Both my parents home and my home have gotten the reputation of taking in strays. We are constantly having stray dogs show up at our home's half starved. I wish I knew who was doing it because at my folk's house they get the same type of 4-6 month old puppy once a year or so, so I know it's the same people doing it year after year. Sometimes it's only one puppy, but last night it was a whole litter! I have always had very good luck getting them back to health and finding them a good home but this year has been very trying on me. Between the two houses we have had 13 stray dogs and 2 stray kittens dropped on us since January! (And guess who is in charge of finding everyone homes?)
Just curious, what do other people do? I just don't have the heart to take them to the pound but I am running out of people that need a new dog. We sure don't need any more either!
Breeders - how do you handle a stray? All of our dogs run loose. We try to keep strays quarantined as best we can but I'm sure if they have something contagious ours will get it somehow. I take all the strays to the vet asap but can't afford to have each of them tested for every possible disease or sickness. How long would you keep them separated from your pets / breeding stock? Like I said, ours run loose so it makes it difficult. We just had 4 rottie mix pups dropped off a couple of months ago and at the time we had week old puppies here. I was terrified to even touch the strays because I didn't want to track anything back into our pups. I just need some advice on what I should do. Thanks!
Never have had this problem. Have you thought about incorporating and creating a non-profit organization that people could donate to?
I would write dog food companies and pharmaceutical companies that create canine immunizations to see if you can buy in bulk, since you have become a no-kill shelter.
I would post on Craigslist, create fliers and post around town, maybe contact companies that train service dogs to see if you could donate pups to their program, etc.
I would seek out donations for fencing and dog houses to see if you could find shelter for those that you take in, away from your other dogs. If you immunize, I wouldn't worry about contagious diseases.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
We take in strays all the time. If you feed Purina you can save the weight circles for money off on dog food. You can talk to the vets in your area to see if one will treat the strays at cost, we found one that will & she even helps us find homes for them. We put up an area in the back corner of our property for dogs until they can be vet checked, then we bring them into the house.