found by YOU and I'm sure she will give you much joy through the years. Good luck and God bless, and please update the forum as to how things go with placing these precious pups.
BIG HUGS TO YOU!!! I'm so grateful to people like you.AMAZING! You could possibly ask for a rehoming fee to reimburse yourself for what you spent.I have done foster care and rescue..have the fill out an application and if possible get vet referances thats important!GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND.
Good job!!!!!! I'm usually against those not associated with a rescue charging an adoption fee, but in your case asking enough to cover your expenses is perfectly reasonable. You found these dogs and took them in, so it's not like your trying to make a profit off your own irresponsibility. Hearing "My cat/dog, that I never bothered to get fixed, had kittens/puppies and I want to charge a fee" bugs me. Just remember that paying a fee doesn't make someone responsible. Try asking for references from a vet and asking them to sign a spay/neuter contract. You could go to petfinder and read some of the rescue questionaires for ideas.
what a wonderful thing you have done zoe and her puppies are so lucky to have found you and away from the creep who put them there. i would ask my vet for help in this one, put up signs in his or her office, thats how my parents got a dog when we were kids, the vet called and asked it they would take a dog that had come in to be put to sleep (owners were moving, nothing wrong with dog) he knew he would have a great home my parents went down and got him and we had him for many years until he went to the bridge. i hope all your pups find loving homes.
Way to go!!!! I wish there were more people like you and your husband. Not only are you making sure they are all healthy, you are keeping the mom. She might never get a chance at a good home if in a shelter. They are lucky their dumb*#$ owner dropped them by you. I wish you all the luck in finding them loving homes. Great job...
Thanks so much for the advice!! PinloverX2 writing to the paper about this sounds like a great idea, I would have never thought about that. I would love to just keep them all but I know that having individual homes where they can be spoiled is what they really need. I spoke with my vet today about posting some information about them in his office so I do have that option also he is going to give me a break on getting the pups fixed.
I found a local breeder who is going to give me some ideas on the application and re-homing fee. Also she has a contract for her puppies that the new owner has to sign saying that if for any reason they no longer want the puppy they return it to her. Could I do this even though they are mutts? I know that they could come back for all different reasons, such poor health or aggression but I am more than ready to handle that. I have become so attached to them and the though of someone taking them to the shelter breaks my heart!!
Well everyone is doing GREAT! Zoe looks so much better and really seems to be at home here :) The pups are WILD and have all of my other animals wondering why on earth I brought them home...lol.. Well everyone except Cleo my sphinx, 9 little puppies = warm cuddle buddies to him.
Thanks again everyone for your advice and kind words!!!!