Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Puppy Prevention Success

There's no simple solution to the pet overpopulation problem. WAG's Puppy Prevention program was created to start at the source - spay female dogs that have already had at least one litter, hoping to prevent any further births. Spaying and neutering the puppies before adoption also prevents any accidental litters that might occur if new owners wait too long to sterilize their new pups.

In the three months since beginning, WAG has welcomed 36 puppies and 6 mother dogs into the PP program. Most puppies leave mom at 6-8 weeks for adoption and the mother dog is typically ready to be spayed 4-6 weeks later. To-date, 22 puppies have been adopted and 3 female dogs spayed. 

When owners sign their animals up for the program, puppies and mother dog are immediately dewormed and vaccinated (depending on age). Subsequent dewormings and vaccinations follow. After their second set of vaccinations, the puppies are typically ready to leave mom. All dewormings and vaccines are paid for by WAG.

When puppies leave mom, they're spayed/neutered and go to a WAG foster home, ready to start their journey toward a new home. WAG volunteers later schedule the mother dog's sterilization surgery through Paradox Spay Neuter Clinic and contact the owner, paying for the cost of spay-related surgery and rabies vaccine.

Our thanks to the community for supporting this program - both pet owners and donors who've made this initiative possible. We're making a difference - one dog at a time!

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